What Are You Looking At

Wednesday June 15, 2011

Offering Message: I Cor. 15:57 God gives us the victory through Jesus Christ. There’s always more grace. Move forward in God and be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Sermon Text: 2 Cor. 5:7 We walk by faith and not by sight. We don’t ignore our circumstances, but we look at faith and the promises. In 2 Cor. 4:16-18 the inward man is being renewed daily. Don’t look at your light affliction, but look at what is not seen. Don’t look at the problem you have today, but look at the promises. It’s not enough to turn away from temptation or a problem. It’s important what you turn and look at. In 2 Kings 4, the barren woman was given a prophetic word and as a result of God’s promise to her, she gave birth to a son, but the son died. She spoke words of faith when she told her husband and the prophet that he was well, although he really was dead. She was stubborn and wouldn’t speak death over him, but spoke words of faith, and God raised the child from the dead. Verse 27 says that her soul was vexed within her. That same expression is used in describing Samson and Jesus. Samson failed. Jesus didn’t. When she released her faith, she remained steadfast to what she said. DON’T WAVER IN BELIEVING. Decide not to quit. Lazarus was sick, but Jesus delayed coming to him for two days (John 11:3-44). The first time Jesus didn’t say that Lazarus was dead, but that he was sleeping. He didn’t want to speak death, and He was looking at the glory of God. He was looking for a live man in the tomb. Look for the good and positive in people. Rom. 4:17 says that Abraham was made a father of many nations by God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did. God will honor your word if you don’t break it. Looking at your problem causes your faith to waver. Don’t let your faith waver. Look up! Face the impossibility and look at God. Repent if you messed up, and ask for His forgiveness.