Summary: The last ingredient of revival that I believe is necessary is for us to see the world through God’s eyes.
SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH GOD’S EYES
Job 34:20-22 (Key Verse – 21)
“For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps.”
Introduction: Seeing God’s Holiness, being aware of His presence, acknowledging our sinfulness and dependence on God, understanding Christ’s call to the church will all contribute to both revival and a fresh downpour of the Holy Spirit’s empowerment and blessing for our church. The last ingredient of revival that I believe is necessary is for us to see the world through God’s eyes. When God looks at the world…
I. His pure and holy eyes see a world of wickedness.
A. Psalm 53:2-3 “God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. Every one of them has turned aside; they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one.”
B. Illustration: "My hardest job," said the warden of a great penitentiary "is to convince youthful delinquents that they have done something wrong." – copied
C. Man does not like to see himself as a sinner and believers all too often do not like to see their unsaved friends, neighbors, relatives or even themselves as sinners by nature and by choice.
D. Part of the problem is that we do not see sin for what it is.
E. We will never have revival or understand the mission of the church until we see what sin is. It is not just a moral failure or human weakness. Sin is the antithesis of everything that God is. Sin is repugnant to a holy God.
F. Illustration: A girl is punished by her mother and made to stay in a closet, where she spits on all her mother’s clothes until she runs out of spit. Still she waits for more spit to come up so she can continue. Sin is waiting for more spit; it’s not just an act, but an attitude. – copied
G. Genesis 6:5 “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
H. 1 John 5:19 “…the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
II. His penetrating eyes see a world lost and groping in darkness
A. Matthew 9:35-37 “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. (14:13-15)
B. This is man’s true condition and abiding need—he is lost as a sheep is lost without his shepherd. He wanders about without purpose or direction.
C. Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
D. Just like sheep wandering don’t look lost, man wanders around not knowing he’s lost.
E. Ephesians 2:12 “...at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”
F. Someone has said “The lostness of humanity would not be a problem if it were not for the fact that one day they will face God’s judgment.”