Updated: Aug 11
Once upon a time—in the 15th century—the Gate of Heavenly Peace hung on the wall that surrounded the Imperial Palace of China. It had five doors and could only be reached by a series of seven bridges. Only the Emperor could use the middle door and the middle bridge. That is the gate Chairman Mao stood at when he proclaimed the birth of The People's Republic of China.
There is a gate you want to enter at all costs—the gate to eternal life. You can only enter as a member of the family of God. Jesus said, "I am the door (the gate); whoever enters through me will go in and out and find pasture (be saved).")John 10:19) Don't put off a decision to follow Christ—one day the gate will be closed forever.
Did you know there are gates that lead to Hell? Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock (the truth that He had just revealed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God) I will build my church: and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. " That is one gate you never want to walk through. Once those gates close there is no hope of escape.
I pray that our words bring life—"Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips." (Psalm 141:3) I have high hopes for you. I hope you will choose the narrow road that leads to life. I hope the love of God will fill your heart. I hope you will rest in His love—His peace will fill your heart and mind. May God bless you and keep you in His care now and forever. Blessings, Beloved.