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Does Jesus have a border?

Can you dwell among God and follow the Koran?  Can you call yourself a believer and not follow his ways?  Chapter ten of the book of John continually states that Jesus is the Gate and Jesus is the Door . All who enter through him will be saved.  If there is a gate then there is a . . . . . . . you cannot enter through any other way.  Once you enter (belief) you must assimilate yourself to your surroundings.  You must take on ways of your father!  You must believe!

Nothing more! Nothing less!

Does Jesus have a border?

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“CHAPTER 5 Guaranteed Uncertainty To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways; we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness; it should rather be an expression of breathless expectation. OSWALD CHAMBERS”

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“CHAPTER 4 REVIEW Points to Remember • Opportunities often look like insurmountable obstacles. • Someday we may be as grateful for the bad things as the good things, because the bad things helped prepare us for the good things. • We should stop asking God to get us out of difficult circumstances and start asking Him what He wants us to get out of those difficult circumstances. • Prayer is less about changing our circumstances and more about changing our perspective. • Worship is forgetting about what’s wrong with you and remembering what’s right with God. • God wants us to learn to see bad experiences through the good we have gained from them. • God is in the business of recycling our pain and using it for someone else’s gain. Starting Your Chase Mark says that “the circumstances you complain about become chains that imprison you. And worship is the way out.” Worship is the best way to reframe a problem. Name one area in your life where you could begin right away to replace complaining with worship.”

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“Now here is what you need to understand: If you don’t turn your adversity into a ministry, then your pain remains your pain. But if you allow God to translate your adversity into a ministry, then your pain becomes someone else’s gain. I have a theory: The more problems you have, the more potential you have to help people. One of the most paralyzing mistakes we make is thinking that our problems somehow disqualify us from being used by God. Let me just say it like it is: If you don’t have any problems, you don’t have any potential. Here’s why. Your ability to help others heal is limited to where you’ve been wounded. [God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. No one rolls out the red carpet and invites tragedy into their life, but our greatest gifts and passions are often the by-product of our worst tragedies and failures. Trials have a way of helping us rediscover our purpose in life.”

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“Here’s what I’ve learned from personal experience. Sickness helps us appreciate health. Failure helps us appreciate success. Debt helps us appreciate wealth. And the tough times help us appreciate the good times. That’s just the way life is. I’ve also learned that our worst days can become our best days.”

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“Here’s a thought: The circumstances you complain about become chains that imprison you. And worship is the way out. Worship reframes our problems and refocuses our lives. It helps us get through the bad days by reminding us of how good God is.”

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“The outcome of your life will be determined by your outlook on life.”

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“I think there are basically two types of people in the world: complainers and worshipers. And there isn’t much circumstantial difference between the two. Complainers will always find something to complain about. Worshipers will always find something to praise God about. They simply have different default settings.”

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John 10:1-21 NASB from Bible Gateway

John 10:1-21 NASB

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will…

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If there is a gate then there is a wall.  You cannot go over, under or around!  You must go through the gate to get in.  Once in you must assimilate yourself the voice of the shepherd for he is your protector . . . . . . . . . . God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!  Jesus Christ Himself!

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“Let me share something I’ve learned from some of my personal struggles. When I get into a spiritual or emotional slump, it’s usually because I’ve zoomed in on a problem. I’m fixating on something I don’t like about myself or someone else or my circumstances. And nine times out of ten, the solution is zooming out so I can get some perspective. So how do we zoom out? The one-word answer is worship.”

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“So what are you afraid of? What allergens trigger a fear reaction? Those are the very things you need to expose yourself to. One”

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“First John 4: 18 describes the end goal of our relationship with God: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” The goal of love is fearlessness! As we grow in a love relationship with God, we unlearn the fears that paralyze us and neutralize us spiritually. That is the essence of faith. Faith is the process of unlearning your irrational fears. The only God-ordained fear is the fear of God. And if we fear God, then we don’t have to fear anyone or anything else. Unlearning our fears is really a process of learning to trust God more and more.”

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“I think most of us are shaped, for better or for worse, by a handful of experiences. Those defining experiences can plant a seed of confidence or a seed of doubt, a seed of hope or a seed of helplessness, a seed of faith or a seed of fear.”

