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The What, Why, and Wonder of Every Day Facades: Part 3

Happy Friday! I’m thrilled that you are here! Have you read parts 1 and 2 in this series about everyday facades? We defined the term, talked about what those false fronts might look like and considered some reasons why we use them. Feel free to click below if you need a refresher.

Today is the glorious and victorious conclusion of this series. Part 3 is about the Wonder of everyday facades. This is where we find freedom for ourselves and others.

The what, why and Wonder of everyday facades: Part 3 – The Wonder

Everyday facades are not material. When I use this term, I am not referring to an actual mask or costume. These facades are false fronts which we use to create illusions about who we are.

Façade (noun)a way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation

merriam-webster.com

The Wonder of everyday facades

This Wonder, with a capital W, is God, Himself. He reaches right through our facades to connect with us. Have you experienced that? If not, let your guard down and be real with Him. He can handle it. He sees you and knows you and you can’t fool Him, no matter how cleverly you try.

“I am looking for the one I can’t fool.”

― Kamand Kojouri

Four wonderful examples in the Bible where God saw through the everyday facades of people

Jonah

God told His prophet, Jonah, to go to Nineveh and give the people of that city a message. Jonah didn’t want to go, so he got on board a ship heading in the opposite direction. He put on a plain façade and tried to blend in. God knew exactly where he was and brought him to repentance, obedience, and restoration. If you’d like to read the story, you can find it here.

Hagar

Hagar was a mom who was treated poorly by her boss and fired. You can read all the sordid details here. Her reality was cringeworthy and she was trying to run away from it. God saw through her façade and met her right where she was.

“She (Hagar) gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’”

Genesis 16:13 (parenthesis mine)

The Samaritan Woman

Jesus struck up a conversation with the Samaritan woman. He asked her to go get her husband. She casually said she didn’t have one. She hid behind a façade of half-truth. Jesus saw straight through it and told her what He knew to be true about her – past, present and future. The story can be found here.

The Disciples

The disciples had seen Jesus crucified. They’d experienced His empty grave and His resurrected form. They’d been given the Holy Spirit and they’d witnessed many other miracles. But they went fishing, which was how they’d spent their time before they met Jesus. They went back to the comfortable façade of their old habits. Jesus knew where they were and He met them there. You can read about it here.


Mask unworn: The what, why and Wonder of everyday facades...
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When we encounter the Wonder of who God is, we can leave our facades behind.

God loves us too much to leave us hiding behind our everyday facades. We might fool each other, but God sees us. He meets us where we are just like He did in the four examples above.

Each of those people were changed by the wonder of their encounters with God. He saw their need, removed their reason for hiding, and gave them purpose. They emerged from behind their facades to see and be seen.

Precious friend, God sees you behind whatever façade you raise. He wants to draw you out, restore and renew you. He will change you from hider to seeker, so you can help others too. God is the Wonder of our everyday facades.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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How to Trade Mocking, Curses and Shame for Blessings, Favor and Honor

“My son…
The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.”

Proverbs 3:33-35

My beloved child,

At times it will feel as though God is against you. Those are cues for repair, not for despair. God has given a direct diagram for how to trade mocking, curses and shame for blessings, favor and honor.

Man with map in a meadow: How to Trade Mocking, Curses and Shame for Blessings, Favor and Honor
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Curses for Blessings

Do you feel a curse on your every attempt to succeed? Is there spiritual turmoil at home? Please drop immediately to your knees. Ask God to reveal anything shameful or wicked which may be overshadowing your righteousness. Trade it in and receive the Lord’s blessings in return.

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Psalm 139:23-24

Mocking for Favor

When you open the Bible, does it seem as though God is mocking you? Is it possible you’re mocking Him with the way you’re choosing to live? Humble yourself and decide to be oppressed by people, for God, instead of the other way around. The favor shown to you by the Lord will be well worth the trade.

“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”

Psalm 5:12
Hiker with heavy pack: How to Trade Mocking, Curses and Shame for Blessings, Favor and Honor
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Shame for Honor

Are you carrying a burdensome load of shame? Do not be a fool; lay it down! God wants to take the worthlessness you’ve acquired through foolish means and give you the honor He bestows on the wise. Make that trade every time!

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 37:4

God is always moving you forward. When you feel Him in your way, realize it is because you are veering in the wrong direction. Alter your course in deference to His leadership. Proceed with confidence that you know how to trade mocking, curses and shame for blessings, favor and honor.

You are cherished beyond measure.

This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.

Other posts in this series, which you might enjoy, are:
Live Long and Prosper
Fear the One You Trust
How to Measure your Treasure
Don’t Despise Discipline from the One Who Delights in You
Why Wisdom Wins ‘Best Choice Award’ in Every Value Match
Do you Hope for Pleasant Ways and Peaceful Paths your Whole Life Long?
Do You Know the God Who Laid, Set and Divided the Earth, Sky and Water?
The Sure Standard for Sweet Sleep, Solid Steps and Sound Satisfaction
One Amazing Truth to Help you Avoid Ruin in a Disaster Zone
1 Secret Power Move you can use Today to Win your Neighbor’s Trust
Would you choose to be in the confidence of God Almighty?











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Would you choose to be in the confidence of God Almighty?

“My son…
Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways. For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.”

Proverbs 3:31-32

My beloved child,

Would you choose to be in the confidence of God Almighty? Imagine a friendship where the Lord of all creation trusts you with His secrets. Would you like to be someone upon whom He relies?

Then do not envy or imitate violent people. Do not choose to participate in their activities. Do not even entertain their thoughts or engage in their attitudes.

