The sights are off.

 

crosshairs

 

I decided to do some target shooting. Just to double check that my scope was adjusted properly and to make sure I could hit what I was shooting at and, as I lined up the cross hairs on the target and pulled the trigger….I MISSED?!?!?!? I was stunned to say the least, well, except that I had bumped the rifle scope recently and was a little concerned that my sights were possibly off. So, I make some adjustments, another couple shots, still not there. A few more adjustments and a few more shots and finally I was back on zero. Now, if I aim, then I will hit what I shoot at and that is pretty important.

Great! You may be thinking, but why do I care? You ask yourselves.  Well, as I realized that even though I thought I was on target I actually wasn’t and despite my efforts I was missing the mark. That made me think about times that I thought I was missing the mark in my life. THINKING I was doing the right thing, that I was doing all the things right to reach goals or targets, I sometimes didn’t make it. And, that applies not only to my life, but also to my Christian life. OK, I should say semi-Christian as I was “only sinning a little” and still believed in God, Jesus as the son of God and that He died for my sins, but I was not living a proper Christian life. I was allowing worldly measurements to set my goals. I one uses the wrong measuring system, they will not hit the target at which they are aiming. Oh, they will hit a target, but not the one that they should have hit. Even though one THINKS they are aiming well and proper, if one’s sight is not on Christ, whatever they hit will not be what God intends. If one is seeking something, but not the right thing, they won’t be truly blessed, even if they get what they think they want.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

If one’s sight/vision, one’s eyes, are not on the right target or if they are not seeing things in the way Jesus would have us see, then we are full of darkness, we do not hit the target He plans for us.

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Matthew 6:22-23

 

3 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Philippians 3:13-15

God has a plan for us, to see things properly and not through worldly eyes, to have our sights properly aligned on the RIGHT target. We need set our sights on Christ and we will hit the bullseye every time and in accordance with His perfect plan.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Jeremiah 29:11

 

Dear Lord,  I worship You and praise You for all You have done for me. I thank You for the blessings I have received, for the better understanding You give me on how You want us to think and see. I pray in the name of Jesus that I keep my sight true, that I seek the proper target and that I do not miss the mark. That I remember the target, the goal and that I stay on the path You want me to follow and I not get my vision, my sights off and You guide my steps as You wish to get me to the expected end, the bullseye, life eternal with Christ. I pray You draw us all closer and teach us all how to keep our sight true and on You. Please, help my loved ones see Your truth and to come to know You, Your will and Your way for them. Help them turn away from the wrong goals so that they may live the way You wish them to live and to serve You. I thank You for helping me better understand You and your wishes for me. I praise You for caring so much about me that You sent Your own Son to suffer and die on the cross that I have forgiveness and salvation.

Amen

 

My apologies for sparse posts recently, seems there has been a lot going on and  no matter how I try, I haven’t been able to sit down long enough to write a good post. Sometimes, I wonder if they are good. I know they are good for me to think things out and putting words on paper (so to speak) helps me better organize my thoughts. I hope somehow they are a blessing to someone else as well. Please, have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to someone else too.

 

 

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House of Cards

house of cards

My granddaughter was trying to find something to watch on TV the other day and found a channel playing a Brady Bunch episode where there was some dispute and it was decided it would be settled by having a contest building a house of cards. Well, eventually the house came crashing down. As always, one thing leads to other thoughts and I realized how I have often thought I was really doing something, going about things my way, putting this and that together to make a plan or reach a goal that was not based or built solidly because I did so without God and in fact, sometimes the plans or goals were not what He wanted for me at all and, because it wasn’t, things came crashing down. That line of thinking brings to mind the house built on sand.

 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 7:24-27

Yup, you got it, I was the foolish man and tried building things that were not according to His plans and when the rains came, the house fell. I am now building on THE Rock, Jesus, and I know that what comes will be in accordance with His plans and stand the test of time and will weather the storms and floods that are part of life.

1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

2 Samuel 22:1-4

 

Other times, I had prayed and talked with God, and was sure that I was building something according to His plan, but others decisions and actions caused things to collapse. I cannot control the actions of others, but I do know that there are times that others impact God’s plan for me. If this happens, I will trust in Christ to use the results of what happens to make things even better for me.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

 

Yes, He has plans for me, plans for good. He will make the most of me and for me, IF I seek HIM first. I now take things to Him in prayer and read in the Bible to seek His guidance and will for me. I try more than anything to seek Him. I need to improve on it, but I am getting better than I was, thanks to God. He deserves the glory for any improvement that has occurred in me.

 

Lord, I thank You and praise You for the improvement in me that have occurred. It is Your work in me that has made these things possible. I ask You to help me remember to seek You first in the future and seek Your guidance so that Your will be done and that I am not trying to put my wishes in front you Yours. I thank You for my salvation. I ask in Jesus name that I learn patience and faith and that You give me the heart and mind of Christ. Please, draw loved ones to You so they may all know salvation and that they know Your will for them.

Amen.

 

Thanks you for stopping by today. Have a blessed day and be a blessing to others.