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The Path and Gate of Life

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From a talk given at Blazing Fire Church on May 27, 2017. A look at a few passages from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount that can deeply affect how we live. What kind of judging and perceiving is Jesus warning about? Why do we have such challenges seeing God and each other with life-giving understanding?

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The Path and Gate of Life

  1. 1. The Path and Gate of Life Russ Fochler May 27, 2017
  2. 2. 24 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. 28-29 When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard. Jesus Finishes the Sermon on the Mount Matthew Chapter 7 (The Message)
  3. 3. 13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV)
  4. 4. “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have! (Matthew 6:22-23 The Message)
  5. 5. “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Matthew 7:1-2 NKJV)
  6. 6. When is “Judging” a Snare? When the story I’m telling myself about a person leads me to decide what they deserve and don’t deserve, and what their value and worth is. Then my “eye” has become “evil”.
  7. 7. It’s a great grace for us when God challenges the stories we tell ourselves to justify condemnation, hatred, jealousy, or to dismiss the value of a person — including our own value.
  8. 8. The Cave of Judgment - The Shack
  9. 9. What happened to Adam and Eve (and us!) when they believed Satan’s lies, doubted God’s goodness, and then ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?
  10. 10. God clothed them with animal skins Illustration by William Blake: “The Angel of the Divine Presence Clothing Adam and Eve with Coat of Skins”
  11. 11. 13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV)
  12. 12. Renewal of Our Mind and Life “…fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:2 The Message
  13. 13. Immanuel Approach Exercise: - Remember a time you felt emotionally connected with Jesus. As you focus on what that felt like, enter into that experience again. - Express to Jesus what you appreciate about Him and about this experience with Him. Be specific and savor what you’re appreciating. - Begin to interact with Jesus
  14. 14. Jesus Our Path and Gate of Life

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