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I’ve never thought about it that way. I’ve never looked at it that way. In counseling we call it “re-framing” and it simply means to consider looking at a situation with a different perspective.
I don’t know about you, but most of the lessons God has taught me came through a season of confusion and adversity.
Philippians 4:11b-13 “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Content – satisfied
It was the fall of 1989 and I was more in God’s will than I had ever been. Also, it was the first semester of our first seminary experience. Yet, if seemed every area of my life was out of control. I couldn’t find my bearings. I couldn’t find direction. I was exhausted and disillusioned. The opposition of family members was high and my approval rating was low. With a high school education I now was taking Masters’ Degree seminary classes. Even though I had been witnessing since the day I was saved, I had just failed the mid-term exam in Personal Evangelism.
So, about 3:00 in the morning, I showed up at the kitchen table, with my bible, to resign. I told God, I don’t get it! I have failed at most everything in my life and now I am failing again. God I need a word from you.
God impressed upon me to turn to Philippians 4:11 b – 13. So I read it. Then I said to God this is a nice passage, but God I need you to put things in perspective for me. God said, “Read it again slowly.” As I came to the 13th verse, “I can do everything through him.” God said “Stop.” Focus on and think about the word “through.”
Mike is there anything going on in your life that I don’t know about? No sir.
Mike is there anything going on in your life that I can’t change? No sir.
Mike what would be different if you saw yourself through the eyes of Jesus. Well, I know I am accepted and chosen. I know I am saved and secure. I know I have value to you.
Mike do you really think you are big enough to keep me from accomplishing my kingdom plans I have for you? No Sir.
This isn’t about what you do for me, but rather, what you let me do through you.
Mike what would be different if you saw your circumstances through the eyes of Jesus? Would you be overwhelmed? No sir. Mike circumstances are tools in my hands. I use them to finish the good work I have started.
Mike what would be different if you saw other people through the eyes of Jesus? Is their problem really with you or with me? Mike I have made faith available to you and to them. At this time you are accepting and implementing faith. Do you really need their approval? No, because what I say about you is enough, the final word!
Mike why won’t you let walking with me be enough for your today? I really do know what I am doing. And I really can be trusted.
Mike why won’t you let what I say about you be enough? Only my Word has the power to set you free to be the man of faith I created you to be.
Are you letting God live in and through you?
Are you seeing yourself, your circumstances and others through His eyes?