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“Just as a computer hard drive needs to be defragmented to optimize performance, our minds need to be defragmented. So how do we defragment our faith? How do we renew our minds? How do we get ourselves out of the mental pit we’ve gotten ourselves into? The way to upgrade our minds is to download Scripture.”

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“Faith is rewiring the human brain.”

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“Half of learning is learning. The other half of learning is unlearning. Unfortunately, unlearning is twice as hard as learning. It’s like missing your exit on the freeway. You have to drive to the next exit and then double back. Every mile you go in the wrong direction is really a two-mile error. Unlearning is twice as hard, and it often takes twice as long. It is harder to get old thoughts out of your mind than it is to get new thoughts into your mind. That is the challenge Jesus faced, isn’t it? If you study the teachings of Christ, you’ll realize that learning wasn’t His primary goal. His primary goal was unlearning. He was reverse engineering religious minds. And those can be the toughest minds to change. That is why two phrases are repeated over and over again in the Sermon on the Mount. “You have heard that it was said…” “But I tell you…” What was Jesus saying and doing? He was uninstalling Old Testament concepts and upgrading them with New Testament truths.”

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“So here is my advice: Don’t let mental lions keep you from experiencing everything God has to offer. The greatest breakthroughs in your life will happen when you push through the fear. The defining moments will double as the scariest decisions. But you’ve got to face those fears and begin the process of unlearning them.”

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“Please don’t miss or dismiss this simple truth: God is a proud parent. You are “the apple of his eye.” And our heavenly Father celebrates every accomplishment. But I’ve got to think that nothing brings God greater joy than when one of His children defies the odds.”

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“A low view of God and a high view of God are the difference between scaredy-cats and lion chasers. Scaredy-cats are filled with fear because their God is so small. Lion chasers know that their best thought about God on their best day falls infinitely short of how great God really is.”

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“Most of our problems are not circumstantial. Most of our problems are perceptual. Our biggest problems can be traced back to an inadequate understanding of who God is. Our problems seem really big because our God seems really small. In fact, we reduce God to the size of our biggest problem.”

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“How you think about God will determine who you become. You aren’t just the by-product of “nature” and “nurture.” You are a by-product of your God-picture. And that internal picture of God determines how you see everything else.”

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“At the end of the day, success equals stewardship and stewardship equals success. But our view of stewardship is far too parochial. Sure, how we manage our time, talent, and treasure is a huge stewardship issue. But what about being a good steward of our imagination? Or our medial ventral prefrontal cortex (the seat of humor, according to neurologists)? Or how about stewardship of our sex drive and competitive streaks? Stewardship is all-inclusive. We’ve got to be good stewards of every second of time and every ounce of energy. But right at the top of the stewardship list is what I’d call opportunity stewardship. When you cross paths with the lion, are you going to run away like a scaredy-cat or are you going to grab life by the mane? Lion chasers grab life by the mane.”

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“What sets lion chasers apart isn’t the outcome. It’s the courage to chase God-sized dreams. Lion chasers don’t let their fears or doubts keep them from doing what God has called them to do.”

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“Is anybody else tired of reactive Christianity that is more known for what it’s against than what it’s for? We’ve become far too defensive. We’ve become far too passive. Lion chasers are proactive. They know that playing it safe is risky. Lion chasers are always on the lookout for God-ordained opportunities. Maybe we’ve measured spiritual maturity the wrong way. Maybe following Christ isn’t supposed to be as safe or as civilized as we’ve been led to believe. Maybe Christ was more dangerous and uncivilized than our Sunday-school flannelgraphs portrayed. Maybe God is raising up a generation of lion chasers.”

