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Summary: We Need a faith, that would not quit even with barriers in front of them. Most people give up when a barrier is in the way. What are some of our barriers to the blessings of God.

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" BARRIERS TO BLESSINGS "

Mark 2:1-5

And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. [2] And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. [3] And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. [4] And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. [5] When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

If a man seeks forgiveness of sins, I mean truly seeks with a desperation that will not quit no matter what is in the way, he will be forgiven. This is the great lesson learned from the man with palsy.

Notice: The prerequisite to being forgiven was clearly demonstrated by what happened.

1. The man came to Jesus. Actually, this man was brought to Jesus by four other men. Note two significant things.

a. The man was desperate for help and very hopeful, having heard about Jesus.

b. The man was counted as a very dear person by the four men. This is indicated by the extreme action they took to reach Jesus.

The point is clear: the first prerequisite to forgiveness is coming to Jesus. A person must come to Jesus for forgiveness, even if he has to be brought. Compare the invitation of God to "come":

2. The man and his friends possessed a sincere, desperate faith in Jesus’ power.

A faith, that would not quit even with barriers in front of them.

Most people give up when a barrier is in the way.

What are some of our barriers to the blessings of God.

I. SELF CENTEREDNESS.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Selfish ambition can cause some terrible things among men.

It can cause...

Jealousy

Hatred

Suffering

Envy

Sneakiness

Divisiveness

Bitterness

Conflict

Death

Anger

Self-centeredness

Destruction

Great barriers are built between people in their worship. Think about the Jewish Temple for just a moment.

Imagine the huge walls (barriers) separating people from God, and the various courtyards favoring Jewish men before women and all Jews before any Gentile. Imagine the self-righteousness, pride, self-centeredness, prejudice, envy, and jealousy. Where is love, care, ministry, evangelism, social consciousness, and a sense of human need in such a scheme of religion? Every generation of believers must search their hearts for any sign of prejudice and division, and purge their hearts of such sins.

We are always at the center of the picture.

Humility begins to come when we honestly face ourselves and admit our self-centeredness.

Self-centeredness weakens and limits and destroys relationships and achievements.

Humility reaches its height when we lose our lives in the cause of Christ and welfare of others.


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