Seeing Through God’s Eyes – Ourselves and Others

Bible Verse:
Luke 2:25-32

Preacher:
James M. Moody

Date Preached:
01/14/2017


Reading Schedule:

Sunday

1/14

Proverbs Ch. 14; Luke 2: 1-21

Monday

1/15

Proverbs Ch. 15; Luke 2: 22-35

Tuesday 1/16

Proverbs Ch. 16; Luke 2: 36-52

Wednesday

1/17

Proverbs Ch. 17; Psalm 139: 1-24

Thursday

1/18

Proverbs Ch. 18

Friday

1/19

Proverbs Ch. 19

Saturday

1/20

Proverbs Ch. 20

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!

I AM NOT A SOUL

I AM A SPIRIT

I AM NOT A BODY

I AM A SPIRIT

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!

Luke 2:25-32 – 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout.(U) He was waiting for the consolation of Israel,(V) and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,(W)28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,(X)
    you may now dismiss[d] your servant in peace.(Y)
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,(Z)
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”(AA)

 

TOOLS NOT RULES!

The story of Simeon expresses to us how God works in the life of every human being. God speaks God’s promise for every life into every life. (You need to understand; you are living in that promise right now!) In Simeon’s case the promise of God was “that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.” Simeon was living in God’s promise every second he was alive. We can miss the fact that we’re living in God’s promise for our lives because we get blinded by circumstances, or we don’t recognize God’s promise, or remain in God’s process – in short, we don’t see ourselves and others the through God’s eyes.

TOOLS NOT RULES!

The tool that God is placing in our hands is that of seeing ourselves and others the way God sees us.

SEEING THROUGH GODS EYES!

SEE OTHERS THROUGH GODS EYES!

 

  1. God Loves Me!
    1. Principle #1 – The circumstances of your life do not matter, God’s plan extends beyond your background and your current situation into the very mind of God.
        1. God is providing, protecting, directing, and supporting, loving, forgiving, and lifting you in whatever circumstances you’re in.
    1. Psalm 139: 13-16 tells us, “Here’s what God sees:
      1. v. 13 – I created you! (You belong to me!)
      2. v. 14 – You are my wonderful work! (My Masterpiece!)
      3. v. 15 – I knew everything about you before you were born. (Foreknowledge!)
      4. v. 16 – You were conceived first in My mind before you were conceived in the womb. (Double Conception!)
  1. Luke 2: 26-27a It had been revealed to [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts.
    1. Principle#2 – Process is God’s way of getting you ready for when you “GET THERE!
    2. God reveals God’s Promise for your life by speaking the Promise into your life.
      1. The Promise is in you.
      2. You are pregnant with God’s promise.
        1. Gender doesn’t matter – it’s God’s promise
        2. Age doesn’t matter – it’s God’s promise
      3. The Promise flows from the inside of you, to the outside of you, into the lives of those around. (to be covered in detail next week)
    3. When the Promise of God is revealed by the Word of God in the spirit of God’s person, the anointing of God is available for its fulfillment!  
      1. The Messiah was foretold in the Scriptures.
        1. And promise made to Simeon was verified in Simeon by the Holy Spirit
        2. Simeon was even directed by Holy Spirit toward its fulfillment.
        3. Simeon held the miracle in his arms!
      2. When the Word of God is preached, miracles of salvation, healings‎, deliverance, signs and wonders accompany the Word! EXPECT THAT!
        1. Two women who had tried and failed to have children‎ came in the temple (presence of God). One has a beautiful son we baptized last fall and the other is in her ninth month – EXPECT THAT!
        2. Another woman left the city she was living in and came in the temple (presence of God) because the child is attempting to deliver early‎. We baptized a full-term healthy boy on new year’s eve. EXPECT THAT!
        3. When you hear God’s word for you and the promise of God is revealed in you, speak it. Release it! Activate it! Trust God for it! EXPECT THAT!
        4. Somebody say: EXPECT THAT!
      3. The promise is bigger than anything you can accomplish on your own. Therefore, the only way you will be able to survive and flourish in God’s promise for your life is to see your circumstances, yourself, and others through God’s eyes!
      4. God will use delays, disappointments, distraction, departures‎ to accomplish God’s promise. See the process God has employed through God’s eyes!!!
      5. Holy Spirit speaks to your spirit. Not through your soul, which is the WILL (I want), INTELLECT (I think), or emotions (I feel); but to your spirit. Spirit to spirit.
    4. Have you ever seen someone into whom God spoke God’s promise into their life? (Taking Chaka to see Adrien Dunn; Antonio Myrick)
      1. Antonio Myrick
        1. Musician to whom God spoke the promise the he, Antonio would facilitate the worship of God
        2. Suffered a debilitating stroke
        3. Had to go through extensive recovery process
        4. The stroke affected his ability to play
        5. After recovering God showed him pictures in a dream
        6. Antonio no longer plays the keyboard
        7. He facilitates the worship of God through the pictures you see on the screen provided by the Quinn Audio Visual team!
    5. God spoke God’s Promise for your life into you,
      1. A dream
      2. An aspiration
      3. A life goal
    6. God put you in God’s Process to fulfill God’s Promise for your life.
    7. Simeon understood that which is confusing to many of us: “What gets you to God’s promise for your life is God’s process for your life and not a single event.”
      1. Simeon could endure years of expectation, waiting for the consolation of Israel because he could see his life through God’s eyes. He understood:
        1. that there were steps to be taken,
        2. that certain things had to happen,
        3. preparations had to be made,
        4. alignment had to be established.
        5. Process is God’s way of getting you ready for when you “GET THERE!
      1. DON’T QUIT. You’re in process!
        1. It’s taking too long! You’re in process!
        2. I didn’t think it would take all this! You’re in process!
        3. Others don’t seem to have to work this hard to get it done! You’re in process!
        4. Why can’t it just happen for me and be over with? You’re in process!
      1. AND IT’S GOD’S PROCESS THAT PRODUCES GOD’S PROMISE!
  1. Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,(X)
        you may now dismiss[d] your servant in peace,

