As we start our verses on perspective, I wanted to share a few things.
- Understanding God’s perspective brings hope.
- Our perspective is our attitude and/or point of view on something.
- God says…”Look at Me” “Eyes on Me” “Trust Me”
Isn’t it enough that you brought us out of Egypt, a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us here in this wilderness, and that you now treat us like your subjects? What’s more, you haven’t brought us into another land flowing with milk and honey. You haven’t given us a new homeland with fields and vineyards
Numbers 16:13-14 (NLT)
When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, some of them started to grumble to Moses….they lost their perspective
- Do you feel like you are wandering in the wilderness?
- Don’t let your difficulties make you lose sight of God’s direction for your life
- When we take our eyes off of God and look towards ourselves, our situation, our world, our problems = we will lose perspective.
David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?”
1 Samuel 17:26 (NLT)
David and Goliath
- What is the “giant” you are facing?
- God does not leave you to face or fight your giant alone
- Take a look at the situation from God’s point of view
- Viewing impossible situations from God’s point of view helps put giant problems in perspective.
Prayer Changes Perspective
Thursday’s scripture, notes, and workout…Prayer Changes Perspective
Psalm 13:1 (NIV)How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
- Maybe you are feeling this same way…”how long?”
- When we pray for relief – we must continue to trust God even when we don’t see or understand
- When we express our feeling to God we find strength, hope, and trust
- He will help us to regain our perspective – that gives us peace
Keeping the right Perspective
Ecclesiastes 9:10-11 (NLT)
Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives.
- Life is unfair and twisted
- We live in an imperfect world
- Keep your perspective — WE SERVE GOD, NOT PEOPLE
God’s Perspective vs Human Perspective
Matthew 16:23 (NLT)
Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
- Satan is always trying to get us to leave God out of the picture
- Do you need to call Satan out? Do you need to call out the lies?
Gain Eternal Perspective
Matthew 16:26 (NIV)
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
- This life is brief. It is an introduction to eternity
- Evaluate all that happens, your values, and decisions with an eternal perspective
Contentment Comes with a Godly Perspective
Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
How can you find true contentment? – The answer lies in your perspective, your priorities, and your source of power
Have your priorities straight (detach from non-essentials in order to focus on eternal) — many of us have had to shift our priorities during this pandemic