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Summary: There is a promise land before us, what hinders us? Often times the battle is not from without but the battle is from within... Defeat can be a state of mind? Can God? vs God can! New opportunity?

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THE BATTLE GROUND OF THE MIND... IMPRISONED?

There is an open door of opportunity...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man

can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied

my name.

THE KING INVITES YOU TO COME...

ONCE THERE WAS A GREAT KING THAT LOVES HIS PEOPLE SO DEARLY.

He desired to show his people how much he loved them. The King prepared a great BANQUET

AND INVITE ALL HIS PEOPLE TO ATTEND. There was a requirement to keep the enemies away.

There was A LOCK PLACED ON THE PALACE. The key to unlock the palace door was simple.

Each of his people were REQUIRED TO BRING THER PRETTIEST FLOWER that blooms in their

garden.

So the crowds began together for this special dinner with the King. They had beautiful flowers

in their hands. They would step up to the door of the Banquet Hall and extend their flower and

the doors would open to them. There were ROSES OF SHARON, LILIES OF THE VALLEY,

Hidden among the crowd were some that had FLOWERS OF DECEIT, POPPIES OF

PLEASURE AND ENTERTAINMENT. Others carried the HEMLOCK OF HATRED AND

BLOOMS OF BITTERNESS. PETALS OF PASSION AND SIN WERE OFFERED. The gates

were locked and those that OFFERED FLOWERS OS SIN AND SELFISHNESS were refused

admission.

The glorious BLOOD -RED ROSE offered be the HAND OF THE FAITHFUL opened

the GATES TO THE PALACE OF THE KING. The pure white LILY OF THE VALLEY made

purchase of COMMUNION WITH THE KING AVAILABLE.

WHAT FLOWER IS THAT IN YOUR HAND? WILL YOU ACCEPT THE INVITATION

TO BE WITH THE KING?

1. Have you purchased a piece of land? (POSSESSIONS)

2. Have you got to prove your oxen? (BUSINESS)

3. Have you just got married? (RELATIONSHIPS)

DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH THE KING!

AGAIN? BONDAGE AGAIN?

ARE WE FOREVER TRAPPED?

YOU CONTROL IF THE DOORS ARE OPEN? YOU DECIDE WHEN THE DOORS ARE SHUT...

Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have

received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

CAN WE DEFINE:

DEPRESSION?

DISCOURAGEMENT?

FAILURE?

FRUSTRATION?

DEFEATED? CAN'T DO IT? WHAT DOES: "I CAN'T" LOOK LIKE..."

STATE OF MIND? I CAN'T CAN BE A STATE OF MIND...

NO FORM? SHAPE? NO PHYSICAL CHARACTERICS?

I AM SORRY --- SURE THERE IS A PROMISE LAND --- I JUST CAN'T GET THERE...

Numbers 13:31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the

people; for they are stronger than we. 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which

they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone

to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in

it are men of a great stature. 33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come

of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

THE ENEMY IS SO STRONG, I AM SO WEAK. WHEN WE HAVE FOOD WE HAVE TO

HIDE IT... I AM TIRED OF THE ENEMY ALWAYS STEALING FROM ME. THIS IS

HURTING MY FAMILY. THIS IS NOT GOD'S PLAN FOR ME...

I NEED TO OPEN THE DOOR TO GOD'S OPPORTUNITY.

AM I TRAPPED HERE FOREVER... THERE HAS TO BE BETTER THAN THIS?

Why accept our limitations --- see the DIVINE POTENTIAL.

Judges 6:8 That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them,

Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out

of the house of bondage; 9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of

the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their

land; 10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in

whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. 11 And there came an angel of the

LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite:

and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee,

thou mighty man of valour. 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us,

why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of,

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