Behold Your God Day 21

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

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I love the beatitudes portion of Scripture. It just goes against everything our culture seems to work for. You can be blessed and poor in spirit? The meek will inherit the earth? The pure will see God?

There is something beautiful about realizing that we don’t have to go with the flow in a world where popularity and wealth and “whatever feels good must be right” is the way many live. It is freeing to me to know that God’s ways are different. It is such a stark reminder that we are to be in this world but not of it. And you know what? That doesn’t feel like punishment or a boring life to me.

Abundant life.

Joy. Peace. Faith.

Hope.

If I can choose to see through the lens of Scripture and follow Jesus, living a life obedient to His commands, I will see Him. We will never reach any form of perfection while here on earth. We learned that early on in Genesis. But, God sees the heart. He sees the repentant, broken soul who comes to Him for forgiveness.

We are made pure and holy and righteous because of the blood of Jesus.

He sees our child-like faith and in return? We see Him.

Oh the mystery of it all. Oh the beauty.

Praying the Scriptures

Lord, I want to see You. I want to behold You. You have told us in Your Word that the pure in heart will see you…so I thank you that because of the blood of Jesus You see me as righteous and my sins are forgiven, I have been cleansed and made right and pure. Now open my eyes that I might see You in all Your glory.

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Behold Your God Day 20

The Lord your God is in your midst,

a mighty one who will save;

he will rejoice over you with gladness;

he will quiet you by his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

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What a beautiful promise we have been given in this passage. The Lord Your God is in your midst. He is might to save you! He rejoices over you. Even on the days you feel that there is nothing worth rejoicing over, He is rejoicing over you. You, dear one. He quiets you with His love. He sings over you.

Just picture that for a moment. The God of the universe quieting you with His love. Singing over you. What do you think His song selection would be today? A lullaby? A party song? A hymn about His holiness or His faithfulness?

Praying the Scriptures

Lord, You are in my midst. You are near. You are alive in me. You are mighty and You are my salvation. You rejoice over me with gladness, Lord, help me to believe this truth and walk in Your love daily. Your love quiets me, the stress, the anxiety, the worry and fear…perfect love casts out fear. Your love quiets me. And you exult over me with singing. What a good, good Father.

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Behold Your God Day 19

Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,

and the flame shall not consume you.

Isaiah 43:1b-2

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It is no mistake that the words “fear not” appear in Scripture so many times. Hundreds of times. God knew. The God of the universe knew we would struggle with fear, worry and anxiety. He knew we would need reminders, daily reminders, even moment by moment reminders to trust Him and leave our burdens in His capable hands. The reminders He gives us? They are all found in His Word.

When we behold our God through the pages of His Word, we are filled with peace and our fears turn to faith. Feeling anxious? Pick up your Bible and turn to Psalm 34. Feeling worried that provisions will not fall into place? Pick up your Bible and read Psalm 23. Feeling unseen and unappreciated? Pick up your Bible and meditate on the comforting words of Psaml 139.

Fear not. The God of the universe calls you by name. He knows you. He sees you. He loves you. When you pass through the waters – and you will – He is with you. He is Emmanual: God with us. God with you. God with me. The flames will not consume you. He is near.

Praying the Scriptures

Lord, God, Emmanuel, help me to believe. Help my unbelief. Help me to give my fears to You and fix my heart upon the promises of Your Word.

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Behold Your God Day 18

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3

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The beautiful thing about learning to behold our God is that it not only brings Him glory, but He fills us with His peace at the same time. We are blessed when we fix our eyes on Jesus and give Him glory for all He has done. We are blessed when we take our eyes off of this world and place them on our Father. We are blessed when we can praise Him in the storms of life.

When we learn to behold our God, He keeps us in perfect peace. And the more we behold Him, the more we trust Him. The more we trust Him, the more peace we have. The more peace and trust we have, the more content we are right where God has us. The more content we are, the more freedom we have to be who we are in Christ and joyful in all things.

It all starts with beholding. What are you beholding today? Where are your eyes fixed? What are your thoughts fixed upon? What do you run to when you need comfort? What satisfies your soul? What are you allowing to occupy your mind more than Christ?

Praying the Scriptures

Lord, You are the peace-giver. You are peace. Help me every moment to keep my mind stayed on You, fixed on You, gazing upon You. And when I learn to gaze upon You, You grant me peace. Perfect peace.

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Behold Your God Day 17

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.  Proverbs 4:23

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How do we keep our hearts with vigilance? What does it even mean to “keep your heart?” Some versions say to “guard your heart.”

I like to picture a guard at a fancy palace. That guard knows what his job is and he likely does it with much seriousness. He is to keep the palace from harm. He is to stand guard, to protect against any enemy trying to get into the palace.

When we guard or protect our hearts, what are we guarding from? How do we guard a heart?

To guard our hearts we must be paying attention. We must know what is coming in and out of our minds and hearts. We must be aware of any enemy that may be on the prowl.

We must be on guard as believers. We must know that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. We must wear the armor of God each and everyday so that we can guard our hearts against the scheming of the enemy.

Beholding our God is one of the best ways to guard our heart.

Praying the Scriptures

Lord, help me to pay attention to what is coming in and out of my heart. Help me to guard my heart because it is the wellspring of life. May I know Your truth and be so much in communion with Your Spirit living in me that I know the truth apart from the lies. Lord, with Your help I can help to protect, keep and guard my heart.

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