Sunday, March 6, 2011

CORRECTED VISION

THE WORLD WILL LOOK UGLY IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE CITY GARBAGE DUMP, BUT IT IS BEAUTIFUL IF YOU ARE GAZING AT THE STARS STRUNG OUT ACROSS THE HEAVENS AT NIGHT.

IT ALL DEPENDS UPON WHICH WAY YOU ARE LOOKING AND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

AN UNKNOWN WRITER EXPLAINED IT LIKE THIS.

  • TO BE DISTRESSED, LOOK WITHIN;
  • TO BE DEFEATED, LOOK BACK;
  • TO BE DISTRACTED, LOOK AROUND;
  • TO BE DISMAYED, LOOK BEFORE;
  • TO BE DELIVERED, LOOK TO CHRIST; AND
  • TO BE DELIGHTED, LOOK UP.

JESUS, THE MASTER TEACHER, SAID, “YOU HAVE EYES TO SEE, BUT YOU DON’T SEE WHAT YOU NEED TO BE SEEING.”

YOU SEE NOT

  • THE GOOD FOR BAD
  • GOD FOR GREED
  • BEAUTY FOR BRUTALITY
  • HARMONY FOR HOSTILITY
  • AND FAIRNESS FOR FOUL PLAY

YOU SEE NOT DECENCY BECAUSE OF THE MASSIVE SPREAD OF DEGENERACY THAT DAILY LOOMS BEFORE OUR EYES.

THE NEED FOR CORRECTIVE VISION WAS ILLUSTRATED TO ME SO CLEARLY BY A YOUNG MAN WHO FOUND A FIVE DOLLAR BILL LYING BY THE SIDE OF A RODE.

ACCORDING TO A WELL KNOWN WRITER, WILLIAM FEATHER, THE YOUNG MAN WAS SO IMPACTED BY WHAT HE SAW IN THE DIRT AND GRIM BESIDE THE RODE THAT HE NEVER LIFTED HIS EYES AGAIN AS HE WALKED.

AS A RESULT, IN THE YEARS TO COME HE ACCUMULATED

  • 29,516 LOST BUTTONS
  • 54,172 PREVIOUSLY OWNED PINS
  • 12 CENTS
  • A BENT BACK AND
  • A POOR DISPOSITION.

IN THIS PROCESS, HE LOST

  • THE GLORY OF THE SUNLIGHT
  • THE SHEEN OF THE STARS
  • THE SMILES OF HIS FRIENDS
  • TREE BLOSSOMS IN THE SPRING
  • THE BLUE SKIES, AND
  • THE ENTIRE JOY OF LIVING.

HE IGNORED THE BEST AND FOCUSED ON THE REST.

WHAT A TRAGEDY TO HAVE EYES TO SEE AND SEE NOT OR AT LEAST NOT SEEING WHAT YOU NEED TO SEE.

IT WILL

  • DECIMATE YOUR DISPOSITION
  • MESS WITH YOU MIND
  • HARPOON YOUR HAPPINESS
  • OPPRESS YOUR OPTIMISM.

JOHN THE REVELATOR WAS NOT ONLY A PROGNOSTICATOR OF UNKNOWN FUTURE EVENTS BUT A SPIRITUAL OPTOMETRIST PRESCRIBING CORRECTIVE VISION FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE BLIND AS A BAT TO THE ACTIVITY OF GOD IN THE SPIRIT REALM.

HIS ADVICE IS RECORDED IN REVELATION 3:18. “ANOINT YOUR EYES WITH EYE SALVE THAT YOU MAY SEE.”

HELEN KELLER SUGGESTED THAT “THE MOST PATHETIC PERSON IN THE WORLD IS SOMEONE WHO HAS SIGHT BUT HAS NO VISION.”

RALPH WALDO EMERSON RECOGNIZED THAT THE PROBLEM LIES WITH THE INDIVIDUAL. HE DECLARED, “PEOPLE ONLY SEE WHAT THEY ARE PREPARED TO SEE.”

