Do you see what I see?

Do you see what I see? A question Jesus asked his disciples many times. On one particular occasion, he was talking to Peter when He asked this question. Not in those exact words, but in Matthew 16:23 Jesus tells Peter that. He says until you can see what I see, the way I see it, get away from me because you are a distraction. He said that He views things from His Father’s divine eternal perspective but Peter sees through temporal human eyes with finite perspective.

What about you? Could you possibly be guilty of not seeing circumstances from God’s viewpoint. Perhaps this has caused you to be hardened by life’s deceitfulness. Beware, lest this turn into rebellion. Rebellion against the artist, the potter, the manufacturer of your soul and circumstance. God’s vantage point is sovereign and takes into account many aspects, more than we can fathom through our finite reasoning (Psalm 139:5-6). Do you think that when he created you, he was unaware of His plan and intents for you? It is an unfortunate reality that others He has created have chosen to not properly play the part He has set forth for them and that unfortunate happenstance has caused you to acclimate to your current condition, but you must not give in…Don’t stop there…You can’t stay there! There is still time for his plan to work for you. And those others as well. When He created you, He had eternity in mind. He chose a route for you to encounter your destiny and this is it. Nothing that you have endured was meant to destroy you, but instead it was meant to build you. If it was God-ordained to destroy you, then it would have. But it didn’t. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Your way out is through. That is what is meant when Jesus said, “take up your cross” (Matthew 16:24). This pain, this stronghold, this addiction, this chain will not be your defining shame. It’s purpose is to draw you nearer. There is hope. It is inside of you. It is the risen Christ (Colossians 1:27). “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-20). God’s love for you is that you recognize His work in your life. He sent His son Jesus to the cross for you. By that, if we acknowledge and accept His merciful sacrifice, “he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3-5). And this is that time, “the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 5:7). Pick up your pain, your rejection, your hurt, your disappointment and follow Him. Better yet, let go of it and just give it all to Him. He is pleading with you,“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Choose to encounter His love at this very moment and know His peace.

“Christ’s resurrection is your resurrection too. This is why we are to yearn for all that is above, for that’s where Christ sits enthroned at the place of all power, honor, and authority! Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm. Your crucifixion with Christ has severed the tie to this life, and now your true life is hidden away in God in Christ. And as Christ himself is seen for who he really is, who you really are will also be revealed, for you are now one with him in his glory!” — Colossians 3:1-4 TPT

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