Perspective is the way that you look at the world around you and the belief that you have formed about things outside of yourself, that results in behavior that are consistent to your beliefs. It really doesn’t serve a good purpose to get lost in trying to explain right and wrong beliefs at this point. On the other hand, it is important to think about whether intuition and sensor impressions are a sound or fair representation in comparison to God’s perspective about life events or what they mean. Quite often, our immediate response to what is happening to you is a focus upon the experience, felt responses, and an interpretation of meaning from a finite, limited perspective. Consequently, what happens is you form a point of view that is very personal and involves humanistic processes that are unique to your personality, mood, disposition, emotional state, health, age, and factors related to your experience of life? The impact of belief formulation, as well as, the effect upon the storyline of life forms a perception deeply connected to you as an individual person. As a result, behaviors surface in ways that coincide with perception formed into beliefs. Therefore, a self-fulfilling prophecy develops along with a sincere belief that behaviors resulting from beliefs are consistent with a certainty that you are correct, even when reason suggests otherwise.
It is entirely possible to create an outcome in life by the perceptions believed to be true by acting on them. This is possible because when we believe, value, and act in accordance with beliefs; we organize life in such a way to support the beliefs held. This activity makes perfect sense to you and results in living that is consistent with a sincerely held belief. Did you know that even born again Christians suffer from distorted perceptions about life, others behavior, or events because they believe they are right? People who live in a social system or work within a organizational culture are impacted by their native environment, which enables a cultural perception that produces behaviors that conform to beliefs within a culture . In many cases, a person can sincerely be wrong, conform, and behave in ways that support a life of beliefs built upon the misinformation effect of distorted cultural norms, group-think etc. In the spiritual life this happens because the perceiver has not experienced a life changing spiritual transformation through the Spirit of God illuminating the mind, perceptions, and beliefs that separates them from erroneous that characterize the human existence . Consequently, whether right or wrong, behaviors turn into a belief rationalized as correct, even though they may be irrational or bring the desired outcome.
At this place of belief, what seems right, looks right, or feels right may not be right because the belief is validated by human limitations, sociological rationale, or life experience that does not consider a larger perspective. As a result, this pattern usually goes on until a life-altering experience turns life upside down. Then, perceptions become convoluted confusion that takes perception through a sifting process of pain that unravels faulty beliefs and expectations. The result is that in the process, we will get bitter or better. Scott Peck, who wrote Further Along the Road Less Traveled (1993) said, that there are two kinds of suffering in life, neurotic, which leads to mental health issues or therapeutic (Scott Peck). The first causes mental health issues, physical problems and an inability to cope with life with unresolved beliefs. The later causes a person to look at life from a new perspective and define suffering in terms of healing rather than pathology to create a pathway to life in the future.
The Way You See Your Life Shapes Your Life into What You Really Believe is True.
Unfortunately, many Christians are carbon copies of the culture and people around them. Life is the by-product is misled perceptions about life with a focus upon of conformity to a fixed set of norms, rules, or expectations, instead of a life of unique significance. In our spiritual walk, God leads believers to a life of reflection, awareness, and development through His sufficient and efficient grace. His goal is to empower the life of becoming His unique creation. The challenge comes when human beings try to live with insurmountable odds each day without a clear understanding of God’s perspective about the purpose of life. The tendency is to surrender to the programming that faulty beliefs are creating. An outcome from this thinking sets in motion the effort to control things or events to bring an expected outcome. As a result, you cannot fit life experiences into the beliefs held, which results in frustration. Therefore, confusion sets in and you do not understand how to make sense of experiences that violate core beliefs. Because we have a need to feel like there is an answer for everything, a solution for everything that happens, or a magical spiritual escape for everything; we jump through spiritual hoops to create an outcome. The efforts are to construct a picture of experience that matches the cognitive map in your mind. When the discovery comes that belief spun into reality, you come face to face with a conundrum. Therefore, you adjust behavior to align with beliefs that shape existence to conform with an invalid belief, which leads to failure and further disappointment. Because, it is what we believe should be true; then circumstances, others, and events are supposed to align with a mind map built out of the personal beliefs embedded in thought patterns. The problem comes when life shaped by faulty beliefs meets resistance, uncontrollable circumstances, and reality spins out of control. Then, you are faced with the question about what happens next and how can you make sense out of life?
