Seeing with Supernatural eyes:
Let me re-cap last week:
Put on mind of Christ,
make thoughts obedient to Christ,
Breakdown strong hold of doubt,
put emotions under control of Holy Spirit ( your feelings are wrong)
take ownership of your words:
*This morning I want to continue by looking at how to open our Spiritual eyes, ears, mind, and heart.*
*Read II Kings 6:8-17*
*Let us pray*
*Importance of seeing with supernatural eyes:*
*Your enemy is this natural world.
If we focus on circumstances, problems, needs, and impossibilities you face,
you will not be in a position to receive God’s miraculous provision, and things may never change.
In fact, things may even grow worse.
When we have supernatural eye sight we can take hold of God’s promise as a present reality, even though you may not see or perceive them with your natural sense
One key is: What we think leads to what we choose to see:*
Remember the Pharisees example they *witnessed* miracle after miracle.
They say arms restored, eyes opened and ears unplugged.
They also saw a violent lunatic made sane with a spoken word.
but because of their hard hearts, they only saw a law breaker healing on the Sabbath.
Let me ask you where does is say in the O.T. healing on the Sabbath was a sin?
It does not.
C.F. a politician who says the same things over and over even though they are not true…pretty soon we believe them just because they are said over and over.
Our view of supernatural gifts:*
*how we look at supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit will affect our eye sight.*
Jesus gave the church the Holy Spirit which gave them power to do what God wanted them to do.
The Holy Spirit gave us supernatural gifts to accomplish His mission.
There are 9 total:
Turn to I Corinthians 12:1-11, 27-31
I Corinthians 14:1-5,12, 39-40 tell us the same and why.
*How you view these gifts will affect what you see.*
*There are 2 camps you can fall into:*
*Some Christians believe these gifts are no longer used today…*
They are called cessationist.
Basically, they believe the gifts have ceased or stopped
Some believe the gifts ended in the first century or shortly thereafter.
I went to a four year Bible collage that taught this.
*Here is the problem with this:*
It is not in the Bible.
Nowhere, nowhere does the Bible say this.
NO where does it allude to the first century being the only century of gifts.
One verse they used to support this is I *Corinthians 13:8-13*
They say this is saying all of the 9 aforementioned gifts will end when the perfect comes.
First of all it only mentions three, prophecy, tongues, and knowledge.
There are 9 gifts Paul just used.
When the perfect comes they will be done away with.
First let’s look at what happens after the perfect comes:
*When the perfect comes we will see face to face, and know fully.*
This is saying there will be no mistaking.
No need for help we will know fully.
What they say is the perfect is the N.T. that after the N.T. is completed, which they call the perfect, there will be no need for these three and all other supernatural gifts.
The problem with this is the N.T. does give us all the answers, we just can’t agree on the answers.
*If this is from the N.T. why are there so many different interpretations of the Bible?*
*We can’t agree on much anything, If we see face to face why so many denominations?*
When we stand face to face we will not need any denominations or explanations.
*The Greek word is telios…brought to its end…finished…*
*Literally means the end at which all things relate the aim or purpose.
*Second remember* last week we talked about revelation knowledge?
That is where we receive what God has revealed by asking who, the Holy Spirit, to illuminate our minds to His truth.
The Holy Spirit guides us…..
*If all gifts are gone from this verse, how about the power of the Holy Spirit to help us pray, to help us understand Scripture?
*If we assume 6 of the gifts not mentioned are include why not everything the Holy Spirit does?*
See, It is hard to believe Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to give us power to do these things for 40-50 years then took almost all of the power away for 2000 yrs….why would He do this?
*Some say the reason so many Christians and churches do not believe is because they do not see.*
*I say they do not see because they do not believe.
*3rd problems is that all throughout the early church the early church fathers wrote of miracles.*
*The outpouring over the last 2-3 hundred years*
Justification teaching by Luther 1500’s*
*The church got so far away from this teaching it seemed foreign now there is not many churches that does not teach this.
*So what is the perfect?*
*The return of Christ….*
*At which things will be finished, brought to an end, the means at which all things relate, or aim and purpose will be complete*
*The key: gifts are for anyone who seeks them: then and now! *
*First this is not a matter of salvation* if a Christian wants to believe this that is up to them, however it will affect a couple of things:
It will affect the amount of power they walk in!
C.F. a car and not believing in gas
You can still go, you have to push and tug, but imagine if you believed in gas?
It will affect how they see supernaturally.
*Those of us who believe these gifts are for today see the supernatural a little differently.
By a round of applause how many have ever been in a near miss accident?
Some may say boy due to my cat like reflexes I was able to escape….by
my power, my strength and my might.
Or you can believe God protects, supernaturally His children.
Everything happens for a reason, when the Holy Spirit in involved there are no coincidences
You may still have an accident, but everything happens under God’s plan!
Or better yet?
How many have ever had someone laid on their heart or mind?
You wake up thinking of someone or you are sitting there and someone pops into your mind out of the blue.
You could say coincidences, bad chicken or gas.
Of you could say as a Spirit led Christian, it is the Holy Spirit.
*Imagine if we called that person and they were in need.*
*Why can’t it be a supernatural gift of knowledge….*
*How many ministry opportunities have we missed out on because we believe in coincidences or gas?*
*Before I go to bed at night a pray the Holy Spirit will speak to me in my dreams.
Let me know how to minister better and who to minister too.*
*God uses dreams…Acts 2:15-18*