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Be Still

Psalms 37:7 (NASB) ‘ Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. ‘

I have been struggling in a few areas of my life.  I keep seeking direction, trying various things to try to remedy things, failing, seeking direction, not receiving anything, trying again, failing and over and over again.

Now, I know God is not being silent, but I’m not hearing any direction from Him.  That’s my fault.  I’m not being still like I should be.  It’s very hard to hear the still small voice when we allow all the noise and distraction to run unchecked.  If I want to hear Him, I must learn to be still, and patiently wait.  Easier said than done, but I will continue to try until I receive the revelation I need.  So, whatever area, in your life, that you’re waiting to hear from God on, be still.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Good Father

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NASB) ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord , ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord , ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the L ord , ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’ 

This past week, this passage has served as powerful reassurance.  It is reassurance of God’s desire to restore all aspects of my life.  It is a statement of His love and unwavering affection as the ultimate Father.  It is God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “if you seek Me out, I will be here and available to you entirely.  If you pursue Me, with the entirety of your heart, I will not leave you to your afflictions.  If you call on Me, I will answer you and bring you back from physical, emotional and spiritual doom.”  This is what He desires more than anything.  He desires to have us desire to draw close to Him, you lean on Him for everything.  He desires to provide us with all that we need, as the great  and loving Father He is.  We merely have to desire to ask Him, then let Him!  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

You Are What You Eat

Proverbs 21:21 (NASB) ‘He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor. ‘

“You are what you eat.”  Are you familiar with that saying?  I’m going to assume that most reading this have heard that expression.  There’s truth in this saying, is there not?  It’s rhetorical truth, rather than literal truth, but truth all the same.  If you sat around eating potato chips all day every day, you wouldn’t literally turn into a potato chip, but your health would suffer, you’d grow weak, loose muscle mass, gain fat, and become an overall unhealthy person.  If you sit around consuming junk, your constitution suffers, plain and simple.  

The point I am driving at is simply this, what you focus on, what you drive toward, what you consume, will in large part determine who are and who you become.

I’ll apply this to my pursuit of archery and specifically bow hunting.  The more time I spend pursuing and consuming knowledge and experience, the more adept I become.  The more focused my pursuit in these areas the more likely I am to be successful and the more I feel justified in identifying myself as a bow hunter.  

The same is true in our walk with Christ.  How many of you would identify yourself as righteous, a saint?  Be honest.  I will go out on a limb and say that the overwhelming majority of you said that you don’t.  Why?  Is it your sense of humility?  Is it because you have sin in your life?  

II Corinthians 5:21 ‘He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’ 

Romans 5:19 ‘For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. ‘ 

Philippians 3:19, 20 ‘and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; ‘

God, Himself, declared you righteous the day His Son bore the sins of the world, bled and died upon the cross of cavalry.  The day you acknowledged His atoning sacrifice for you and accepted the gift He paid for in blood, He declares you righteous.

So, where is your focus?  Are you pursuing righteousness?  Proverb 21:21 says if you do, you’ll find it, along with life and honor.  Are you walking this life boldly identifying yourself as righteous, a saint?  If you’re not, why not?  Jesus does!  Go after Jesus, focus on what He has done, accept the righteousness that He has already proclaimed for you, consume it, and boldly proclaim it for all the rest of the world to see. Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Thanks for Reminding Me

II Corinthians 4:16-18 (NASB) ‘Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.’ 

I came across this passage the other day.  Under my current circumstances, it served as a much needed reminder that these circumstances are but a small piece,to a much bigger picture. 

It reminded me that each and every one of us is inching closer to eternity, and whatever our present circumstance, healthy or unwell, none of us is guaranteed tomorrow. 

It reminded me that despite what is happening to my fleshly body, there is no cause to lose heart, that there is a Hope regardless of any circumstance.

It served to remind me that such trials are used for our spiritual progress and how we approach ALL things is a reflection of God and meant to reflect His glory.

It reminded me that how I represent Him through this and ALL things, eternally impacts the spiritual health and development of those He allows to be a witness to my life. 

He reminded me that the choice is mine.  I can choose to wallow in self pity over the the decaying outer man, or I can embrace what He is doing for my progression, focus on and cherish the unseen,  and glorify Him, bringing eternal hope to myself and all those around me.  I’m choosing the latter.  Thank you for the reminders, Lord.  

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

I See You

Luke 19:5 (NASB) ‘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. ‘ 

This past Sunday at Celebrate Church in Knoxville, Aubrey Schneider shared with us the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector.  She told his story very well and brought focus to a man that most gloss over, I know I did.  She did a remarkable job of describing some significant things about the man, his position and the impact of these things during his time.  She created a context and vantage that I personally have never looked from.  I would strongly encourage you to listen to Aubrey’s message online and do some further digging into the significance of Zacchaeus’ inclusion in Luke’s gospel.

What I would like to highlight for the sake of today’s writing is something that Aubrey shared in prayer and asked that we focus on going forward.  She asked us to think about someone we do not get along with, perhaps even hate.  Think about someone, that if they were chosen for some great honor, instead of you, it would just really chap your backside.  Then she asked that you pray for that person, pray that God would bless them.  Then she asked that we pray for God to  (and this is the part that really got me) allow us to REALLY see them, to allow us to look on them through His eyes, as He sees them. 

In verse 5 of chapter 19 it says ‘And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him’.  Jesus “SAW” him.  He always does doesn’t He… see us?  He sees the person He created in His image.  He sees our worth, our potential, not what the world sees, not the tax collector, the sinner.  What would happen in and to your life, the life of ALL those around you, not just the people you dislike or those you hold grudges and animosity towards, but everyone you come in contact with, what would happen if you prayed everyday for God to bless them?  What would happen if you followed those prayers with, “Heavenly Father, open my eyes and my heart, Lord, that I would see this person as You made them, as You love them, through Your eyes, Lord!”  WHAT WOULD HAPPEN?! Let’s experiment, shall we?!  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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