To have perspective is to have a proper or accurate point of view.
How you perceive life affects how you respond to all situations.
People act what they believe not what they are taught and often not what they say.
I often tell leaders don’t listen to what a person says, pay attention to what they do. There actions will tell you the truth of their beliefs.
This life will offer you experiences that you are not ready for and many of them will cause you to gain the wrong perspective.
When hurtful situations happen to you, you see the world through brokenness.
When you view the world through fractals and fractured glass you are only seeing partial truth but in your life it equals a whole lie.
When you keep responding to your situations with wrong thinking which leads to wrong actions your problems become magnified. Whatever you concentrate on grows.
As your problems grow – your faith diminishes.
*So if you are staring at your problems through binoculars the items in your range of site appear larger than they really are.
Sometimes our beliefs are utterly ridiculous like all men are bad, or no one will ever love me. God can do all things but work out my issues.
* Sometimes we walk around looking at things we fear as if they are huge and we are little.
*If this continues in your life you will undoubtedly become very negative in your perspective because you will stop believing in the power of love of God to transform and deliver you. You see the world through darkness and stop being a witness to the light.
*Some people just choose to become delusional and choose to see the world through rose colored glasses because they don’t choose to handle the truth. We have seen the sheer insanity of this on show’s like American Idol.
*We have all witnessed this delusion also when people first fall in infatuation. We have coined a saying that says love is blind.
Every one of these situations will leave more deeply incapacitated and wounded as you journey through you life.
Your only hope of a prevailing life is gained through prayer and self awareness.
Scripture walks us through an amazing picture of this in Matthew 8:1-4
What is a leper? Let’s talk about leprosy for a moment. It is a disease that causes disfigurement, skin lesions and permanent nerve damage. It its onset you break out in sores that don’t heal and in time become desensitized. Isn’t that interesting that everyone can see you wounded and oozing but you can’t feel it.
Leprosy is the perfect metaphor for sin in our lives. It comes on like an open sore. If left untreated that sore becomes numb. That numbness spreads deeper and deeper until there is disfigurement and permanent damage and ultimately death.
You just got a glimpse of what happens to your spirit when left unattended.
Now let’s go back to our story and see in this perfect metaphor what unfolds. Let’s dissect the message and find our lesson.
Vs. 2 The man came and knelt.
The man humbled himself and admitted his condition before the all powerful God.
He believed that Jesus was good. He believed in God’s willingness. Willingness comes out of a loving heart where compassion and mercy reign. The man believed in God’s power and that God’s desire towards him is good. This man has a great perspective because he first humbled himself and got out of his own way so he could see Jesus correctly.
Now isn’t it interesting that what he asked for was to be made clean? Not just healed but clean. Leprosy was a double curse. Not only did your body die faster than your spirit but it cut you off from all community. No one was allowed to touch you because of fear of it spreading.
Here we see again that this story grants us the understanding that sin cuts us off from God and community. It cuts us off from love. It stops us from being able to physically love others or to be loved or touched by them.
This man wanted wholeness, restoration not only of body but back to community. He wasn’t allowed to worship because he could not enter the towns where those celebrations commenced. He wanted complete restoration.
This gives us a clue to what we should ask for, complete wholeness.
So we have taken a moment to talk about the importance of perspective.
We have looked at scripture that has shown us the power of sin and also the power of proper posture and perspective of God and his desire towards us.
Let’s discuss the traps on Redemption Road
Quitting – How many of us have faced this trap in our faith walk?
If your hand is not raised. You lie. We wrap ourselves in a cloak of worthlessness and excuse our efforts. Let’s examen this trap. What are the lies we say to ourselves?
It’s too hard.
It won’t make a difference.
I don’t care.
God’ doesn’t care.
2. Let’s look at the second trap, excused victim.
You ever heard the saying, that your past may explain you but it doesn’t excuse you.
Every negative experience in my life has granted me the opportunity to kneel before God and say, Lord if you are willing, and God has always said yes Rozy my beloved, I’m willing. No matter who was at fault in causing the wound the truth is I carried the wound. It was on me whether or not I caused it, I owned it. My job was to find healing, not justice or hide in excuses.
3. Hard hearted – That is when you call good what God calls sin.
When you start playing the conversation in your head that begins with justifications you know you are on this path. The Holy Spirit offers a conviction about a movie, some time that you are wasting that He is asking for or an act of service that you are prompted to do and you ignore. For you to know to do good and not do it, for you that is sin.
There is always a price to ignoring the voice of God.
That is why the tool of spiritual journaling is such a gift. It keeps your life open to continuous evaluation along with the power of prayer and God’s Word you will increase in sensitivity and obedience. That will lead you to wholeness.
Obedience is the objective to the journey through Redemption Road.