Jul. 04, 2021
The Door To Lasting Freedom
John 10:9; Psalm 105:20; Acts 5:12-20; Acts 16:26
“Jesus said, ‘I AM THE DOOR! Everyone who comes in through me will be saved!”
a. God has all kinds of ____________ planned for your life.
b. Many people miss the open doors God has for their lives. Why?
i. They don’t ____________ them.
ii. They are not ____________ for them.
iii. They lack the ____________ to go through them even if they do recognize them.
2. Jesus is the door to freedom and God’s desire for each of us is that we would be set free.
a. However, before people can go through the door God has for them, they often must first ____________ the door where they are often imprisoned.
i. ____________ can be a prison.
ii. ____________ can be a prison.
iii. A habit or an ____________ can be a prison.
iv. Having to live up to another person’s ____________ can be a prison.
v. A ____________ can be a prison.
vi. A ____________ memory can be a prison.
vii. ____________ can be a prison.
b. How does God break us out of our prisons?
i. God uses some kind of “earthquake” in your life that ____________ everything up.
“Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the prison doors flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off and they were set free!”
ii. God plugs us into the power of the ____________.
“I pray that you will understand how incredibly great God's power is to help those who believe him. It’s the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead!”
c. Jesus has ____________ to release us from our prisons.
“The (Father) has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners.”
“If you live as I tell you to, you are truly my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free...And if the Son sets you free, you will be truly free!”
John 8:31-32, 36
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!”
2 Corinthians 3:17
“You are called to be free.”
d. God wants us to live to the fullest—the Bible calls it an ____________ life.
3. From what must we be freed to experience this abundant life?
a. Free from the prison of ____________.
i. People ____________
“The fear of human opinion disables; but trusting in God protects you from that.”
“You are always making yourselves look good, but God sees what is in your heart. The things that most people think are important are worthless as far as God is concerned.”
iii. Antidote: Switch my focus to what ____________ thinks of me.
“I will live in freedom, because I only pay attention to what you say (Lord).”
b. Free from the prison of ____________.
i. I must forgive because God has ____________ me.
“There is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of God’s life-giving Spirit – and this power is mine through Christ Jesus – has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death.”
ii. I must forgive because resentment makes me ____________.
“Some men stay happy till the day they die...others have no happiness at all; they live and die with bitter hearts.”
iii. I must forgive because I am going to need forgiveness in the ____________.
“If you refuse to forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins.”
c. Free from the prison of ____________.
“That evening [the evening of Jesus’ resurrection], the disciples met behind locked doors out of fear of the religious leaders. Suddenly, Jesus stood among them! ‘Peace be with you,’ he said.”
“At every stage in the discovery of my illness, my shock ratcheted up, but at the same time, my sense of peace from God increased too. It was a strange combination of fear and faith, panic and peace. I just knew that God was in control. He was in control of something that was out of my control.”
Rick Muchow (9/21/1957 – 4/18/2021)
i. God helps me break out of fear by remembering how much He ____________ me.
“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him... There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.”
1 John 4:16, 18
ii. God helps me break out of fear by remembering God has a ____________ plan.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose.”
4. Conclusion and Invite
“It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from – if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the DOOR IS OPEN!”