2008 The Year of the Gate
By Rod Nichols (Rod@RodNichols.com)
On New Years Eve, I was part of an all night prayer gathering. During an intense time of prayer, the Lord spoke to me and said that 2008 would be the year of the gate. I immediately thought of the gate in a fence, but later He brought to remembrance Psalm 24:7 (NASB), “Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!”
The gates in this scripture are the followers of Jesus. 2008 is our year. We are to lift our heads toward heaven and open our hearts so that the Lord of Glory may come in. In other words, Jesus wants more of us. He wants us to crucify more of our flesh and receive more of Him. He wants us to turn from the things of the world that distract us and require time that could be devoted to Bible study and prayer. He’s tired of playing second fiddle to the world’s inventions – televisions, computers, mp3/CD/DVD players. How much time do you spend in devotion to these idols? I know I had to repent for many hours, particularly during football season.
As I pressed in further, the Lord said that we are also the gates through which Jesus enters the hearts of those who don’t know Him. In Mark 16:15, Jesus gives us very clear instruction: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” I know you’re probably saying that you aren’t a preacher. Jesus didn’t say to set up a church, stand in front of the congregation and “preach the good news to all creation.” No, He said “go into all the world and preach.” That Greek word that was translated as “preach” means to proclaim. We are to go into all the world and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. In other words, give your testimony - tell people what Jesus has done in your life.
Millions of people are on the road to hell and don’t even know it. If you worked for a fire department and arrived at a burning building, would you stand on the street and watch people burn to death? If you were a doctor, would you do nothing, while a person bled to death? If you were a lifeguard at a pool and you saw someone drowning, would you just watch? I’m sure the answer was a resounding “no” to all those questions, so why are you watching your friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors on the road to hell and aren’t doing anything about it? I’m right there with you and had to repent for my lack of “going” and “preaching.”
This is our year. We are the gates. We need to lift our heads toward heaven and ask for God to give us boldness of action and speech. Then we need to go out into the world and open ourselves to those who don’t know Jesus. If we are obedient to do our part, God will do the rest. He will prepare the hearts of the people to receive us. He will give us a nudge when we are near someone He has prepared and then give us exactly the words they need to hear.
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus gives us our second set up instructions, better known as the great commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Now, please make note that this doesn’t say: “Therefore go and invite people to your church so the professional clergy and make disciples…” The instruction was for us to go and make disciples and to baptize them. Philip taught the Ethiopian Eunuch about Jesus and then immediately baptized him the river. Philip didn’t tell him about the service on Sunday, he made a disciple and baptized him. We are to do the same.
Lift up your head, you gate. Be lifted up. Upon the door, so that the Lord of Glory can come in.