Ever wondered what Jesus meant when he said He was the DOOR and that no one could come to the Father unless they came through Him? For most of my life it meant that unless you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour you could not go to heaven. This is true but it is not what Jesus is talking about. He is talking about coming into the presence of the Father and being where the Father is.
So how do you get too and walk through this door? You do it via your thoughts or imagination. Jesus is the Word of God, He is the thought system, or pathway, of the Kingdom of heaven. You are connected to the realm of heaven that is within you through your imagination or thought life. Please understand that your imagination was created by God and is not “nothing”. You cannot separate your thoughts from your imagination, they are one and the same. When I mention the name Sam and you know someone by that name you are not going to see the letters spelling S-A-M but rather their face, and the memory of their face brings up either good or bad emotions. Hearing and seeing work hand in hand.
To enter you have to forsake your thoughts and go through His thoughts. In other words, when you have been sinning (by this I mean neglecting God in some form or fashion that makes you feel unworthy, guilty or condemned) you will have to forsake how you feel and think and take up His thoughts. His thoughts are always filled with love and forgiveness, acceptance and qualification. He never rejects you and neither will He turn away from you because of what you have or have not done. He is the Door and He is always inviting you in. He invites you to come in through your knowledge of Him – not the knowledge of yourself.
Entering in looks something like this:
Get quite and still your thoughts. Focus in your imagination on the face of the Lord. Listen to what He is saying. Listen for words of love and acceptance. Listen for any scripture that comes to you. In your imagination begin moving closer to the Lord. Embrace Him. Talk to Him about how wonderful His love for you is and how grateful you are to Him for saving you, for writing your name in His book of life and any other thought that comes to you that has to do with the Lord and His goodness. If your own thoughts begin to jump up and down and distract you, speak to them and say no. Then get back to engaging with the thoughts, words and imagination that have to do with a loving and intimate relationship with Jesus.
This takes some time and practice but the more you do it the more you will be drawn into Him and before long you will be in the presence of the Father where there is no fault finding, criticism or shame. All the Father sees is His beloved and He takes great delight in you.
John 10:17; Colossians 1:22; John 14:6; John 1:1; Ephesians 3:20-21; Hebrews 13:5; Luke 17:21