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August 3, 2017

Let us be the BEST we have ever been as 2017 mighty men!



1 Samuel 16.7b

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”


Have we, as mighty men, had our vision checked?  I do not mean our physical eyesight, though that may not be a bad reminder for some.  Rather, I am being challenged to have our spiritual vision checked.  I know there have been times in my life, and probably in yours, where I just couldn’t see where God was working in my life.  I just couldn’t see any hope.  I just couldn’t see any reason.  I just couldn’t see any value.  I just couldn’t see beyond myself.  When I find myself at those times in my life, I know I need to get my vision checked- my spiritual vision.  Do I allow myself to see things as God sees them?  He certainly has a clear vision of the big picture.  It was for the big picture that He sent His Son into the world.  That big picture was for our salvation.  Only through faith that Jesus is the Christ can we be saved.  And if that is already done then we have been allowed to see the big picture, too.  But, God not only sees the big picture, he sees the detail of the picture, too.  I think in my “visionless” or “sightless’ moments it is because I have focused on the details (which is me) and not only the big picture.  And if I see the big picture of God’s love for me and for us, then the details of my life look a bit different.

We cannot focus on the outward appearance as the sole determiner of worth and value.  As God spoke to Samuel, He was reminding him of the “soul” determiner as the parameter of worth and value.  If we value our souls as much as God does then we will be able to embrace our worth to Him and to our place in His big picture.  Think of it as a puzzle.  A puzzle is not one solitary piece but a myriad of pieces that will interlock to reveal a bigger picture.  Take one piece out and the picture loses some of its clarity.  The same be said for us.  If we forget one piece of our lives, let’s say God for example, then how can we see our full value and worth?  And if God is infused into the many aspects of our lives such as family, friends, work, worship for example, then those parts of our lives lose focus as well.  It begins at the very heart of the matter.  Is God in our heart?  Can God see Himself in us just as we are supposed to see ourselves in Him?  How can we do this?  I believe we can do this by keeping Jesus at the center of our lives.  He told His disciples that “just as the Father and I are one, so too, are you and I one.”

Mighty men, we are called to live so that God can be seen in us and through us.  Just as Jesus is the light of the world so are we to be lighthouses, spiritual lighthouses, wherever we are.  And if the light of Life shines in us and through us, then others vision of faith and hope will become clearer.

“Let us be the best we have ever been as 2017 mighty men.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For wisdom and confidence as we see the seasons change in the lives of God’s people seeking His Will not ours be done
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana, Goodwill, NECC and the people of Netherlands Antilles
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom- especially for Tom Jensen; for needs of my family mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually; wisdom to know the truth and relate it adequately; for guidance in a difficult financial situation

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* We have a loving God who speaks to us in all seasons of life reminding us we should do the same to Him
* God continues to provide prosperity at 5226 as I trust Him in so doing and give thanks praying for sufficient and proficient employees and the wisdom to meld a team spirit by staying humble before God and co-workers
* God is preparing me for our next ministry with current conditions to learn to walk more humbly and in peace; has given me some relief in my health
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, may the light of Your love burn earnestly in us as we serve Your people in the name of Jesus by whom we pray, live and worship here on earth as it is in Heaven. AMEN.

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