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Summary: God desires to have a close, intimate, personal ...loving, dynamic, powerful relationship with you. Christianity is not about a weekly trip to church. We must move beyond that.

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service; there are four Scripture Readings before the Sermon. The Scripture Readings for this day are: 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84 ; Ephesians 6:10-20 and John 6:56-69.

The deeper your personal relationship is with God ... the more ....the devil.... is fearful of you.

The deeper ... the more intimate ... the more genuine ... the more real.... your relationship is with God ...the devil ...is more fearful of you.

God desires to have a close ... intimate ... personal loving ... dynamic ... powerful relationship ....with you.

Christianity ....is not about a weekly trip ....to church.

We must go .....beyond that.

How many times .....have we asked people...... Are you a Christian?

How many times .....have we received the answer ... ......I go to church.

Well that does not tell you..... much.

The question is............. are you in love with Jesus?

The Real Question is: ...... Is Jesus your Savior ....and the Lord of your Life?

Are you walking in obedience? (Long Pause)

Beloved .... There is much darkness ....outside these walls.

And it is time for us.... to turn.... the lights on.

We are called ....to be the light of the world..... but far too many ....have forgotten ....to turn ....their lights on.

We desperately need.... to get serious about..... what is going on in this world ....... and what is going on .....in our own lives.

We need to understand .... one day ....we are going to stand before Almighty God ....and make an account .....of our life. (Pause)

It is time to submit ... it is time to obey ... it is time to be real ... it is time to be mature in the faith ....and develop a close.... intimate relationship ....with God.

I believe..... there are two keys .... to a close relationship ....with God.

The first key is "Truth" ... really being truthful with God ... to hold .....nothing back.

Do not hold on to ....certain areas of your life ... that are just .....for you.

Jesus said everything ....Everything that the father has ....is mine.

And everything ....that I have belongs..... to the father.

Are there areas of your life.... that you are holding on to ... That you have not given..... to God?

Beloved...Everything!

He must be first..... in Everything. (Pause)

Prayer..... For some ....seems a chore ... it becomes this duty, ... this obligation .....that they dread.

Prayer Beloved....is just talking to God.

And Mature Prayer ....is talking to God ....honestly.(Pause)

Truth .....is the first key ....to an intimate relationship with God ... the second key.... is Time.

If you desire ....to have close relationship with God ....you must put time.... into it.

I will tell you right now .... If you do not put the time in ... you will be wishing for ... and will never receive .... an intimate relationship .....with God.

If you will not give him the time ... then God really does not have.... first place ....in your life.

You have heard it said ... there is a God shaped hole in every one of us.

And nothing fills that hole ... except God.

No position at work..... No boyfriend or girlfriend ... no husband or wife, .... no child, ....no friend,.... no amount of money ....will fill that hole.

Nothing is going to fill it... only God. (Pause)

We must get serious ...in our relationship ....with Him.

God offers us power ... but that power comes ....through intimacy .....with him.

How did Jesus tap this Spiritual Power ... how did Jesus use...... spiritual warfare ......against the devil. (Pause)

When Jesus came to town .....the devil left.

If we have an intimate relationship with God .... wherever we go .... the devil.... will flee.

Do you want that .....in your life.

When you go to work, ... when you go to the store .... all the devil's ......should hide.

When you put your feet on the floor in the morning ....the demon's should shudder .....and say to one another..... O' my .....he is out of bed again.... Oh no ... she is up again.

Just look ...at how Jesus..... lived.

Jesus won every battle He faced ......every temptation. .... And He came out victorious.

When you search out Jesus life in the Scriptures ....One thing you will always find ...He spent much time alone... with the Father.

He always spent time ....with him.

He always made time.... for the Father.

We are strengthened......in our relationship ....when we spend time ......with God.

Now if I asked ... and we were all .....truthful.

How many of you..... have difficultly spending regular,...... quality fellowship time ....with God?

Probably ...almost every hand..... would go up.

Beloved.....The devil fights us .....that hard.

The devil ....does not want us to be in conversation .....with our Heavenly Father.

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Anonymous

commented on Jul 31, 2013

Good Job

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jul 31, 2013

Thank-you for taking the time to comment. Blessings In Christ. Jeff

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