MY PRAYER FOR EACH OF US THIS WEEK IS THE PRAYER THAT ELISHA PRAYED FOR HIS SERVANT. “LORD, I PRAY THEE, OPEN HIS EYES THAT HE MAY SEE.”

THIS EYE OPENING EXPERIENCE WILL LEAD US TO DISCOVER NO LESS THAN THREE GLORIOUS FACTS.

NUMBER 1: THE GOODNESS OF GOD IS ALWAYS GREATER THAN ANYTHING THE DEVIL CAN THROW AT US.

II KINGS 6:16 – “THEY THAT BE WITH US ARE MORE THAN THEY THAT BE WITH THEM.”

THE TROUBLED, FEARFUL SERVANT COULD NOT SEE OR COMPREHEND WHAT GOD WAS DOING IN THE REALM OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD.

HIS VISION WENT NO FARTHER THAN THE END OF HIS NOSE UNTIL THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT THE LORD OPENED HIS EYES.

WHAT A REVELATION. WHAT A COMFORT. WHAT A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE.

GOD OPENED HIS EYES AND HE SAW

  • OUR ADVOCATE IS GREATER THAN OUR ADVERSARY.
  • OUR BENEFACTOR IS NOT BANKRUPT BY OUR BUDGET DEFICIT.
  • OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN IS BIGGER, BOLDER AND BETTER THAN OUR FOE DOWN HERE ON EARTH.
  • OUR LORD IS NOT THREATENED BY THE RULERS OF DARKNESS.

FROM WHERE YOU ARE STANDING, IT MAY LOOK LIKE YOU ARE FIGHTING A LOPSIDED BATTLE THAT YOU CAN’T WIN, AND YOU ARE RIGHT IF YOU ARE SEEING IT THROUGH THE NATURAL EYE.

BUT NOT WHEN YOUR VISION IS CORRECTED.

SUDDENLY YOU WILL REALIZE WHAT DR. ROLLS REALIZED.

HIS

  • COVENANT HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED
  • KINGDOM IS NOT CRUMBLING
  • DOMINION IS NOT DECLINING
  • FAITHFULNESS IS NOT FAILING

I SPEAK TO YOU IN THE NAME OF THE LORD TO CONFESS THAT

  • HIS EMINENCE IS NOT ERODED BY HIS ENEMIES
  • HIS TRUSTWORTHINESS HAS NOT BEEN TORPEDOED BY DEMONIC TERRORIST

WE ARE ON THE WINNING TEAM.

“GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD.” (I JOHN 4:4)

NUMBER 2: CORRECTED VISION ALLOWS YOU TO SEE POSSIBILITIES IN EVERY IMPOSSIBILITY.

LUKE 1:26 – “THE ANGEL GABRIEL WAS SENT FROM GOD…TO A VIRGIN …”

THIS APPEARED TO BE A MIX UP TO MARY.

THE ANGEL MUST HAVE STUMBLED ON TO THE WRONG ADDRESS AND BY ALL MEANS THE WRONG INDIVIDUAL.

SHE KNEW THAT VIRGINS AND PREGNANCY AND HAVING BABIES DON’T MIX.

THIS IS AN EVENT FOR MARRIED COUPLES WHO HAVE ENGAGED IN SEXUAL ACTIVITY.

THAT’S THE WAY IT WORKED FROM DAY ONE.

AGES HAD NOT CHANGED IT, AND ONLY A MIRACLE COULD ALTER THAT ARRANGEMENT.

IS IT ANY WONDER THAT SHE SAID, “HOW CAN THIS BE SEEING I KNOW NOT A MAN?”

SHE WAS RIGHT IF LOOKING AT IT THROUGH EARTHLY VISION.

IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT THEN GOD GAVE HER CORRECTED VISION.

HE RESPONDED TO HER IN THESE MEMORABLE, EXTRA ORDINARY WORDS. “FOR WITH GOD NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE.” (LUKE 1:37)

PLEASE LISTEN TO MARY’S RESPONSE TO CORRECTED VISION.

