Perspective

elijah2 Kings 6:15-16 “15Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”


At times the peaks and valleys of life can and will shape our perspective with optimism or Pessimism. Culture, upbringing, events or our surroundings can play a significant role in shaping our perspective as well. For example, the events that took place when Elisha’s attendant saw a huge army encamped around them. I would imagine the feelings of despair, defeat and total annihilation overcoming Elisha’s attendant, for his perspective of the moment was through limited human sight. However, we as believers of the God of the impossible must rely upon and take on the mantle of spiritual eyes.

Elisha’s perspective was not defined by circumstances, culture, surrounding or events. His perspective was shaped by the power of almighty God. That same God who speaks and it becomes. That same God whose name is to be praised because He alone is worthy. Elisha only asked God to do one simple thing, which was to open his attendants eyes to change his perspective. A perspective shaped not by what was in front of him, but by what the spirit of God allowed him to see.

I pray that as you read this post your perspective will change as you ask God to open your eyes to the world of hope and miracles that surrounds you today. Receive the loving grace of God that has freely given you everything in life for success as an over comer, healed, forgiven and forgiving.


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Thought for the day

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“Starting from your first steps out of bed to your retiring for the night, see the world and your immediate surroundings through the lens of grace. For grace is the substance that makes sense of it all.”  – Pastor Lionel


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Thought for the day

 

“Perspective is EVERYTHING! My perspective on life is you must never live life with the thought of  “I wonder what would have happened if I tried.” I will at least try! Thus, if I fail at least I will  have the satisfaction of knowing I tried and gave it my all. What’s your perspective for 2017?” – Pastor Lionel


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Thought for the day

batter“Beloved, life will throw you a few fast balls, some curve balls and sometimes a change-up. However, what produces the base hit and on occasions a home run, is the batter who steadfastly keeps their eyes on the ball (spiritually speaking of God’s amazing Grace). Perspective is everything.” – Pastor Lionel


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Wax on wax off

The other day as I was driving home from work, the Lord impressed upon my mind “Wax on, wax off” which is a line from the popular 80’s movie Karate Kid. The movie captures the life of Daniel who befriends Mr. Miyagi. The friendship blossoms into a wonderful mentor-ship in which Mr. Miyagi groomed Daniel for martial arts in a rather unorthodox way. However, the results are life changing for Daniel as he embarks upon the journey of a lifetime. 

So many emotions began to race through my mind as I watched the clip over and over searching for the lesson God was teaching me and the reason he gave me the thought in the first place. It finally dawned on me that the lesson to be taken to heart rest on the following scriptures:

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • Psalms 32:8  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Like Daniel, we have labored in life for answers, dreams and expectations. Often times we become frustrated when the answers do not come fast enough. Impatience sets in which can lead to resentment towards God. I mean let’s be real, in frustration we react like Daniel when we don’t feel God is holding up his end of the deal.

We say things like, “Well God, I prayed for this and you didn’t give me what I asked for.” Or perhaps we say, “God I love you, but I don’t like you now because I’ve done all you’ve asked of me, yet I seem to be the one doing all the work here.” Lets be honest, I have traveled this road on many occasions.

In the clip I noticed Mr. Miyagi said something that was profound; he said, “Not everything is as seem.” Wow, what a statement! For God truly has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and the weak things of the world to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27).

However, the beauty of it all is the love, patience and power in which God guides and instructs his children through our tantrums. Notice how Mr. Miyagi went after Daniel when he ran off in a huff. How he lovingly focused Daniel’s attention to the method of his madness. In the same way God pursues us when we run off in a huff because we do not understand the lesson God is teaching.

Over the years I have learned first hand that God values trust, for his thoughts and understanding are far above ours. For example, Exodus 13:17-18 says, When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.

Notice how the scripture says “The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle,” yet, God knew the Israelites were a wounded people oppressed with fear for 400+ years. Thus, God knew their strength would not have the resolve to withstand the brutality of war. What an awesome God we serve!

To trust God, is to rest in his grace and words for they are tried and true. God never sweats the details for he is a God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33). Before we were born, God knew and had a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 1:5). In life there are few things we can trust in, but the word of God is trustworthy for the Lord is the same today and forever with steadfastness of character (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8).

My prayer

Father, we praise you for the lessons of life. Thank you for being the master teacher. Help us to trust when we don’t understand, to pray when we are frustrated and to listen when you instruct. Mole us like clay, shape us to conform to your will and not our circumstances. We thank and adore you for how you see us as righteous, made in your image and redeemed. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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