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Building an altar unto the Lord

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Sermon shared by Jose Gomez Sr

August 2005
Summary: Every Christian needs to have a place to meet with the Lord. You will learn how to build a life of prayer and dedication to the Lord.
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
"There I will go to the altar of God,
to Godóthe source of all my joy.
I will praise you with my harp,
O God, my God!"


The Altar is representative of our prayer life. Unlike in the Old Testament, Because of the work of Jesus in the cross we can now talk to God where ever we call out to Him.
We all need a place where we can talk to God, where we can meet face to face with Him.


What the Altar represents;

The Altar is designed for sacrifice

The altar represents the place where God is

The altar is a place of refuge

The altar represents the place where the priest intercedes.

The Altar represents the place where we can take our sorrows

The altar represents where we can talk to God

The Altar represents the place of blessings



How do we build an altar unto the lord?

1. Your priorities have to be in the right place.

A. God first

B. Family second. Family is your first ministry

C. Business, job or career third.

These are things that you need in order to live in the material world but they will not profit you any for the eternal life.

-You cant build two kingdoms at the same time. Jesus said; You cant serve two masters.......

-You cant build your kingdom and build Godís kingdom.

God says; You build His kingdom and He will build yours.

- If you take time to build Godís kingdom He will give you success in everything you do.

-God blesses you as you build His kingdom.

-You have the favor of God as you are building His kingdom.



2. You need a plan.

In the construction business we call this a blueprint or the plans of the house.

Jesus said; no one build a house without first of all counting the cost.

A. You need a solid foundation. If you donít have it, donít build walls on sinking sand because in the long run it is going to be worthless.

B. You need solid walls. The nails have to be set in the right place and space apart at the correct distance.

C. There are things that are essential.

-Insulation

-The right copper wire for your electric to flow correctly.

-The right plumbing.

-Shingles in the roof and the correct thickness paper underneath to secure no leaks.

- Some want a good spiritual home but they settle for cheap materials.



3. Understand that its going to cost you something Jesus said that its foolish building anything without first counting the cost.

-The cost is not what you say or what you are willing to do, God tells you what the cost is.

Jesus said; You must die to self and pick up your cross and follow Him.

Not every sacrifice is acceptable,

Heb.13:15,With Jesusí help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name. 16 Donít forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.

Other verses in this chapter show us the sacrifices that are acceptable to the Lord;

Chapter 3:1, Continue to love each other with true Christian love.* 2 Donít forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! 3 Donít forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.4 Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely
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