What You See and Hear

What You See and Hear  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  42:06
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Jesus is leading you by what you see and hear.

When asked, what do you see? Some get gridlocked and cannot shift from soul to spirit.
When fear partners with your imagination what you see and hear is often future tripping.
Future tripping.
Creating imaginational situations that don’t exist.
‘What If’ is future tripping
Future tripping is us listening to or seeing a false story in our life.
Imagination in future tripping creates expectations and expectations create realities that are fear based and not real.
Future tripping is non-trust. When we assume about others it is creating fear and pain.
“God does not live in things that are not real.”
Jesus told John’s disciples to tell John what you see and hear.
Matthew 11:2–6 (NASB95)
2 Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” 4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 “And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”
John was not getting what he wanted.
He wanted to be set free.
Because he was not being set free from Jesus, he was questioning everything he knew to be true.
John had previously been confident in who Jesus was.
When he baptized Jesus he knew who he was.
When others questioned who Jesus was, John defended him boldly.
When don’t get what we are expecting, we often come up with a story.
This fake story makes us question who Jesus is and what He says about us too.
If we are cloudy and falling out of faith what do we do?
Expectation that are not being fulfilled will make us miserable and block us from seeing and hearing in faith.
We can let go of what we are expecting to happen.
Expectations are in your control.
If you dont have your own experience with Jesus, borrow someone else's.
Jesus shows us exactly what to do in this scripture.
Jesus reminds John what is real what is happening.
Jesus did not tell John that others are getting out of prison.
When someone loses their job.
What do you see and hear.
I just heard a guy say the last time he lost a job God helped him change careers and it was the best thing that ever happened to him.
How do we keep in faith when we are not seeing what we want to see?
- We go to what we see and hear from Jesus.
What Jesus says about you, What He says will happen, What He says has happened.
Sometimes we are tired of all the hard work and trying to keep in faith.
Jesus then reminds us what being faith and partnered with Him feels like.
Seeing and hearing by your spiritual eyes and ears is seeing and hearing in faith.
John was in prison not getting what he wanted and could no longer remember or see and hear in faith.
John 9:1–11 (NASB95)
1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5 “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” 6 When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing. 8 Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, “Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?” 9 Others were saying, “This is he,” still others were saying, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the one.” 10 So they were saying to him, “How then were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.”
In this story we can see more than a man getting his sight.
The first thing we see is a cultures belief. The culture believes that if someone is stricken with some ailment their is sin in their life.
This cultural belief still exists in our culture.
Jesus revealed an answer for this cultural flaw in this story.
The Jews were taught to confirm what God was punishing.
They were taught to spit on people who were in sin.
Jesus redeemed a sound of hell to become a sound of heaven.
Every time that man hears someone spitting he is now reminded of His healing.
Jesus redeems what brought death to bring life.
Jesus is a redeemer, He takes what was death and brings life with that very thing.
What is the spit in your life?
Spit: You’re not smart, you’re not enough, it wont work for you, something is wrong with you, because you did that thing, you make things worse, you will never be able to make a difference, you are a bad mom or dad.......
Any reason you give to your torture in life.
Take that thing that has been told to you by others and by yourself even.
Jesus wants to redeem that sound in your life to be a place of testimony.
Victor Frankl.
Was a jew who was captured in world war 2.
He shares in his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ about how he survived his horrific experience in Nazi concentration camps. He found a way to find happiness and meaning even in the middle of the worst possible surroundings.
He did this by using his imagination. He would visualize teaching what he was learning in the camps to students. He would break down the psychology of what was happening in his head. He would have full on conversations with his wife and friends in his head. He even said that they talked back to him in his mind.
He became a professor and author did speak to those students and shared with the entire world what he learning in his darkest days, months and years.
Some truth Victor taught the world is:
You feel what you perceive.
If we are seeing and hearing what Jesus wants us to hear and see, we will experience His peace and joy.
If we are seeing and hearing with our natural sight the story that is not the Truth we will experience disconnection and frustration.
Joy never leaves you, you have to leave joy.
You leave joy by imagining a future that is not real.
Live in the grace of one day and you find the fullness of joy.
When I stay in the grace of the day it is always enough and filling.
If you become fearful it is because there is something about the Character of God (Love) you don’t like or trust.
The most important thing about what you see, is not the vision, it is the visionary giving it to you.
When we let Holy Spirit speak to our spirit and let our spiritual eyes see what Holy Spirit is revealing two major things happen.
1.) We meet Jesus in a deep and fresh new way.
2.) We begin to bring the Kingdom of Heavens reality to our reality.
This looks like we are creating something from an outside view.
Example: Confidence.
Holy Spirit what do you want me to know about confidence?
Jesus may show up and show you a picture of you standing in front of people declaring His love boldly.
First Jesus is trying to show you how He sees you and trusts you. The effect of this, is to bring you closer to Him and closer to who you truly are.
Second this picture is some sort of reality for your future. It could mean you will literally on a huge stage or it could mean you will have a stage right where you are. It does mean you are to trust that Confidence He has in you to share His love as if it was in front of thousands even in front of one.
Jesus is leading you by what you see and hear in faith.
Darkness trying to lead you by what you see and hear in the natural.
2 Kings 6:16–17 (NASB95)
16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Open it up for people to share something they see or hear God doing with a testimony.
Let go of an expectation that is not being fulfilled that blocking you from seeing and hearing in faith.
What is your prison?
What is Jesus wanting you see and hear?
Pray over each other that their spiritual eyes and ears would be opened to see and hear what Jesus wants them to.
Jeremiah 1:11–12 NASB95
11 The word of the Lord came to me saying, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see a rod of an almond tree.” 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”
Acts 1:7 NASB95
7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;
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