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Adjust Your Perception

“Change your perception of things and you will change your reality.”

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Victory or defeat is determined not so much by what happens to us as much as how we perceive what is happening to us.  The way we process and perceive the context of our lives largely informs whether we navigate it from a place of victory or misery.  Perception is key. 

When considering the impact that a wrongful jail sentence could have on the life of a person, it would be easy to regard the injustice of the faulty verdict.  One could rightly bemoan the systemic miscarriage of justice that would allow such a conviction and look through the limiting lenses of restricted freedom and limited interactions.  The Apostle Paul, however, actively demonstrated throughout his life the power that comes when one refuses to be defined by what is happening to them but adjusts their perception to align with the purposes of God being made manifest.

 

Wrongfully jailed for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ with physical freedom restricted, Paul could have given in to a dismal outlook of his life and future.  Instead of surrendering to despair Paul perceived his bonds as an opportunity to further spread the Gospel and be a witness to the grace of God at work.  From the depths of a Roman prison Paul would pen some of the most prolific and inspiring epistles of the New Testament.  You get a sense of his adjusted perception when he says in Philippians the 4th chapter and the 11th verse “I have learned in whatsoever state I am in therewith to be content”.  Paul says that in Christ he is strengthened to be well in all contexts of life because he perceives that His sense of well-being is not derived from what happens to him, but rather, his connection to Christ! He perceived that the grace of God on his life was greater than the outer context of his life and he filtered his perception through the indomitable purposes of God.

We have that same opportunity!  I often to say that life happens to us all.  There will be good days, bad days, and days that are particularly challenging.  We can either navigate the tide of life through a pessimistic view and be miserable for the entire journey or we can adjust our perception to see the indomitable purpose of God and live joyfully independent of our circumstances.  It is all a matter of perception. 

I challenge you this week to adjust your perception.  Intentionally see the purpose of God flowing through every aspect of your life and watch your reality follow your perception.  It doesn’t mean that circumstances will change immediately, but you will find an inner strength to traverse your course with joy and in alignment with God’s intention!

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  • Brian Fuller posted by Brian Fuller Saturday, 25 August 2018 22:54

    Great massage. THANK YOU!

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  • Richard Watkins posted by Richard Watkins Saturday, 18 August 2018 12:02

    Amen!!! This is such a timely message for me. I’ll go as far as to say that this post has just changed my outlook forever. I’ve been walking around with my head held high but feeling absolutely miserable, depressed and defeated on the inside. I’ve been asking God and myself, “What did I do to deserve this?” I have survived 3 life changing events that we’re back to back to back. I should be celebrating every breath I take but instead I’ve been walking around saying, “Why me God? Why did You spare my life only to leave me with this empty spirit? I believe in You! Help me!” I don’t have the answers today and I may never get them. But what I do have is another chance to get back into the fight for a blessed and happy life. I may not feel victorious right now but I know for sure I am NOT defeated!

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  • Shelly Warren posted by Shelly Warren Monday, 13 August 2018 09:30

    Amen, Amen, & Amen. I love the story of Paul, his ministry, and his mission. Also, I am so amazed how God used him to write so many of the books in the new testament considering that he was once a non-believer. I ask the Lord to please help me to continue in the way I perceive things leaning not on my own understanding. Thanks Dr. Oliver for all of your blogs, and your incredible ministry. #Blessings

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