Prays Together: A Fresh Perspective
By Mandy Nevarez
Desperate to escape the current stressors afflicting my peace of mind, I escaped to the coast last weekend to find a fresh perspective for my troubles. It was a last-minute trip, and I had to get away. It was nice to step away from the pressures of life, if even for a moment, to allow God to take center stage and still my mind. He reassured me of His great love for me and began to strengthen me from the inside out. There will always be storms that are raging in our lives, problems, heartbreak, and uncertainty, but I was not created to keep my focus on such things. It is also easy to become overwhelmed in a culture where it is taught there are no moral absolutes. The blessing in my life is that I do have a solid standard of God’s Word to continually anchor me, and for that I am so grateful.
Perspective is colored by many different aspects of a person’s life, such as: their belief system, experience, and even temperament. It is no wonder that so many people do not see eye to eye. The Bible says that before a person comes to Christ he or she is spiritually blind, and cannot understand the things of God; that, in fact, to the world many aspects of the Christian faith seem foolish. In today’s modern culture people do not want to be told what they can and cannot do, and that there is no such thing as sin. This is done in the name of tolerance and acceptance. But it is one of the greatest deceptions that Satan has devised against human kind. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 the Bible says that, “The god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” This past week we celebrated the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why would God come to earth to die for mankind if sin was not real and the consequences of that sin eternal?
As an individual, my perspective can be clouded and overwhelmed. However, I am so grateful that there is a God who loves us so much that He paid the ultimate price so that I might have the perspective of heaven. John 3:16 declares that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus paid the price for our sins, and He wants to open our eyes to the truth. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We are in need of His forgiveness. He did not come to condemn the world, but He came so that through Him the world would be saved. He died to give me a fresh perspective of His eternal plan, and to enable me to live this life through His eyes.
Mandy Nevarez is one of the pastors at New Life Assembly of God. Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.
This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.