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Summary: Today's training will be a three round match. In each round we will be introduced to areas that we may personally need trained in

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The Three Round Knockout

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Psalm 84:10

“A single day in your courts

is better than a thousand anywhere else!

I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.”

Prayer

God knew clear back in the beginning when He sent Moses to retrieve the Ten Commandments... that man would be bombarded with questions that would need to be answered.

God also knew that as the prophecy (the Bible) was being fulfilled… peerless times would arise. There would be…Earthquakes…hurricanes… and droughts… resulting in confusion and ciaos.

And as a result of this… man would in need hope, direction, and leadership.

And this still holds true for us today…from generation to generation man has proven the need of instructions on the correct way to live their lives and raise their families.

It never seems to amaze me that since the beginning of time God knew that man (the one He created) would turn their backs on Him and struggle with the choice of serving Him or serving sin.

This morning I am going to share with you several obstacles that will separate you from God…As well as several obstacles that will draw you closer to Him.

But the first obstacle that we need to address is kinda uncomfortable…and for some here today this might become personal.

This morning let’s assume that serving God can be like being a professional boxer.

I can remember when I was a boy. On occasion my Dad and I would sit down and watch a good boxing match on T.V.

(Explain boxers…dancing around the ring…avoiding being punched…Hitting below the beltline) Throw out some old boxers names…

Many people who come to church…right before entering into Gods ring…pull up their belts around their waists as far as they can.

Well Pastor…why would you say that?

Because of the un-confessed sin in their lives…they are getting prepared for a sparring match with God.

Week after week people…Gods people walk thru those doors wanting to hear Gods instructions for their lives, but sadly are not willing to apply ALL they hear to their personal life.

There ok with the way things are going around the church and in their own lives until…the pastor (I mean God)…steps directly into their ring.

And truth being told there are churches all over America with people who expect God to come in with a strong upper cut of correction in their lives.

But there are also people who attend those same churches who aren’t completely ready for the boxing lesson being taught.

These people hope that there attending on a Sunday that the message doesn’t offend how they are personally living their lives.

But if the message is personal…or if it’s getting close to the belt line…these people are prepared…it’s time to fight.

I’m going to share some extremely valuable information with you! God is not an Amateur fighter! (He’s the professional…The ultimate cage fighter)


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