God won't forgive us if we refuse to forgive others. Why the Word of God must come before the world. We should first seek our relationship with God and then put our attention on our worldly relationships. Satan We must understand that the work of bringing the Gospel to all men is a work that should be done in the Spirit. He should be number one in our lives. The Cross All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. 'Internally' refers to spiritual bondage, patience, confidence, idols, etc. Mother's Day Notice the language: We’re to draw near “with our hearts sprinkled clean from a evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” This echoes the God-centeredness of the New Covenant, when God promised that he’d write his law on our hearts, that he’d give us his Spirit, that he’d make us clean (Jeremiah 31:33). Micah Many of us have a relationship with God but we don’t have intimacy. Three things that can hinder us from being an effective ambassador for Christ. July 2016 December 2011, Couch Potato Ministries REDUX ... Ministry site by Dr. Joseph R. Beauchamp (c) 2011 - 2016. If you are united to Jesus by faith, the anger is gone. Instead of making prayers for averting troubles or consequences of our actions, it is better we just obey simple instructions. Repentance Unforgiven and none reconciliation spirit. Most times the answer to our prayers is being hindered by our sinful acts. I’ve tried it before. In the midst of difficulty and temptation, we’re told to come closer. November 2015 All And therefore we’ve bunkered down into a Christian life solely about survival. We read our bibles and go to church, but it ends there. .” Right beside the foundation of Jesus’s death in our place is this glorious picture of Jesus praying for us. There are many sins that man commits against God and mankind. He suffered the wrath of God on our behalf. Vision a) I’ll phone her sometime. When the stresses of this world and the worst of suffering might seem to extinguish our hope, it doesn’t. New Life Sermon Illustration God is there for us. Thanksgiving He wants to talk to us. The writer tells us “. Church He is our perfect, spotless righteousness and our lives are hid with him on high. Sermon Idea Sin is always the barrier that separates us from approaching God or feeling connected to Him. Temptation Christmas The importance of God being the top priority in our lives. When Jesus bore our sins at Calvary, Matthew 27:46tells us, If we are having difficulty hearing God’s voice, we need to take an account and see if there is any sin in our lives, remember, God does not abide sin. Victorious Living Freedom It is a requirement. Hindrances to Worship “Worship is the believer’s response with all that he is–mind, emotions, will and body–to all that God is and says and does.” writes Warren Wiersbe. September 2015 December 2012 Things That Hinder Fellowship January 13, 2016 Save Article " 1 John 1:5-2:6 (­Program: 2101, Air dates 09.1.2013 and 9.8.2013) ... Our son-ship. Which are capable of blocking the channel through which we communicate God. The first and foremost thing, I believe, is our own sinfulness. God wants to hear our concerns and our fears. It can’t. There is no more condemnation. Psalm March 2015 May 2014 August 2015 Draw near to him. Overcoming We’re on a mission to change that. He died in our place. Myths about cows hinder us from the reality only birds with wings fly (Thank you, Captain Obvious). You know your sin and guilt, and although you like the idea of a closer relationship with God, you wouldn’t dare pursue it. . But God has something to say. No listening. A religious person wants to control God instead of surrendering all control to God. We’ve tried it. We must be careful that we don’t harden our heart to rebuke and correction. Think about your own life. Though I believe God gives us gifts and wants to meet our needs, the heart of the salvation message is the fact that we stand guilty before a holy God. Father's Day The death of Jesus and the intercession of Jesus, then, provide the grounds by which we can have a rich relationship with God. He wants to take you to the next level in your relationship with Him, but there are some things that He wants you to leave behind – past hurts, insecurities, or anything we look to for a sense of security other than God Himself. May 2013 This relationship we’re called to is not our building a tower, or our climbing stairs, or our somehow trying to maneuver our way to get close to him. Spend time with just Him. 9. But Jesus was the sacrifice for us. Yes, we deserve punishment. Before the Throne of God Above — Shane Barnard and Shane Everett. There will be instances in life where you will face conflict externally and internally. God is saying, “I desire more than that.” As believers, we should acknowledge that it’s only by God’s grace that we can walk close to Him. August 2012 September 2014 Ephesians . Jesus is praying. So take out your pruning shears and begin to cut out any activities you can that will allow you to focus more time on your relationship with your Creator. Complaining. There are two glorious ways Jesus abolishes the fears that might keep us from a rich relationship with God. In 1 John 1, he reminds us that our relationship with each other depends on our relationship with God. But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament? If we struggle with either of these obstacles, Hebrews 10 speaks up with the good news that Jesus abolishes both fears at the cross. Atonement The punishment has been paid. A mouthful, I admit. