Abundant Life Crusades
Tony and Marge Abram have been preaching the Good News for over 58 years!

LOOKING UP RATHER THAN DOWN!

Psalms 5:1-3 (KJV) 1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. 2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. 3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

In this sermon outline we point out the need of looking up unto the Lord. Too many of God's people are depressed and one of the reasons is that they are not looking to the Lord for their problems. They are either looking downward or inward when them should be looking upward to the Lord. Psalms 121:1-2 (KJV) 1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

I. Starting the day by looking up to the Lord in prayer.
- Psalm 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
  A. I begin the day with declaring that Jesus is Lord of my spirit, my mind and my body.
    1. This gives not place for the devil. Ephesians 4:27 (KJV) Neither give place to the devil.

II. Many times cares of life make it difficult to look up.
- Psalm 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.
  A. Doing this time we need to do as the Psalms 121:1-2 (KJV) 1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
  B. He never gives us too much to bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
    1. We need to learn cast our burdens on the Lord. 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

III. We must also look and see what God has done for us.
- Mark 8:25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
  A. Many times we forget all that God has done for us. Psalms 139:17-18 (KJV) 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
  B. As the hymn declares 'Count your blessings, name them one by one and see what the Lord has done for you'

IV. Then we need look up and be ready for His coming.
- Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
  A. What a day that well be when we see Jesus.
  B. We will look upon His face.
    1. He is the one who saved us by His grace. Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

V. Let us look unto the Lord and let us walk in victory.
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1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (KJV) 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades

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