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Open Our Eyes: Our View of God Is too Small

Sunday Sermon Series Open Our Eyes

Exodus 3: 1-14

Big Idea: all of our spiritual problems come from a lack of spiritual vision.

Often our view of God is too small
If our view of God is too small, insecurity often emerges.
When our eyes are on ourselves, we come to the natural conclusion: “I can’t do this.”

Insecurity is that voice inside you that whispers: “I am not _ enough.” … What do you most often put in that blank? We all have something.

Exodus 3 opens up with Moses as an insecure man. … We all experience insecurity, even the heroes of the Bible. Moses was a shepherd living with his in-laws at around 60 years old. Then God calls Moses to lead His people. Moses believes he isn’t up to the task. Well, Moses isn’t, but he was missing the point. Moses asks “who am I?” and thus made it all about himself. God refocuses the conversation back onto Him, not Moses, but Moses keeps making it all about himself, indicating great insecurity about his own abilities.

God shows Moses: I don’t need you to e a VICTOR--I just need you to be a vessel. … Confidence comes when we put our faith in God and follow His will.

If the eternal I AM is on your side--you won’t need anything else. … God’s name isn’t so much a name as a descriptor. It tells us God is eternal. He had no beginning and has no end. He doesn’t fear anything and has no needs. … If we are on God’s side, we have nothing to fear, nothing to worry about.

In the New Testament, Jesus takes this “I AM” name to Himself and applies it to our greatest areas of need.

To those who hunger--”I am the bread of life” (John 6:35).

To those who thirst--”I am the living water” (John 7:38-39).

To those in darkness--”I am the light” (John 8:12).

To those who need a fresh start--”I am the door” (John 10:9).

To those feel abandoned--”I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11).

To those who feel lost--”I am the way” (John 14:6).

To those who are confused--”I am the truth” (John 14:6).

To those who are afraid of death--”I am the life” (John 14:6).

We all have insecurities that we cannot overcome on our own, but in Christ they disappear.

Fill in the blanks here:
I am not _ enough, yet in Christ I am _.

I am not good enough, yet in Christ I am righteous.
I am not patient enough, yet in Christ I am persevering.

We tend to focus on ourselves, which leaves God out of focus in our lives, making Him seem smaller than He is. How do we put God in focus? One word: Surrender … Eventually Moses surrendered to God and God did amazing works through him.