Have you ever been having a conversation with someone or been in a meeting and you heard something that just didn’t set right with you? Rather than say something you just replay what you heard over and over again in your head. Then all of a sudden you begin to wonder if you even heard what you thought you heard. Or what about this, have you seen something and you thought to yourself, “Wow, that certainly doesn’t look right!”
What if I told you that is has happened to all of us? What if I told you that it will most certainly happen to you again? Have you ever heard the saying, “Perception is reality”? Some will say that just because you perceived something in a certain way doesn’t make it true. The fact is, what you perceive about a situation is the reality to you. How you see things in life is the way in which you will respond to them.
We can look at a prime example of this in the book of Numbers and the thirteenth chapter. God told Moses to send out 12 spies to survey the land of Canaan. They were to take a full report of what they saw and report back. They were even told to bring back fruit as proof of the goodness of the land. They spent 40 days spying the land and gathering information.
When they returned, one by one, they began to give an account of how they perceived the situation. They agreed that the land was fruitful and had plenty. They agreed that there would be plenty and it contained everything God said it did. However, the way they saw the situation, or you might say the way they perceived it, they would never be able to overcome the obstacles that stood in their way. They saw the thickness of the walls and the size of the inhabitants. They said there were giants in the land. They said they would never be able to take them.
Instead of focusing on all the good that they could have had they focused on what stood in their way. Their perception was their reality. The truth is, they were right when they said they would never be able to take the land if they had relied on their own strength.
However, the story didn’t end there. Thank God for that! You see, there were 2 of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, who had a different outlook. Their perspective was different. They too agreed that the land was fruitful and had everything the God said it did. Instead of looking at the giants in their way, Joshua and Caleb shut the rest of the crowd up and began to say what God said. They reminded the Israelites that God had promised them the land and if God said they could have it then they should go and possess it. They weren’t afraid of the giants and all the other obstacles that were in the way of what God promised.
Now, let’s look at our own lives and ask the question, “What has God promised us?” As yourself what has God said about your life and what has He called you to do. What is the promised land that He said you could have if you would just go take possession of it? Are you able to take it and enjoy it?
The answer to these questions, and many more like them, simply depends on your perspective. Are you looking at the obstacles, or giants if you will, in your way or are you looking at the promise? Are you willing to take on the fight to get what you want or are you satisfied hiding in the corner and letting the enemy keep you from everything God has promised you?
Let’s look at a few examples of what I am talking about. When you go to the doctor and get a bad report what is your reaction and how do you continue to respond? Do you take the word of the doctor and go down that dark road that could have catastrophic consequences or do you speak what the Word of God has to say? The Word of God says that by His stripes YOU ARE HEALED!
When you are facing what looks to be an impossible financial situation do you say things like “I can’t afford” or “I may have to let that go” or even “I just don’t see a way out”? What you should be saying is things like “God will make a way where there seems to be no way” and “God supplies all my needs according to His riches in Glory” and “God will rebuke the devourer for my sake and open the windows of Heaven and pour me out a blessing so much I won’t have room to receive it.”
When your children don’t seem to be serving God do you say things like “they are just a bunch of heathens” or “they may never straighten up and act right” or “if they don’t stop they are going to end up in jail”. What you should be saying is “my children are a heritage from the Lord” and “God has promised me that me AND my house would serve the Lord” and “God will save my children and my children’s children even to a thousand generations”.
There are many more examples I could give but the point is, what is your perception. Are you looking at what is or what you want? Isaiah 53:1 asks “Who hath believed our report?” Which report will you believe? Will you believe the report of the giants and obstacles or will you dare to rise up in faith and believe the report of the Lord?
Allow me to share on last gem with you. Remember the two spies that came back with the report that said they could take the land and possess it? Their names were Joshua and Caleb. Joshua was from the tribe of Judah and Caleb was from the tribe of Ephraim. The name Judah means praise. The name Ephraim meant fruitful. When you put these two together you see that the positive report, and subsequent victory, came as a result of fruitful praise.
If you want to take the promises of God and possess all that He said you could have, then learn to operate in the realm of fruitful praise. Learn to live a life of thankfulness before the Lord and give him praise for all that you have. I saw a quote recently that said, “Be thankful for what you have and believe God for what you want”. Learn to change your perspective. Start seeing things the way God sees them and then act on it.