Sermon: Lift Up Your Eyes And See What God Sees

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Looking Upward

Last night as I was doing my regular walk with the Lord where I walk in my neighborhood talking to Jesus about what I see going on in my life,

I had the Lord speak to my heart a simple phrase yet quite profound. He said

“LIFT UP YOUR EYES”.

Immediately I had three scriptures come to mind that all said: “Lift up your eyes.” These scriptures all have to do with what I call having a heavenly mindset.

I am not talking about being so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good, but it is still the mindset that places priority not on what we see but instead on who we know.

There is a difference.

So let me share with you those three scriptures and then I will take some time to expound on what I feel God was trying to get across to me.

The 3 “Lift Up Your Eyes” Bible Verses

Luke 21:28

“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

Psalm 121:1-2

1 I WILL lift up my eyes to the hills – From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.

John 4:35

“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

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3 Thoughts About Lifting Up Your Eyes

When calamity happens, lift up your eyes

In the first scripture I shared, Jesus is talking about the end times and how men’s hearts are failing them because of all that is happening around them. This scripture is applicable not only when the end times happen but also when we have a calamity of any kind happening.

No matter if it is financial calamity or hardships, no matter if it is an emotional pain that is wanting to overwhelm us and make us lose heart, Jesus says to look up our redemption draws near.

That is good to know!

Many times we get the idea that God is unaware or uncaring about the situation that we are in. That he is like a deadbeat dad, who is never around when you need him.

This is not the case.

Look up!

He is going to redeem you out of the situation.

Just allow Him to move you or the circumstances. It may not be what you expect, but it will surely be what you need.

Lift up your eyes to seek help from the Lord

The next scripture comes from King David. In this scripture, King David is asking a question. Should he look to the hills for his help?

This is talking about human intervention. He is asking if he should place his trust in the cavalry coming to save the day.

His answer is no.

His help comes from the Lord.

Many times we only look at human solutions.

We look to what only our five senses can see.

We look at our ledgers and banking accounts.

Especially in America.

We look to only what we can see.

David chose not to look at what his five senses could see coming over the horizon. He looked to the Lord. He looked for the miraculous.

When we are faced with adversity, where are we going to look?

Are we going to look at our ability, our problem, and our circumstances or are we going to look to the Lord who is our help?

See what God sees.

In the last scripture, Jesus tells the disciples to look up because the harvest is ready to be picked.

The disciples had their eyes on physical things.

In this case, the physical thing of having enough food. Jesus was seeing the people coming from the town they were near wanting to have their spiritual needs met.

We need to get our eyes on the things that God is most concerned about. We need to focus on His priorities and not just our own needs. We have to look beyond our needs.

When we do this, then we have the promise that what is happening in our lives that cause us such concern will be taken care of.

Matthew 6:33

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

So this morning I want to encourage you.

Lift up your eyes.

Stop looking downward.

Stop looking at your inadequacy.

Stop looking at the wounds you have suffered by others.

Lift up your eyes and focus on Jesus.

Hebrews 12:2

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Your redemption is near. Your help is on its way. God will see you through. Get busy doing the things that matter.

Blessings!

Pastor Duke

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Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of L.I.F.E. Bible College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.Pastor Duke specializes in healing hurting churches and bringing revival, renewal, and restoration of the presence of God to the body of Christ in America to make the church spiritual again.Pastor Duke has a few limited dates available to speak in other churches. If your church needs a fresh move of the Spirit of God or has gone through a painful and wounding season, click here.Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world. He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center.
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