For, if you are perverse – irritable, unreasonable – the Lord will turn away from you. But if you are upright – honorable, virtuous – He will make you privy to all that He has, with all that He is. The choice is yours. Would you choose to be in the confidence of God Almighty?

You are incredibly loved.

This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.

Other posts in this series, which you might enjoy, are:
Live Long and Prosper
Fear the One You Trust
How to Measure your Treasure
Don’t Despise Discipline from the One Who Delights in You
Why Wisdom Wins ‘Best Choice Award’ in Every Value Match
Do you Hope for Pleasant Ways and Peaceful Paths your Whole Life Long?
Do You Know the God Who Laid, Set and Divided the Earth, Sky and Water?
The Sure Standard for Sweet Sleep, Solid Steps and Sound Satisfaction
One Amazing Truth to Help you Avoid Ruin in a Disaster Zone
1 Secret Power Move you can use Today to Win your Neighbor’s Trust









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Devotions

1 Secret Power Move you can use Today to Win your Neighbor’s Trust

“My son…
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’ – when you already have it with you. Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you. Do not accuse anyone for no reason – when they have done you no harm.”

Proverbs 3:27-30

My beloved child,

There is 1 power move you can use today to win your neighbor’s trust. It is as simple as it is effective, although it may be inconvenient. It is this:

Do good and do it now.

Are your neighbors living peaceably near you? Be upright and charitable with them. Reward their large and small kindnesses with swift appreciation.

Extend grace to those around you. Believe the best of your neighbors and do whatever is in your power to keep them from harm. Their trust is invaluable and your effort to safeguard it pleases God.

Bestow every act of kindness you have at your disposal. This is the 1 power move you can use today to win your neighbor’s trust. Use it generously, use it often. If it applies, use it now.

You are cherished beyond belief.

This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.

Other posts in this series, which you might enjoy, are:
Live Long and Prosper
Fear the One You Trust
How to Measure your Treasure
Don’t Despise Discipline from the One Who Delights in You
Why Wisdom Wins ‘Best Choice Award’ in Every Value Match
Do you Hope for Pleasant Ways and Peaceful Paths your Whole Life Long?
Do You Know the God Who Laid, Set and Divided the Earth, Sky and Water?
The Sure Standard for Sweet Sleep, Solid Steps and Sound Satisfaction
One Amazing Truth to Help you Avoid Ruin in a Disaster Zone









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Devotions

One Amazing Truth to Help you Avoid Ruin in a Disaster Zone

“My son…
Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.”

Proverbs 3:25-26

My beloved child,

There is one amazing truth which will help you avoid ruin in a disaster zone. It sounds dramatic, but it’s true. Notice the people you see every day – in the news, in your sphere of influence, and maybe even amongst your friends – who encounter sudden disaster. Also take note of the ruin which often overtakes those who flirt with wickedness.

The one amazing truth which will help you avoid such trouble is this: the Lord will be at your side. He will keep you steady and your foot from being snared. With Him, you have no reason to fear.

Please do not misunderstand. You may encounter disastrous circumstances. But because the Lord is at your side, ruin cannot claim you. You are secure for eternity, come what may in this world. This is one amazing truth!

You are fiercely and forever loved.

This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.

Other posts in this series, which you might enjoy, are:
Live Long and Prosper
Fear the One You Trust
How to Measure your Treasure
Don’t Despise Discipline from the One Who Delights in You
Why Wisdom Wins ‘Best Choice Award’ in Every Value Match
Do you Hope for Pleasant Ways and Peaceful Paths your Whole Life Long?
Do You Know the God Who Laid, Set and Divided the Earth, Sky and Water?
The Sure Standard for Sweet Sleep, Solid Steps and Sound Satisfaction










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The Sure Standard for Sweet Sleep, Solid Steps and Sound Satisfaction

“My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”

Proverbs 3:21-24

My beloved child,

I pray for you to know the sure standard for sweet sleep, solid steps and sound satisfaction. The Holy Spirit is imparting Godly wisdom to your heart and mind. He is helping you to understand and to use His judgement and discretion. Never lose sight of these things, for by them are promised many blessings.

The sure standard for sweet sleep

Sleeping lion: The sure standard for sweet sleep, solid steps, and sound satisfaction
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When you lie down, you will not be afraid. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) With your heart full of God’s wisdom and understanding, you will enjoy sweet sleep.

The sure standard for solid steps

A lion walking on the path: The sure standard for sweet sleep, solid steps, and sound satisfaction
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When you walk, you will not stumble. You will advance in safety. If wisdom is the focal point by which you set your gaze, you will be characterized by solid steps.

The sure standard for sound satisfaction

Stretching lion: The sure standard for sweet sleep, solid steps, and sound satisfaction
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The wisdom, understanding, judgement and discretion God gives will be life to you. They will flank you like a lion’s mane, the majesty of your Savior on full display. There is no more direct route to sound satisfaction than to fully embody the purpose for which you were created and to which you were called.

God is giving Himself to you through His Holy Spirit. He is the sure standard for sweet sleep, solid steps and sound satisfaction. Preserve His character within you and in time it will become the very essence of who you are.

You are truly and deeply loved.

This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.

Other posts in this series, which you might enjoy, are:
Live Long and Prosper
Fear the One You Trust
How to Measure your Treasure
Don’t Despise Discipline from the One Who Delights in You
Why Wisdom Wins ‘Best Choice Award’ in Every Value Match
Do you Hope for Pleasant Ways and Peaceful Paths your Whole Life Long?
Do You Know the God Who Laid, Set and Divided the Earth, Sky and Water?