2015-02-11 - Seeing Clearly
About a month ago, I learned my suspicions were true regarding a specific eyeliner I tried using. I had set it aside for awhile, believing it was an irritant, and then upon trying it again, before the night was over, my eyes not only burned and were blurry, but were also swollen - and I was putting drops in them 3-4 times a day for a few days. After it was over, I certainly better appreciated the value of being able to see things clearly.
Seeing clearly can also apply to God's word, and it working in and through us as we learn more of what he wants us to do for his glory. Once we choose to let him use us as instruments, he gives us eyes to see and ears to hear. He gives us the information we need, as we are able to handle it. We cannot help but want to take what we have learned, and use it in our own lives, and in turn, others will see that change, as well. Our lives are not only redeemed to us eternally by the truth we receive, but our lives here - prior to eternity - can be so much more fulfilling, along with the lives of those with whom we share life. I continue to pray for strength, and to see things clearly, as God intends for me, in the pursuit of glorifying him.
“I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” (Ezekiel 34:16)
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the lost sheep, until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 16:1-7)
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 KJV)
“For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” (2 Peter 1:8-10 KJV)
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 KJV)
“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do, and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:9 KJV)
“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God, but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” (3 John 1:11 KJV)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.
CFD | February 2015
| Deborah's Devotions |
Yesterday's Devotion |