How You See

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How you see the world around you impacts how you interact with it.
Perspective is powerful.
Perspective impacts everything you do.
It impacts your attitude, your thought life, how you see others and how you see yourself.
Jesus talked a lot about seeing your life from God’s perspective.
He said,
“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:22-23‬ ‭MSG‬‬
When you live your life from heaven’s perspective and look to Jesus, you will be filled with hope and vision.
When you live your life from earth’s viewpoint and look to those around you, you will be filled with disappointment and dissatisfaction.
Jesus came to earth to unleash heaven’s light on earth. He came for you so that your spirit, soul, and body can be filled with the uncontainable light of His love.
What perspective are you viewing your life from?
How can I pray for you?

#reasons

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For joy.

For the restoration of mankind to God.

For the intimate relationship with you.

That is why Jesus went to the cross.

“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭MSG

He began and finished this race – this faith journey of trusting God while dealing with the reality of a broken life in a broken world.

Jesus entered this brokenness, was broken in it and then rose again to offer hope and wholeness to the world. He didn’t lose sight of God’s future, He focused on it. He focused on you.

Jesus knew that going to the cross would restore mankind to a right relationship with God. He is your Advocate, He sees your future and has the authority to give you what you need to get to it.

When you are overwhelmed and the difficulty before you begins to weigh you down – fix your eyes on Jesus.

He went through the unimaginable so that He could get you through the impossible. You were His reason so He could be yours.

 

 

What is Best

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Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below.
Matthew‬ ‭6:10 MSG‬‬
This is how Jesus said to pray.
You may know this verse as “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  In the Message Version, it is translated as an open-handed request for God to do what He needs to do – “Do what is best”.
When I first started praying, I would try to get the words right so I could get the situation right.  Now when I pray, I let the Lord know what I would love to see but give it all to Him. I ask Him to do what is best from His perspective. I ask my Father in Heaven do His will, His way by His power in my life.
It is about acknowledging that you don’t know what is best or how to make anything happen.  It is about surrender and trust.  It is about being humble and honest.
Praying like this means giving God as much reign in your life as He has in heaven –  total.
Maybe it looks something like this:
“Heavenly Father, set the hurting world right. Set my personal world right. You have permission to do whatever You think is best even if I don’t agree with it. I give you full authority, full reign, and my full trust to do it.”
As above, so below.
How do you think God’s “best” differs from your “best”?
 
How does praying this way differ from how you normally pray?
 
What does it mean for you to give God full reign in your life…”as above, so below”?

The Road You Are On

  

Where are you headed?
What are you believing God for?
What does God have on your horizon?

When your eyes are on the ground as you walk, you can only see the next step and it can seem like you are not going anywhere at all. 

Look up from your feet. See farther down the road. See with eyes of faith what might be there and keep walking forward. 

“Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. 

Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. 

See things from his perspective.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭MSG

‬‬The road you are on may feel long but God can see where it’s headed and He knows why you are on it. He is longing to share His perspective with you. He wants you to see what He sees but you can only do it with eyes of faith. 

If you are struggling today with anxiety or discouragement, I’m challenging you to lift up your eyes and change your perspective. I’m asking Jesus to pour His faith into your heart and show you His vision for your future. 

“For we live by faith, not by sight.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Living Blind or Living Blessed

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You can see the world around you with all it’s colors, faces, places, things and miss the miracles God is doing in it.

You can hear the world around you with all it’s noise, music, conversations, sounds and miss what God is saying to you.

How easy it is to just see the mess, the chaos, the problems, the pollution.

How easy it is to hear the negative words, the off key singing, the construction zone noise.

How natural it is to see all that is wrong and hear all that is loud.

How supernatural it is to see all that God is doing and hear all that God is saying.

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. (‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭16‬ NIV)

How you choose to see the world makes all the difference in how you experience it.

Don’t live blind, live blessed.