Not scrambling in the small vision trap
Hearing clearer, and responding as Christ has called us to is something that everyone could benefit from. No one likes it when they respond poorly. If it’s in response to something that has happened or our perception of what seemed to be happening, responding poorly is something we all want to avoid.
The question is how can we make sure our poor responses don’t shut down who God has called us to be and shrink the vision God has called us to. Avoiding stepping into our calling because of poor responses from others or our getting it wrong will distort our perception of truth and our identity.
There is a direct relationship between our behaviors, which can reinforce our perceptions and our perceptions which can influence our behavior. We want to make sure in Christ we have a clear perception that is in accordance with His word, His ways and His will for our lives. If we are not careful, we can set in motion a momentum of poor choices or poor responses which if repeated long enough can affect our perception in a way where we are not seeing God’s design for our life. The same is true if we have a broken or disconnected perception and we don’t practice behaviors and responses that reconnect us to the truth. Choices to respond well breaks the power of entrenched immature, maybe even broken perception.
Making the right choice in advance.
Responses start before the event even occurs. Responses start now. Responses start with our perceptions of what is happening around us or what might happen in the future. Oh to see how God sees.
So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then 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. 2Ki 6:17
When we are given God’s perspective our response to the situation begins to line up with what God is doing. Without this our fear will override His way and cause us to respond out of line with His will.
This doesn’t just effect our response to people and how we perceive the events around us. This effects how we read the word of God, hear and understand Him, how we pray, how we receive, how we give out, how we see people, how we see ourselfs and how we live out our lives.
Look how much different Elisha’s perspective was than his servant’s. God not only gave this sight to Elisha but Elisha was able to request that his servant be given that same sight. Elisha was going to respond totally differently because of what he saw and knew God was doing. Because of this different perspective he was free to flow with God and overcome his enemies.
Releasing new sight
This sight is what I am asking God to release. I see a generation of youth in Scotland separating themselves to God. A whole generation. This vision He gave me is going to help me respond inline with God’s will as I enter this new season. God also gave me a warning that focusing on the problems would steal my ability to see and fill me with darkness. The choice or “perception” which I make a priority in these circumstances will have a great effect on how I see the problem or its resolution in the power of God. This God given insight and perspective has helped me on a number of occasions to not give up, stop focusing on problems and lift my head up to see His promise.
What do you see? What is God showing you? How are these things effecting how you are responding? These can empower faith to see His will and overcome the strongholds in our thoughts? This gives us greater freedom to not respond to fear and unbelief. As a surrendered child of His, we just need to see and acknowledge He is with us and we belong to Him.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Pro 3:5 – 7
But how do we stay in this perspective? Is it possible?
As we can see in these passage the starting point of seeing is surrender and it takes trust. This is where faith kicks in. Elisha and his servant were in position to receive God’s perspective, but how did they get in position? This adventure was the fruit of nurturing the relationship God was offering. This responding to His prompting had developed greater trust. This trust wasn’t just going to help them see, it was also going to help them rightly respond to what God was showing them.God doesn’t just want to show us stuff, He also wants to give us what we need to respond well to what He shows us.
The Holy Spirit is releasing such perspectives. This can be personally like Elisha or through an anointed person like what happened to Elisha’s servant. For Elisha’s servant to respond correctly he needed to personally see what Elisha saw. Elisha recognized this so asked God to show him. This is were the relationship God built with Elisha expanded into his servant, the Kingdom of God grew.
There are different ways this happens. The most commonly recognized is revaluation as we read or hear the bible. Others are like we see here were someone is on an adventure with God and He gives them His perspective. These relationship adventures are actually what it means to walk with God. One thing for sure is we must be trained to trust in God and not ourselfs. Trust starts in what we allow to govern our thoughts and emotions. Jesus must be who we allow to govern us. As we respond to His promptings or nudges we are engaging in His training and growing a healthy and strong relationship with Him.
Jesus as our Lord
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:1-2
This isn’t just hearing clearer. This is worship. This is not being limited by restrictions influenced by fear, but embracing the victorious life God has paid for us to live. This is obedience. Jesus saw what His father was doing and engaged with Him. Because He did what He saw His father doing, the kingdom of God expanded. Now it’s our turn.
What do you see God doing?
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Pro 3: 5-6
This is the life of a Spirit filled believer. The more we see His mercy, the more we trust Him. The more we trust Him, the more we can surrender to Him. The more we surrender, the more we will be led. Those led by the Spirit are the sons of God.
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Rom 8:14-17
As sons we will not be enslaved to a small vision due to fear but will come into the inheritance God has prepared for us as His children, fellow heirs with Christ.