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God’s “Sight”

Proverbs 4:25-27 (NASB) 

Let your eyes look directly ahead

And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.

26 Watch the path of your feet

And all your ways will be established.

27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left;

Turn your foot from evil.

I had today’s topic all worked out.  That is until God mixed it up, so you’re getting this instead.  I had a couple friends in the archery shop this evening until rather late.  Towards the end of our time together, one of the guys suggested a game of darts.  It’s a archery target fashioned like a dart board and you shoot the games.  The problem for me, I sold my bow two days earlier.  “Alright, no problem, I’ll grab one off the wall.”  So, let the games begin.  

The bow I was shooting had a rest and a d loop, but no sight.  For the archers and bowhunters reading this, you’ll understand the difficulty in being competitive with this handicap.  All in fun, right?  I did alright, but it was really no contest.  I got a few lucky arrows in.  The first game of 600, I hung in there, but for every lucky one that found its mark, the next one would be inches out. 

Now, I would certainly never claim to be the best archer around, but would consider myself accomplished, refined.  Despite my proficiency, without the aid of a sight, the best I could do was get close and inconsistently score.  As I pondered on this, I went to the above passage.  Solomon is instructing his son to keep his eyes forward, focused on the Lord, to not wander from the path he’s set his “sights” upon. 

As I thought on this passage and the games we were playing, a parallel began to take root.  If I, as a proficient archer, am made mediocre by the removal of my sight apparatus, could not the same be said of a man who tries to go through life without God’s “sight” before his eye?  A “good” man, same as a “good” archer may get lucky and close on occasion without the aid of the fixed “sight”, but I estimate, more often than not, he will miss his mark.  In archery, regardless of how good I am foundationally, when you take a necessary piece of my equipment away, I can only do so much on my own.  The same can be said for my daily life.  When my focus is pulled from the Lord, or I remove a necessary tool (scripture) from my equipment, on my own I will seldom hit what I aim for. 

Solomon is teaching just that.  He’s teaching us to guard our hearts, protect are minds and what comes in by looking through God’s “sight”  so that we can be accurate, confident and consistent in hitting what we should be aiming for.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace     

Righteousness and Peace

Psalms 85:10-13 (NASB) Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11 Truth springs from the earth, And righteousness looks down from heaven. 12 Indeed, the Lord will give what is good, And our land will yield its produce. 13 Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way.

I was listening to Adrian Rogers the other day, teaching about our High Priest.  He was illustrating and educating on the connection between Jesus and Melchizedek.  It was an utterly fascinating lesson, sparking a much deeper study for me to pursue, one I’m sure I’ll share at some point with you.  However, for today, I want to address the above passage from Psalms.  Pastor Rogers mentioned it briefly in his sermon, but I felt compelled to give it more than passing acknowledgement. 

What struck me about this passage was the affectionate connection righteousness and peace share.  In verse 10, the psalmist writes, “righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”  They are intimately intertwined.  I find that interesting.  To me, it implies that they are bound together, that they need one another for either to exist. 

Ever find yourself asking, “why can’t I have peace in my home?”  Could it be for lack of righteousness?  What about peace at work, in the community, nationally, around the globe?  I think it’s fair to say that most people prefer peace over angst, division or war.  So, if most prefer peace, why do most experience little if any at all?  My contention is that we desire peace, but often times, forsake righteousness.  When things are stressed and strained in my home, at work, within my personal relationships, I can guarantee those are times my focus is not on Jesus, walking as He’d see me walk.  The world around us, exemplifies it.  It’s been the case since the fall.  We seek ways to create “peace”, but cast aside the only way to attain it, the righteousness of Jesus Christ. 

 I can confidently say that I am most at peace when I am closest to God.  Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit, a seed of righteousness to dwell within us.  When I am tending to that seed, watering and nurturing it, I tend to be more observant of others, more gracious, more kind, more understanding, more righteous in my behavior.  As a result, peace settles in on me.  That’s not to say that troubles and struggles no longer exist, but that I can walk through them with a “peace that surpasses all understanding”.

In verse 11 the psalmist speaks of truth springing from the earth and righteousness shining down from heaven.  Walking in Truth (Jesus Christ) yields righteousness from heaven, fruits of the Holy Spirit.  In verses 12 and 13, God shows His faithfullness, fulfilling His promise of blessings and a continued layering of righteousness, a way to peace, His Way!  Just some thoughts to ponder.  Have a blessed weekend!

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy, 

Scott Pace  

Favored

Psalms 8:4-6 (NASB) What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,

There are times in my life, even fleeting moments throughout the day, I believe I do not have God’s favor.  Generally speaking, these thoughts do not linger long.  I converse with my Lord, consult His word and thoughts of His favor are restored.  I imagine a great many of you fall victim to thoughts of falling from or never being in God’s favor.  If you are a born again child of the Living God, those are lies born straight from the pits of hell.  Satan is assaulting you.  He’s manipulating you. 

The truth…

II Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 

The truth is, that He loves and favors you so much more highly than anything else, including Himself.  He gave up everything.  He gave His Son over to the cruelty and abject poverty of this world, and watched Him surrender His very life blood on the cross.  For who?  You ARE a favored son/daughter of God!  To believe you are not favored is to buy into satan’s lie.  

