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God in the House (2 of 3)
Series: A Word to the Church
• (READ TEXT) A few weeks ago, I heard a preacher say these words (with which I concur); "As believers, we are told to tell other people about what Christ has done for us, in us, and through us. After we tell them and win them we bring them back into the church family for discipleship and growth, but the question is this; 'what exactly do we bring them back to?' Do they come to a place where people are seeking God or seeking their own? Do they come to a place where they continually sense, see, and feel God's presence? Better said, to they come to a place where "GOD IS IN THE HOUSE?"
• My daily prayer for us is that every time we gather, God is present. God's presence should be on the minds of God's more than anything else. Too often among church going people there is much concern about other things (I.E. what's she wearing, what's he singing, did someone get my seat, someone get my parking place, etc) The list goes on and on and yet, if gathering in the name of the Lord will ever equate to touching heaven, it will be when GOD IS IN THE HOUSE. The scripture we have just read is a story of Jesus (God) being in the house! Think about why Jesus comes and the result of Jesus coming.
a) When God is in the house - He has been invited. The scripture says clearly that the Pharisee invited Jesus to eat. Why did a Pharisee invite Jesus? We could guess many different reasons, but taken into context with the history of the Pharisees, it could be well stated that it was to watch Him, check Him out, and find fault.
• But watch this, 'when Jesus is invited, many times, He will show up.' Generally, He will not show up if He is NOT invited.
b) When God is in the house - People know it. - A Pharisee invited HIS close FRIENDS and yet the word got around! People know when God is in the house.
c) When God is in the house - People want to be there, they show up. - God has placed into ...
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