Where you look, is where you will go.

Sunday Service

  • 25 September 2016
  • Jeremy Suisted
  • Where you look, is where you go.  (True in driving; true in life)

The Terminator

  • Pastor Arnie Hall, the 2nd most famous “Arnie”
  • Who are you fixing your eyes on?
  • If you only fix your eyes on yourself, you won’t be able to do life well.

Where is God looking?

  • Genesis 1:4 – God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
  • Genesis 1:31 – God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
  • Proverbs 15:3 – The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
  • Proverbs 5:21 – For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord…

God’s eyes are fixed on us!

  • Michelangelo’s picture shows God straining his attention on us, but Adam is only lazily looking towards God.

Where are we looking?

  • Genesis 2:16-17 – And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; buy you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat form it you will certainly die.”
  • Genesis 3:6 – When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.
  • Judges 4:1-2 – Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Tim nah; now get her for me as my wife.”
  • The only time Samson prayed to God was after he lost his eyes. He finally looked up, when he could no longer look at himself.

Our eyes don’t stick

  • Numbers 20:10 – He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?”
  • Moses was so angry, he took his eyes off the provision of God, and turned it into a power demonstration (hit the rock, instead of speaking to it). This damaged the lesson God was trying to make at the time.

Our example

  • Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
  • Jesus saw the opportunity for the long-term lesson, not the quick fix.
  • John 5:19 – Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

We need to be cross-eyed!

  • Turn your eyes upon Jesus (on the cross). Look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his wonder and grace.

How?

  • Talk to God;
  • Look in the mirror – read the Bible;
  • Ask as families – “How were you cross-eyed today?”
  • Confess;
  • Pray continually.

Isaiah 6:3 – “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of this glory.”

 

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