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Enter His Gates (2 of 2)
Last week we learned about God inviting us into His presence to be with Him. (John 10:9) The Father wants us to be with Him and so we accept His invitation who is Jesus Christ. Our lost relationship becomes a new relationship with the Father and we have to face the things in our life that are nothing like our Father. We come to a place when we want to be accepted by our Father and decide we want to change. We realize it is a lot of work so we begin to prepare. We want Him to accept us and we decide His acceptance and being with Him is the most important thing in our lives and so we free up time to make the journey into His presence. We get specific directions from the Holy Spirit and we start packing for the spiritual journey. We put spiritual food in the bag to eat along the way. Now we are ready to get started on the journey our goal is to arrive at the gates of His temple and to live at His house.
I. Arriving at the Gates
a. Getting Started (Hebrews 12:1-2)
i. "The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it."Richard L. Evans, Bits & Pieces, March 4, 1993, p. 2.
ii. Even though you accepted the invitation a while ago you have now decided to get started.
iii. We keep our eyes fixed on Jesus (the only person who has experience) (Luke 9:61-62)
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