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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 The one who doesn’t has his blessing rescinded.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

Everyday, Everywhere!

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1‭-‬2 NASB

I’m have once again made the pilgrimage to the center of the archery universe, the Archery Trade Association show in Indianapolis.  It’s been a hectic couple days, thus far but great as always.  

I consider myself extraordinarily blessed to be able to be a part of something that brings me such joy and fulfillment.  Events like this serve to renew my enthusiasm and prepare me to better serve my Back 40 Archery customers.  

The greatest blessing for me, however, is seeing the abundance of unfettered witness going on all around me.  It’s not surprising to find such a deeply rooted love for Lord in the archery community.  However, I’m never unmoved by the open displays of faith by so many, despite the hustle and bustle of the grind everyone is under.  

It serves as a tremendous reminder, that regardless of what we are doing, or going through, our first responsibility and focus is to be on Him, our relationship with Him, and our dissemination of the gospel promise.  So, draw near to Him, go forth, be light and salt.  Share the good news everywhere, always, just like the folks surrounding me here in Indianapolis!  All glory to God! Have a blessed weekend!

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy, 

Scott Pace

PS. I apologize for the brevity of today’s commentary and any typos.  For some unknown reason, I was unable to connect to Wi-Fi on my laptop.  So, I had to draft this in my phone.  Thanks for your understanding.  I hope it still serves the purpose for which God intended. 

Inter…Dependent!

…  12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ…  25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26 be angryand yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity. 28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. 29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:12, 13, 25-32 (NASB)

As I grow older, wiser and more mature in life, both temporal and spiritual, I’m amazed by God’s plan.  For the sake of today’s discussion, specifically, our intricately woven interdependence.  There are very few things, none actually, that I can claim sole credit for their accomplishment.  Every thing that I am, have, will do or have done is the result of the tapestry of relationships God has woven me into. 

From the very beginning, in the garden, God established man to be an interdependent being.  First, in his relationship with God, Himself.  Secondly, when He brought forth Eve, Adam’s interdependent companion.  That interdependent nature has carried out ever since, despite our pressing desire for independence. 

Our work ties us to one another.  We work to provide for another’s wants or needs, and are rewarded for that labor.  In turn, we pay another for goods or services we want or need, so on and so forth.  Interdependent.

Our relationships serve to fill emotional, intellectual, recreational and physical needs.  We share our time, energy, support, counsel, our lives with others, who in turn do the same for us.  Interdependent.

God Himself is an interdependent being, the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Each of them contributing to One Another, interdependently.  God the Father, from which all things originate, The Son, the mediator, whom all things most go through and The Holy Spirit, through whom all things are executed… Interdependent.

None of us, despite how vehemently we try to convince ourselves otherwise, have not and will not ever, EVER, accomplish the most minute achievement independently.  Our very individual existence is the result of thousands of years of interdependence on and of God, as well as generations of other interdependents.  What a beautiful tapestry He has woven.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

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