WHAT DO YOU HEAR AND SEE

JOHN 1:29

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

 

1. POSITION/PLACE (ATTITUDE)

Where you are? The place where you are and the position you find yourself in emotionally, physically and spiritually will influence what you see and hear.

What do you see? Your outlook on life is healthy and positive when you are in good a wide-open space but when the circumstances in your life change adversely you will see things differently.

You may be looking at the same thing but the difference in perception will affect attitude which in turn will influence your response and actions.

When John the Baptist a prophet of God inspired and led by the Holy Spirit first saw Jesus he was doing God’s will for His life:

  • OPERATIONAL WILL  – Baptising and preaching - Doing what God had purposed for his life = ministry
  • GEOGRAPHICAL WILL – In Judea at the Jordan River - At the right place where God wanted him to be ministering
  • MOTIVATIONAL WILL – Right attitude and heart - Doing it for the right reason.

When John the Baptist saw Jesus approaching him he was busy baptising people in the Jordan River and preparing their hearts for their Messiah who was coming.

When he saw Jesus is immediate response was to acknowledge and utter these words under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit - "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

 

Life is not constant and we can expect changes to take place in our life as we grow older and as we grow spiritually and as we are faced with different challenges at various stages of our lives but how will you continue to look at life from heavens perspective and God’s purpose and plans for you or will you allow the circumstances of your life to influence what you see and hear?

MATTHEW 11:1-9

Vs.1 When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.

Vs.2-3 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ,3 he sent word by his disciples and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?"

Vs.4-6 And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.

Vs.6-9 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me." 7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Firstly this is the same John who experienced freedom to do what God purposed for his life in an wide open place that he was able to clearly see Jesus for who He really was i.e. the Promised Messiah of Israel that would deliver God’s people from their sin not from their circumstances. He was in a good space doing God’s will.

Secondly now that he found himself in prison for doing God’s will his perspective of his life has influences his perception and attitude of what he sees and hears because it is in his prison cell a confined place where his circumstances have changed and now he questions what he hears about Jesus and doubts if Jesus is really the Messiah that would come.

How many times when you have found yourself in challenging circumstances that you too have doubted God and His Word and His purpose and plans for your life?

How many times have you questioned what Jesus can do for even though you have heard what He has done for others because of your experiences and challenges instead of seeing what God sees and has intended for your life.

One setback, one failure, one bad month, one laps in concentration, one wrong decision or action is not the end of the world, it’s not the final picture or word for the big picture God has of your life?

2. HEARING AND SEEING (FROM GOD)

 

We have allowed through what we hear and see through others to negatively influence God’s Big Picture for our lives because we are so focused and looking down at the device in our hands, that tiny screen that consumes our lives that we don’t see what God sees and has intended, the big picture and the people right in front of us that God has placed into our lives.

We are so focused on the smallest details that it has allowed us to become narrow sighted, short sighted resulting in failing to hear and see from God but instead hearing and listening from others.

1 KINGS 18:1-2And it came to pass after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.” So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab; and there was a severe famine in Samaria.

This is the same Elijah the prophet of God who 3 years earlier also heard from God and obeyed God and then saw what God had done by closing the heavens from providing water essential for physical living as opposed to God’s written and spoken Word the Spiritual Water essential for giving and sustaining spiritual living.

1 KINGS 17:1And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand; there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”

Elijah had experienced God’s provision and protection for 3 years because he remained in God’s Operational, Geographical and Motivational will, Elijah experienced a great victory on Mount Carmel as he and others witnessed God sending fire from heaven, defeating the false prophets of Baal and God using him he turn the hearts of the people back to God, but something happened and instead of hearing from God and embracing God he runs away and gives up on living and instead wants to die.

1 KINGS 18:41-4541 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” 44 Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” 45 Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain.

 

He knew it would rain because he saw what others could not see because he heard God’s voice and trusted God at His Word and therefore what appeared to be a small cloud the size of a hand to others to Elijah he saw the potential of rain because he knew he could trust God at His Word.

1 KINGS 19:1-4 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

What are you hearing? – When you lend yours ears to listen to others it will impact your life and influence your attitude.

Sewerage water is dirty water and it always runs into a drain and you must be careful that you do not become the drain of the sewerage coming from the mouths of negative, bitter and resentful people.

Your life must be the drain where God’s living water flows into and then allow the living water to flow from your innermost being through your mouth and speak life not death as you impact the lives of others.

You must hear and see from God

 

3. CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE (MISSING THE MARK)

 

Adam and Eve did not take responsibility for their actions but blamed others

GENESIS 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 

Eve heard the voice of the enemy of her soul and instead of discerning and making the right decision she allowed the serpent to make her question and cast doubt on God’s Word.

