The Gate that Leads to True Freedom

On April 7, 2015, the beauty company Dove launched an advertising campaign called “Choose Beautiful” . Representatives from the organization set up campaigns in several countries across the globe. At each conference location, two signs were placed at the entrance of each door; one labeled “Average” and the other “Beautiful”.

The women who attended the campaign were not told the purpose of each entrance, but were given freedom to choose the door they felt most comfortable walking through. A camera crew filmed the entrances to see which doors the women walked through. If you have a chance, check out the three minute video below to see what happened.

Many women stared painfully at each door, struggling to decide which entrance to walk through. Many entered the “Average” door with sheepish looks on their faces, glancing around them to see if anyone noticed that they only viewed themselves as average. Some women chose to walk through the “Beautiful” door. They entered with their heads held high and smiles on their faces, as if saying in their hearts, “Yes, I am beautiful. I can walk through this door!”

Which door would you choose? Would you shyly slip through the “average” door, or confidently stroll through the one labeled “beautiful”? The book of Acts describes a man who experienced a life-changing miracle and joyfully entered a door–a glorious gate called Beautiful.

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a crippled man from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. (Acts 3:1-2)

The crippled man saw Peter and John about to enter the gate. With downcast eyes and outstretched hands, he begged for alms.

But Peter looked straight at him. Perhaps he saw this man’s pain. His angst. The sheer disdain for his broken body.
The next words that Peter spoke radically changed the course of this man’s life:

“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (vs. 6)

Taking him by the right hand, Peter lifted him up.  Instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. Then the man did the unthinkable–he jumped up to his feet and began to walk! He went with Peter and John into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. (Acts 3:6-8)

Do you sense the indescribable joy in this man’s heart? Can you imagine what it must have felt like to finally walk?

There is power in the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus has the power to reverse every curse, break every chain of bondage, heal every wound, and strengthen the weak.

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Finally, after all those years of sitting, he entered the Beautiful gate singing.

Before we met Jesus, we also lived a life of bondage, crippled by shame and guilt. But Jesus strengthened our feeble ankles and gave us a firm place to stand.

Christ makes our feet strong, firm and steadfast.

We are now clothed in his strength and beauty.

Have you entered the Beautiful gate?

Like the women in the Dove film, two “gates” lay before us. The “average” gate leads us down a path of defeat. It whispers lies of shame and fear, and ushers in self-doubt and condemnation.

But God beckons us to follow him to the gate called Beautiful–the gate of indescribable joy, peace, healing and freedom.

God beckons us to enter the gate called Beautiful; the gate of indescribable joy. Click To Tweet

One day, we will enter another gate—a heavenly gate far more beautiful and glorious. The apostle John, who witnessed the miraculous healing of the man at the Beautiful gate, was also given a vision of the gates of the New Jerusalem:

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Revelation 21:10-12
What a wondrous picture of the beauty that awaits us! One day our strengthened feet will enter into the precious gates of the Holy City—none of us can begin to fathom what our eyes will behold on the other side!

Our feet will stroll the glimmering street of pure gold, walking, leaping, and praising God forever. Nothing we experience on this earth will ever compare to this kind of glory.

If you are currently struggling with the temporary woes of this world, I pray that you take comfort in the truth that we will one day meet our Savior face to face. The troubles and pain within our broken earthly bodies will be a distant memory.

Until that glorious day, choose Beautiful.

Choose faith. Choose Christ. Choose beautiful.

Not the frivolous, fading beauty of this world, but the transforming, life-altering beauty of our Savior.

Choose to wrap yourself in sparkling garments of splendor, to stand on your strengthened feet, and dance your way through the Beautiful gate of healing and freedom!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

What healing are you in need of today? How can I pray for you? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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31 thoughts on “The Gate that Leads to True Freedom

    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Julie! 🙂 I hope you find great peace and joy in walking through the Beautiful gate today! 🙂

    1. Yes, so many of us would not feel worthy enough to enter the Beautiful door, but God beckons us to come! We ARE beautiful, and what a wonderful blessing it is to walk through the beautiful gate into His hope and healing! Thanks for visiting, Lisa!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Jerralea! I pray we all have the courage to walk through the beautiful door–because that what we indeed are! 🙂

  1. Thank you for these encouraging thoughts!
    It is so good to know that we are beautiful in Christ. Our perception depends on which voices we are listening to.
    “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

    1. Amen, Ruth! We definitely need to be listening the the right voices to remind ourselves that we are truly beautiful–and I love that verse in Ecclesiastes! Thanks so much for visiting! 🙂

  2. A beautiful post, Christin! I’ve seen that video clip and it is remarkable. And a great parallel for the life God calls us to. I appreciate your focus on God’s desire for us t live in joy, peace, healing and freedom. Truly, it’s only through Christ can we know those.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Diane! Yes, I agree that it is only through Christ that we can choose the hope, joy and freedom that He offers!

  3. What an amazing picture! Now I want to put a beautiful sign over my door so my kids walk through it every day as they head to school. Jesus offers us a beautiful gate. I’ll be mulling this over all day!

    1. Thats is a great idea, Kathy! I think I might do that to remind me and our whole family that every day God gives us the choice to choose the beautiful! Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂

  4. Wonderful, truth-filled , encouraging article. I just sent it to my 23 yr old and 19 yr old daughters. I have 4 children who are young adults , 23,21,19 and 18 all of whom need revelation on who God is, how much he loves them and all Jesus did for them by his birth, life, death , entombment and resurrection.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this post to your daughters, Cheryl! I pray that the Lord gives each a them a powerful revelation of the beauty they have within them, and that they would experience His amazing love in a powerful way! I love the part in the video where the mom pulls her daughter through the beautiful door–I pray that God will use you to bring your daughters through the beautiful gate of freedom! Blessings to you and your family!

  5. Christin,
    What a BEAUTIFUL post! I choose beautiful. I refuse to live an average life. God has way too much for us to settle for less!
    I stopped by through #GraceandTruth and I’m so glad Arabah introduced us to you. I love the title of this post and your blog. I share a message of Victorious Living–Breaking FREE of the Victim Mentality to women’s groups based out of Isaiah 52:1-2 and I’m assuming thats what scripture you based your blog on?
    Praying God expands the reach of your writing as you blog.
    Be Blessed and Refreshed today!
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

    1. Oh Sherry! Thank you SO much for your encouraging words! You have definitely blessed me today! 🙂 Yes, my blog name comes from Isaiah 52:1-2, and I am SO passionate about women breaking free from the bondage of shame and to clothe themselves with the strength of Christ–our beautiful, brilliant garments of splendor! Blessings to you and your amazing ministry as you continue to call women to freedom and victory through Christ! 🙂

  6. The video brought me to tears, Christin..literally. Thank you for reminding us of the choice we have before us. To liberate our hearts to see as ONLY He sees. Our finite measurments we place on ourselves and others are not the same standards that He has. Your words have touched my heart today. I am blessed.
    Thank you for the beauty that you bled here.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

    1. Dawn, thank you so much for visiting! Each time I watch the video, I am also moved to tears. When see all of those beautiful women created in God’s image think that they are not worthy enough to walk through the beautiful door pains me. So many women walk around this earth in bondage, unaware of the powerful freedom Jesus died to give us! I want all women to know how beautifully woven together they are by the Master Designer!

    1. Thanks so much, Ginger! Many, many blessings to you and your dynamic ministry–and may we all invite others to enter the beautiful gate with us!

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