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The Year of the Favor of the Lord

The Power to See

I Peter 3:8-13

What do you see?

To see is knowledge – right or wrong, good or bad.  Life consists of how we see things.  If we see things positively, we release faith and action for good.  If we see things negatively, we release faith and action to bring us down.

What we see is what we get.  How we see is how we live.  Often we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.  Who are we inside?  What kind of person am I on the inside (Matthew 6:22-24).  What we see and how we see it controls our life.  How we see determines our future, perspective of life, influence, investments, time, talents, gifts, relationships and values.

A)  How to have a healthy view of life:

  1. Understand that God has created you with purpose.  You are not a mistake, you are a miracle.
  2. See life gratefully.  Always show gratitude, be appreciative (i.e. woke up this morning, clothed in my right mind, etc.).
  3. See life from God’s perspective; according to His Word, and His purpose and plan.
  4. Understand life is a test.  How we react to pressure, people, problems, prosperity, and perplexity.  God is watching our response, our response reveals to us where we are in our growth.  Everyday we are growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Life is giving us the great opportunity to develop character, demonstrate love and dependence on God.  Our success is determined by how we see life!

B)  The Process of Life:

1) A lot of people hinder themselves by how they see, what they think, what they expect and how they act.

2) What I see is what I believe, what I believe is what I say, what I say is what I do, what I do is what I get in life.  I am not telling you to deny reality; I am telling you to change your reality with your attitude.  No matter how negative a situation is, if you will see the positive within the negative or the lesson that it has to offer, then your great attitude will turn it around.  Even though it may not appear great, it will be great for you because of how you choose to see it.  See yourself as having a great marriage, a great family, wonderful job, spiritual growth and finances in order, good health and relationships restored.  Your consistent, persistent attitude is the beginning of change in your life. 

Ricky Sinclair: The Power to See

The Year of the Favor of the Lord

A Positive Attitude Accesses the Favor

Numbers 12-16

Israel is now fighting the hard battle called life.  The honeymoon stage of the relationship is far passed, now comes the everyday grind of life in the wilderness.

  1. Criticism and Confrontation come with the territory (Numbers 12:3-14)
    1. Maintain your humility (v3).
    2. Face criticism and understand the difference between constructive and destructive criticism (v4).
    3. Recognize that good people get criticized and if God be for you, then who can be against you (v6-9).
    4. Keep yourself in shape spiritually.  Pray for your criticizers (v13).
    5. Restore them when appropriate and focus on your mission (v14).
  1. Positive Attitude vs. Negative Attitude (Number 13:1-14:10) – Moses sent out twelve spies to investigate the promise land. 
    1. Ten returned with horrible attitudes and bad reports concerning the mission.
      1. Disobeyed God.
      2. Believed they would have no future in the land.
      3. Displayed cowardice based on fear.
      4. Ignored God in their report and misunderstood their mission.
      5. The ten naysayers spread anxiety, fear, and doubt which poisoned over one million people who in turn never received the promise.
      6. Korah was influenced by this negative report and in Chapter 16, he and many who followed him were swallowed up underground.  Two hundred and fifty other men were burned by the fire of God (Numbers 16:31-35). 
    2. Two spies based their report on God’s track record.
      1. Obeyed God.
      2. Insisted on possessing the land.
      3. Displayed courage and assurance.
      4. Saw themselves in relationship with God.
  1. Positive attitude makes all the difference.  Without a positive attitude we will never make it into the best God has for us.
    1. Our attitude determines our approach to life.
    2. Our attitude determines our relationship with people.
    3. Our attitude is often the only difference between success and failure.
    4. Our attitude at the beginning of a task will affect its outcome more than anything else.
    5. Our attitude navigates us through problems and circumstances.
    6. Our attitude determines our perspective.
    7. Our attitudes are not automatically good just because we belong to God.

I pray that you will keep a good attitude and stay positive and focused on your God-given mission.  Complaining will only bring a curse and kill the promise land blessing of God.  Always guard your heart.  For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Ricky Sinclair: A Positive Attitude Accesses the Favor

The Year of the Favor of the Lord

Intimacy with God

Luke 10:27

We must first understand that God loves us and wants our heart.  We are successful because we have God, not because we have this or that. Our success is based in God, not on things.  Stop looking for success in the world you’ll only find pressure, disappointment and burn out.  Receive God’s love and give it back to Him.  Now you are successful and nothing else matters because you have God.

  1. Religion vs Relationship
    1. Religion
      1. Religion is a form of spirituality that is rooted in what one does outwardly, rather than what one believes inwardly at the heart level.
      2. Religious people rely on what they do as a means to find favor with God.
      3. Because so much energy and effort is exerted toward external behavior, the heart becomes spiritually weak and bored – burned out, basically dissatisfied with God, disillusioned. This leads to compromising, disregard for truth, finding pleasure in sin, ending in religious hypocrisy.
    2. Relationship
      1. God is seeking for true, spiritual worship from us in order for us to relate to Him properly (John 4:23-24).
  1. Intimacy with God
    1. It is how we receive.
    2. Cultivate
    3. Grow in our awareness, perception and experience of God’s affection for us.
    4. Intimacy awakens and sustains our love back to Him.
    5. Intimacy moves us from conceptual understanding of God’s love to an experiential one.
  1. Aspects to Intimacy
    1. Knowledge – A growing understanding of the love of God. “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent (John 17:3).”
    2. Choices – Making a conscious decision to obey God.  “For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments (I John 5:3).”
    3. Feelings – Enjoying the feelings of God’s love. “You give them drink from the river of your pleasures (Psalms 36:8).”
  1. What is our image of God
    1. Our image of God is what we project He’s like to others. What is our perception and experience of Him?
    2. Is your God mostly mad and sad?  Or is He mostly glad?
    3. Do you feel you are a sinner trying to love God or a lover of God who struggles with sin?
    4. As we receive God’s love and understand His glorious nature and sovereign leadership we learn to trust and rest in Him, our image and perception of God will be right, allowing us to walk in God’s fullness for our lives.

Today is the Day!  I encourage you to let go of the world, really seek God with all of your heart.  Without God you will go through the motions but will be empty.  You will burn out and become disillusioned.  Remember, life is about God.  Put Him first and everything else will be added – Matthew 6:33.

Ricky Sinclair: Intimacy with God

What color are your eyes?

Matthew 6:19-24
1. Why does a single eye light the whole body?
2. Why does a evil eye fill my body with darkness?
3. Do I see master money or master God?
4. A good example of an evil eye is in Matthew 20:1-15.
A. Jesus teaches us his mercy and grace by saying the one who works one hour receives the same as the one who worked all day.
B. A bad eye sees master money and not merciful master God and grumbles and complains that they are being done wrong. They agreed to the wage. Matthew 25:2.
C. A bad eye does not see the mercy and blessings of God upon another as good.
D. A bad eye sees money above people.
5. What is a single eye or good eye?
A. A good eye sees God and his ways as the great treasure in life not money.
B. A good eye values God and his ways.
C. A good eye discerns God’s heart. It does not see just white and black, true and false. It’s sees with the heart of God and God’s perspective.
D. A good eye sees God as beautiful as it’s treasure.
E. A good eye leads the way to the light of God.
6. Remember how you see is what you get, what you see is your reality, life is what I make it, your perspective is either good or bad, light or darkness.
7. Two masters in life-Master God or master money-now you get to choose who is your master.
8. I encourage you to choose God and sell out to Him right now.

Ricky Sinclair: What color are your eyes?