    1. Principle #3 –The fulfilling of your promise is a part of someone else’s process!
    2. SEE YOURSELF AND OTHERS THROUGH GOD’S EYES!
    3. Acts 8: 26-39 – Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.
    4. 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
    5. 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
    6. 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
    7. He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
      and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
      so he did not open his mouth.
      33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
      Who can speak of his descendants?
      For his life was taken from the earth.”
      [b]
    8. 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
    9. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
      1. When we see people who seem to be confused or misguided or distracted or discouraged or unable to navigate the process required to fulfill God’s promise for their lives, don’t sit on the side line and criticize; don’t discourage their efforts; don’t project your failures on their lives; don’t throw shade their light;
      2. Instead, see them through God’s eyes! HELP THEM!
      3. Come along side – v. 29
      4. Offer to help – v. 30
      5. Apply the word and share the good new – v. 35
    10. Luke 2: 34 – Then Simeon blessed them…
      1. He showed us how to see others through God’s eyes.
      2. Yes, he saw and young man, a teen-aged mother, a poor couple from the sticks with a little baby. But he saw them through God’s eyes
      3. Come “alongside” them to show them the way!
      4. Make yourself available to support them when they need it.
    1. It’s the gospel – the good news lived through us when we see others through God’s eyes.
      1. Romans 5: 6-8 – You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

 

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!

I AM NOT A SOUL

I AM A SPIRIT

I AM NOT A BODY

I AM A SPIRIT

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!

 

Five-fold Mission of the Church

  1. MAGNIFY – We express our love for God through praise and by obeying His Commands.

  2. MISSION – We seize every opportunity to demonstrate Christ by witnessing to others by word and deed.

  3. MEMBERSHIP – We encourage all to belong to God’s eternal family through fellowship with Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

  4. MATURITY – We study to grow more Christ-like in our thoughts, words, and deeds.

  5. MINISTRY – We demonstrate God’s love by meeting the needs and healing the hurts of others.

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