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7:48:23 AM
Morgellons - Tracy's Devotional


There before me was a door standing open in heaven.
Revelation 4:1

We should remember that John wrote these words while on the island of Patmos. He was there "because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus" (Rev. 1:9). He had been banished to this island, which was an isolated, rocky, and inhospitable prison. Yet it was here, under difficult circumstances ---- separated from all his loved ones in Ephesus, excluded from worshiping with the church, and condemned to only the companionship of unpleasant fellow captives ----- that he was granted this vision as a special privilege. It was as a prisoner that he saw "a door standing open in heaven."
We should also remember Jacob, who laid down in the desert to sleep after leaving his father's house. "He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and . . . above it stood the LORD"
(Gen. 28:12-13).
The doors of heaven have been opened not only for these two men but also for many others. And in the world's estimation, it seems as if their circumstances were utterly unlikely to receive such revelations. Yet how often we have seen "a door standing open in heaven" for those who are prisoners and captives, for those who suffer from a chronic illness and are bound with iron chains of pain to a bed of sickness, for those who wander the earth in lonely isolation, and for those who are kept from the Lord's house by the demands of home and family.
But there are conditions to seeing the open door. We must know what it is to be "in the Spirit" (Rev. 1:10). We must be
"pure in heart" (Matt. 5:8) and obedient in faith. We must be willing to "consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:8).
Then once God is everything to us, so that "in Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28), the door to heaven will stand open before us as well. (from Daily Devotional Commentary)

God has His mountains bleak and bare,
Where He does bid us rest awhile;
Cliffs where we breathe a purer air,
Lone peaks that catch the day's first smile.

God has His deserts broad and brown - - - -
A solitude - - - - a sea of sand,
Where He does let heaven's curtain down,
Unveiled by His Almighty hand.

10:06:06 AM
Morgellons - Tracy's Devotional


Concerning the work of My hands command ye Me.
Isaiah 45:11

The Lord Jesus took this very approach with God when He
said, "Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me"
(John 17:24). Joshua used it during the moments of his greatest victory, when he lifted his spear toward the setting sun and cried aloud, "O sun, stand still" (Josh. 10:12). Elijah employed it when he stopped the rain from heaven and started it again after three and a half years. Martin Luther followed it when, kneeling by his dying colleague, Philipp Melanchthon, he forbid death to take its victim.
This is a wonderful relationship that God invites us to enter. We are certainly familiar with passages of Scripture like the one that follows the above verse: "My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts"
(Isa. 45:12). But knowing that God invites us to command Him to act reveals a surprising change in our normal relationship!
What a distinction there is between this attitude and the hesitancy and uncertainty of our prayers of unbelief, to which we have become so accustomed! The constant repetition of our prayers has also caused them to lose their sharp cutting edge.
Think how often Jesus, during His earthly ministry, put others in a position to command Him. "As Jesus and His disciples were leaving Jericho," Jesus stopped and responded to two blind men who had called out to Him. "What do you want Me to do for you?" (Matt. 20:29,32). It was as though He said, "I am yours to command."
Could we ever forget how Jesus yielded the key to His resources to the Greek woman from Syrian Phoenicia because of her reply to Him? In effect, He told her to help herself to all that she needed. (See Mark 7:24-30).
What human mind can fully realize the total significance of the lofty position to which God lovingly raises His little children? He seems to be saying, "All My resources are at your command." "And I will do whatever you ask in My name"
(John 14:13). F.B. Meyer

Say to this mountain, "Go, be cast into the sea";
And doubt not in your heart that it will be to thee.
It will be done, doubt not His Word,
Challenge you mountain in the Lord!

Claim your redemption right, purchased by precious blood;
The Trinity unite to make it true and good.
It will be done, obey the Word,
Challenge your mountain in the Lord!

Self, sickness, sorrow, sin, the Lord did meet that day
On His beloved One, and you are freed away.
It has been done, rest on His Word,
Challenge your mountain in the Lord!

Surround the rival's wall with silent prayers, then raise ----
Before its ramparts fall ---- the victor's shout of praise.
It will be done, faith rests assured,
Challenge your mountain in the Lord!

The massive gates of brass, the bars of iron yield,
To let the faithful pass, conquerors in every field.
It will be done, the foe ignored,
Challenge your mountain in the Lord!

Take then the faith of God, free from the taint of doubt;
The miracle-working rod that casts all reasoning out.
It will be done, stand on the Word,
Challenge your mountain in the Lord!

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