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. The Lord's Supper The writer to the Hebrews commands us to draw near to God. Marriages take a lot of work–there’s no question about that. December 2013 Giving Romans All of our sin, past, present and future, have been paid for by Jesus’ blood and we are forever a child of God. Backsliding April 2012 New Year June 2015 b) 2Tim 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. November 2013 10. These relationships depend on the kind of lives we’re living. Seeking Romantic Relationships Before A Time With God. He’s waiting to welcome us back whenever we are ready. It’s a God-accomplished relationship, not one that we contrive. God wants to hear from us when we are happy and when we are sad. God did it. Hope We don’t have to be afraid of God’s judgment anymore. So there are my thoughts. Things that will hinder a guy/girl relationship, will also hinder our relationship with God. December 2014 2. Prayer Last Days You need to give up on the desire to sin. SECOND, AN IMPROPER HUSBAND-WIFE RELATIONSHIP CAN HINDER OUR PRAYERS TO GOD. To move in. The fear of judgment imagines God frowning, crossing his arms, annoyed, angry, fed up with your mess-ups. Hebrews 7:25 tells us, “Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” He is always praying for us, always fueling the furnace of our faith. First, we can have a rich God-accomplished relationship with God because of Jesus’s sacrifice (Hebrews 10:19–20). We can’t build a strong relationship with him if we never talk to him. The Good Life The fear of disappointment, on the other hand, says, “Oh yeah, I get that relationship stuff. I am confident there are many more things that can tear you away from a meaningful relationship with God. You think a person as messed up as you just isn’t supposed to be close to God. God has a good plan for your life. We need His life-giving presence to grow in faith and love, yet sin will hinder growth in all areas of our life. He is not a Father running to meet you, but one waiting to punish you. Stewardship The flesh always hinders us from bringing the Gospel to others. Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Love Myths about the Bible hinder us from the truth of God and our relationship with God. November 2014 It’s a rich relationship, not a mechanical one. This relationship deals with the judicial side of our salvation. Just know that God is waiting on us. The Bible Forgiveness is not optional for the true worshiper. August 2014 The “Little-Big” Blindness – When we are led by our carnal intellectual nature we almost always miss what God is doing and then wrongly conclude God is not working in our lives. The fear of judgment keeps you from a rich relationship with God because you just can’t believe that God can forgive your sin. March 2014 March 2012 Galatians How idols can hinder your relationship with Jesus Christ. July 2012 But it’s not that simple. This definition fits Jesus’ declaration to the Samaritan woman at the well. October 2013 Unforgiveness. Proverbs When we are given instruction from God, it is important that we fulfill them. Real Knowledge Having too much money can be a real problem in one’s life. He bore our sins in his body on the tree. October 2012 How could you draw near to him? Yes, we are sinners. As a Christian you will continue to make mistakes and you will still sin. Sins Christians Ignore 2. It is our addiction to the strong impulses of our flesh that governs us most of the time and keeps us from being sensitive to God’s gentle spiritual impulses. Why God desires to be the top priority in our lives. Praise October 2014 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near . Jesus The Apostle John spent most of his life encouraging saints to have a relationship with God. Lack of discipline. And it is also likely that your overly hectic schedule is affecting your relationship with God. One reason is the promise of answered prayer is not given to every person on earth. The fear of judgment keeps you from a rich relationship with God … 2. Salvation There are few other things that stop and hinder our prayers from being answered, and it’s our responsibility to take care of it all. Zechariah, February 2017 December 2015 Our sin has separated us from our heavenly Father. What follows may help explain what it means. We do not think the same or act the same because we serve a different Master. God’s purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Spiritual Gifts Holy Spirit 2) Misplaced Affections 1 John 2:15 July 2015 1 John Our sinful souls are counted free and our names are written on his heart. Disobedience can hinder our relationship with God from growing. So too our sin separates us from God. SECURITY is the he next issue that can hinder our relationship with God. Dedication How good things in your life can become idols. Experience: There are many things, in fact, that might deter you from a rich relationship with God, but two in particular are worth mentioning: 1) the fear of judgment and 2) the fear of disappointment. Surrender This means that sin puts a hindering wall between us and God. We need to have a relationship with God. The point of breakthrough in our walk with God comes when we learn intimacy. There are many things that will be discussed in this article. We just can’t do it. Resurrection Fellowship Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God. September 2013 Revival February 2013 I am called to live in such a perfect relationship with God that my life produces a yearning for God in the lives of others, not admiration for myself. So as a Christian you need to spend more time with other Christians and less time with people whose values & lifestyle may lead