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May 2015 God's Point of View!

From My Life’s Journey                                                                                           May, 2015

Topic: God’s Point of View!

Blessings and peace to you today!  When I sit down to write a ministry letter, I ask God what to write, and I also ponder recent events in my life.  Often, God wants me to share wisdom or principles that have arisen from something I’ve experienced.  

I teach students who are pursuing their Master’s and doctoral degrees at Regent University.  Since I teach online (meaning, I teach from my home), I am solely responsible for providing instruction and guidance to those who have high expectations of themselves and also of me.  I must continually lean into God and ask Him to help me with a particular problem student or show me how to say something in a more delicate way.  When I intently take the time to request it, I always get the direction I need – 100% of the time, without fail, no exceptions. 

But sometimes, in tough areas – situations in my life that have been slow in changing – I just don’t lean in as quickly.  I try to figure it out myself, and sometimes I’ve given over to deception the enemy has placed in my mind.  I’ll explain. 

But first, let me shift and give you a visual image.  You have seen an iceberg and heard that the largest part of the iceberg is below the water line.  This visual image relates to our lives.  Parts of our lives are clearly seen to us and others; that’s the part of the iceberg above the waterline.  Then there are parts of our lives that are not seen by others and may not be seen or known even by us.  These areas are below the waterline.

I had an experience two weeks ago that brought me face to face with a pattern of thinking that was detrimental.  The enemy deceived me, and I didn’t realize how corrupted my thinking was in a particular area – it was below the waterline.  Without realizing my descent, I began to lean in more to negative thinking than to God.  I felt this long-term negative situation had a life of its own.  This below-the-waterline thinking (brooding) had grown dark.  I was so deceived.    

God allowed a challenging incident that required me to come face-to-face with my corrupted thinking.  God decided to go below the waterline and knock off a major chunk of the iceberg there. And it hurt!  I was challenged by God: Are you going to let this situation grow so large in your mind that it overrides Me?  In whom do you put your trust?  You can’t walk in more freedom, Iris, until you begin looking at your life and every facet of it from My point of view.  It was clear to me: I was either going to be swallowed up by the downward spiral of my own mind, or I was going to run to the Word, speak it, and believe it – and accept the reality of Jesus and His power in the midst of the situation.

Facing what is above the waterline is easier than facing what is below.  The writer of my devotional says, “If we are to enjoy a deeper relationship with God, then we will do so only as we come to grips with the tough issues that lie beneath the surface of our lives.”  Since you might be unaware of what’s there, just remain open when God allows circumstances or storms to arise that bring you face-to-face with the work He wants to do below the surface.  His intent is for you to receive healing and restoration as you cooperate with Him … and ultimately grow. 

As I completely leaned into God, the storm that raged in my life ended in four days.  A couple intercessors called me out of the blue, and God ministered to me directly as well.  I got the spiritual support I needed to overcome … me.  The storm ended when I chose to die to a way of thinking that was destructive and chose to replace it with a firm grasp on the Word in that tough area.  

2 Corinthians 10: 5 says to take our thought-life seriously and “cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  But you might ask, “What’s the big deal?  Is my thought life that important?  I think the right way most of the time.”  The answer to the question again lies in my devotional: “God knows that in contemplating Him (thinking on Him and leaning into Him), we bring all parts of our personalities and our lives to health.  To lean into Him and Him alone, we awaken ourselves to reality.  Not to do so is to deprive ourselves and bring about a depletion of spiritual power.”  In other words, we gain power and an understanding of our true reality when we think as Christ thinks; we lose power and walk in distortion of reality when we think otherwise. 

So here is what I learned:

  • Don’t allow a tough situation to take on a life of its own and fill your thoughts with negativity in that area.  Gather yourself.
  • Speak the Word you know into the situation.  God’s Word is your true reality.
  • Ask God to give you His view on the situation; then place Him over it and have peace!   

Be open to God revealing to you areas in your life that are below the waterline.  Ask Him to show you where your thinking is dark.  If the reality of Him – His light, life, and Word – are not introduced or applied to that situation, things will not change.  May we open ourselves more to His greatness!  1 Corinthians 2:16 says that as Christians, we have the mind of Christ, so everything I’ve written is doable.  May we see our lives from His perspective and lean into Him with our whole selves.  

Ever onward, ever forward~ 

Iris Barrett, Ed.D.