The Glass Door

Posted on 09/30/2012 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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WHAT A MIGHTY GOD

What a mighty God we serve
What a mighty God we serve
Angels bow before him
Heaven and earth adore him
What a mighty God we serve


HE IS THE KING

He is the King of Kings
He is the Lord of Lords
His name is
Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh, he is the King

His name is Jesus, Jesus
Sad hears we've no more
He can heal the broken hearted
Open wide the prison door
And he's able to deliver evermore


FREEDOM

Where the Spirit of the Lord is
There is freedom
Where the Spirit of the Lord is
There is freedom

There is peace, there is love
There is joy (there is joy)

It is for freedom He's set us free
It is for freedom He's set us free

I'm free! (I'm free! I'm free!)
I'm free! (I'm free! I'm free!)
I'm free! (I'm free! I'm free!)
I'm free

We will walk in Your freedom, walk in Your liberty
We will walk, Lord
We will walk in Your freedom, walk in Your liberty

We will dance in Your freedom, dance in Your liberty
We will dance, Lord
We will dance in Your freedom, dance in Your liberty

We will jump in Your freedom, jump in Your liberty
We will jump, Lord
We will jump in Your freedom, jump in Your liberty

Where the Spirit of the Lord is
THERE IS FREEDOM!!
Where the Spirit of the Lord is
THERE IS FREEDOM!


HALLELUJAH

Hallelujah, hallelujah
hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
hallelujah, hallelujah

Thank you Jesus...
Lord I love you...
Christ is coming...


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Father God, thank You for this time of worship. Thank You for being here with us and willing and able to do what needs doing. I ask that as I share what is on my heart that those here and listening will realize that it is also from Your heart. I ask that I only speak what You would have me speak, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Please be seated.

Today I'm going to be sharing a fireside chat I have titled The Glass Door. I am going to talk about the different aspects of the Glass Door and I hope you will follow along with me as I explain what those aspects are.

In Matthew 7 verses 7 and 8 Jesus says "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and he who knocks it will be opened."

I am going to try to explain these aspects the best I can like I said before. For today, let's assume each one of us has a glass door in the spirit realm that separates us from Jesus. Non-believers also have this glass door.

For a non-believer, the door is very foggy and they can't see the other side. The door is in a way a representation of what a person must walk through to receive salvation.

Once a non-believer knocks on the door, Jesus opens it and welcomes the newest member into His family.

Believers have a less foggy door. They can see a little bit better than a non-believer. Some believers can see through the glass better than their brothers and sisters in Christ, but not one can see fully what is on the other side.

In 1 Corinthians 13: 12 it says For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

I believe we can apply this to our glass door. The glass is foggy. We can't see everything on the other side. When we knock and the door is open, we see more clearly and yet not everything is known. The only time we will know everything about God is when we see Him face to face. Until then, we'll continue to run towards Him and to yearn to know more about Him.

For a believer, the glass door represents the gateway to more in depth intimacy with Holy Spirit. A believer may have many of these doors for the depth of knowledge of Holy Spirit is vast.

When I prayed about what to share about the glass door, God gave me these thoughts, these questions.

Would there be a reason for Jesus to "break down" the glass door?

Would there be a reason for me to "break down" the glass door?

The answer to both questions is Yes!

For me and even for you, the reason we would "break down" the glass door would be because we yearn for Holy Spirit so much we want more and the door is just in the way so we kick it down.

Maybe the door that's keeping you from moving closer to Jesus is some other activity in your life, or some sort of sin, or something you just haven't been doing. For you, kicking down the door would mean that your desire to get closer to God is so passionately strong, that you stop watching television, or you stop doing that sin, or you make the time and take the effort to pray, study the Bible, and worship. In essence, you are kicking down the door, and moving closer to God.

What about Jesus breaking down the door? I believe that no matter if it is a non-believer or a believer, Jesus would "break down" the glass door.

Romans 10:13 says that “whoever calls upon the name of the Lord WILL be saved.”

If He sees us crumpled, broken, hurt, crying "Jesus, help me!", He will come. He isn't one to stay away when someone calls His name. He isn't weak that He'd just open the door.

No. I think He'd either punch the door, kick the door, or speak to the door so that the glass shatters and He comes to our rescue.

When we can't get to the door, Jesus will come to us. We just have to call out to Him.

A little bit of a rabbit trail moment. Let's talk for a moment about The Church's door. The Bride's door. Yes, I think even The Church has its own door and it is getting foggier and foggier as time passes because there are some who aren't knocking on the door every day.

2 Chronicles 7 verse 14 says 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

And who are His people? We are. We are the Church. If we humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, God will hear us. If we knock on the door, He will open it. But like I said, so many aren't hungry enough to even bother knocking. And we wonder why things are the way they are. Yes, we know by what the Bible says that things will get bad, but The Church shouldn't be helping it along. Just remind yourself to knock on the door every day. If we would all do this, the door will get clearer and The Bride will be ready when the time comes.

End rabbit trail. :)

Now, I ask you do you want to know more about Jesus? Knock on the door.

Do you need Jesus to come and dwell in your heart? Knock on the door.

Are you too weak and worn out to pick yourself up to knock on the door? Call out to Jesus and He'll break down the door to come to you.

I have. I have this picture in my mind. I'm crying out "Jesus! Help me!" I can't move. I'm so weak. And I hear this loud crash. Glass shards (or wood splinters) are everywhere and Jesus stands before me.

"You called?" He says smiling and reaching to help me up.

This altar is open. Come knock on the glass door. Jesus is waiting on the other side. He won't let you down. If you knock, He will open the door. If you call, He will come and rescue you.

What are you waiting for? Come. Knock.

Lord Jesus, thank You for this time in Your presence. Thank You for Your word and what was shared. I ask that You get the glory, not me. I ask that we would all seek You and knock on the door. I want to have an experience with You, Jesus, where I break down the door to get to You. Thank You again for this time, God. We love You.

In Your name I pray, Amen.

You're all invited to get out of your seats right now and make your way to the front, and let's spend some time in prayer.

Whenever you need to leave, you may do so. Please respect those at the altar and talk in IM or in the fellowship room. After this time at the altar, we'll meet in the room up the stair on your left for a time of fellowship.

God bless you and may you knock on your glass door regularly. Go in God's peace.