Open Our Eyes, Lord!

Open Our Eyes, Lord!

Open my eyes to see
the wonderful truths in your instructions. Psalm 119:18 NLT

In truth, sometimes the blind

See more though their natural eyes

Are seemingly shuttered–from all

Things beautiful and ugly–protecting

Their judgment and promoting imagination

Discerning truth from deep within.

It is amazing–no astounding–how so many people who see with their natural eyes are blinded to truth because of their emotional unrest. When emotions blind us to truth and we proceed based upon the lie built from chemical imbalance–that coating of brain cells that keeps us from connecting truth to the obvious–we create situations that don’t to be.

Throughout the bible, for those of us who read with understanding, we see God’s Truth constantly being ignored by those who were supposed to know Him, yet promoted a truth of their own–which was a lie. Any time we change truth we can see to a truth we misunderstand–we lie. We cannot change God’s Truth in favor of our own truth when His Truth is written and available for all to see–who wish to see.

By the same protocol of assessing truth, we can apply this to any other areas of our lives in which written information is accessible to all, but unfortunately, not all have adequate reading comprehension. And because they lack appropriate comprehension skills, they change the written truth–observed by all–into their own truth and then become antagonistic when their truth is revealed–a lie.

I’ve tried to be optimistic about a situation in which I’m involved as a volunteer, but it’s getting really hard to continue this course. When people allow their misguided emotions to govern in every area of their life and refuse to hear and acknowledge truth from others–the only thing that results from it is drama. I watch scripted drama on television–selectively and I refuse to live drama when there is no need for it. So this morning when I prayed, I asked The Lord to reveal to me in His Word how to proceed. The above-referenced scripture is His answer to me–we must be willing for Him to open our eyes to see the wonderful truths in His instructions and instructions from other venues.

A word of caution to those who love truth–expect the enemy to blind the minds of those who have an agenda other than doing what should be done to promote the betterment of anything in which we’re involved. Stand firm on the truth and provide documentation for the stance you take and never allow the enemy to change who you are. Even when ugliness raises its head, combat the ugliness of lies and emotional impairment with truth–straight up without a chaser. It will sting and sometimes, truth will cause people to run in the other direction sounding false alarms, but stand on truth anyway–knowing The Lord is your shield against the fiery darts of the enemy.

Father, in the name of Jesus, cast the scales from our eyes so we may see truth and all of its many benefits and help us to stand firm on truth, no matter what the enemy does to deter us. Guide and direct us to seek assistance for those areas in our lives in which we lack skills and aptitude so we may glorify You in all we do–with a goal of excellence–laced with Your Truth.

Everything Done in Order!

“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” (I Corinthians 14:40 NIV)

Paul’s advice to the church to maintain order in all things is an approach we should use in every aspect of our lives. If there is no order, there is chaos and confusion; where there is chaos and confusion, God is not involved.

The first thing we need to keep in order is our thought life. Chaotic and confusing thoughts lead to behaviors that are not orderly. This is why we have so violence in our society and disrespect/disregard for life. There is no order in the minds of those committing hateful acts against others.

If we get our thought life in order, our actions will represent how we think–order–in all things.

If we get our behavior in order, we reduce crime and hateful acts and create an environment for harmony and peace which is how God wants us to live.

When we are in order–our homes are in order–everything is done decently and in order. There is no domestic violence in the home, there is no filth in the home, there is nothing going on in homes that will negatively impact children and their ability to succeed in life. Spouses know how to communicate and parents know how to parent when homes are in order.

When home lives are in order–we have order in society since every home is part of society. We change things for the better and do what is always right.

When we live in an orderly society, the results are seen in everything that occurs within that society and all people are respected and all things are accomplished in an orderly manner, without confusion.

Though many think the Scriptures are an out-dated reference for living, if people were to examine what we do on a daily basis in business and government, they would discover the Biblical foundation for how things get done. In time we deter from the foundation, things crumble and fall. If we listen carefully to well-known motivational speakers–what they say has biblical foundation, most from Proverbs. Parliamentary procedure was born out of Paul’s advice for order and just about every legal organization uses Robert’s Rules of Order as a guide for keeping “order” in meetings.

Having order in our lives means we work on the front end, establishing guidelines to maintain order and then we simply abide by the order established. Order in the church, homes, government, will lead to peace and harmony, when maintained.