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Sermon Notes: 8/6/23

"Entry Points"

Pastor Albert Almore



Why these messages on OPEN HEAVEN?


“I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, YOU WILL BE ON LAND I HAVE GIVEN YOU—

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭


‬‬ “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.”

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬


““Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.”

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭6‬ ‭


Whoa, whoa God. If the land is mine, why are you telling me that no one will be able to stand against me as long as I live, and to be strong and courageous? I can just kick back and put my life into cruise control right? Welllll….Verse 14 goes on to say,


‬‬ “Your wives, children, and livestock may remain here in the land Moses assigned to you on the east side of the Jordan River. But your STRONG WARRIORS, FULLY ARMED, MUST LEAD the other tribes across the Jordan to HELP THEM CONQUER THEIR TERRITORY.

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭14‬ ‭‬‬

THE LAND IS YOURS, THE PROMISE IS YOURS, THE OPEN HEAVEN IS YOURS BUT YOU MUST FIGHT FOR IT!!! THIS IS WHY WE’RE STUDYING THESE MESSAGES WHEN IT COMES TO AN OPEN HEAVEN.


I’m doing everything that I can to develop you into STRONG WARRIORS, that are FULLY ARMED, so that you can LEAD OTHERS.


Giants attempt to block our Open Heaven. Once we recognize their attempts we can counter attack and be on guard as we’re instructed in 1 Peter 5:8,


STAY ALERT! WATCH OUT for your GREAT ENEMY, THE DEVIL. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭8‬ ‭


“Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. HE WAS OVER NINE FEET TALL!”

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭4‬ ‭‬‬


“Goliath stood and SHOUTED to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle?“

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭8‬ ‭‬‬


It’s one thing to face a physical 9 foot giant shouting at you, but it’s an entirely different thing to face an invisible giant shouting to day in and day out, in your mind, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? You’re never going to defeat me. This is how it’s always going to be. You might as well give up. Why do you even try to come out and line up for battle?” The Bible says in 1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭16‬,


FOR FORTY DAYS, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army.”

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭16‬


Many don’t know it, if anybody, that the shouting in your mind, the shouting in your thoughts, the shouting from uncontrollable circumstances has been going on in your life for way more than 40 days.

You’ve thought to yourself, "Why am I? How am I? How did I get to this place of battling this giant every single morning, afternoon, and night? I want to attempt to answer that question and bring a solution to you this morning. John‬ ‭13‬:‭2‬ ‭says,

‬‬

“During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,”

‭‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭2‬ ‭


“After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke.”

‭‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭21‬-‭22‬ ‭


“One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side, so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking.”

‭‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭23‬-‭24‬ ‭


‬‬ “So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.”

‭‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭25‬-‭26‬


“As soon as Judas took the bread, SATAN ENTERED INTO HIM. So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.””

‭‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭27‬ ‭‬‬


As soon as Judas took the bread, SATAN ENTERED INTO HIM…


Ladies and gentlemen, what we just witnessed was an…


ENTRY POINT


Why am I? How am I? How did I get to this place of battling this giant every single morning, afternoon, and night. Somewhere along the line, Satan found an entry point. An entry point is a door that Satan walks through, to gain access to you.


WHAT’S YOUR DOOR?


What door has Satan used to walk into your life? I’m talking about...


Doors of pain. Doors of rejection. Doors of being misunderstood. Doors of being overlooked. Doors of abandonment. Doors of mental abuse. Doors of verbal abuse. Doors of hatred. Doors of anger.Doors of bitterness. Doors of unforgiveness.


Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ says,


"THE SERPENT WAS CLEVER, MORE CLEVER than any wild animal God had made...”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬


What’s interesting about snakes is snakes don’t have eye lids. Snakes NEVER blink. I wonder how long did the serpent stare at Eve’s life looking for an entry point? Even greater than that, I wonder how long has Satan been staring at you and your family trying to find an entry point.


“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. HE SAID TO THE WOMAN…

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭1


Even though they’re many doors. Even though they’re many entry points, one of Satan’s greatest entry points is through WORDS.


HE SAID TO THE WOMAN…


This is interesting because…


The entry point that Satan found into Lucifer was through his own words.‬ ‭


FOR YOU SAID TO YOURSELF, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭14‬:‭13‬ ‬‬


Satan lost access to his open heaven because of his own words to himself.


Satan would love nothing more than for you to lose access to your open heaven because of his words to you.


