Summary: One look is all it takes to bring: Condemnation, Justification, Sanctification, & Glorification. Dozens of Bible examples of people being forever changed by just one look! Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Presentation.

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Just One Look

Isaiah 45:22

"Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is none else."

Charles Spurgeon quoted this verse while testing the acoustics in a new sanctuary…he was later called to the bedside of a dying man. He had heard him from the balcony where he was working, and God used that to see the man get saved!

That man, like many today, was looking for something, and when a person is looking, God doesn’t hide, but makes Himself available, and one look is all it takes!

The eyes are the main gate we have leading to our minds, our imaginations, and our hearts. Just one look can be powerful and life changing.

Ill.—anyone here experience love at first sight? At the very least, it may have led to taking a second look. Some of you are considering taking a second look right now!

Consider the power of ‘just one look…’

Let’s take a quick trip thru the Bible and see ’just one look’ from beginning to end.

ill.--A little girl asked her mother, "How did the human race start?"

The mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and so all mankind was made."

Two days later, the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered, "Many years ago, there were monkeys from which the human race evolved."

The confused girl returned to her mother and said, "Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?"

The mother answered, "Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his."



Genesis 3:6

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

She looked and she took…and she lost her place in the garden. She was deceived and just one look is all it took. Adam came along and saw what had happened…and he took a look at her, a look at the tree, and said, oh well, give me a bite, and he sinned with his eyes wide open…and just one look is all it took.

joke-- Speaking of Adam and Eve, someone has suggested that they had an ideal marriage. He didn’t have to hear about all the men she could have married--and she didn’t have to hear about the way his mother cooked.

B. LOT’S WIFE. (GEN 19:26)

God warned them not to look back (V.17) but she did and became a salt lick in the desert…and just one look was all it took.

And she wouldn’t even have been in that wicked city of Sodom except for the ‘look’ her husband gave in that direction when he selfishly chose the best land when given the choice.

C. ACHAN. (JOSH. 7:21)

God’s people were instructed not to take of the spoils of this battle. But Achan did in this progression: He saw, he coveted, he took. Taking was the disobedient action, but it all began when he ‘saw’. One look…and then he took!


He saw, he lusted, he sinned. The lust of the eyes demanded he go further, and he started down a slippery slope.

ill.--Do you like water slides? Some are tame and fun, and some are a beast. I found out the hard way last summer when I was the only one in my family to go down the big one ... I should have known by the fact there were so few in line and how high up it was.

Temptation is like a huge water slide – you can turn round right up to the moment before you seek to satisfy your lusts, at which point it is too late and you need to deal with the consequences. David could have seen Bathsheba taking a bath, and turned away – but he chose to go down the slide.

James 1:15

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Lust-Sin-Death…the most dangerous form of LSD, and that’s how it happened for David, and a baby died as a result, among others.

Men are very visual creatures, and Jesus said we can commit adultery with just a look…so we must set up serious safeguards:

Job 31:1

I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

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Norman Hamilton

commented on Aug 25, 2006

I have just used "Just One Look" to prepare a sermon for this Sunday. What a blessing and a help.

Tim Day

commented on Aug 25, 2006

How true this is. What a great message for our world today.

John Dumas

commented on Aug 28, 2006

great sermon

Dindo Caporal

commented on Aug 30, 2006

the messages are very relevant to our contemporary culture and setting.

Michael Adkins

commented on Sep 1, 2006

This is a great sermon on what a 'look' can bring and what it can mean. A fresh new approach!

Pastor Judy Howard

commented on Sep 1, 2006

Pastor Jerry I really enjoyed the "Just one Look" sermon. I used it at our church with some of my own experiences. I'm really happy to find your website. Thank you so much for keeping it free for those of us in small churches. Thanks again & God Bless Pastor Judy

Jimmy Mcneil

commented on Nov 22, 2006

great sermon and excellent application

Eric Robinson

commented on Jan 13, 2007

Your ministry is a blessing. I am a bi-voc for a small church and getting started is always the tough part for me. Your wonderful sermons get me started. Thank you and God bless you and your ministry.

Donnie Crosswhite

commented on Feb 2, 2007

Very good Sermon.

Joel Santos

commented on Apr 14, 2007

Excellent sermon! You're a blessing to many preachers and pastors.

David Stanard

commented on Apr 15, 2008

Pastor I thank you for this sermon, I found the material in your sermon very helpful. Thank you for the the power point slides. God Bless.

Jason Barnes

commented on Aug 2, 2014

Enjoy many of your sermons. But this one with the personal illustration with the water slide didn't set well. Unless you go to a water park where everyone is fully dressed. I would imagine there are no such places. How can you be in such a place and not see half naked people walking around in cloths that cover less than their under garments? It only takes one look. Please don't take this comment as being offensive. I have never responded to websites with a comment. I'm sick and tired of seeing Pastors fall and loose their ministry and families. For what its worth I felt lead to write this. Thank you for your ministry, Pastor Jason Barnes Grace Baptist Church.

Jerry Shirley

commented on Aug 3, 2014

Well, it was at camp, and it was the boy's time allotment. But I appreciate your thoughts...just not your assumptions. As for God leading this as a 'first post', I wouldn't blame Him. :)

Julio Gonzalez

commented on Jul 7, 2015

Dear Pastor: Thank you very much for your excellent work. Your work has been a blessing to my Church and me personally

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