Loved + Sent - Part 4
Sermon by Pastor JD Zischke
◆ “Battling the Blahs”
◆ A low sense of self worth
I. Our struggle with self worth
A. James Dobson:
“A little child is born with an irrepressible inclination to question his own worth; it is as ‘natural’ as his urge to walk and talk. At first, it is a primitive assessment of his place in the home, and then it extends outward to his early social contacts beyond the front door. These initial impressions of who he is have a profound effect on his developing personality, particularly if the experiences are painful.. It is not uncommon for a pre-kindergartner to have concluded already that is terribly ugly, incredibly dumb, unloved, unneeded, foolish, or strange.”
B. And it doesn’t end with Kindergarten
C. The story of Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10
1Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’” 8But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
D. Two strikes against Zacchaeus
E. Just when you thought that it was time for “Strike Three!”
II. Lessons for those who dare to compare and struggle with self worth.
A. Lesson one: You are ________________ than you think you are
1. Psalm 8:3-8
3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: 7all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, 8the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
2. You’re one of a kind!
B. Lesson Two: There is even _____________________ you can be, but only will be, with Jesus.
1. John 14:12
12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
2. You can be a channel for blessing too!
◆ Jesus’ invitation to you…
◆ In closing…
I. What is a Godly Vision?
A. Godly vision:
“Looking at your life in the light of God’s _______ and _____.”
B. Vision is a matter of perception
1. Human point of view
2. God’s point of view
C. Vision verses:
2 Corinthians 5:16,17
16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
II. What is the Value of Godly vision?
A. Lets you see your ____________ as your _____________.
B. Lets you break through to __________________________.
III. What lessens Godly vision?
A. Vision – Busters (Numbers 13,14):
❑ 1. ___________________________ (Numbers 13:27,28).
27They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.
Looking more at your problems and less at God’s promises.
❑ 2. ____________________________ (Numbers 13:30,31)
30Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” 31But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
Saying, “I can’t” instead of “I can!”
❑ 3. ____________________________ (Numbers 13:32,33)
32And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). 33We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Exaggerating the difficulty instead of evaluating the reality.
❑ 4. _____________________________ (Numbers 14:1-4)
1That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! 3Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
Looking back to your past instead of forward to you potential.
B. The result of these vision-busters (Numbers 14:20-24)
IV. What enlarges Godly vision?
A. Vision-builders (Joshua 14)
1. _________________________________ (Joshua 14:7-9)
7I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8but my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. 9So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’
2. ________________________________ (Joshua 14:10,11)
10“Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.
3. _________________________________ (Joshua 14:12)
12Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”
B. You can be a Caleb!