Perspective is all about seeing something from a larger frame of reference. The thing is, having the right perspective is awfully hard sometimes because we see things from such a small vantage point. It’s hard to step outside of our ordinary ways of thinking to see God’s bigger picture. Even when we are looking for that bigger picture, many times God, in His infinite wisdom, chooses not to reveal it to us.
This can result in frustration and bad attitudes as we deal with our own lack of understanding. We will often have the wrong perspective because we are looking at things through our own eyes instead of having the faith the look up and see the One who is holding the framework of a bigger picture.We need to have the faith to look up and see the One who is holding the framework of a bigger picture. Click To Tweet
For those times when you struggle to understand, when you don’t know which direction to go, or what to pray, here are some verses that will make a big difference
But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
This is a little hard to grasp, isn’t it? But you can count on God’s word as truth. We can think like Jesus and we can have His attitudes. This is God’s promise, right here in black and white stated as simply and as clearly as can be stated. We have the mind of Christ. Remember this because it is the truth.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5
Not only does He promise we can have the mind of Christ. He gives it to us as a command to follow. We have the promise, now we have to do the work.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
In this verse, we are told that we should not be thinking like the world thinks, but instead, we should be transformed by renewing our minds. If we will do this, we have a promise that we will be able to understand the will of God. (If you would like to study this verse in more depth, you will find some valuable insights from a word study in this post.)
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-3
Can you imagine the love that God has for you that He would take your very life, protect and shield it, and hide it safe with Jesus? We can count on the fact that what we have in Jesus goes far beyond our daily lives here and takes us straight to the heart of God. This is such a treasure to hold on to. We can set our mind on things above because Jesus is our very life.
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For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16
From grace to grace, all we have to do is receive it.
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1 Corinthians 2:16 (NKJV)
Philippians 2:5 (NKJV)
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
Colossians 3:1-3 (ESV)
Changing our thought patterns is a very difficult thing. Reading and repeating God’s truths is the best perspective-changer. Are there any verses that have helped you when you need a change of perspective?
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come before you today knowing that our minds can not grasp the depth of all that you have done for us. We don’t understand. We see from such limited views. But because of all that Jesus sacrificed for us, You have given us a great gift – the mind of Christ. Help us to unwrap that precious gift, to see the wonder of it, to take it and use it like You would have us use it. Help us to become more and more aware of our thought patterns. Give us the wisdom and courage to let go of old ways of thinking as we grasp the fullness of the mind of Christ that we have within us.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Next week we will begin a new series on prayer. Over the course of the next 4-6 weeks, we will be discussing some practical ways to enhance and empower our prayer lives.
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