My Daily Devotional

God Opens Our Gates

“But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.”
Acts 5:19

Have you ever thought of the miraculous deeds that God has performed which are accounted for in the Bible? The parting of the Red Sea to let the people of Israel escape, the healing of the blind, raising Lazarus from the dead and all the other miracles He performed. This simple example in the scripture above is just another example where God showed His power and rescued the apostles. But on other occasions He did not open the gates, as we find that James, the brother of John was put to death with a sword, John the Baptist was beheaded, and many of the early apostles remained in prison and were eventually killed. Why did God open the gates for some and did not open them for others. I believe that if God chooses not to open a gate, then other means of support will be provided. James was not freed from Herod, but through his faith in Jesus Christ, James did experience heaven’s open door. God can also open our gates and free us from bondage, but does He and why not? I believe that when God does not open our gates it is because He is telling us that He has better plans for us. So often we think that the gate we want opened is the right one for us, but God knows which gate we need to enter and even though we see this gate being closed, God is opening up another gate for us, an even better gate. He is leading us on the right path, as the one that we are traveling, many times is not the one He has designed for us. When our gates do not open we need to trust and have faith in God that they are not opened for our benefit. We need to thank Him always whether we are in front of a gate waiting for it to open, or through a gate on the other side, and be grateful that He is there with us leading and guiding us in His plan for us.

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About robertwbrock

Robert William Brock, Jr. I was born in Pineville, Kentucky, the son of Robert William Brock and Irene Napier, I grew up in the beautiful southeastern part of Kentucky. I attended Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky graduating with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Early in my career I became interested in Health Care Administration and spent the rest of my career in Hospital Administration, where I retired after 45 years. After retiring from health care I have devoted the past ten years to a ministry, having founded and directed the Nehemiah Network, which provides assistance to the needy people in our area, by bringing together the numerous community organizations, churches and businesses to work collectively to meet the community needs. The Nehemiah Network concept has now spread throughout the nation and over 10,000 programs have been developed, in almost all the states, adopting the framework of the Network. I am a published author of 17 Christian books, and have spent over thirty years tracing my ancestors and writing a book about my Kentucky Heritage. My books are listed below: “Our Kentucky Heritage” “My Daily Devotional” "My Daily Devotional Volume II" "My Daily Devotional Volume III" "My Daily Devotional Volume IV" "My Daily Devotional Volume Six" "My Daily Devotional Volume Seven" "God’s Plan for the Family” " God’s Plan for a Father” "God's Plan for a Joy Filled Life" "The Silent Church" "God's Plan For Financial Freedom" "Living Without Sin" "My Kentucky Heritage" "Brock Family Cookbook" All of my books can be ordered at by typing in my name Robert William Brock, Jr. As part of my ministry I write a free daily devotional which is distributed on a daily basis to over 2 million people daily via e-mail. I live with my wife Margaret of 45 years in East Liverpool, where we have resided for over 33 years. We have three children and six grandchildren.
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