Summary: We can put up barriers so as to not receive the blessings that God has reserved for us all.
BARRIERS TO GOD’S
God has a multitude of blessings that He wants to impart to
each and every Christian.
A. Many times Christians just don’t understand the
extent of these blessings.
1. Peace with the God of the universe
a. It is very frightening to have such a being
as our mortal enemy.
2. A clear conscience (I Peter 3:21)
a. There is absolutely no other way to
remove guilt from our lives.
3. Salvation from the pain and terrors of hell.
a. If God did nothing else for us....this
would be one of the biggest blessings in
4. Eternal life....with God! (I John 2:25)
a. We aren’t talking a long time...we are
speaking of no more time.....never
coming to an end.
5. Adoption into the family of God (Rom. 8:15)
a. We have equal standing with Jesus Christ
.....everything that Christ is and has
inherited.....we share equally.
6. We enjoy the comfort and the power of
God, Himself...through the Holy Spirit.
a. If we have the power of the Holy
Spirit, working in us....WE HAVE
THE POWER OF GOD....if we
could and would only recognize it.
7. We enjoy the loving mercies of God
a. We can have as much mercy as we
could possibly want....it all hinges
on the mercy that we are willing to
show to others.
** God has even designed His plan in such a way, that we
shall be exactly like Jesus....one day.
I John 3:1-3 - 1Behold what manner of love the Father has
bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not
know Him. 2Beloved, now we are children of God; and it
has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know
that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall
see Him as He is.
1. Multitudes of blessings are there awaiting us......
blessings too numerous to mention.
a. The thing we must know and understand,
however, is that these blessings are
conditional...depending on the condition of
1.) We can put up barriers, in our hearts,
that can work to deny ourselves these
a.) God wants us to have them...He
has provided everything that we
need to obtain them....the only
one who can deny us these
blessings is ourselves.
We will look at HOW we put up barriers to God’s
I. We put up a gigantic barrier to God and His blessings,
by refusing to do what He wants us to do.
Heb. 6:9-12 - 9But, beloved, we are confident of better
things concerning you, yes, things that accompany
salvation, though we speak in this manner. 10For God is
not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you
have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered
to the saints, and do minister. 11And we desire that each
one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of
hope until the end, 12that you do not become sluggish, but
imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the
Heb. 10:36 - 36For you have need of endurance, so that
after you have done the will of God, you may receive the
A. Yes, there is something for us to do.
1. We read in the book of Revelation that all
mankind will be judged by what they did or
Rev. 20:13 - 13The sea gave up the dead who were in it,
and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in
them. And they were judged, each one according to his
B. People have bought into the notion that, “Jesus
has done it all.....there’s nothing for us to do.”
1. This is absolutely true when we are speaking
of the cleansing power of His blood....nothing
else can wash away our sins.
a. There is no “penance” that would be
great enough to pay for our sins.
b. There would be no act, invented by man,
that God would recognize.
c. Without the blood of Christ in the mix....
nothing else would be of any use.
2. But with the blood of Christ, and the
forgiveness of our sins....comes an expectation
that we would act as loving and obedient
** Some scripture to illustrate the point:
John 14:15 - 15“If you love Me, keep My
James 2:17,24 - 17Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have
works, is dead. 24You see then that a man is justified by works,
and not by faith only.
1. There are many more passages which illustrate the point.
a. The blessings of God are free and they are there...
but one of the conditions of receiving the blessings