Adam & Eve lost heaven on Earth, Paradise was lost, and it all started by these words… HE SAID TO THE WOMAN…


After staring at Eve and after watching her for a while, Satan found a door. He found an entry point. I believe that one door that Satan walked through in Eve’s life was insecurity. He deceived her to believe that she wasn’t enough. He deceived her by making her think that she was missing out on something. He told her...


““For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, AND YOU WILL BE LIKE GOD,knowing good and evil.”” Genesis‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭‬‬


What do you mean she would be like God? Genesis 1:26,


“Then God said, “Let Us make man IN OUR IMAGE, ACCORDING TO OUR LIKENESS

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭26‬ ‭‬‬


Satan offered Eve to be like something that she was already like. He offered her something that she already had and she took him up on his offer because on the inside somewhere along the line she believed that something was missing but truth be told she had it all. DON’T BELIEVE THAT LYING SPIRIT!


“Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing on His right hand and His left.”

‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭18‬:‭18‬


‬‬ “And the Lord said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab king of Israel to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner.”

‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭18‬:‭19‬


‬‬ “Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’”

‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭18‬:‭20‬‬‬


"So he said, ‘I WILL GO OUT AND BE A LYING SPIRIT…”

‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭18‬:‭21‬ ‭‬‬


This is all there’ll ever be for you. You might as well get use to it. That ol lying spirit!

You’ll never amount to anything. That ol lying spirit! You’ll never overcome this. That ol lying spirit! The promises of God are for everyone but you. That ol lying spirit! You won’t get addicted! That ol lying spirit! You don’t have a problem, they’re just tripping. That ol lying spirit!


Whatever your DOOR may be, LIES IS THE KEY that the devil uses to unlock it.


It’s not going to be easy. I know for many of us you don’t want to. You rather sweep it under the rug. But for your sakes, you must:


📝 IDENTIFY THE DOOR.


We must take time to revisit the entry point that Satan came through when we were just a child. We can no longer sweep it under the rug as if it didn’t happen. We must identify why it happened, how it happened, and when it happened, because


📝 You’ll never CONQUER what you’re not willing to CONFRONT.


This is why Eve cried out in Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬‬‬.


….“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.””

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬‬‬


What was Eve doing here? Eve was identifying the door that the serpent came through. And it was DECEPTION. It was LIES. You’ll never CONQUER what you’re not willing to CONFRONT. IDENTIFYTHE DOOR.


📝 REVISIT the door WITH JESUS.


“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.”

‭‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭33‬ ‭


““WHERE HAVE YOU LAID HIM?” he asked.

‭‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭34‬ ‭‬‬


Show me the place where you gave up! Show me the place where you lost hope! Show me the place where Goliath thought he won! Show me the place where the enemy thought he won! WHERE HAVE YOU LAID HIM?! REVISIT the door WITH JESUS!


📝 SHUT the door.


Jesus didn’t come from Heaven to earth to just revisit the door. Jesus came from Heaven to earth to shut the door! ‭


“…The Son of God appeared for this purpose, TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.”

‭‭I John‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬


Ah shucks, I got so ahead of myself this morning, I forgot to give you today’s sermon title. Todays sermon is….


IT WORKS BOTH WAYS!!!


The same way there’s a door nob on one side of the door to open the door, is the same way there’s a door knob on the other side of the door to close the door. IT WORKS BOTH WAYS!!!


““Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. WHAT HE OPENS, NO ONE CAN CLOSE; AND WHAT HE CLOSES, NO ONE CAN OPEN:”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3‬:‭7‬ ‭


OPEN HEAVEN, CLOSED DOORS!!!


The same way the door was opened, is the same way the door will be closed. INFLUENCED by evil to open it. EMPOWERED by the Holy Spirit to close it. IT WORKS BOTH WAYS!


“Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I AM THE DOOR of the sheep.”

‭‭John‬ ‭10‬:‭7‬ ‬‬


He came TO BE THE DOOR.

He came TO CLOSE THE DOOR.

He came TO OUR DOOR.


Behold, I STAND AT THE DOOR and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

Revelation 3:20


Let Him. As you do, you’ll….


📝 CREATE new doors.


Sometimes we’re visited by generational doors, generational giants.


Let your confession be, "Our family history was, until I allowed Jesus Christ to rewrite it.”


Through Christ, YOU CAN SHUT THE DOOR AND CREATE NEW DOORS.


Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle; Psalm 144:1


WHAT’S YOUR DOOR?


Identify it.

Revisit it with Jesus.

Shut the door.

Create new doors.

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