Eyes Focused and Clear —2019 May 5

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Create in Me a Clean Heart, O Lord   — series title

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Create in Me a Clean Heart, O Lord (series)

Eyes Focused and Clear   sermon outline
May 5, 2019                     Ephesians 1:17-18

“I ask- ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of Glory – to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do.”

I.  A                                                Heart.

II.  A heart that is on                                                    . 

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Psalms 90:10

Photo of man's silhouette holding a shepherd's staff with the words, "The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost."

The Son of Man came to find lost people and to save them.” Luke 19:10

“The Son of Man did not come to be served.  He came to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many people.” Mark 10:45

The heart of Christ was relentlessly focused on one task, the day Jesus left the carpentry shop of Nazareth He had one aim – the cross of Calvary. 

Jesus was so focused that His lasts words were, “It is finished.” John 19:30

III.                                            hearts. 

How do we keep from making the same mistake in life? By answering four simple questions:

**Question #1: Am I                             into God’s plan? 

          “We know that all things happen to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans.”   Romans 8:28

Photo of a poinsettia with the words, "The Lord . . . wants everyone to come to repentance."

“He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants all to turn away from their sins.”  2 Peter 3:9

“We’re Christ’s representatives.  God uses us to persuade men and women.”   2 Corinthians 5:20

**Question #2: What are my                                  

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          “Enjoy serving the LORD, and He will give you what you want.”  Psalm 37:4

Each of us has been made to serve God in a unique way. 

“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10

**Question #3: What are my                                   ?

“Have a sane estimate of your capabilities.”  Romans 12:3


**Question #4: Am I                                       God now? 

He says, “Did you know not that I must do My Father’s business.” 

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“Don’t complain or grumble but work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people.”                 Colossians 3:23  

The Plan 

Ask yourself the 4 questions above.

          “From now on, then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God’s will and not by human desires.”   1 Peter 4:2

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#1: Am I fitting into God’s plan?

#2: What are my longings?

#3: What are my abilities?

#4: Am I serving God now? 

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Rev. Kenneth L. Williamson

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