Choose the Righteous Gate

Description

The Psalmist says there are two gates in life: the righteous gate and the wicked gate. Your destination in life depends upon which gate you choose.

Psalm 1

The righteous prosper as they delight in the Lord, while the wicked perish.

INSIGHT

In Jerusalem, each gate is named for the destination of the road leading away from it. There is the Joppa Gate, leading to Joppa; there is the Damascus Gate, leading to Damascus. Some of these gates are very close together, but their destinations are very far apart. Life is like that. The psalmist says there are basically two gates in life: the "wicked gate" and the "righteous gate." Your destination in life depends upon which gate you choose. The "righteous gate" begins at the Word of God and leads to trees, water, and fruit. The "wicked gate" starts with man´s counsel and leads to wind and chaff.

PRAYER

Thank and praise the Lord that He always leads us in paths of righteousness for His name´s sake:

Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth...
The Lord has been mindful of us;
He will bless us;
He will bless the house of Israel;
He will bless the house of Aaron...
But we will bless the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore.
Praise the Lord! (Psalm 115:1, 12, 18).

Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man;
but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond
what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape,
that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:

O Lord, You are the portion of my
inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance (Psalm 16:5-6).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  •     Faithfulness with your finances
  •     Revival among Christians in America
  •     Safety for vacationing families

Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:

May the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:20-21).

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