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“In his book If Only, 1 Dr. Neal Roese makes a fascinating distinction between two types of regret: regrets of action and regrets of inaction. A regret of action is “wishing you hadn’t done something.” In theological terms, it’s called a sin of commission. A regret of inaction is “wishing you had done something.” In theological terms, it’s a sin of omission. I think the church has fixated on sins of commission for far too long. We have a long list of don’ts. Think of it as holiness by subtraction. We think holiness is the by-product of subtracting something from our lives that shouldn’t be there. And holiness certainly involves subtraction. But I think God is more concerned about sins of omission—those things we could have and should have done. It’s holiness by multiplication. Goodness is not the absence of badness. You can do nothing wrong and still do nothing right. Those who simply run away from sin are half-Christians. Our calling is much higher than simply running away from what’s wrong. We’re called to chase lions.”

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“If that describes you (if it doesn’t now, it will soon!), I have a four-letter word for you: wait. The word forms an acrostic of four imperatives that you may find helpful. Walk a little slower. When you feel the need to hurry God along or to make something happen to advance God’s agenda for your life, apply the brakes. It’s time to slow your pace, step away from the situation, and devote yourself to a time of solitude and prayer—and perhaps even fasting. Ask some trusted advisers to join you in seeking God’s mind—people who have the love and courage to say things you don’t like to hear. Then resolve not to hurry things along. More often than not, we regret the things we did, not the things we didn’t do. Ask God for increased patience, wisdom, and self-control. No doubt you have already prayed for this, but the very fact that you’re agitated and itching for action says you need to continue asking. Your best decisions occur when your spirit is calm, when confidence in God’s sovereign control has displaced your worry, when you’re tuned in to the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit. Use prayer as an opportunity to express yourself fully to the Lord. Describe your worry, your fear, your frustration. He already knows everything, of course, but it’s a great relationship builder—not to mention amazingly therapeutic. Imagine the worst-case scenario that might happen if you waited. Instead of running ahead, stop and think ahead: What’s the worst possible outcome if I do nothing? When a situation truly demands action, this question can bring good ideas to the surface. Most often, however, the answer is disappointingly dull. In the case of Abram and Sarai, the worst possible outcome for waiting on pregnancy was more of the status quo. Think of others who will be impacted by your decision. Running ahead of God’s timing always causes collateral damage. You hurt yourself, which is bad enough. You also cause harm to innocent bystanders. In Abram and Sarai’s case, their running ahead changed a young woman’s life forever, and a child was born into a tense, divided household.”

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“Abram left Egypt and traveled north into the Negev, along with his wife and Lot and all that they owned. (Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.) From the Negev, they continued traveling by stages toward Bethel, and they pitched their tents between Bethel and Ai, where they had camped before. This was the same place where Abram had built the altar, and there he worshiped the LORD again. GENESIS 13: 1-4 In this part of the story, the narrator makes a point of portraying Abram’s return from Egypt as a backtracking. Up from Egypt, through the barren Negev region, and back to Bethel, where Abram had built his last altar. The name Bethel means “house of God.” So Abram came back home, as it were, to the place where he’d last got it right. When he arrived, he worshiped the Lord again. That must have been extremely gratifying. With his return from faithlessness complete, he was ready to begin again.”

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“4. Every compromise jeopardizes a Sarai. Whenever we revert to our default response, someone gets hurt . . . including those closest to us. Sarai trusted Abram to lead her well and to keep her safe, but his self-serving scheme made her the newest addition to Pharaoh’s harem. As the sun set on that first evening, she must have asked herself, What on earth am I doing in here? How could he have done this to me? Your life consists of relationships arranged in concentric circles. Those living in the closest circles have connected themselves to you, and as a result, they trust you. Your victims might not be aware of the loss you caused them, but they lose nonetheless. There’s no such thing as a victimless sin, including the sins you keep private. You may sin in secret, but you never sin alone. 5. Every Egypt has a Pharaoh. We live among people who do not know our God. They serve the gods of wealth, possessions, power, status, self, and others—there are too many to list. Then they hear someone talking about having a relationship with the one true Creator. Naturally, their curiosity prompts them to observe how this person’s life differs from their own. When they see us blindly blundering through life, making unwise or sinful choices, we bring shame to God rather than glory. Furthermore, we confuse the curious. Nobody respects a phony. No one admires hypocrisy. These principles that Abram learned during his time in Egypt are realistic and relevant for us today. You and I will need them for our own faith journey, especially when a devastating “famine” sweeps unexpectedly into our lives.”

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