Heavenly Perspective

Colossians 3
1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  4  When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.

Hebrews 12
1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  3  For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

2 Corinthians 4
16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  18  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.  (See also 2 Corinthians 5:7  “For we walk by faith, not by sight…”)

Hebrews 11
8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  9  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  10  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God.
13  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  14  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  15  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  16  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 13
14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.  15  By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Name.

John 14
1  “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  2  In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  4  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”  5  Thomas saith unto Him, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?”  6  Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”

2 Peter 3
11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  13  Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Titus 2
11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  14  Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Romans 8
24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

1 Peter 2
19  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.  20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps…

1 Peter 5
7  Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.  8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  10  But the God of all grace, Who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Matthew 6
31  “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

1 Timothy 6
6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  7  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
17  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;  18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;  19  Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Philippians 3
7  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  9  And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  10  That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death…

See also http://www.shepherd.to/heaven/contents/How_live.htm

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Dove’s Eyes

Taken from the Blog, The Dove’s Eyes.  Scripture references have been replaced with the King James Version Bible Scriptures.

“The Song of Solomon is a book of the Bible that… may initially read like a sensual romance novel, (but) this text reveals the endearing affection of the heart of God for the heart of man.  It declares the love that Christ (our Bridegroom) has for us (His Bride).  In fact, He proclaims, “Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.” (Song of Solomon 4:7) …  All fair?  No spot?  Have You taken a look at me lately? If so, there must be something really wrong with Your eyesight!!

But Beloved, let me share this truth with you. There is nothing wrong with God’s eyesight… there is something wrong with our perception of God’s eyesight.  Yes, He hates sin, but He no longer sees us as stained with that sin.  When Christ died on the cross, a miraculous and beautiful thing happened.  We were cleansed by His Blood and made as white as snow.  It has been God’s intention from the beginning of creation to present us to Himself as a “glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27) and this is the very reality from which God relates to us now!

… The truth is that He (Jesus) calls us His Beloved.  Do you see what Christ is intimately saying to us when He calls us this?  If we break down this simple word, His message becomes clear.  He is saying, my Beloved, Be-loved.  Be loved?  Be loved?!  By the Creator of the universe?!!  How can this be? …  Why would He love me? …  This is perhaps the greatest mystery ever known to man.

… It is only by understanding the intimate, ravishing love of Christ that I am able to even attempt to love Him with such intensity.  Song of Solomon 5:12 reveals that the Bridegroom’s “eyes are as the eyes of doves.” … biologically, the eye of the dove has the capacity to focus on only one thing at a time.  Because its vision is so limited, it is not easily diverted.  Once the dove beholds something or someone it desires, its eyes grant it exclusive, undistracted attention.  And it is upon us that the Lord’s dove’s eyes have fallen.  “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9).  To even think that the Lord’s loving eyes would actively seek me without the slightest diversion is astonishing.

However, this passage reveals not only the intensity of the Lord’s focus on us, but also the necessity of our focus on Him.  Unfortunately, our eyes are easily distracted by the things that falsely claim to give us fulfillment and satisfaction.  But if even for a short moment, the wayward bride looks lovingly upon her Bridegroom, He declares, “Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes.” (Song of Solomon 1:15).  In other words, the Lord’s heart leaps when our gaze is directed toward Him!  When we have dove’s eyes that lovingly long for Him as He longs for us, He cannot help but call us fair, beautiful, and spotless! …  The God of the universe Who is, incidentally, also the Lover of our souls smiles upon us and fervently desires our company!  It is not until we truly internalize that the Lord has dove’s eyes for us that we are able to have dove’s eyes for Him.

…  When Peter stepped out of the boat and walked toward Jesus on the water, he began to sink only when his eyes left the gaze of Jesus.  Oh, to have dove’s eyes that are not pulled away by the wind and the waves!  The Lord has made it clear that there will always be competing affections and distractions, but by His grace and through our wholehearted seeking, our focus can be sharpened.  After all, the Lord desires us, and He will do anything it takes to bring us into closer relationship with Himself.  I long for dove’s eyes that are ever focused on my beautiful Lord and Savior!”

~ Alyssa Gammelgaard ~

Humility prayer

2 Chronicles 7:14
“If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Habakkuk 2:14
“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

Let Your glory cover the earth – Louis Brittz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6pxLjE5lCw

I will set my face (Wonderful God)

I will set my face to seek the Lord,
I will set my face to seek the Lord,
Give my full attention to my God,
I will listen for His voice,
I will listen for His voice.

My Wonderful Counsellor,
My Teacher, Reminder,
Revealer, my Healer,
My Strengthener, Repairer,
Refiner, my Jesus, my Saviour,
My wonderful God.

Forerunner and Finisher,
My Conqueror, Deliverer,
Restorer, my Hammer,
My Fire, Uniter,
Redeemer, my Jesus, my Saviour,
My wonderful God.

I will set my face to seek the Lord,
I will set my face to seek the Lord,
Give my full attention to my God,
I will listen for His voice,
I will listen for His voice.

Creator, Defender,
My Maker, Instructor,
Commander, my Warrior,
My Shelter, my Helper,
My Leader, my Jesus, my Saviour,
My wonderful God.

My Shepherd, my Gatherer,
Refresher, Rewarder,
Protector, Inspirer,
Provider, my Portion,
Forever, my Jesus, my Saviour,
My wonderful God.

~ Lyrics & music by:  Godfrey Birtill ~

Scripture reference:

Daniel 9:3  “And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes…”

2 Chronicles 20: Victory in praises

1  It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
2  Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, “There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.”
3  And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4  And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5  And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
6  And said, “O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7  Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
8  And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9  If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
10  And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11  Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12  O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.”
13  And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
14  Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;
15  And he said, “Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
16  To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17  Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.”
18  And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
19  And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20  And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21  And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22  And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23  For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
24  And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25  And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.  (What army takes such abundance of riches and precious jewels with them to battle except the LORD made them do it?)
26  And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
27  Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
28  And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
29  And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
30  So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.

Audience of One

I come on my knees to lay down before You
Bringing all that I am, longing only to know You
Seeking Your face and not only Your hand
I find You embracing me just as I am

And I lift these songs to You and You alone
As I sing to You, in my praises make Your home

To my audience of One:  You are Father and You are Son
As Your Spirit flows free, let It find within me a heart that beats to praise You

And now, just to know You more has become my great reward
To see Your Kingdom come and Your Will be done
I only desire to be Yours, LORD

So what could I bring to honor Your Majesty?
What song could I sing that would move the Heart of Royalty?
When all that I have is this life that You’ve given me:
So, LORD, let me live for You my song with humility

And, LORD, as the love song of my life is played
I have one desire:  to bring Glory to Your Name!

Chorus

And we lift these songs to You and You alone
As we live for You, in our praises make Your home

Chorus

~ Performed by:  Big Daddy Weave

~ Lyrics:  Mike Weaver