you astray and hinder your relationship with God. March 2016 Notice how verse 19 begins, “Therefore, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus.” He means that we have access to God now because Jesus died in our place. This is better than anything we could imagine. Unsurrendered will …A person whose will is surrendered to God has a relationship with Him similar to the one described in the parable of the vine and the branches. “No tongue can bid me thence depart” — nor can anything else in all creation separate us from his love. 1. June 2013 The once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus has completely absorbed God’s anger towards us. Mercy for Today: A Daily Prayer from Psalm 51, one hundred popular worship songs and hymns. The second is the guilt and shame we feel because of this sinfulness. February 2014 I would have to say the relationship with the most danger of becoming a distraction from our walk with God would be that of a boy-friend, girl-friend, or spouse. Have you seen how crazy my life is?” This is a fear that doesn’t tempt us to stop believing; it tempts us to forfeit a life of intimacy with Jesus because we just don’t think that kind of life is possible for us. If you really don’t want your prayers hindered, then stop doing these 7 things. § (1 Peter 3:7) “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your … Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. To draw near. This letter exhorts us to persevere, and this profound call to draw near to God is right at the heart. There are all kinds of sin, blatant and hidden, things like sexual immorality and unforgiveness, and they all hinder your prayers and relationship with God. Colossians The point is that God is behind this. Witnessing Philippians Prayer is an important constituent of every Christian life, and we should do everything possible within our reach to keep it alive and never be hindered. February 2012 Jeremiah 17:9 tells us “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure…” Our feelings can mislead us by making us think God has abandoned … September 2012 Needs . His wealth was hindering his relationship with God and thus his assurance of eternal life and peace of mind.. What is hindering your relationship with God? God knew this and understood it. Sure, anyone can call upon the name of the Lord, but having a prayer life, having fellowship and communion with God, is a privilege of the child of God. Please consider this request from John Piper and become a monthly partner by December 31. Devil Or Satan Signs that your relationship with God is being hindered. This command to draw near might be summarized as a summons to live in a rich God-accomplished relationship with God. 1) The flesh. It requires a “true heart in full assurance of faith.” This is a full and rich and satisfying relationship — one that is more real to us than anything else. July 2014 If we have any unconfessed sin in our lives, it is a huge hindrance to hearing the voice of God, because God does not abide sin. The second part of verse 21 gives us another reason to draw near to God: Jesus prays for us. There are many things, in fact, that might deter you from a rich relationship with God, but two in particular are worth mentioning: 1) the fear of judgment and 2) the fear of disappointment. God looks at you as a loving Father with his arms wide open and he says to you, “Draw near by the blood of my Son.”. Provision has been made on the cross by Jesus to save us from our sin and remove our guilt. Second, we can have a rich God-accomplished relationship with God because Jesus prays for us (Hebrews 10:21). Letting other things take over our prayer time is something we are all guilty of from time to time. Developing a relationship with God through prayer, worship and sometimes fasting is just the beginning. Christian Influence Yes, we have sinned. Religion cripples your relationship with God and it greatly hinders us. June 2014 What is hindering your relationship with God. God It is easy to memorize verses, recite lists, and become proficient with facts, without really getting to know God and develop an intimate relationship with Him. Discipleship which all things are valued by how much they help or hinder us in our relationship with God, the imitation of Christ, and the service of other people. February 2016 We are secure and because we are secure, we find no need for a relationship with God. Jesus has an active, priestly role for our sake at the Father’s right hand. 8. Today consider these 3 barriers that impede drawing close to God and developing a real relationship with Him. (1) Substituting knowledge about God instead of knowing God. Faith Peace There are obstacles in our way. True worshipers seek a relationship with God--not a religious system that claims to know about Him. These relationships in their nature, demand the most time, and that is why it is extremely important that they are centered around God. Desiring God partnered with Shane & Shane’s The Worship Initiative to write short meditations for more than one hundred popular worship songs and hymns. (Hebrews 10:19–22). May 2012 February 2015 December 2016 God doesn’t want anyone to disobey His commands. He gave us a once-for-all sacrifice and he gives us never-ceasing intercession. Anytime we disregard the divine order of things, we’re out of bounds, and we hinder our relationship with our heavenly Father. 2 Corinthians 7 Things that hinder the answer of our prayers: 1. However, believers can go overboard when we use “the religion excuse” to live in rebellion and worldliness. 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