Summary: A sermon examining three things we must do. We must Look, Listen & Learn!
Look, Listen & Learn
(Analyzing Weak Faith)
Earlier in the week we had an issue with our Car. We took it to the dealership and they put it on their computer and found the issue. While they were at it they found a bigger issue than the original issue that prompted the visit. Thankfully they were able to address the situation before it caused us any trouble.
That is often the way the Word of God is. You may be looking for an answer concerning a specific issue, then BOOM! You find something else that needs attention.
Now, If we are honest at times we struggle with a lack of faith. This lack of faith will lead to other sins in our lives.
Jesus says in - Matthew 17:20 … If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.- It is amazing how many Christians do not possess the faith of a mustard seed.
The African impala can jump higher than 10 feet and farther than 30 feet. Yet, they can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will land There are many Christians who are not necessarily afraid to jump when the Lord says jump, but they refuse to jump when they can’t see where they will land.
The bible gives us the definition of faith in - Hebrews 11:1 ¶Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Now surely a group of men who left their entire lives behind to follow Jesus would not experience a lack of faith.. Right? WRONG! In the preceding verses, Jesus has fed 4,000 people with only 7 loaves of bread and a few fish. Now the disciples find themselves on a boat with only 1 loaf of bread. In the miracle of the fishes, there was more at the end of the miracle than there was before it began. That is just how God works. Remember, “Little is much when God is in it”
In verse 14 Jesus gives a warning to his disciples “Take heed; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.” They did not understand what Jesus was referring to. So, they began to try to find the answer among themselves. Jesus was with them in the boat but they failed to turn to him. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? I want to look at this event and preach on the subject “Look, Listen & Learn”
The key to this message is found in v18 “Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?” - In this verse we find three hindrances to our walk of faith. One reason given is the fact that:
I. We Do Not Look – v18a having eyes, see ye not?
There are several areas in our life that we fail to look, Notice:
A. We Do Not Look At What We Were
If we would just take the time to remember where we were before salvation we would have a much better perspective going forward. We came from ...a life of uncertainty and turmoil, a life with no peace, joy or hope, and a path toward eternal damnation. We must look at how far God has brought us and also where he is taking us.
B. We Do Not Look At Where We Are
We are the Children of God! We don’t deserve His blessings, but he has provided us with so many that we can’t count them all. We are sinners saved by the Grace of Almighty God. We are different because of him - Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
C. We Don’t Look At Who He Is
It is impossible for us to conceive how great God really is. Once you come to the point where you truly understand the fact that God is your Father It will impact your life in an amazing way. - David says in Psalms 40:5 “Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done,” - I encourage you to stop and look at all that He has done for you! Don’t look at what you think you deserve and don’t have, but what He has given you that you don’t deserve! Notice what the disciples witnessed with their own eyes.
There was a great multitude and Jesus called these same men unto him. In Mark 8:5 he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. 6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. 7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. 8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. 9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.