Open Our Eyes

Joseph LephiewNew Year-New You, Series, Sermons

Sermon Notes

I remember growing up and hearing my mom yell at me you need to open your eyes, can’t you see that? My eyes were open but I was no seeing what I was supposed to see.

I remember telling Yvonne one day, I can’t find the hot sauce and I have looked 3 times in the cupboard. She opens the door and it is sitting fight there in front. Wow, how did I miss it? Right in front of my face.

We typically do life with our eyes open but are we seeing what we really need to see.

“We live by what we believe, not by what we can see.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 NCV

“for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—”

2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP

“As we live here, we have to trust God. We do not yet see the things that belong to heaven.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 EASY

Our eyes and sight just see the natural things but the WORD SAYS WE LIVE, WE WALK, WE LIVE HERE BY FAITH.

“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”

Hebrews 11:1 AMP

“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.”

Hebrews 11:1 NCV

“This is what it means to trust God: We will be sure about the things that we hope for. We will be sure in our minds about things that we cannot even see.”

Hebrews 11:1 EASY

Illustrate title deed. It is a paper but it says what I own. Without seeing the car, it’s mine because I have and own the title deed.

This is what faith is and we are to walk and live with this title deed, confirmation for the things we hope for.

HOPE FOR IS EXPLAINED DIVINELY GUARANTEED DIVINE EXPECTATION. THIS HOPE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT YOU SEE. IT IS DEEPER IN YOUR FAITH AND BELIEF IN YOUR GOD.

ITS WALKING AND LIVING WITH A TITLE DEED AND GUARANTEED DIVINE EXPECTATION THAT GOD IS WITH YOU. HE LOVES YOU. HE FIGHTS FOR YOU. HE IS PROTECTING YOU AND EVERYTHING THAT IS DEAR TO YOU.

ALL HELL COULD BE BREAKING LOOSE BUT I KNOW THAT I KNOW HE IS GREATER THAN MY CHALLENGES, HE GREATER THAN MY FEARS, HE IS GREATER THAN MY INSECURITIES, HE IS GREATER THAN WHAT STANDS BEFORE ME.

DAVID STOOD BEFORE GOLIATH A GIANT, A BOY BEFORE A GIANT WARRIOR. DAVID FELT JUST AS LARGE AND LARGER THAN GOLIATH BECAUSE WHO WALKED WITH HIM. HE WAS CONVINCED OF THIS POINT.

WE ARE SO DEEP IN GOD, WHEN OUR WORLD IS BEING ATTACKED AND FALLING APART, WE DO NOT FALL APART. WE LIVE BY FAITH, OUR HOPE IS IN GOD.

Fast and pray the right direction. God knows how to open your eye for your family. God open my eyes as we pray and fast. This has been my prayer as we have chosen to fast to set the pace for 2020. Clear vision sight for 2020.

OPEN MY EYES FOR PROVISION:

“Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the [empty] skin with water and gave the boy a drink.”

Genesis 21:19 AMP

She had been sent away and wandering in the wilderness she was lost and all there water was gone. She puts her young sun undef a bush and expects to die. She even tells God please do it let me see my son die.

Ever been there where you felt so hopeless and abandoned. She is at her end as she thinks. I find it odd when you read the story God speaks too her and says do not worry, I HEARD THE CRY OF THE BOY. Not her give up and die talk. He heard the cry of her son.

God cares so much for us and our children and our children’s children. He hears the cry but provides water after opened her eyes.
Many will run around chasing provisions when we really need our spiritual eyes open.

OPEN MY EYES FOR DIRECTION:

“Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the LORD standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and lay himself face down.”
Numbers 22:31 AMP

If you know the story God tells him which way to go and he is going in the wrong direction. His donkey sees an Angel with a sword drawn because Balaam is going in the wrong direction. His donkey tries 3 different times to stop, turn back to avoid the Angel and Balaam beats and whips his donkey. His donkey can see but Balaam can’t. So God allows the donkey to speak and his donkey is like, I have been your donkey for years. I have been nothing but good to you. I am trying to save your life and you beat me.

OPEN MY EYES FOR DIRECTION. Have you ever chose to move your life because you seen what looked like a better opportunity or you just wanted it then it did not turn out so good.

Quote: If you don’t know where you are a map won’t help you.
If you don’t know where your going any road will do.
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“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”
John F. Kennedy

OPEN MY EYES TO DIVINE PROTECTION:

“Then Elisha prayed and said, “LORD, please, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servants eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha.”
2 Kings 6:17 AMP

They were surrounded by an army to capture them. The servant was freaking out. Elishas eyes were already opened. He knew his God. But his servant could only see in the physically realm, not the spirit realm.
Elisha servants opened his eyes protection from God. Eyes open to the fact that a God is our protection. Divine Protection of the Lord

GOD OPEN MY EYES TO DIVINE VISITATION:

“Then their eyes were [suddenly] opened [by God] and they [clearly] recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.”

Luke 24:31 AMP

These men, disciples are walking and talking about things. Jesus has resurrected and most of the disciples were disappointed. They thought it was a lost cause. See in the natural it looked the opposite of what they were believing for. Jesus is crucified and dead and buried. That’s all they say.

Seeing with natural eyes is so limited. They could not even see and recognize that Jesus was walking and talking with them. Jesus is walking and talking to many of us and we can not even recognize He is with us. They invited this stranger into their house for dinner still unaware Jesus, Son of God, the Savior is eating with them.

Fresh vision of Jesus He is our provision, direction, protection, visitation disciples eyes opened.

“FOR THIS NATION’S HEART HAS GROWN HARD, AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY HARDLY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE [tightly] CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART, AND TURN [to Me] AND I WOULD HEAL THEM [spiritually].’ But blessed [spiritually aware, and favored by God] are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.”
Matthew 13:15-16 AMP

“For the minds of these people have become stubborn. They do not hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might really understand what they see with their eyes and hear with their ears. They might really understand in their minds and come back to me and be healed.’ But you are blessed, because you see with your eyes and hear with your ears.”
Matthew 13:15-16 NCV