Summary: This sermon is about our eyes being Eye Gates that allow us to live an Abundant Life in Jesus Christ - 1. Focus On Jesus - Hebrew 12:2; 2. See Yourself as a Nevertheless Person instead of a Now Way Person - Luke 5 and Luke 10

Scripture: Luke 11:34; Matthew 6:22

Theme: Eyes

Title: Eye Gates - Supernatural Seeing


Grace and peace this morning from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

What an amazing year so far! Each day has been filled with God’s grace and wonders. Each day the LORD has given us time to grow, to deepen our walk with Him and the ability and power to reflect His Glory and Honor. Each day we have been given opportunities to share our life with our family, friends and others.

Isn’t that wonderful?!

We have so much to be thankful for this morning!

Today, I want to talk to you about your Eye Gate.

Now, that may seem like an odd term; Eye Gate but it really isn’t. You will see what I mean in a few moments.

Most of us grew up learning all kinds of children’s songs. Songs like:

1. Jesus Loves Me This I Know

Jesus loves me this I know

For the Bible tells me so

Little ones to Him belong

They are weak but He is strong

2. This Little Light Of Mine I Going Let It Shine

This Little Light Of Mine,

I'm gonna let it shine,

This Little Light Of Mine,

I'm gonna let it shine,

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

3. If You’re Happy and You Know It Say AMEN

If you're happy and you know it

Say "Amen!" Amen!

If you're happy and you know it

Say "Amen!" Amen!

If you're happy and you know it

Then your face will surely show it

If you're happy and you know it

Say "Amen!" Amen!

4. Deep and Wide

Deep and Wide, Deep and Wide

There’s a Fountain flowing Deep and Wide

Deep and wide, Deep and Wide

There’s a Fountain flowing Deep and Wide

And of course most of us learned another great song that had these words:

Oh, be careful, little eyes, what you see,

Oh, be careful, little eyes, what you see.

There’s a Father up above looking down in tender love,

Oh, be careful, little eyes, what you see.

That is not only a great little song it is a very true little song. We do need to be careful today what we see for there is a great deal of things out in our world that we would be better off if we didn’t see.

Proverbs 4:25 says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.”

Again that is just good common sense advice. How many times have we stubbed our toes or almost fallen because we simply were not looking where we were going?

However, when Solomon wrote those words he wasn’t just talking in the natural. He was trying to teach his children the proper way to live according to the LORD. He wanted them to have a single mindedness when it came to the LORD. He wanted his children to be careful what they saw and what they absorbed through their eyes or their EYE GATES.

After all it was through the eyes that Adam and Eve were first tempted.

“The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So, she took the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.” – Genesis 3:6 (NLT).

Adam and Eve both saw the fruit (rebellion, disobedience) and at first it looked good to the eyes. It looked pleasing and desiring. That is the way it is with sin and the Devil works overtime to get us to get our eyes off of the right things and onto the wrong things. We must be careful what we open our Eye Gates and allow to come into our hearts, minds and souls.

It wasn’t until my dad turned 24 – 25 that over half of the United States had a TV. That was back in 1954. My dad and my mom grew up without a TV. Their families had a radio but it was not until after they were married that they had a TV in their home.

I remember growing up that when you turned on the TV you could only get three or four stations at the most – ABC, NBC, CBS and at times in our area, KET (Kentucky Educational Television).

Each night around midnight the stations would go off the air. An announcement would be made by a member of the station personnel thanking everyone for watching and letting them know that the broadcast day was now coming to a close. We would be invited to tune in the next morning at 6 AM and then the National Anthem was played. After that all you could see would either be a test pattern or static depending on what station you were watching.

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