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The gates & The human space
Sunday 18th April


Main Scripture

 

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle. Psalm 24:7-8

 

 

Thought: 

 

Jesus Christ was faced with these gates that tested his greatness. In other words, gates are real. And can only be overcome through our knowledge of Jesus Christ and our relationship with him.

Gates have the ability to speak for or against us.

 

Introduction:

 

The ancient Jews used the Psalm 24, as a worship on the first day of the week (Sunday).

 

‘Let God  enter the human space’

 

Gates are generally made of metal or wood depending on their security usage. They stand as an opposing element or a means of defense/protection/access.

 

We as Christians need to learn that we are faced with all types/kind of gates that war against us. A gate/door are entities that acts as an opening leading one into different spaces within a building, town , cities and countries. 

 

These gates can be physical or spiritual. Our stand against these gates determines how we can move forward or remain where we are. But, through Jesus Christ, we receive the power to triumph over these gates.

 

Outline:

 

The greatness of God:

 

The LORD is a Man of War. The LORD is His name. (Exodus :15:3)

 

Coming into relationship with His greatness:

 

When we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. (James 4:8) 

 

Welcoming God into His people by opening gates:

 

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Rev 3:20)

 

Transitions: 

We need to adopt a life style of taking our needs to God and leaving them there at His feet.

 

Conclusion:

 

Surely, if there were doors and gates that needed to be lifted up before Christ could enter into heaven, much more are there doors and gates that must be opened to receive him into our hearts.” (Spurgeon)

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