Perception to a problem

Perception means “The ability to see”. If perception is wrong everything will become wrong. So it is important we need to get the basics right.

Once Jesus told a parable about an unmerciful servant who acted harshly to his servant and refused to forgive his debts when he was forgiven much by his own master. The bible says

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

This man saw that his servant was the root cause for all his problem and he vent his anger on him. His perception to the problem was wrong!

God has called us to live a life full of grace. In grace culture we don’t fight with people! The bible says

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

So stop struggling with flesh and blood! Don’t waste your time and energy in retaliating the flesh and blood. You will fail. Because you are not attacking the root cause of the issue. You are attacking only the side effects and it’s like trying to cure the headache when you have a serious illness somewhere inside your body which is triggering the headache.

The bible says “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” – Col 3:2

In another instance the bible says “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”

Underline the words “things above” and “raised us up”. What does this mean? It means God wants you to live the way you are meant to be. By seeing things in a different perspective. God wants you to be big, to be like him, to behave like a King/Queen and not to stoop down to lower level by dealing with smaller, petty things. The minute you think people are the root cause you are becoming small and narrow minded. You are not thinking and seeing like God.

God wants you to live like an eagle. Eagles fly high at higher altitudes. They don’t mingle with crows. Crows fly in lower altitude and they are scavengers. They are narrow minded. But eagles soar on high altitudes.

Once Jesus said to the pharisees “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.” What was he saying? He was simply saying “I am in a different league, my world is completely different and I don’t have time to deal with petty things.”

God wants you to set your mind on things above. But how can you set your mind on things above? It automatically happens when you spend time with God. When you spend time with God you are actually going higher. When you go higher and higher the things on the earth will become smaller and smaller. You suddenly don’t worry about the things that used to bother you. Because they now look small!

Someone said “Your altitude defines your attitude”. If you are grumpy, stressful, worried, fearful, and negative it means you are not in the correct altitude. You are not seeing the things God sees. You are flying in an incorrect altitude. Many times you think you are having a big problem but the size of the problem depends on your altitude and your perception.

God wants you to be big. God wants you to be like an eagle and fly higher. God wants you to see as he sees things.

There is a beautiful story in 2 Kings about Elisha and his servant.

15When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Elisha prayed “Open his eyes, Lord so that he may see.” Underline the words “see”. But actually his servant was not blind and he was already seeing. According to Elisha, until you see what God is seeing you are not actually seeing. You are blind. So don’t be blind and miss out what God is doing around you.

What would have happened if Elisha was not there in that picture. His servant would have merely surrendered to the opposition army. This is how many of us are living. We yield to the circumstances because we are not seeing Gods provision around us.

You are seeing a huge problem but God is seeing a vast array of provision, opportunity, favour, victory, promotion, healing all lined up and circling before you!!!

God is saying “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

He is saying, “Hey, come up higher and I will show you things that I see. The view is incredible. You are missing life by being unhappy with your spouse or your colleague. Your perception is wrong. I am seeing something amazing. Will you come up higher? Will you come up higher?”

God wants to correct your perception today. Some of you are having a wrong perception. You think your spouse or your colleague or someone in your church or family is doing wrong and you are constantly in a huff with them. God is saying correct your perception.

Some of you are worried, afraid, grumpy, negative, depressed about some people in your life. You are loosing peace because of those people. You want to get rid of those people from your life. Do you know what the real solution is? You need to fly in the correct altitude. You need to fly higher. You need to spend more time with God and go higher. These people will become smaller and they won’t bother you.

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2 Responses to Perception to a problem

  1. Sheena says:

    Awesome thought. We are constantly called to set our minds on things above. Very true that many many times, conflict comes more because of wrong perceptions than because of wrong doing.

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