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Beyond the Curtain Part 1 (5 of 13)
How to Enjoy Intimacy With God
Series: No Guts, Not Glory
Preached February 8, 2009
This is the third message on prayer, which is one of the disciplines of the Christian life in order to make us more Christ-like.
Again, you can't become godly by simply "trying"; you become godly by "training." Remember, Paul told Timothy to "train" 'yourself for godliness, because it has great benefits not only here on earth, but for all eternity. Remember, "No Guts, No Glory."
I am spending 4 Sundays on prayer because it is probably the most misunderstood and abused discipline of them all.
My three sons and I were headed to McDonald's one day, and we passed a car accident. Usually when we see something terrible like that, we say a prayer for those who might be hurt, so I pointed and said to my sons, "We should pray."
From the back seat I heard Micah, my 13 year old, earnest request: "Please, God, don't let those cars block the entrance to McDonald's."
I've titled this series of messages on prayer, "Beyond the Curtain," because the writer of Hebrews tells us that because of the sacrifice of Christ, we can go into the very presence of God, which was, heretofore, separated from us by a veil, a curtain in the Temple of Jerusalem some 2000 years ago.
TEXT: Hebrews 10:19-22 ESV
So, how do you enjoy intimacy with God?
Over the last couple weeks, I've shared with you that first of all, you've got to
BE COMPELLED BY YOUR PASSION
Your love for God will drive you to spend time with Him.
BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR POSITION as a child of the King to enter into His presence
BE CAREFUL ABOUT BEING PRETENTIOUS
Just get real with God.
BE CLEANSED OF YOUR PRIDE
We don't go to the throne of grace arrogantly. Confidently, yes. Arrogantly, no. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Today, I want to share just one point, but I think it ...
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