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Holiness/The Narrow Gate. Dave Hasz CCF June 12, 2011. End Time Pressures. One of the greatest pressures in the End Times will come from false teachers within the Church. II Peter 2 and Jude. Jude 4.

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Holiness the narrow gate

Holiness/The Narrow Gate

Dave Hasz

CCF June 12, 2011


End time pressures

End Time Pressures

  • One of the greatest pressures in the End Times will come from false teachers within the Church.

  • II Peter 2 and Jude


Jude 4

Jude 4

  • For certain men (false teachers) have crept in unnoticed…ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny…our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 4)


Grace gives us confidence

Grace gives us confidence…

  • Grace gives us confidence that God enjoys us (after we stumble and repent) and empowers us to be wholehearted, rather than making us comfortable in compromise and passivity.


Tear your heart

Tear your heart!

  • Spiritual violence – TEARING YOUR HEART!

  • Matt 5:29-30: So if your eye – even if it is your good eye – causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your hand – even if it is your stronger hand – causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away…..


Jesus is king

Jesus is KING

  • Jesus OWNS you- He owns your heart, body, time, money and destiny!

  • We do not have the right to do what we want – we are slaves to Jesus.


You are owned

You are owned

  • I Cor. 6:18-20: Flee sexual immorality…19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you..and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your sprit, which are God’s.


You are in a kingdom with a king

You are in a Kingdom with a KING

  • He calls you to obedience – He is the King.

  • The power of true grace is only experienced in consistently pursuing 100 fold obedience.


Powerful dynamics

Powerful dynamics

  • Pursuit of 100 fold obedience – different than attainment.

  • 98% pursuit of obedience has a limited blessing on it. The last 2% is what positions us for a vibrant heart!


Positioning

Positioning

  • In God’s economy there are certain things that God requires of us.

  • Positioning our hearts before His fire is one of them.


Division of labor in grace

Division of Labor in Grace

  • Law = Work

  • Grace some think = No work

  • Actually: Grace = Work

  • The motivation for the work is very different between Law and Grace.


Motivation

Motivation

  • Salvation is free!

  • Righteousness is free.

  • All that is required of us is that we drag our cold hearts before His fire:

  • Repentance, tearing our hearts, fasting, etc.


Jesus calls us to strive

Jesus calls us to STRIVE!

  • YIKES – not THAT!! – STRIVE? Exert Effort?

  • Mt. 7:13-14: Enter by the narrow gate…14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life (experience God in our inner man), and there are few who find it.


Strive really

Strive – really?

  • Luke 13: 23-24: “Lord, are there few who are saved?: and He said to them, 24 Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.


Paul exerted effort

Paul exerted effort

  • Acts 24:16: I always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and man.


When do we strive and when do we not

When do we strive and When do we not?

  • Be careful to get this wrong is to walk in legalism!

  • We do not strive to earn God’s love (acceptance, affection or forgiveness)


We do strive

We DO strive…

  • To live in holiness!

  • Breakthrough in the heart so we might enjoy what He enjoys.


We do strive1

We do strive…

  • We strive or exert great effort to bring everything, EVERYTHING, in our lives into conformity with what pleases Jesus!

  • And to hold our cold hearts before God’s bonfire so as to receive freely from His fire at the heart level.


Cooperation with god s grace

Cooperation with God’s grace

  • God will not do our part and we cannot do His part!

  • Our part: includes making quality decisions to deny ourselves (say no to sin), to feed our spirit on the Word, to ask for God’s help through prayer with fasting, and to embrace Godly activities (serving) and relationships (fellowship, confessing our sins), etc.


God s part

God’s part!

  • Remember we CANNOT do His part:

  • His part is to release supernatural influences on our heart (power, wisdom, desires) on our body (healing) and on our circumstances (provision, protection, direction) and relationships (favor).


Rightly relating to god

Rightly relating to God

  • Legalism: our confidence is based on our attainment of maturity.

  • We relate to God on the basis of HIS burning desire and heart for us!


Relating to god

Relating to God

  • If we relate to God on the basis of how well we have done in the past, then if we do well, we are proud, but if we do badly, we are condemned. This is NOT how God wants us to relate to Him.


Awake arise

Awake - Arise

  • Make a decision to: “Tear your hearts!”

  • To pursue Holiness at the cost – the cost is much!

  • Press into HIM with all diligence.


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