by Lenny Ports

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What's in the Way? (2 of 4)
Series: When Heaven Came Down to Earth
Lenny Ports
Isaiah 60:1-3

How many were with us for our first Encounter Night of Worship? If you missed it, you missed it. I mean there was a move of the Spirit in such a way that Jesus was drawing us to come closer to Him. God gave me a vision that I shared at the end of the service - one of Jesus on the mountainside teaching and there were those that sat close to Him (Peter, James, and John) and then there were the rest of the 12, and then there was the crowd that followed Him from a distance. And I saw Jesus beckoning to those that were a distance away from Him to come closer. The closer we get to Him, the more we can hear what He is saying. We can hear the whispers. We can hear His heart and see His eyes. We live in perilous times and the proximity to where we are in relation to where Jesus is will determine our outcome. Not heaven or hell, but a life of victory or a life of defeat. 7 times in the book of the Revelation, Jesus said ''To him who has ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.'' Our ability to hear is based on how close we come to Him. We want to hear His voice, know His heart, and follow that which He is speaking to us.

What a great response we had. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. We truly experienced heaven on earth. The Night of Worship was a fulfillment of a dream that I have had for a long time - a time for us to gather and worship the Lord together with no hindrances. And to have 6 of my 7 children here worshiping together was another blessing!

We want to continue in the sermon series ''When Heaven Came Down to Earth.'' Last week we talked about how God wants to invade our lives by bringing heaven to earth. Heaven comes to earth when:

1. We gather in His name and His presence shows up.
2. We pray and God sends an answer from heaven.
3. We were lost and without God but God emptied heaven and was conceived of the Holy Spirit. Heaven ...

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