Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Your Perception Matters
A. To perceive is to become aware of or come to realize something [New Oxford American Dictionary] (cf. I John 3:16).
1. When Peter saw salvation offered to Cornelius, he perceived what GodŐs plan was (Acts 10:33-34).
2. We are expected to be a people of understanding (Ephesians 5:17).
B. Perception is about oneŐs ability to see, hear, or become aware of something [New Oxford American Dictionary] (cf. Mark 8:10-21).
1. Paul was able to consider evidence before him and become aware of the errors in Athens (Acts 17:16-23).
2. Some people are not wiling to be perceptive (Ezekiel 12:1-2 and John 12:37-41).
3. Some people have flawed perceptions (Acts 4:8-13).
II. Body: Sometimes people see, but do not perceive what God wants them to see (cf. Mark 4:12).
A. If you look at things through carnal eyes, youŐll miss spiritual blessings (Romans 8:5-8 and James 4:3; cf. Romans 12:1-2, and Ephesians 4:22-24).
1. YouŐll think materially instead of spiritually (Matthew 19:16-22 and Luke 12:15-21).
2. The right attitude avoids the material distractions (Proverbs 30:8-9).
3. Carnal vision causes our perception of true blessings to fail (Mark 4:18-19).
a. David was GodŐs chosen king (Psalms 89:3-4).
b. He had all he could want (II Samuel 12:7-8).
c. Carnality won over when he failed to count his true blessings and went after Bathsheba (II Samuel 11).
B. If you look at Scriptures in ignorance, your perception of GodŐs word shall be flawed (Luke 6:1-11).
1. I.E. – someone says the Bible says to forgive everyone (Matthew 6:14-15), without realizing the qualifiers (Luke 17:3-4 and Ephesians 4:32; cf. Luke 13:3; 5).
2. I.E. – someone says that God will not hold you accountable like a Judge in a courtroom for everything you do because HeŐs merciful (Psalms 86:5), while ignoring (Matthew 12:36, Romans 14:11-12, and II Corinthians 5:10).
C. If you see people through your eyes rather than GodŐs eyes, youŐll misjudge others (I Peter 3:12).
1. ItŐs easy to want to perceive sinners through tinted glasses, but GodŐs view of sinners is clear (Psalms 11:5, Proverbs 11:20, Matthew 7:21-23, and Revelation 22:14-15).
2. The Lord expects us to view those in sin as He does (Psalms 97:10, Ephesians 5:11, and James 4:4).
III. Conclusion: How you look at things does matter (Proverbs 3:5-7).
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