Thursday, 16 June 2022

Perspective

Proverbs 18:17 The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
      
      Within two days, I heard odd statements describing beauty in opposite terms. A friend was visiting from Louisiana and had noticed some very tall tulips in full bloom. She said, “Those flowers are so beautiful they look fake.” She had to touch them to make sure they were real flowers. The next day, I was at a business establishment servicing a piece of equipment when I heard a customer say to the proprietor, “Those fake flowers look so real I can’t tell the difference.” She had to touch them to be assured they were artificial flowers. It struck me that things are not as they seem. We tend to take things at face value, and once we believe something is real or not, It can be difficult to change our perspective on that belief. 
      The strange thing about perspective is how some people can end up with a point of view that just seems ludicrous. The world is flat theory, has a worldwide following, and they have explanations galore to explain away the ability of ships on the sea and planes in the air that circumnavigate around the world. Big pharma and governments are making sure that all Chemtrails in our skies are filled with toxic chemicals to control the shopping habits of society. Alien Lizard people live among us and are plotting a takeover by introducing climate change to suit their climatized needs to live here and take over the planet. I'm sure you have heard some of your friends and family come up with some of the most unbelievable ideas and perspectives out there. 2Tim. 4:3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
      Our understanding and beliefs can be adjusted by the Holy Spirit if we let God sow His truth within us. Saul of Tarsus was on his way to condemn the new Christians for stating, "Jesus Christ is the Lord." His perspective changed when God knocked Saul off his horse and revealed Himself to Saul as Christ the Lord of the church and the universe. Acts 9:4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” 5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!" Not only did the Lord help Saul change his perspective of who Jesus is, but the understanding of Jesus as our saviour was so profound that it changed Saul's perspective of his own life and he became known as Paul the Apostle.
      As ambient light hinders us from seeing the stars at night, so do the ambient attractions of worldliness hinder us and may change our perspective from seeing the glorious light of the Lord that He asks us to walk in. If you believe God is out to get you, then no matter how much you try to satisfy God, your outlook on life will be arduous and bleak. If you believe that Jesus is Lord and you have been set free through Christ's sacrifice, then your standpoint of faith will give you peace and freedom throughout your life. Only after the Lord has revealed His goodness to us can we take on a new view of who Jesus is and discard what the enemy of our soul has been lying to us about all our lives. Prov. 18:17 The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. God's perspective of us is a wonder to behold.
      I have been asked many times why I read the bible regularly and why I promote the idea of staying current by reading God's word. My explanation is simple. Through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, who reveals His word to me, I get to see how God sees me and the perspective I need to have about myself. We can get a glimpse through God's eyes of what He sees in us. Even though it is through a glass darkly or a mirrored reflection as the word explains it, we can get a perspective of God's love that He has for us. 1Cor. 13:12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known. How good is that?  To have a sense of peace that we are loved and can call on God's name at any time, and to know that He hears us because our perspective of Him is based on His love for us and not what we do. I like that. Blessings upon us all.

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