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I’ve Arrived

There’s a trap, I believe, that many disciples could and have fallen into.  As one grows in his relationship with the Lord, seeks to know Him, devours His word, develops and matures in his understanding of God’s word, self satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment can take root.  This often leads to pious identity and self righteousness.  One can easily slip into the notion that they have it figured out.  “I know what the bible says.  I’m done.  I’ve arrived.”  fb_img_1474607990827

This type of mindset is extremely destructive.  It can lead to feelings of superiority, and snobbery quite honestly.  It can lead one to lose his compassion and heart for others.  For that matter, one starts to lose his love and zeal for the Lord.  After all, if you’ve arrived, you have the answers. What is there to pursue?  What is left to drive you?  Complacency takes root.  What good purpose can you contribute to God’s work?  Answer…NONE!

There is an astonishing number of remarkable pastors, authors and scholars, past and present.  Over the past year, I have spent some time studying such men.  One thing that I have found commonplace with the majority of them is the understanding that they don’t have all the answers.  They understood that they will never “arrive” in this life.  They will grow and mature, reach levels of greater understanding, draw closer and closer to the Lord, but they will not “arrive”  until they ARRIVE.  They know that their arrival will occur when they are brought to the glorious home that Jesus prepared for them and are united with their Father in eternity.  

If you want to be an effective witness for Jesus, to be effectively used by Him in this life, you must understand that you will most certainly not “arrive” in this life.  God has something to teach us, daily.  God has change He wants to see in us, daily.  In order for God to accomplish that, we have to be prepared for Him to do that.  We have to be open to His lessons.  We have to humble ourselves, regardless of how far we think we’ve come, and allow Him to do what He has to do for and to us.  I’ll give you a for instance.  How many times have you read the same passage a second, third, fourth or many more times, and each time God illuminates a new understanding?  That never stops, if you will allow it.  

God has work for each and every one of us.  He wants to create in us a more perfect heart.  In order for that to happen, we have to realize that we will always have something to learn.  We will always have ways to improve.  We will “arrive”, just not here.

Romans 12:5 (NKJV)  For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

I pray, Heavenly Father, that You would develop in me the humility to understand that I will be a continual work in progress.   Help me Father, to recognize the lessons You prepare for me daily.  Continue to fan the flame of my heart for You, Lord.  Kindle my zeal today, tomorrow and every day until You call me to that glorious home You have prepared for me.  I pray this is Jesus Christ’s holy name, Amen.  Have a glorious and blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the Greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

 

The Mission

Luke 17:33 (NKJV) Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
 
On Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of hearing former Army Ranger and author, Chuck Holden speak at the Vital Men Fall Kick off.
His message was enjoyable, but more importantly, inspired thought that had better lead to action.
After processing all he had to share, it brought to mind something that I wrote back in September of last year. Call it a mission statement. I would like to share it with you.
 
Today is the day. It’s been weighing heavily on me for the past several months. I’ve allowed my focus to drift from the Lord and my fire to temper. God decided, last night, that it was time to really start pulling on me. I found my little notebook. The notebook I write notes from scripture, sermon and prayers in, then realized I hadn’t noticed it was misplaced. I’ve been deeply reading scripture, devotions and Billy Graham literature with a renewed vigor. The book that Ben lent me gave me a new look at Graham’s life and ministry. It further illuminated his great strength and gifts, his incredible journey through life proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, I’ve glimpsed a great many of his failings, shortcomings and wrong turns. Throughout it all, the Lord was always there to catch him, to pull him back on course and Billy, sometimes slow, always heard his call. His life and fire for God is unbelievable. Now I know I’ll never be Billy Graham, but I want what he has. I want that life, peace, love and courage. I want to be the Scott Pace that the good Lord designed and expects. I want people to look on me and know that I’m different from others that they know, to see the work of Jesus Christ through my words and actions. I want people to say, “I want to know the life and love that he knows.” When God calls me home, when he punches my ticket, I want those I know and love to sing in joyous celebration. I want them to say, “Scott Pace was a man of God. He loved the Lord and the Lord loved him. He will be missed, but so many will see him again, because of God’s work through him”.
 
As, Chuck spoke, I couldn’t help but think about this mission statement I drafted nearly 1 year ago. God was using Chuck to direct me back to this pledge, this mission. He was a calling me to love, humility and obedience to God. This mission is one requiring death to self (Luke 17:33) and surrender to Jesus and the needs of others. It is a call for endurance and long suffering in anticipation for the mission reward (1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ). And… it’s a call to embrace it and count it all joy (James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials).
 
Chuck challenged us to think about what we would do with our remaining time on earth, to think about how we might be remembered. I’ve thought about it. I wrote about it 1 year ago. Now I will act upon it. Have a blessed weekend.fb_img_1474007384924
 
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,
Scott Pace

“Do you WANT to be Made Well?”