She had seen this tree every day but on this day when she had listened to the serpent and knew what she was not allowed to eat had now suddenly become appealing and desirable.

The enemy works from the outside in:

-         BODY = Senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)

-         SOUL   = Reason, logic (emotions, thoughts, mind, will, intellect)

-         SPIRIT = God’s dwelling place (peace, love, joy)

This leads to spiritual death and a fear of God’

GENESIS 3:8-10 And they heard the [c]sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

Spiritual death is no longer having the Spirit of God and when this happens there will be an absence of love, joy and peace which is replaced by fear…fear of God, fear of people, fear of living and a fear of dying - Running and hiding from God’s presence.

David realised this and after his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba and causing her husband Uriah death he wrote Psalm 51 as a PRAYER OF REPENTANCE

PSALM 51:10-12 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

Do not take your eyes off Jesus as this will prevent you from seeing what He sees for you and Eve took her eyes off God’s and in listening to the serpent both her and Adam missed the mark for God’s wonderful purpose and plans for them.

The lesson is to be careful to whom you listen to as this will prevent you from hearing what God says about you because He has a plan with your life and His unfailing love and purpose for you cannot change for you are the apple of His eye and in His love for you He sent his son to die on a cross and pay the price for your indiscretions, your transgressions, iniquities and your sin.

4. THE HEAVENLY VISION(GOD’S PICTURE)

ACTS 26:19"Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision."  

The "heavenly vision" that Paul referred to when speaking to King Agrippa was that moment on the road to Damascus

ACTS 9:1-9Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

 

The apostle Paul also heard and saw the works and deeds of the newly established Christian church in Jerusalem but he could not understand nor fully perceive because he was not positioned in Christ but he was positioned in his traditions, culture, religious spirit and his own perceptions of what truth was that he persecuted, spoke ill of and resented that which God had purposed for him and his people.

Paul had a heavenly vision on his way to Damascus, he received it when God knocked him off his horse and saved him, called him

and took away his physical sight.

The moment the light flashed from heaven and Paul heard and saw was the moment he received his vision, his physical eyesight was taken from him but his spiritual eyes were opened to Jesus Christ.

That specific moment when he received his vision it was that same vision that that controlled his life andthat drove him to do the things he did and go to the places he went.

This vision was the directing factor in his life which motivated him to go on in the face of unrelenting opposition and persecution.

This vision moved him to continue even after multiple beatings, stoning’s, shipwrecks, and harassment from the Judaizers and ridicule from the Gnostics the greatest challenges he faced.

It wasn't human determination and persistence that drove Paul on but it was a heavenly vision of Jesus Christ!

God did not miraculously and instantly heal Paul directly but the Lord allowed him to remain blind for three days because any visual distractions would cause him to lose focus on the revelation he had been given.

What is your vision of Jesus Christ because He must be your vision, the big picture of your life and this Vision of Him must consume your life and determine how you live, what you do and how you hear and speak.

You must allow Jesus Christ the artist of the picture of your life to brush on the canvass of your life because His Word of Grace is the Brush in the hand of the Master Artist Christ?

Who holds the brush of influence in your life because you must not allow what you hear and see if it is not what God wants you to see or what God wants you to hear others to determine the outcome of your life.

5. HOPE IN GOD (TRUST IN HIS WORD)

JEREMIAH 1:11Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”

The almond tree is associated with the prophecies of a young Jeremiah.

JEREMIAH 1:12 Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am watching to perform My word.’

The tree's early flowering and its Hebrew name "shakeid" -- to "wake" or "watch" -- a symbol of new beginnings and God's watchfulness. The almond is the first flower of the year the blossom is the Awakener, as it depicts watchfulness; it also represents sweetness and by seeing the almond branch, God assured Jeremiah that He is watching over His word to bring it to pass, no matter what your current circumstances look like. ….the almond is a sign of hope that God will eventually fulfil His wonderful promises.

ISAIAH 6 1:1-8 I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am [a]undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin [b]purged.” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

What Isaiah saw and heard forever changed his life forever

What do you hear and see?

Wherever you find yourself right now will determine and influence what you are hearing and seeing

Are you positioned in Christ Jesus and hearing from Him and seeing what He wants you to see or do you need to realign yourself in Christ because you have slightly veered off the mark, you have lost focus and your spiritual sights need to be adjusted (Army- shooting range) in order to clearly see and hit the target.

REVELATIONS 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

PROVERBS 20:12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made them both.