The Inner Doors of Faith

8Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. 9Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son. (2 John 8-9)

I have walked through many doors throughout my journey. These passageways have brought a vast array of life experiences that would last only as long as my commitment permitted. There have been too many times I lacked the stamina to continue onward for what ever my cause may have been. Grasping this in my spirit has me taking inventory into the current doorway I am passing through.

My assessment of this current pathway has me reaching for inner doors and hallways rather than my usual quest for a quick exit. There is an inner spark that beckons for a deeper understanding and relationship with the Lord, which gives me purpose to continue.

I know this—the labyrinth of life has the ability to lock us up and throw away the key. It attempts this through varying degrees of heartache, dependency, tragedy and an endless array of distractions. I also know this—Christ is the key to topple this house of cards and expose the illusions this maze presents.

I have come to know there is a level of devotion that is required to truly travel through the doors of ones faith. The relationship I now have with God was born from the teaching of Jesus and His truth as it is written. I must be diligent in my awareness to live within these teachings to experience the keys of His reward. He continues to open the inner doors of my faith.

I pray as I go forward I continue to look to the Lord to lead me through the doors of life, as He is the key that leads me through the right passage.

May God Bless You and Give You Grace.

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About Michael Cartwright

Follower of Christ Jesus! I am a person of patience, compassion and understanding. I have been married to my wonderful wife Stephanie since 1990. We have 3 children Dalton, Dylan and my late daughter Angelica (My Angel Girl) who ascended to the heavens on June 29, 2010. She continues to teach me many great lessons.
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17 Responses to The Inner Doors of Faith

  1. ephesians516 says:

    Michael: Thank you for encouraging me to be patient and committed in allowing God to finish His good work. Too often I probably bail out before I completely learn what the Father is trying to teach me. Your words remind me to remain seated at the feet of Jesus and listen to his voice leading his sheep. Thank you for continuing to bless us by sharing what you are learning along your journey.

    Andy

  2. I needed to hear this on so many levels today Michael. Thanks for your insight, but more importantly reminding me that sometimes we have to stay with the process instead of looking for the exit door. Love this blog.

  3. Ella says:

    Michael- true words of inspiration and love for God and His grace as He leads you to Him on your journey through Christ. You may be interested in reading Teresa of Avila “Interior Castle” where she describes Her journey to Christ as it was revealed to her by God as 7 mansions (stages) one must traverse on our way to God.
    Peace and God’s best to you!
    Ella

  4. Hi Michael, I learned about your blog through Erica’s website. Great post! Thank you for encouraging me to keep my eyes fixed on the Lord and reminding me to develop a deeper relationship with Him.

  5. Debbie says:

    Michael – Such an apt and beautiful word picture. There are times, sometimes fleeting moments, sometimes days, when I’m tempted to take the easy exit. Thank you for the encouragement to continue to reach for those inner passage ways. Grace and peace to you, Michael.
    Debbie

  6. Tom Raines says:

    Amen! May He draw us near and guide us! I must keep looking to Him for the key! Thanks

  7. Beautiful writing on a challenging topic…the best of things take time and effort, patience and longsuffering. Thank you for the reminder. Blessings in the remembrance of your beautiful daughter….

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  9. Micheal, I have found it to be hard dealing with life situations because we are so comfortable with our routines of life that we forget our purpose of life in the first place. I realize through adversity not to ask why but to say thank you. Thank you for grace…Thank you God for the time you have allowed us to fellowship with family and friends. We spend so much time complaining over spilled milk, that we forget how we got the milk to begin with. If you was not blessed with the milk then there would be no fuss over it spilling. May God bless you .

    • Shenine,
      It is very easy for me to to get comfortable in my routines as you stated. I feel our one true purpose in life is to realize our relationship with Father God through His son. I must know in my heat that Jesus and that relationship are the key to resolving the distractions that arise along the journey of life. As with my daughter, the Lord gifted us with fourteen wonderful years. I would prefer many more, but if I get trapped in the need for the “many more” I will fail to cherish the fourteen I was given…the fourteen given to me by Father God.

      Thank you so much for your insight, God bless,
      Michael

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