Pastor Pittman Preaches on "Looking Through God's Eyes"
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on November 5, 2016 began with an introit by Penny Thomas on the organ. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. The U.S. elections are coming up in a few days. Tomorrow is a day to pray for persecuted people. Let us to remember the freedom of worship we have.
In the local free classified paper, there is an Adventist Bible study that goes out each time to 22,000 people. But this costs money – over $500 a month. This ministry needs our support both financially and directing people to the studies.
Bob Gustafson then had the announcements. After the service, there will be a fellowship lunch in the academy cafeteria. Vespers will be in the academy auditorium this evening. You need to set your clock back tonight.
Pastor Cory Pittman had the invocation. The congregation then sang “Only Trust Him”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
James (9th grader) then called for the offering. Terrence White and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. Edgar (senior) played a saxophone solo, accompanied by Cesar (senior) on the piano. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Elena (elementary) then told the children present a story about a group of children in Ethiopia accosted by a dog that frightened them severely. The dog’s owner called to them to tell them the dog wouldn’t bite because the owner knew that these Christian boys and girls from a mission school would not come back to steal and destroy.
TerriAnn (9th grader) then read 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 “11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
The Arce family then sang a number without accompaniment for special music. Pastor Cory Pittman discussed the topic “Looking Through God’s Eyes”. The congregation sang “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”. Pastor Pittman had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Arce family – Pedro Arce works with the academy and church music department / Ginny Arce is the academy girls’ dean / Samantha (9th grader)
Bob Gustafson – men’s work coordinator / Laurelbrook vice-president / local head church elder
Daryll Ellis – Laurelbrook graduate / local church deacon / works for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Pastor Pittman – retired pastor living in nearby Brayton who runs a ministry for women in the Bledsoe County State Prison
Terrence White – local head church deacon / runs Laurelbrook’s vehicle shop
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Pittman:
- December 17 – a special vegetarian meal will be provided for the state prison female inmates / can you help?
- The disciples were on the Sea of Galilee without Jesus in a storm. But Jesus came to the disciples walking on water. The disciples thought they were seeing a spirit (John 6).
- Jesus calms the situation, looking beyond the storm and finding everything all right.
- We would be less fearful if we could see things from God’s perspective.
- 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 “11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
- Our vision and understanding is limited. Satan would like to keep us in darkness and not see the world as God sees it and trust God.
- John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
- The life of Jesus has life in it.
- John 1:9 “[That] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
- The devil would like for the world to be in the darkness we encounter in a cave.
- John 9:5 “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
- John 9:39 “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”
- The claims of Jesus tend to divide people. Some people are drawn to Jesus, and others are angered.
- Jesus put mud on one blind person’s eyes and told him to go wash. The man could have questioned the instructions but did what was asked – and received his sight. He doesn’t know who healed him.
- Jesus comes to get of the devil’s darkness so we can see through God’s eyes of faith.
- Mark 5:25-28 “25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.”
- This lady was not to touch anyone else lest she make them ceremonially unclean. But she touches Jesus and is healed. Jesus tells the woman that her faith has made her well.
- Faith is seeing God’s promises through God’s eyes, making them certain as to fulfilment if we believe them.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.”
- Jesus’ promise to come again and take us to heaven gives us assurance when we see things through God’s eyes.
- Faith climbs that love has built and looks out the window of hope that God has provided through His promises.
- Looking through God’s eyes we can have courage by looking at the problem we are experiencing through God’s eyes.
- 2 Kings 6:15-17 “15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that [be] with us [are] more than they that [be] with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
- God has every situation in hand. There is freedom and power when we see ourselves as God sees us.
- Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
- If you have Jesus, your sins are forgiven, covered by Jesus’ righteousness, and are counted as though we had not sinned.
- Ellen White says that the devil’s power is broken when we recognize that God is for us and not against us. The devil uses guilt to hold us close to him and uses shame to keep us from Jesus and His forgiveness.
- Jesus was sent to save the world, not to condemn the world. He is our advocate with the Father.
- The more broken our lives are, the harder it is to see God’s view of us.
- There is a song titled “If I Could Look Through Your Eyes” that mentions that God is very favorable to us and supportive of us if we look through God’s eyes.
- Lord, help me look through God’s eyes at the struggles and problems the devil throws at us. This is true freedom complete with the ability to face anything.