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Summary: Many people have a "head" knowledge of God but we need a HEART KNOWLEDGE OF HIM.

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" TWELVE INCHES FROM GLORY "

REVELATION 2:1-5

OVER THE YEARS I HAVE COME TO REALIZE ONE PROFOUND THING ABOUT MY REALTIONSHIP WITH GOD, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD WITH MY LIFE IF I LIVE IT IN SUCH A WAY THAT DENIES HIS GUIDANCE. IT IS MORE THAN POSSIBLE TO MISS THE MARK IF WE TAKE OUR EYES OF JESUS BUT IS PROBABLE THAT WE WILL MISS THE MARK WITHOUT CHRIST. THROUGHOUT THE WORD OF GOD WE ARE WARNED NOT TO BECOME PUFFED UP WITH PRIDE AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WE ARE TOLD NOT TO LEAN ON OUR HUMAN MIND, OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING, BUT INSTEAD TO TRUST IN THE POWER OF GOD TO GUIDE US. WE ARE DULY WARNED THAT JUST HAVING A KNOWLEDGE ABOUT GOD AND THE THINGS OF GOD AND THE WORD OF GOD WITHOUT APPLYING IT TO OUR LIVES IS DANGEROUS.

IN THE SOCIETY WE NOW LIVE IN WE ARE CAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING THAT SOMETIMES THE ONLY THING THAT SEPERATES A WINNER FROM A LOSER IS A MATTER OF INCHES. SOMETIMES THE ONLY THING THAT SEPERATES A VICTOR FROM THE CONQUERED, A CHAMPION FROM THE DEFEATED IS A MATTER OF INCHES. WE SEE EVENTS LIKE THIS PORTRAYED ALL AROUND US EACH AND EVERYDAY IN THE ATHLETIC CONTESTS WE HAVE GROWN SO FOND OF. WE UNDERSTAND THE FEW SCANT INCHES THAT ALLOWED A HALF-FOOTED MAN TO KICK THE WORLD RECORD FIELD GOAL FOR THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS SO MANY YEARS AGO BECAUSE HE ONLY CLEARED THE GOAL POSTS BY A MATTER OF INCHES. WE HAVE ALL SEEN OLYMPIC RUNNERS STRAINING TO STRETCH THEIR BODIES JUST ONE INCH FARTHER THAN THE MAN RUNNING NEXT TO THEM IN STRIDE. SOMETIMES THE ONLY THING THAT SEPERATES A CHAMPION FROM AN ALSO RAN IS A MATTER OF INCHES.

WHAT SPIRITUAL APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE TO US AS WE SEARCH FOR WAYS TO APPLY THE PRINCIPLE OF INCHES TO OUR LIVES. WHAT IS IT THAT CAN SEPARATE US INTO A CHAMPION FOR CHRIST INSTEAD OF JUST A PARTICIPANT IN THE CHRISTIAN FAITH?

BEFORE WE BREAK THE BREAD OF LIFE TO SEARCH GOD’S WORD FOR HIS ANSWER, WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES TWO VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS…

1. DO I WANT TO BECOME SOMEONE WHO IS A CHAMPION FOR CHRIST?

2. AM I WILLING TO GIVE GOD ALL THAT I AM SO THAT I CAN BECOME ALL THAT HE DESIRES?

EVERYBODY SITTING HERE TODAY HAS THE POTENTIAL OF BECOMING A CHAMPION FOR JESUS CHRIST AND I BELIEVE IN MY HEART THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN SITTING HERE HAS A DESIRE DEEP DOWN TO SERVE GOD MORE, TO KNOW GOD MORE AND LIVE A LIFE THAT IS PLEASING TO GOD. MOST CHRISTIANS WANT TO DO THINGS AND LEARN THINGS ABOUT GOD THAT WILL PRODUCE FRUIT IN THEIR LIVES THAT IS PLEASING TO GOD, BUT THEY JUST DON’T KNOW HOW.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THAT IS REAL AND PERSONAL?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR GOD SPEAK TO YOU? WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHAT GOD IS TELLING YOU? WOULD IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE IF YOU COULD ACTUALLY SEE GOD AT WORK ALL AROUND YOU?

WOULD YOU LIKE GOD TO INVITE YOU TO JOIN HIM IN THE WORK HE IS DOING?

· WOULD THAT MAKE YOU LISTEN TO THIS MESSAGE TODAY AND APPLY IT TO YOUR LIFE INSTEAD OF JUST HEARING A BUNCH OF MEANINGLESS WORDS AND PHRASES?

· THE ONLY THING SEPARATING YOU FROM A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THAT IS REAL AND PERSONAL AND HEARING GOD SPEAK TO YOU AND USE YOU IN HIS WORK IS A MATTER OF INCHES


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