Enter In

Enter In

February 11, 2018

Terriline R. Cleveland

Psalm 100:4 NKJV

[4] Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

 

I am in my mid-50s (I’m about to turn 54). When I grew up in church they sang a song, just about every Sunday, This Is The Day…

 

The song said, “This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made. I will rejoice, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” The verse went on to say, “I will enter His gates with Thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His courts with praise.  I will say this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice for He has made me glad.”

 

It was a foot stomping, song of celebration, though at that time I did not understand it as fully as I do now. I knew then that it was a privilege to be able to enter in, I wasn’t quite as clear on the level of discipline and intent that the Psalmist implied with that declaration.

 

Life had not yet taught me of the reasons why I would not enter into His gates with thanksgiving!  Sorrow had never gripped my heart and threatened my willingness to enter in. Life’s challenges had not yet taught me that there would be days I did not want to do the WORK to enter in. All I knew then was, He has made me glad, I will rejoice for He has made me glad!

 

From my teens to my mid-50s, you can imagine how the text now jumps off the pages as I consider the command looking back over my life.

 

Through the good times and the bad, enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise!  From the fairytale beginning of my first marriage, to the nightmarish ending and all parts in between I will enter His gates with Thanksgiving.

 

For healing me of a seizure disorder I will enter His courts with praise.

 

For sending the love of my life in Pastor Rovann I rejoice! ...And for every trial our marriage has seen, I’m thankful unto You for being there!

 

For defeating cancer in my mother, overcoming my insufficiencies, shattering my insecurities, leading me into a ministry only You could have, I will enter His gates with Thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His courts with praise!

 

Can anybody look back over their lives, see the hand of God, take the text and begin to apply it?

 

I would be remiss, though, if I did not encourage you to not only look BACK over your life and apply the text, but to turn around and face your future! Declare within yourself NOTHING shall separate me from entering into His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Neither height nor depth, nor angels nor demons, nor principalities, nor things past nor things to come, shall be ABLE to separate me from...being thankful to Him and blessing His name!

 

Man, my mind is made up. My past has supplied sufficient evidence & foundation to put a FUTURE praise on it! 

 

I did not know as a young person how to do this, but as I approach “seasoned – saint” status, I get it!  I don’t wonder how I’ll get through the difficulties of my life anymore. Good, bad, ugly, WHATEVER...

 

I WILL enter His gates with Thanksgiving in my heart, I WILL enter His courts with praise; I WILL say this is the day that the Lord has made, I WILL rejoice for regardless what happens I WILL Be thankful unto Him & bless His Holy Name!

 

As we head into our various Houses of Worship today, know that the Psalmist who wrote this did not write it UNAWARE of the issues of life, He wrote it FULLY aware of them! I dare you, I double-dog dare you to walk into your church today armed with focused intent, press in, and make the text come to life!

 

Bishop’s Addition to the Word:

Listen, thanksgiving is really just a grateful acknowledgement.  We want to show God that we are grateful and we acknowledge who He is and what God has done.  We said this yesterday at the Holla Back Conference that you overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of your testimony.  There’s something about telling somebody about how good God has been.  Pastor T just ran a list down about the many reasons that she can be grateful and thankful for the things that God has already done.  Listen, Man of God, Woman of God, if He never does another thing, He’s already done enough!  I dare you, right where you are, to release a, “Thank You, Jesus!”  God is a deliverer.  God is making a way.  God keeps blessing you.  God’s grace is sufficient.  God is always good.  Listen, the situation is not always good, but God is always good.  Regardless of what you have to go through, I dare you to enter into His gates with thanksgiving and praise because God is good.  Never allow the situations and circumstances in your life to be bigger than the God you serve!  You have a testimony!  If nothing more than you woke up today, you have a testimony!  Tell God, “Thank You,” on today!

 

 

Remember to live your life without excuses!

#ilivewithoutexcuses