See The Hand
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2 Corinthians 4:18
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Just because I can’t see it, does it mean it is not there?
In late 1800’s a doctor, Louis Pasteur, discovered microbes were causing the sickness of the world and early death of many. He was mocked for his study by the medical community. Finally doctors started practicing good hygiene and the deaths began to decrease. These tiny microbes that were not able to be seen were there and killing people.
Personal world view – how we view the world.
Biblical world view – God shows you life through His eyes – Truth & Reality
Bible either claims to be all the truth for all the ages or it’s a lie.
How can we look at things that are unseen? By revelation – God shows things through His Spirit we could not know any other way.
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
God reveals Himself to humble people.
1) See the hand:
Picture on screen showing business man in suit, Joe Good, smiling, happy and successful with Bible in his hand. There are puppet string attached to his feet, hands and head. Holding those puppet strings are the evil one – depicting every person that is born.
2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience
1 John 5:19
19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
Before Jesus takes over our lives the prince of the power of the air controlled our lives.
2) Til you see the hand, you will never understand
We’ve abandoned the basic foundational principles that made this nation great.
i.e. The Boy Scouts are for boys not girls.
Why do people reject Christ?
2 Corinthians 4:3
3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing
The gospel is hidden to minds that God has blinded.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
We wrestle with spiritual powers of wickedness. Seeing the hand help us understand mess in our present time.
Head knowledge vs Heart knowledge.
3) The hand does not care if you go to hell as a drug addict or a minister – as long as you go.
4) Another Hand has the nail scarred hole in it – our Lord.
Everyone is under control of one of these two hands and determines whose strings control your life.
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Look for the eternal.
5) Transfer from one hand to another
12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love
When you were under the power of darkness Someone brought you out and transferred us to another power.
We will continue to wrestle and struggle but after we see the hand we begin to understand what is happening.
Moses rescued the Israelites from Pharaoh and they had to pass through the Red Sea – depicting Jesus blood and the only way to freedom is the shed blood of Jesus.
The evil hand does not have to get your permission to control your life.
The Good Shepherd asked for permission
By default the evil hand owns you but by invitation that nail scarred hand will take over your life.