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Escape from Gilligans Island: God Inhabits

We strug­gle with ways to max­i­mize our rela­tion­ship with God. Flatland Church and Pastor JeffWhen we wor­ship God from afar we will not tru­ly under­stand who God is. By fol­low­ing God from afar we will find our­selves strand­ed. We need to under­stand that God desires to have a very per­son­al and inti­mate rela­tion­ship with us. When we work on that rela­tion­ship, we can stay off of Gilligan’s Island. That was the basic mes­sage that Pastor Jeff preached to us Sunday.

First a quick snap­shot of the ser­mon as typed out on my iPhone dur­ing the ser­vice. You would be bet­ter off hear­ing it. If you are in Omaha, be sure to vis­it Flatland oth­er­wise, vis­it their web­site and down­load the pod­cast.

Rev. 3:16 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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— Christ stands at the door and knocks. He comes in but like an emp­ty house we need to fur­nish the home — we need to build our rela­tion­ship with Him.

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God has want­ed to inhab­it mankind from the begin­ning In Eden man walked with God, saw Him and talked with Him face to face. Sin changed that.

God inhab­its places that are holy. In the Old Testament, God inhab­it­ed the tabernacle/temple. But to access God one had to go through all kind of rit­u­al and ulti­mate­ly only the high priest could actu­al­ly enter into God’s pres­ence. God changed all that through Christ. He ripped the veil that pre­vent­ed peo­ple from enter­ing the Holy of Holies

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God wants us to pur­sue Him. We are on a jour­ney to dis­cov­er who He is. He is right there with us.

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tem­ple we are for God to inhab­it.

Outer court , holy place, holy of holies  God inhab­its the holy of holies.

Don’t set­tle for sec­ond place — pur­sue God just like Jason Lezak pur­sued the Olympic gold medal in the 4 x 100m med­ley relay, swim­ming his heart out, beat­ing his per­son­al best time for the 100m by a large mar­gin.

So how do we max­i­mize our rela­tion­ship with God?

  1. Hunger after God Matt 5:6 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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  2. Persevere through hard times James 1:4 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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  3. Humble your­self to God’s truth James 1:21–22 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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  4. Determine to nev­er give up. Hebrews 12:1–2 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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I was chal­lenge by Pastor Jeff in sev­er­al ways but I think the word “pur­sue” is what stands out to me the most. We can not sit back idle and expect our rela­tion­ship with God to grow and mature. Our rela­tion­ship is just like my toma­to plants sit­ting out on the patio. If I don’t active­ly water them, make sure they are bug free, are in the sun, and have prop­er fer­til­iz­er, they will die. The rain may come occa­sion­al­ly to keep them bare­ly alive and rather wimpy tomatos if any but if I tend to them active­ly, I will get nice tomatos.

I am sit­ting here look­ing at the four points above: hunger, per­se­vere, hum­ble, nev­er give up! They seem to be burn­ing them­selves into my brain and my heart. I need to nev­er be sat­is­fied with where I am in my rela­tion­ship with God but hunger for even more. Even when I am strug­gling, I will per­se­vere in fol­low­ing God. I need to bow to God’s truth and obey His ways out of my love for Him and desire to serve Him. I will nev­er give up in this pur­suit, no mat­ter what life throws at me for I know He waits for me at the fin­ish line even as He runs along side me, cheer­ing me along, and pro­vid­ing help and com­fort that I may con­tin­ue run­ning.

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