Blessings are an indicator of favor with the Lord and many, myself included, would say, “well then if I’m favored, where are my blessings?  If I’m favored why does he/she receive blessing x,y,z and I don’t.  Look at my life!  Only a fool would suggest that I’m favored by God.”  Firstly, I would start my rebuttal with, take an honest, sincere, Christlike evaluation of your life and tell me you are not blessed.  Secondly, I would suggest we take a look at a passage in Matthew 25, verses 14-30.  In this passage we see Jesus teaching through the parable of the talents.  He gives each man stewardship over 5, 2 and 1 talent based on each man’s ability.  The one who stewards well is rewarded with greater blessing and responsibility. The one who doesn’t has his blessing rescinded.

“For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.

This passage leads me to believe that, in part, the bountifulness of our blessing/favor results from how we handle and steward what we have already been blessed with.  If we steward well, God can trust us again, and again and again.  This also requires a degree of gratitude and a large helping of humility.  Big or small, great or mini, the blessings are His to do with as He wishes. 

He favors each and every one of us, but can He trust us to do what is right with the blessing He would bestow, and would we use said blessings to advance His kingdom for His glory?  So, let’s take a step back, where in your life has God blessed you?  How did you receive it?  To what use did you put it?  Can He trust you again?  Can He trust you further?  Still think you’re not a favored son/daughter of the LIVING GOD?!!!  Have a blessed weekend

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace     

Be Blameless

Philippians 2:14-16 (NASB) Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. 

I was reading through Philippians a couple weeks ago, and this passage in particular stood out to me.  I thought about how I conduct myself in the day to day.  Do I embody this?  Is this condition of heart evident to others at work, in my relationships?  The answer, shamefully, is likely no.  

I didn’t spend a great deal of time, certainly not any amount of serious contemplation and application, of this passage beyond that day’s pondering.  However, on Wednesday, I had lunch with my friend Pastor Jeff Rabe, and something he said, brought me back to this passage for today’s writing.  He said (paraphrased), “regardless what is happening around us, to us, for us or by us, our focus must be first and foremost on our relationship with God.  If we are walking rightly, with God, we are blameless, despite the outcome, despite the other person(s) or world’s view, we are blameless if we adhere rightly to God and His word.” 

He’d be pleased to know that his words did not fall on deaf ears.  Wednesday’s lunch was one of God’s divine appointments He set for me, for my betterment.  It was just one of the multitude of appointments He uses to draw my focus back to where it belongs, on Him.  You see, when I am focused on Him, really drawn near, hearing from Him, listening to Him, obeying His commands, seeking His path… things work.  That doesn’t mean my life is without problems, undesirable circumstance or strained relationships.  It means, I’m “blameless” regardless of whether others perceive it that way as well.  If I am following closely with Him, allowing Him to work through me, I’m innocent, righteous by His estimate.  And… isn’t that all any of us really need?

When I feel close to Him, in full pursuit, things work, I work, He works through me.  It may not always lead to the outcome I desire, but it leads to the correct one, and God willing the impact ripples through to others.  When I proceed without grumbling, without disputing, when I respond thoughtfully, by taking it to God first, applying His word, praying in the spirit, it’s right.  When I don’t, I react rather than respond, from a carnal instead of a righteous heart, and things get jacked up.  When I react in this way, I’m anything but righteous, though in most these cases I puff myself up as though I am.  I am anything but blameless or innocent.  If anything, because I know what the alternative response should be, I am the greater transgressor. 

I have a lot of work to do, but here’s the thing… I know what it is and what it takes.  It requires a deeply devoted pursuit of God, a hunger for His word, and an emboldening and cultivating of the Holy Spirit within me.  Without any single variable of that equation, it won’t be done.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

 

Choices

So often we find ourselves asking, praying to God for the answer, to steer our choice.  “What is Your will on the matter my Lord?”  We presented with options, we ask Him, what course should I take.  When He doesn’t answer us in the obvious, we take His silence as indifference.  That is never the case.  When you’re not hearing clearly or directly from God, it is most often because He has already given you His answer through His word.

We all face choices every single day, some small, some not so.  Currently, I am faced with a number of choices, decisions to make.  They include professional, financial and relational aspects of my life.  They are difficult decisions, but decisions that must be made.  I have been asking Him for guidance, and though I’m not receiving a loud and clear enunciation, I know He hears, cares and is answering, I just have to chose to listen.  

He prepares us through His word and our relationship with Him.  He equips me, and you, as we progress in our faith and understanding and when we’re ready, trusts us do do what He has trained us to do.  

Our peace and confidence comes in knowing that He will not set us upon a precipice void of footholds.  No, He sets our feet firmly, in a broad expanse, and when we’re ready, He trusts us.  He has prepared us to know where and how to hear His voice and how to apply it when needed.  Have a blessed weekend.

Psalms 31:3-9 (NASB) 

For You are my rock and my fortress;

For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.

You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,

For You are my strength.

Into Your hand I commit my spirit;

You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.

I hate those who regard vain idols,

But I trust in the Lord.

I will rejoice and be glad in Your loving kindness,

Because You have seen my affliction;

You have known the troubles of my soul,

And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy;

You have set my feet in a large place.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;

My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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