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August 13, 2023
41m 08s

Good Eyes

by Johnson Bowie
Everything that we have is a gift. From the breath in our lungs to the food on our tables and clothes on our backs, we get to experience the generosity of our loving God each day. As His children, God wants to teach us not only how to fully receive His good gifts but also to be an extension of His generosity through the way we live. When we see and prioritize the needs of others, we begin to see the fullness of the life we were created for! Tune in to learn how to live generously like Jesus, who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.
Sermon Notes

Matthew 6:19-21 ESV
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:22-23 ESV
The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Proverbs 22:9 NKJV
He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.

Proverbs 28:22 NKJV
A man with an evil eye hastens after riches and does not consider that poverty will come upon him.

Matthew 6:22-23 MSG
Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!

“The blind eye cannot see the beauty of grace. It cannot see the brightness of generosity. It cannot see unexpected blessing to others as a precious treasure. It is an eye that is blind to what is truly beautiful and bright and precious and God-like. The blind eye sees money and material reward as more to be desired than a beautiful display of free, gracious, God-like generosity.” -- John Piper 

“The world asks, ‘What does a man own?’ Christ asks, ‘How does he use it?’

-- Andrew Murray

Proverbs 11:24–25 MSG
The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.

Acts 3:1-8 NIV
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter LOOKED straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

Most of the time we don’t want to LOOK because if we LOOK then we must ACT.

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