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Summary: HOW GOD VIEWS LIFE AS COMPARED TO HOW WE VIEW IT.

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GOD’S EYES

JAMES 4:14b

INTRO: HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR LIFE?

1: YOUR EYES

A) WHAT’S YOUR VIEW ON LIFE?

B) WHAT INFLUENCES YOUR VIEW ON LIFE?

C) IS LIFE A PARTY, A RACE, A MARATHON, A BATTLE OR GAME?

POINT: HOW YOU SEE YOUR LIFE OR HOW YOU DECSRIBE YOUR LIFE INFLUENCES YOUR LIFE MORE THAN YOU REALIZE. IT DETERMINES YOUR EXPECTATIONS, YOUR VALUES, YOUR GOALS, REALATIONSHIPS, AND EVEN YOU’RE PRIORITIES.

2: GOD’S EYES

A) THREE VIEWS OR METAPHORS THE BIBLE GIVES US

B) LIFE IS A TEST, LIFE IS A TRUST, AND LIFE IS A TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT.

C) THESE ARE SEEN IN STORIES THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE.

POINT: IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW GOD’S VIEW POINT BECAUSE US AS PEOPLE TEND TO HAVE SOME FAULTY VIEWS AND VERY WRONG WAYS OF SEEING LIFE.

BODY: LIFE’S A TEST

1: PASS OR FAIL

A) SOME FAIL THE TEST PUT BEFORE THEM

B) OTHERS PASS WITH GREAT TRIUMPH

C) PASS OR FAIL EACH TEST HAS A PURPOSE AND MEANING

POINT: OUR CHARACTER IS DEVELOPED AND REVEALED BY TESTS THAT GOD PUTS BEFORE US AND ALL OF LIFE IS A TEST. WE PASS SOME OTHERS WE FAIL MISERABLY AT.

2: SOME WE NEVER EVEN REALIZE

A) LITTLE KIND GESTURES

B) OPPORTUNITIES IN FRONT OF US

C) WE GO THROUGH TESTS AND NEVER REALIZE WE DID OR WERE UNTIL THEY ARE COMPLETE.

POINT: THIS IS A WONDERFUL TIME TO REALIZE AND RESPECT THE OMNIPRESENCES OF GOD ALMIGHTY. HE IS EVERYWHERE AND PRESENT AT ALL TIMES. PROVERBS 15:3 THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE IN EVERY PLACE BEHOLDING THE GOOD AND EVIL.

3: TESTS DEEPEN OUR CHARACTER

A) SOMETIMES GOD FEELS SO FAR AWAY

B) SOMETIMES YOU HAVE A TRAGIC SUDDEN LOSS

C) OTHERS YOU NEVER REALIZE

D) TESTS HELP YOU LOVE AND APPRECIATE MORE THEY CAN ALSO HELP YOU DEPEND ON GOD MORE.

POINT: TESTS HELP YOU REALIZE THAT EVERYDAY MATTERS AND THAT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO YOU HAS SIGNIFICANCE FOR YOUR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE FAMILY OF GOD.

CLOSING: LIFE IS A TEST AND A TRUST.

1: THE MORE GOD GIVES THE MORE RESPONSIBLE HE EXPECTS YOU TO BE.

A) PASS A TEST AND BE REWARDED

B) JAMES1:12 THE CROWN OF LIFE

C) REWARDED AND EXPECTED TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE MATT 25:21

D) TRUST GOD WITH ALL AND EVERYTHING

POINT: THINK ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS PLACED IN YOUR LIFE AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU LATELY AND DID YOU REALIZE IT WAS A TEST FROM GOD. ALSO, WHAT ARE THE GREATEST MATTERS GOD HAS ENTRUSTED YOU WITH?

CONCLUSION: WE REALIZE SOME TESTS AND STILL FAIL, SOME WE NEVER EVEN SEE HAPPENING WE PASS EASILY. TRUST GOD YOUR LIFE IS A TEST AND TRUST GOD TO ALWAYS BE HOLDING TO YOUR HAND AND GUIDING YOU THROUGH YOUR DARKEST HOUR. THE MORE TRUST YOU HAVE IN HIM THE MORE HE ENTRUSTS YOU WITH. TAKE A LOOK AT LIFE THROUGH GOD’S EYES AND THINK ABOUT WHAT HE SEES AND WHAT YOU THINK IT IS YOU SEE.


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