Love Opens The Door

Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will go to them and make our home with them. A person who doesn’t love me doesn’t do what I say. I don’t make up what you hear me say. What I say comes from the Father who sent me.”

John 14:23‭-‬24 GW

Jesus answered, “My kingdom doesn’t belong to this world. If my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. My kingdom doesn’t have its origin on earth.”

John 18:36 GW

We can go to God with bold confidence through faith in Christ.

Ephesians 3:12 GW

How do you enter someone’s home?

You go through the door.

While here on Earth, our physical bodies are the home for our souls and spirits.

No matter where you go, you’re going to be at home in your body.

We’re limited by our bodies.

We can’t be everywhere at the same time.

Not even the devil can do that.

But there is One, who is everywhere.

God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient.

He’s everywhere, all-powerful and all-knowing.

He’s truly awesome.

And He wants to make Himself at home in your body, too.

What’s it like to be home?

You do what you want, when you want.

Everything belongs to you and you have the authority to say how things get done.

God wants to be the head of your household.

That’s only possible when you submit to His headship.

Otherwise, you’re in rebellion.

And rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

Witchcraft is gaming the system to get your own way.

Could you be participating in witchcraft and not even know it?

Quite possibly.

There’s a lot of strong delusion floating around.

The devil’s played a dirty trick on legalistic believers.

He tricked them into thinking that if they keep the law, then they’re safe.

They’re so bound up with religious spirits, or demons, that they have no relationship with God.

They love their rules but the love of God is not in them.

Unfortunately, without the Spirit of God, you’re a dead man walking, so to speak.

Playing it safe won’t get you anywhere.

God commands us to be strong and courageous.

What’s the purpose of being courageous if you’re not doing anything that requires courage?

Like stepping out of the boat.

Think of it this way: the local church fellowship is the boat.

All the believers are together.

They’re going on a faith journey together.

We all have to do our parts, otherwise we’re stowaways.

Stowaways are freeloaders.

When discovered, they’re either put to work, locked in the brig or thrown overboard.

What about all those people outside the boat?

They’re drowning in sin.

Who will save them?

Who’s going to throw them a life preserver?

Who’s going to share the Gospel with them?

Who’s going to bring them onboard?

Who’s going to disciple them?

Evangelism is really about search and rescue.

Find the lost souls and bring them into the Kingdom.

How do you get out of the safe interior of the boat?

You open the door.

Sure, we can rest all safe and warm enjoying the comforts of home while sailing through this crazy world, but what good would that do?

We’re not here for our own physical gratification.

That’s a worldly temptation that the enemy uses to tempt us into becoming irrelevant and useless.

Is fasting for our own pleasure?

Or does it bring our flesh and souls into subjection to the Spirit?

There’s many doors that need to be opened.

They’ll never open unless someone knocks.

God wants to come in and make His home with you.

Home is where the heart is.

God wants to make His home in your heart.

How do you start?

By loving Jesus.

And doing what He says.

If you do what He says without loving Him, you’re just going through the motions.

You’re an actor.

And actors are just professional liars.

And liars have no inheritance in the Kingdom of God.

We need to get our hearts right.

And then everything will be alright, even when it doesn’t seem that way.

God is in control.

Love that.

Don’t rebel against it.

Guard yourselves from idols.

Guard your hearts above all else.

Whatever you let into your heart will control you.

Either you will love God or you will love money.

There’s not room enough for two.

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