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Seeing Ourselves Through God’s Eyes

What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. (2 Corinthians 5:11)

Mystery Eyes Seeing ourselves through God’s eyes isn’t always easy. In fact, for the most part it’s pretty difficult. Before we know Him, He sees us as crippled, blind, deaf, lost, and hungry and thirsty. We are empty and avoid of good. The best we can do appears as filth rags to God (Isaiah 64:6). Paul described us this way, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” (Ephesians 2:1-2).

Dead! It’s very difficult to view ourselves as dead when we are living, breathing, feeling. But if we don’t know Jesus Christ on a personal level that’s exactly what we are…dead.

However, God loves us even though we are nothing more than dead. He wants to bring life, and not only life, but abundant life to us. So we accept His invitation through Jesus Christ to be born into eternal life. And our position changes. We no longer hunger and thirst, for He has filled us with the Bread of Life and has giving us Living Water to drink. We are no longer lost, for He has found us. We are no longer blind, deaf, or crippled, for by His stripes He healed us.

We now possess a crown and a garment of righteousness. We are children of the King of kings. And as difficult as it was to see ourselves in reality without Christ, it seems equally difficult to see ourselves as God sees us with Christ. Pure, worthwhile, royalty as well as servants, heirs to Christ, redeemed, and loved.

Looking at ourselves as God looks at us takes courage and practice.

However, our vision must also become farsighted. We must learn to look at others through Christ’s eyes. See the truth in their condition whether it be with or without Jesus. Then we should act with as much love, mercy, and grace as we received.

We are all unworthy. But not one of us is worthless as the enemy would have us believe.

How about you? Through which mirror do you see yourself?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

PS Guess whose eyes are in the picture and come back in a few days to find out. Better yet, follow me via email and be sure to get my updates. Thanks.

 

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Formulas and Potions

Soul Detox

Part 25

 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)

Lacy BohnesPrincess Lacy Bohnes wanted what she wanted when she wanted it. She squawked about every little thing and rarely thanked anyone for kindnesses shown to her. Queen Akee Bohnes hired nannies, jesters, and playmates to entertain Lacy with every form of toy and game available in the kingdom that the king allowed. But the very fact that the king only permitted what he thought best for the child, made the girl all the naughtier .

Eventually, word about the blight of the princess reached the ears of Miss Dee Meanour, the witch who lived deep in a far away forest. She rushed to the palace. Thumping the doorknocker hard against the stopper, she waited and schemed. Finally the door screeched open.  Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Pirate Princess

Soul Detox

Part 24

For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:8)

Pirate Princess 2Like imaginative children, we sometimes sail through the Bible, dig up verses that seem to promise prosperity, and claim all the wealth this world has to offer as though it were God’s intentions. We run the risk of treating God’s promises like a pirate’s treasure when we pick verses like Matthew 7:8 and  demand God complies to our every whim.

That philosophy only exists in our minds. Realty doesn’t work that way and neither does God’s word. Search the Scriptures. Find the apostle who sought worldly treasures after Pentecost through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Read More

See you in a twinkling

Brenda K. Hendricks

Our Sunday Best

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10 AMP)

Princess Bride 2The other day my husband and I met our pastor and his wife in the local Wal-Mart. Seeing them in tee shirts and shorts seemed a little odd. Not that it was a bad thing. We just become accustomed to seeing certain people, like our pastors and their wives, in particular settings and dressed accordingly.

While preparing for Sunday school a couple days later, I thought about my own appearance at the store…caprices, tee shirt, hair pulled back, and no makeup. It occurred to me that… Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Conduct Yourself Like Royalty

Soul Detox

Part 17

And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17 Amp)

Princess ColoredHave you ever noticed people of royalty conduct themselves differently than commoners and paupers? From their crossed ankles while sitting, to their extended pinkies while drinking, to their squared shoulders while standing, to their pursed lips while speaking, they exemplify a standard for which the rest of us should strive.

As children of God, we, too, must conduct ourselves in a manner that brings honor to our Father and King. He has been very specific in His requirements:

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See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Because I’m a Princess

Soul Detox

Part 16

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:16-17 NIV)

PrincessMy four-year-old granddaughter Sydney loves to pretend she’s a princess as do most little girls. Occasionally, Sydney puts on the full attire—long flowing gown, plastic tiara, and scepter—to aid in her playacting. But most of the time, she prances around the house, wearing her regular clothes and the tiara, of course. However, even without the crown, she has no problems spouting out orders that end with, “because I’m a princess.”

Recently, I’ve been pondering the phrase “because I’m a princess.” I am, you know. And you are royalty too, if you’re a follower of Christ, according to the above verse. Wow! That means we have benefits and privileges that others don’t have. Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks