[A message by PASTOR IDOWU ILUYOMADE at Digging for Gold on Tuesday, February 13, 2018]
JOHN 3:1 – “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.”
PSALM 91:8 - “ONLY with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”
Only with Your Eyes
(a) By God saying “only with thine eyes,” it means that irrespective of the evil and calamities happening all around, you will not be a partaker.
(b) “Only with thine eyes,” means God has singled you out of the pack or multitude for divine encounter so that your own experience will be different from what is going on all around you because you are peculiar and special (1 Peter 2:9). God distinguishes you and makes sure that when others are saying there’s a casting down, you will say there’s a lifting up. In Genesis 26:1, 2, 12 everybody was going down to Egypt because there was famine in the land, but God singled out Isaac, and asked him not to go down to Egypt. In a land of famine where there was no water, Isaac planted that same year, and he reaped a hundred-fold returns. Though the situation of the country may not be as good, but while we are waiting for the change, you will be rejoicing in Jesus Name! Isaiah 60:2 says “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.”
When God singles you out it means He is focusing on ONLY you. There are many “only you,” situations in scriptures. For example, there were many widows during the 3½ year famine in Israel, but Elijah was sent to assist only the widow of Zarephath; there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha, but only Naaman the Syrian army was healed (Luke 4:25-27 [AMP]). John 5:5-6 records the story of a man who was sick for 38 years; there were multitudes at the pool of Bethesda, but when Jesus came on the scene, only him was healed.
Irrespective of the love of God for the world, as expressed in John3:16, the benefit of salvation is only for whomsoever believes. Salvation is personal - God focuses and addresses you alone, He’s not looking for a girlfriend, He’s looking for a bride; He’s looking for commitment, He wants to get personal with you; He wants you for a lifetime relationship. In Isaiah 51:2, He said “I called Abraham alone, blessed and increased him.” Yes, He loves everybody, but if you really want to know Him, it is a one-on-one relationship. He wants an alone time and relationship with you; that’s why Jeremiah 9:24 [AMP] says “But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me personally and practically, directly discerning and recognising My character, that I am the LORD, who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the LORD.” You can only glory in the fact that you know God personally.
God created Adam alone, and He enjoyed fellowship with him. He wants you to know Him individually and directly. Don’t always let people tell you this is what God says, you too can hear Him speak directly to you. When God wanted to save the whole world, He sent only Jesus and even if you are the only sinner remaining in the whole world, He would have sent Jesus Christ to come and die for you in fulfilment of the Redemption story. In the parable of Jesus in Luke 15, the shepherd had ninety-nine (99) sheep, but he left them and all went after just one (1) that was lost one.
Singleness of Eye
Only you also pre-supposes singleness of eye. It is good for you to have singleness of eye, if you pursue two hens at the same time, you won’t catch any. On resurrection morning, Mary came to inform Peter and John that Jesus Christ had risen, Peter and John ran to the sepulchre, they looked at it and all they saw was a napkin that was folded, and they went back; but Mary stayed at the tomb – she was focused because her eyes were only for her LORD. She saw more than they did; she saw the folded napkin, two angels, and eventually our LORD, and Master, Jesus Christ (John 20:11-18). I pray that as you apply this ‘only you’ principle, you will see more than others, and your joy will be full in Jesus Name!
For the sick man at the pool of Bethsaida for 38 years; what the angel that went down at a certain season into the pool couldn’t see about him for 38 years, Jesus saw. He saw that it was the accepted time for him to be healed. He saw that the man was alone – while the angel saw multitudes, Jesus focused on him alone. He saw patience and faith in him. Jesus saw that he was frustrated and abandoned because he had been waiting for 38 years – this can be tagged as a chronic delay. If you have been waiting for long, Jesus is saying only you will be blessed today.
When God has eyes for only you, even when you are not available when He comes calling, He will either wait for you or come again, thereby giving you a second chance. When Prophet Samuel came to announce David as king, his father and all his siblings but him were home. The prophet chose to wait for him because he came only for him. When in Judges 13:8-9, the angel visited Manoah’s wife with the news of Samson’s birth; Manoah was not available. However, at Manoah’s request, the angel came back a second time to echo what God said to her. God says in Genesis 28:15 that I will not leave thee until I have done which I have spoken to thee of. The ‘only you’ principle is the reason why He singled you out, even if you missed it once, He will still come for you. If you have missed opportunities, they will come back to you in Jesus Name!
There’s a man and woman destined for each other. I believe in the principle of the bone of your bone and the flesh of your flesh. For instance, a couple met when they were both looking for a job and then lost contact for years, but because they were meant for each other; God made sure that He gave them a second chance. He rearranged it again, the man lost his then current job because he had to meet the woman again as they were now both in the job market.
One of the most glaring opposite of being in an ‘only you’ situation is when one is raised in a polygamous marriage. A polygamous situation comes with a lot of disadvantages like envy, strife, mistrust, witchcraft, sibling rivalry, confusion or indecision,
The Beauty of ‘only you’
There’s beauty in being singled out. The hunter knows his game; when he’s setting out to hunt for a fox, he loads his gun with the appropriate bullet, because he knows you may sometimes use different bullets for different animals, and he equips himself accordingly. It’s easier when you focus on only one animal. You can only get your ‘only you’ after you pray, prepare, discipline yourself, you know what you want, study, be purposeful, be strategic, and you don’t waste time.
‘Only you’ Experience
“We have been married for over forty-four (44) years, and I can tell you it is joyous, and lovely to be married to only one woman. You will have joy, peace, and God will always favour you if you’re in unity, and peace with your wife. I encourage the young ones to settle down on time, and God will help you. During our time, we didn’t have these kinds of platforms, so you’re blessed to have this platform; take an advantage of it, God will help you.”
Finally, God put this message together for ‘only you’, and He wants to single you out today. He died for you, He wants to get personal with you and carry your burdens; He wants to answer your prayers. If you are willing to repent of your sins, surrender your life to Jesus Christ and know your eternal purpose, then pray this prayer right now: LORD Jesus, I come to You right now. I know I am a sinner, please forgive me my sins. With my mouth, I confess that Jesus, I accept You as the LORD of my life. Change my heart from a heart of stone, give me a heart of flesh. Help me to obey You; fill me with Your Holy Spirit, write my name in the Book of life, and make me brand new in Jesus Mighty Name I pray.
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