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A God that is on your side

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Sermon shared by Terry Owens

March 2001
Summary: Godís not working against us, Heís on our side.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Have you ever felt like nothing good ever happens to you? That somebody else is getting the blessing you need.
Have you ever said to yourself, why canít God bless me?
Iíve got a news bulletin for you this morning. The feelings of isolation, loneliness, and abandonment that you have faced are nothing than the enemy trying to bring you down.
We just looked at some powerful words from the scriptures that simply say, ďIf God be for us, who can be against us.Ē
Iíve come out of my prayer closet with a Word of the Lord for someone here this morning that God is on your side.
I believe that God wants to minister to you this morning. Some of you are wounded and broken and youíre desperately in need of God to heal your heart and your emotions.
Satan has trounced all over you. You come in with a smile that is pasted on your face. Itís all you can do to wear it, but underneath that smile you live in pain and wonder if anything is ever going to change.
Youíve come to the right place this morning, because I believe that God is going to meet with you today. Iím trusting that God is going to break through some of the religious spirits that keep us from receiving from God.
Let me share with you this morning, religion will kill you. Religion has created an atmosphere where we find it hard to believe that God is on our side because all we see God as is the terminator, or the punisher if we donít get it right.
We perpetuate that attitude, we say ďif you donít do right, God is going to get you.Ē ďWatch out, or God will zap you.Ē
If all you ever have is a narrow vision of who God is youíll never be able to walk in the fullness of your relationship with Him.
We need to come to the understanding that God is on our side. I want to share with you three areas that will help you come into a fuller understanding of this.
First, in order for us to come into an understanding that God is on our side, we must first understand our relationship with Him.
This is a critical point for our lives. This is where we mess up because we donít understand our relationship with Him.
Weíre like Israel so many times. Israel couldnít seem to get it right. They saw God as the lawgiver, an authority figure that they were afraid of. They knew Him as the one on top of Mt. Sinai where the thunder and lighting was, and if you didnít do something that God didnít like, you were toast.
They let Moses go up the mountain while they told him they were content where they were. They were afraid of God and because of that they missed out on the relationship that God wanted with them.
If we only see God as an authority figure then we really miss out on what God is all about.
Let me give you and example of what Iím talking about. He didnít give us the 10 commandments just so we would have a bunch of rules to follow.
God knew that there were certain things that would happen in our life if we do them. The 10 commandments were more than just laws written down, they were 10 areas that God wanted His people to know that if they lived by these laws, it would open up a new dimension of their relationship with Him.
In essence they were an expression of love. For exampleÖ
You donít stop loving your children just because you correct them, or discipline them. You donít tell your children donít put your hand in the fire because you want to take away all his or her fun.
It might seem that
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