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Gods Not Going to Kick the Door In (Revelation 3:20-22, John 4:23, Joshua 24:14-21, Judges 21:25)Bruce Whitehead, April 26, 2015
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
God doesn't beat on the door to get your attention. God will not drag you to the altar. God wants you to open the door, wants you to worship because you love Him. Just because you're a church member doesn't mean that you are automatically going to heaven. Jesus was so stressed and troubled that He sweat drops of blood. They then beat Jesus 99 times and was not recognized. Then they plucked out his beard. They then forced Him to carry a cross through the town upon a hill. At this point they nailed him to the cross in order for him to hang with His own weight. Even in the state that Jesus was in, He still loved the thief next to Him and even those around by saying forgive them. The entire earth knew that Jesus was the Christ. We live in a world today that people will live how they feel what is right in their own eyes. Some say they want some big proof from God that He's real. He has already done that, time and time again. What more do you want Him to do? We should love God with everything in our heart. Why are you here? Why do you serve Him? How long has it been since you've sat with God and communed with Him? God will not force you to worship Him.
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20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)
23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (KJV)
14Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. 15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 16And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; 17For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: 18And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God. 19And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. 21And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD. (KJV)
25In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (KJV)