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Peacemaker Ministries Devotion: What's Your Lens?

by P. Brian Noble / May 31, 2021

Scripture 

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, 

but blessed is he who keeps the law. (Proverbs 29:18, ESV) 

Thoughts 

God’s Word is filled with prophetic visions and prophetic promises. When we view the world through God’s visions or promises, we are then inspired to act according to God’s nature. Think about the things that are not yet that God calls as though they are now. He sees you through the lens of prophetic vision. He sees you through the death, burial, resurrection, and appearance of his son, Jesus. He sees you through the prophetic vision of the Gospel. 

I love how The Message translates this proverb: 

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; 

but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. 

And let’s look at a promise or vision in the Bible. 

So from now on we don’t look at anyone the way the world does. At one time we looked at Christ in that way. But we don’t anymore. When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here! (2 Corin-thians 5:16–17, NIRV) 

“From now on we don’t look at anyone the way the world does.” Paul is teaching the Corinthian believers instead to look at people according to Christ, who is in them. Instead of seeing the world with our former eyes and stumbling, we can be blessed by putting on biblical spectacles. Then we will pay attention to the world as God sees it. 

Application 

How do you view yourself and others? From a worldly point of view or according to Jesus in them? Your relationships will dramatically change if you look at yourself and others with “prophetic vision,” as the proverb says, and as being in Christ, as Paul wrote. 

Prayer 

Lord, help me to see others and myself through your prophetic promises. . . Continue praying. 

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.

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