“YES, I SEE IT ALL NOW: I’M THE LORD’S MAID, READY TO SERVE. LET IT BE WITH ME JUST AS YOU SAY…

IN TEXAS LANGUAGE IT WOULD HAVE SOUNDED LIKE, "I’M BURSTING WITH GOD-NEWS; I’M DANCING THE SONG OF MY SAVIOR GOD. GOD TOOK ONE GOOD LOOK AT ME, AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED---I’M THE MOST FORTUNATE WOMAN ON EARTH.”

SEEING THINGS FROM GODS POINT OF VIEW CHANGED HER PERCEPTION OF HERSELF FROM BEING A FORLORN FEMALE TO BECOMING THE MOST FORTUNATE WOMAN ON THE FACE OF GOD’S EARTH.

GOD CAN CHANGE YOUR MISFORTUNE INTO A MAGNIFICENT FORTUNE TODAY.

NUMBER 3: CORRECTED VISION ALLOWS YOU TO DISCOVER THAT GOD WILL IMPROVISE WHEN MEN OSTRACIZE YOU.

ACTS 7:56 – “BEHOLD, I SEE THE HEAVENS OPENED, AND THE SON OF MAN STANDING ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.”

THIS IS A PAGE FROM THE DIARY OF STEPHEN.

HE AND HIS WORLD WERE IN A MESS. THE MOOD OF THAT DAY WAS AN UGLY MIXTURE OF MADNESS AND MEANNESS.

GOD SEEMED TO BE A MILLION MILES AWAY AND JUSTICE WAS BLIND FOLDED.

IN SUCH TIMES AS THAT, WE SURMISE THAT THE GATES OF HEAVEN ARE LOCKED AND THE KEY THROWN AWAY.

IT IS NOT DIFFICULT TO CONCLUDE GOD HAS GONE OUT OF BUSINESS, PRAYERS GO UNANSWERED AND HOPE DIES A SLOW DEATH.

DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT STEPHEN WAS A HURTING MAN.

ROCKS WERE BOUNCING OFF HIS HEAD.

SOME OF HIS TEETH MAY WELL HAVE BEEN KNOCKED OUT.

HIS EYES MAY HAVE BEEN RED WITH BLOOD FROM THE PELTING HE WAS TAKING, BUT WATCH THIS CLOSELY.

THE RECORD SAYS, “BEING FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST, (HE) LOOKED UP AND SAW…THE HEAVENS OPENED…” (ACTS 7:55, 56)

THE HEAVEN OPENED NOT BECAUSE GOD WAS SUFFERING FROM CLOSTER PHOBIA, BUT BECAUSE HE WANTED STEPHEN TO BE ABLE TO SEE INSIDE THE PEARLY GATES.

TO DO SO, GOD REARRANGED THE ATMOSPHERE AND RIPPED A HOLE IN THE STRATOSPHERE. GOD IMPROVISES WHEN MEN OSTRACIZE.

HE THROWS THE GATES OF HEAVEN OPEN WIDE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON IN HEAVEN.

THE DISCOVERY IS SIMPLE BUT INSPIRING.

  • GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE WHEN TROUBLE RAGES DOWN HERE.
  • JESUS IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL.
  • GOD WAS ACCEPTING PRAYER TO STEPHEN’S LAST BREATH. HIS LAST PRAYER WAS NOT FOR HIMSELF. IT WAS FOR HIS TORMENTORS.

GOD IS STILL IMPROVISING TODAY.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU NEED, BUT I DO BELIEVE THIS. GOD CAN IMPROVISE TO MEET YOUR NEED.

Open Our Eyes!


Pastor Jimmy & Bob

1 comment:

  1. First off, WOW HUGE CAPITALIZED FONT!!! hee hee
    Had a wise man say to me, to see my problems through God's eyes, NOT God through my problem's eyes. Great piece :)

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