John 5:5-9 (NKJV) Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.

On our way back from Utah, we were listening to a sermon on this passage from.  The pastor was talking about the healing power of Jesus.  He spoke of the many times He healed someone physically, and spiritually.  He spoke about how He used methods unique to each individual situation.

There’s no way to be certain of Jesus’ tone or inflection in His question to the man, but I’m going to insert one.  As I read this, I hear Jesus asking, “do you WANT to be made well?”  Jesus isn’t asking the man why he hasn’t been successful in his attempts to be healed.  He wants to know if the man wants it.  This aroused a deep intrigue in me.  

How often are we afflicted by something, physical, emotional and/or spiritual and wonder why we cannot be made well, or at least get past it?  Allow Jesus to ask,”do you WANT to be made well?”  Well, do you?  Really?  Do you?

I think in a great many instances, people cling to hurt, physical limitation or illness, emotional trauma, spiritual deficit, anguish and even sin, because they identify with it.  People identify them with it.  It can even be an escape from responsibility or reality.  

Now, before the hate emails begin to fly, let me finish.  I’m painting with a broad brush.  I in no way mean to imply that every pain or illness suffered is controlled solely by oneself, nor am I implying that simply wishing it to be gone will make it so.  What I am stating, as I believe Jesus is stating in His question, is do you really WANT to be well.  This question applies to all the above mentioned conditions and a host of so many more.  If you do not WANT to be made well, I don’t think you will be.  If you don’t WANT Jesus to intervene in your life, on your behalf, I don’t believe He will.  

 Matthew 11:28 (NKJV) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Wanting something is not enough, but wanting is the place to begin.  Jesus wants us to be made well, physically, emotionally, spiritually, but we must WANT it.  We must come to Him.  The man by the pool had suffered for 38 years.  He had reasons why He suffered.  Jesus simply asked, “do you WANT to be made well”?  He commanded the man to rise and after 38 years, he obeyed Jesus’ voice, chose to be made well and walked away.  

We all have something that afflicts us, illness, pain, emotional scars, sin.  What are you afflicted by?  Do you WANT to be made well?  Answer Jesus’ question, then obey His voice.  That’s the place to start.  May God bless each and everyone of you and have a safe and glorious weekend.  

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

 

 

 

To the Glory of God

I Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

As you read today’s commentary, I am sitting high on a Rocky Mountain ridge top.  Perhaps, I’ve filled my tag already, perhaps not.  Regardless, I’m having a great time in God’s playground.

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A couple months ago I shared with you how I allowed a bad attitude to sink in on last year’s hunt.  I lost sight of why I come out here.  I lost sight of what a gift, pure privilege it is.  Consequently, I ruined the experience for myself and my companions.  More, importantly though, I disappointed God and, I imagine, broke His heart.  

He doesn’t have to do the things He does for us.  He doesn’t have to provide for our wants and needs.  He doesn’t have to allow us the opportunities that He does.  But… He does.  He’s our infinitely loving Father.  

So, this year, as I sit here soaking up God’s majestic creation, I am thankful, thankful for His forgiving me my past transgression, mentioned and not.  I am thankful for ALL that He is, for ALL that He does and for ALL that He allows me.  I am honoring my Father in heaven by appreciating His infinite love and provision.  I am thinking on this verse from I Corinthians and, hopefully, reflecting His glory.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

Cleanse Your Way

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Psalms 119:9-11 (NKJV)  

How can a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
 
Everyone falls short of God’s righteousness.  Plain and simple.  If we could manage perfect living on our own, we wouldn’t have needed Jesus’ intercession.  We can strive to live better, though, and God has provided the instruction manual.  
 
Psalms 119 highlights for us the importance of God’s word.  Verse 9 asks the question,”How can a young man cleanse his way?”  Simple, God’s word.  
 
If you choose to follow Jesus Christ, want a deeper relationship with Him and want to experience true Christ empowered change in your life, it is unequivocally necessary to immerse yourself in His word.
 
“With my whole heart I have sought You.”  It takes an intentional, disciplined approach.  To love God, as well as to fully grasp the depth of His love for you… His heart, you must seek Him out, pursue Him.  Discipline yourself to daily prayer and meditation.  Read His word, hunger for it, devour His teachings.  
 
“Your word I have hidden in my heart.”  Not only read through God’s word, meditate on it, internalize it, memorize it.  Hide it in your heart, so that wherever, whenever you find yourself, God’s word is embedded within you.  You will carry it with you and it WILL guide your steps.  God’s word will increasingly equip you to battle the forces of the world that tear at us, daily.  
 
Surrendering yourself to God’s authority, following Jesus Christ requires discipline and intentional action on our parts.  Love Him?  Seek Him.  Have a safe and Blessed weekend.
 
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 
 
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,
Scott Pace
 

 

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