BELIEVE AND SEE THE SITUATION DIFFERENTLY - PART 1
A Christian life is a life of victory, success, abundance and dominion. This is exactly what it is. However it has to be worked out because the Bible says, 'continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling' (Philippians 2:12 NIV). In other words, no matter the circumstance, you need to believe in all the benefits of your salvation, speak them forth and hold on to them until your experiences line up with those benefits. To achieve this, you must first believe God's Word and see every situation from His Word's standpoint.
Reference: Psalm 27:13-14 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) 'I would have fainted, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!'
Before expressing deep confidence in God, the Psalmist began with witnessing that he would've been subdued, if not that he waited on the Lord until he developed confidence about this one thing: 'I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living'. David opened his mind to see his situation from a different perspective by acknowledging God's goodness as the very thing he was so sure to benefit from.
Our demonstration of faith in God is dependent on the lens through which we view our situation. Viewing your challenge through a different lens provides significant benefits because the right lens helps you to look beyond your own experiences and embrace God's way of seeing it. So we must be aware of how we allow our challenges and experiences to affect the way we see, hear, think, and believe.
Believing in God's Word and seeing any adverse situation differently is developing trust based on what we know about God. How do you approach life in the face of uncertainty and in the midst of danger? At such times, who do you believe, what are you saying and who do you turn to? David took his worries to God, and trusted Him, otherwise he would've fainted. Simply put, its what you do differently that determines the result you get out of any situation. So your mentality decides whether or not you would emerge victorious in any given circumstance.
In Luke 18:1 (KJV), when Jesus spoke a parable to aver that men ought always to pray, and not to faint, it also means that if you don't face a troubling situation with prayer, you'll lose heart and lose out. David knew this. No wonder he tells us: 'wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!' Waiting on the Lord in prayer alters your perspective about any problem and grants you the advantage and confidence required to overcome it and turn it into testimony.
Choose to live and address all about your life through the standpoint of God's Word. It guarantees a different viewpoint. For instance, a sick person who does not have the knowledge of the Word can easily lose heart in the face of affliction. But a man who has the knowledge of God's Word in the area of divine healing and health has the advantage to recover because the knowledge he has, gives value to his faith. If you don't know God's Word concerning any situation, you'll worry about the situation. No two ways about it.
Beloved, unless you have developed the Word mindset, you're likely to misinterpret the challenging or adverse occurrences in your life as disastrous, whereas God intends them to be the stepping stones to your next level or elevation. Its all about perspective.
Scripture Reading - Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Colossians 3:2.
Exuberant Declaration: My perception about life is unique through the lens of God's Word. I'm raised by the Word, I think the Word-way, and I function in the Word-culture. Therefore, I'm exposed to true light to see things completely different from the world perspective and the Word works for me, creates it's reality and establishes the victory of Christ in my life and world. Hallelujah!