Part 7: Chapter 1 – Day 7: The Open Door

Welcome to Day 7 of Part 7′Chapter 1 of Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is bringing forward the final free will offering of onyx stones and other gem stones.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV) He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Isaiah 43:13 -  Indeed, from eternity I am He; there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I act, and who can reverse it? 

The Open Door

In His giving
We receive
In Christ's yielding
We become
All He has purposed
For us.

We may make
Our great and many plans
Bowing to pride and shame
To those voices laced in fear
But God's counsel
Shall always rise to stand.

For the Almighty
He alone is God
From everlasting
To everlasting
His power
Knows no bounds.

Every accusing tongue
Set against His creation
Is but our awakening
To His grace, the joining
Of our hearts to His
To arise in compassion.

We, the jewels,
In His hands
Are raised from hidden
And uncut
To living gemstones glowing
In our Father of Lights.

Each hemming in
Each weapon
Forged against us
Is but a cloud
Destined to shower
Grace gifts from above.

To yield
Our hearts
To His heart
Joining Christ
In His suffering
To rise as One Body.

In the overshadowing
Of the only Light
Who does not change
As shifting shadows
But ever present remains
Our Cross is Life.

For delighting
In the light
Of our Father's face
The dark of our night
Becomes ever more
As light to us.

As we keep on
As we keep on
As we keep on
Seeking to know our King

The Word Himself
Rises to stand
Ever revealing
One Word at a time
The Open Door
Of wholeness set before us:
Christ Jesus our LORD!

John 10:9-11 (KJV)
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Psalm 103:3 (NASB)
Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear [revere] Him.

Galatians 5:14
The entire law is fulfilled in a single decree: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Galatians 6:2 (ESV)
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

2 Peter 1:19-20 (ESV)
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.

Father, when we are totally surrounded by tests and trials, diverse in character and nature, let – one piece at a time – the leading thought in our minds become an awareness of Your grace. Empower us to taste and know, through personal and intimate experience, that Your divine persuasion at work in us shall prove, to a decisive finality, our ability to endure all things.

Cause us to remain under the challenges You allot. Empower us to keep, hold in our hand, clothe ourselves with and hold fast to You: our divine completion and the full development of our character, piece by piece. Thank You that Your work in us is carrying out the unique inner desire and purpose You have planted deep inside of us.

Complete Your work in us. Make us fully developed and mature in character, having gone through the necessary process to reach the end aim You have purposed. Let Your sound character unfold in us, one stage at a time, so that we may function at full-strength, full capacity and full effectiveness. Let us receive Your divinely alloted wholeness, leaving behind not even one person or part of our divine inheritance in Christ Jesus. In the Name of Your precious Son Jesus, Amen.

(Prayer based on James 1:2-3)

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