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“Chance” Encounter

Acts 8:26-31 (NASB) ‘But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road. ) So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. ‘ 

How often in your life, when inconveniences, delays or redirects occur, do you allow yourself to become frustrated or discouraged.  I talk a great deal on here about perspective and attitude.  I believe that it has a great bearing on how we go through this life and how God can use for His purpose. 

One thing I don’t believe I’ve talked about is what I refer to as divine appointments.  There are no coincidences.  God moves us and guides us to the things and places He would have us.  Sometimes His purpose becomes clear to us, why He’d place us where and when He does and what He’d have us do with it.  Other times we don’t get to see it, but can only trust it is for His purpose.  Other times yet, we miss the purpose because we allow frustration with the situation to cloud our vision.  Our misaligned perspective prevents us from being used to accomplish the divine purpose He set the appointment for. 

Think about all the times, something happened to interrupt your plans, but ended up leading to something great and spirit filled.  A “chance” encounter where God used you to exhort, encourage, sympathize,  prophesy or share the gospel Truth of Jesus.  The point is, we do not always know the why, but must always trust that the purpose is His and stay open to the potential appointment and possibility to be used by Him in amazing ways.  This is often times as much for our sake as it is for the sake of another.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Forest for the Trees

2 Peter 1:3-8 (NASB) ‘seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ‘ 

Throughout our temporal life, we will be a work in progress.  Jesus, will continually be doing a work in us, reshaping us and remaking us, working us ever closer and closer to His image.  That is His work and His work alone, but we have a responsibility, as well.

The other night, a friend came out to the archery shop.  He was having trouble with consistency in his shot.  He was having trouble pin pointing where the break down or downs were.  One shot would break well, feel good and find the X, the next, not so much.  I theorized on multiple possibilities, but as he tested, modified, tried and modified some more, things were not coming back together. 

 

The problem here was, we sometimes do not “see the forest for the trees”.  What’s that mean?  We get so wrapped up in the details, we cannot see the whole picture, our scope is too small and we cannot see the solution in its totality.  As, we worked through a series of shots, things were becoming clear.  He was focusing on all these minute idiosyncrasies (which may have needed some tweeking), but was over looking a much bigger issue.  Once discovered, the addressing of the bigger picture issue, pulled things back together.  What needed corrected wasn’t anything he didn’t know how to execute correctly, he merely lost focus on the big picture because he was caught up in the details.

My point?  Right… here goes.  Don’t get so caught up in the details that you “can’t see the forest for the trees”.  It’s not  “I have to read this many chapters, pray for this many minutes, help this many people, say God bless you that many times, etc., etc., etc.”  Those are the trees.  When you focus on the forest ‘in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.’ the trees will grow in the places, numbers and size they need to.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Heart Condition

Luke 6:37,38 (NASB) ‘”Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” 

It is so incredibly easy for us to see the short comings of others, to pass judgement, hold grudges and set ourselves above them.  In turn, it’s difficult for us to forgive when we have been wronged or seen someone wrong another.  We think so highly of ourselves, but in truth, we all fall far short of what we should be, do and whom we are measured against.  That alone is the reason we are to extend grace upon grace.  

In chapter 6 of Luke, Jesus is expressing what is expected of those who would follow Him, the attitudes we are to embody.  He, as He most often does, is speaking on the condition of the heart.  In verses 37 and 38, He is impressing upon us that how we treat others is how we will in return be treated.  Everything we do or don’t do will be ‘poured into back into our lap’.  Think about that for a moment.  Everything.

Earlier in the chapter, Jesus is spelling out the “heart condition” we are to adopt.  Our goal is to emulate His heart, but not just toward those whom we love, but to those who mistreat us and do us harm.  It’s easy to love those who treat you well, it’s quite another to show a Christ-like heart to those who don’t.  We do this for our own sake, but it is to be done equally for the sake of those on the receiving end.  Hate, never conquers hate.  Judgement and condemnation never cultivates a loving “heart condition” in another.  Hate will never help lead another to the foot of the cross.  If you have love for those around you, if you’d see hearts changed and souls won to the kingdom, it starts with your “heart condition”.  It starts with how you look on and treat those around you.  Especially the ones its hardest to love on.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

Lift Up Your Voice

Isaiah 40:1-11 (NASB) ‘”Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God. “Speak kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that her warfare has ended, That her iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.” A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. “Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley; Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” A voice says, “Call out.” Then he answered, “What shall I call out?” All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” Behold, the Lord God will come with might, With His arm ruling for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him And His recompense before Him. Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.’ 

When you worship this weekend, Sunday service, Christmas eve service, or Christmas day, remember this is who your praise is for.  Isaiah paints a vivid picture of our Messiah.  He comes to the world simply, without material wealth, without pomp and circumstance, but this is who we worship.  This is who the angels sang of to the shepherds of the field.  When you worship and praise Him in this weekend’s services and at the dinner table on Tuesday, ‘Lift up your voice mightly’, “Here is your God!”  Praise Him with all that you have.  Do this, for this is who Christmas is for.  This is for what all you are, have and do is for.  Show Him that you know.  Give honor to Him and have a blessed Christmas weekend!

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

Take Captive

II Corinthians 10:5 (ESV) ‘We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, ‘ 

To a very great extent, how we get through this life is dependent on our ability to live out this verse.  This verse is about perspective and attitude.  It’s about choice, how we respond to things going on in our lives, moment by moment, day by day, week in, week out.  

Think about a specific instance, something that happened to or was said to you recently.  Where did your mind go?  Did it take a dark turn?  Were you filled with anger, bitterness, sorrow, self pity?  Was it something that you allowed your mind to indulge and partake in even though you knew you shouldn’t?  

It doesn’t require action to be wrong.  Jesus judges us not only by our actions but also by our heart.  Moses brought the law to the Israelites.  By the law, the act of adultery is wrong.  Jesus comes along and says that action isn’t required, but to merely look lustfully at another is sin.  By the law, murder is wrong.  Jesus comes along and says that action isn’t required, but holding hate in your heart for another is sin.  These are high standards.  To overcome things such as this is a mastering of the practice of holding our thoughts captive.  It’s a mastery of adopting a righteous attitude, seeing the world around us through God’s lens and thinking accordingly.  It’s an attitude, a perception that when accomplished draws us closer to one another and closer to Jesus.  

So, today, make it a goal to capture your thoughts when they are rising up against the knowledge of God.  Intentionally pray for the opportunity to test yourself in this today, then pray for it again tomorrow and the next and the day after that.  Adopt this attitude and see how your perspective about your day in and day out shifts.  Be a light to those around you.  Take captive every thought and have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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