Many stories have been told about humans seeking to find treasures or themselves. Whether the quest for the fountain of youth, black beard treasure to finding a refuge in the desert. What is so bad about being lost or in the state of being lost? Can one survive this state and what dangers are posed when in the mist of this circumstance? There are many situations that need to be considered and some of those we are not even aware that we are in that situation. One would think that if you lost you would know it but that is not the case in the majority of people lives. Millions are lost and never know this because being lost is allot more than just knowing where you are it is an art of knowing and implementing actions to the finding of one's purpose.
1. What is state of being lost? (Luke 19:1-10)
· Read the definition of lost and expound
· Beyond reach, many are in this dilemma - hookers, drug abuse, alcoholics you can list many others that are bound
· What do you consider being lost, many will look at an unknown place, foreign country or city
· Have you ever experience confusion, you are lost for a moment in a familiar place or surroundings
· It can also be a state of mind, indecision or making the wrong choices in life
· Mind set this is the way I was raised no matter what I will believe this way to the day I die, especially religion
1. Not knowing or lack of knowledge, I just do not know how to handle this situation, kids, marriage, lovers
2. Knowing but failing to see the end result, short term vision
3. Add to the equation trust or faith, now we have opened a new set of problems, not trusting maps
4. Zacchaeus was lost but did not know it, I'm sure he was surprised as others pointed this out, sinner me?
5. There are different levels of being lost from extreme to just a little off coarse, the results are still the same your lost.
6. This si a serious state to be in it literally means you will not arrive to your destination
7. Your decision making is flawed it will not get the results your searching for but results of more confusion
· All of the individuals have their point of view and life circumstances
· We need to understand that in life there will always be want but we are under the illusion that the grass is greener on the other side, not so.
· Where do you stand in the equation?
· What Vantage Point would you fall under given the different lifestyles we have hear from slaves to rulers.
· To many times people use the excuse of you don't understand my position and in our text we have several but all lead to one thing God.
* No answers here but an opportunity for God's name to be praise thru healing, what an arrogant Savior we have.
2. The condition of the lost ()
· Naaman was a very influential man and one of power, expound the Syrian Kings response to the revelation
· Now he is faced with the Word of God given by a preacher from a conquered nation, what nerve
· From what we read in scripture Naaman no doubt expected a glorious miracle, one that people would marvel for ages to come
- All eyes were on Elisha and Naaman but both had different vantage points to what was to occur next, healing
- Prior to hearing from God, we determine what is to occur in our minds
- This is the reason so many miss God, when God does not move how we expected him to move
- We see God as the microwave savior, we spend our lives destroying it and he comes in and in just 1 minute rebuilds
- Can God move this way, yes but he wants some effort on our part, which is washing of one self before the multitudes of witnesses
- All eye are on the lepers or sinners (Luke 12:8) It always an issue of what Vantage Point you belong too
- (I John 1:9-10) We must come to terms with who God is and what we are Naaman, not impressive but humbled
- This is the reason the slave girl acknowledges the miracle God even in the state of being concurred
- How well do you see eternal or just with your eyes at circumstances? (Mark 14:32-36)
- The vantage point not always is one of victory as Naaman is now understanding but one of obedience
- All eyes are on Naaman and Naaman does not like what he is seeing but his servant rises to the rescue
- The servants eyes sees a small price to pay for a great miracle to occur and steps in to receive from God
- Naaman was walking out of the grace of God and the messenger says stop and hear from God you leper
- Both are living the same life Master and servant but both have different vantage points to interpret
- The is the rule more than the exception to life, what do your eyes and hears say to you in your hour of need?
- This is the question one must ask God and Elisha spoke the vantage point and many made the decision
3. Lost in God's Presence (Mark 4:37-41)
· (Heb11:28-34) No matter what the circumstances presents itself one thing remains sure God is always in control, regardless of vantage point seen in Luke
· (Heb11:1-5) What we must understand is regardless of vantage point in him we must trust
· Too many always doubt because life is far too difficult, we worry about others and problems arise our eyes turn away from God we fail
- When was the last time you had victory in life or are you happy in the current state
- Living for God is much more than just going to church and being active it is seeing with his eyes and feeling his compassion
- (Heb 4:15-16) Jesus looks with our vantage point and asks if we can look thru his
- (Matt 24:11-14) This is an issue of what you trust the circumstances or Jesus Christ himself, your faith and soul
- The Vantage Point questions what you see, feel, believe and trust in
- One must choose what direction one must take and it's the responsibility of one self not other, sure others can help but you choose
- (Prov 14:12) The vantage point will always seem right but just where does it lead too?
- That is the million dollar question
19:1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
2 Cor 4:3-6
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Definitions of lost on the Web: http://www.answers.com/topic/lost
Past tense and past participle of lose.
idiom: be lost on