A major disconnect with the outcome is whether a person trusts in a sovereign God or a sovereign belief, sovereign expectation, or sovereignoutcome. When you listen to what people say in a crisis there will be a constant reference to I, me, or an expectation that personal beliefs held equals absolute truth, reality, and control over circumstances. Therefore, a good question you can ask is how to put in perspective that holds a high view of God?
Beliefs Centered in Human Expectation Put into Perspective.
Think about this statement: Is God really in control of everything?
Character develops and is revealed by tests; therefore, all of life is a test. We can only trust with confidence a Lord who controls everything. If He is unable to use wickedness to further, His plan, then evil remains free from His rule, and we could never be sure of His final victory. Some say God only foresees human decisions without ordaining them, but Scripture never teaches this. Moreover, if the Lord only looks into a future in which He has not ordained all things, then there are “chance” events to come that He will have had no control over. How then is He God in any meaningful way? How, then, can He prevent those events He finds undesirable?
If the Lord is sovereign over all things, then every wicked event is in His plan, not because He loves evil, but because He wants to work through and against the sin to achieve a worthy end. Knowing that God does this enables us to fight the good fight of faith and stand against the forces of darkness. Nothing they do to us is outside of the Lord’s will, and so they can never derail His good plan for us. (R.C. Sproul http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/why-sovereignty-matters/ )
Something that needs consideration is that faulty beliefs will lead to an unmet expectation, a faulty outcome, and a disillusioned person. Unfortunately, many of the beliefs often held and espoused by Christians are myths that support an inadequate view of God, as well as, a deficient understanding of what God is doing in the midst of evil, disappointment, and unmet expectation. The result leads to rationalizations, efforts to explain, because the core beliefs in the mind are spun into a reality to create a mythology that is really believed. The real question is not about a God who is out of control or the will of a man that is in control. However, the greater question is how belief has shaped a reality so readily embraced because it matches a feeling or belief of entitlement centered in your life expectation. Consequently, a focus upon I, along with humanly shaped expectations, results in the way life works that is detached from a mind transformed by the Spirit of God.
Listen to the Apostle Paul about How Beliefs are Transformed:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2 New Living Translation)
No matter what you may believe, God is always at work and challenges you to realize that He is in always in control. Indeed, it is most difficult, when you look into the casket of your child, a loved one, or a wife. It is difficult to understand that God is in control because every belief, feeling, and emotion within feels like control is lost. In that moment, belief is shattered on the ground like mirror that once reflected what life looked like. Like a cloud in the wind, perception that has shaped our expectations and beliefs about how life looks through our eyes is suddenly gone. It is not until we shift our view to God’s perspective of life that beliefs that are shaped by the human eye are redefined with a trust that no matter what happens or how deep the hurt, that a sovereign God of love is still in control and we can trust Him infinitely with every detail of life.
Seeing Things from God’s Perspective Means Shifting Trust from What we See and Experience to Confidence in the Lord.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” ( Psalms 20:7, NIV).
An important power that operates in a shift away from trust in what we see, perceive, and feel to Trust in the name of the Lord our God is the work of the Spirit of God, which causes a transformation that moves you from simply believing to knowing. Transformation changes beliefs from our perspective to God’s point of view. Spiritual transformation is a long and sometimes hard process, which strips away faulty beliefs and recognizes a life spiritually formed through the purpose of God in our existence. A spiritual trust is formed when you begin to see life from His perspective, the more God gives, the more responsibility He expects in life experience.
An affirmation that you can walk away with is that all of life is both a test and a trust. In fact, believers are always tested. However, in the test, habituated obedience reduces the stress experienced in the test because obedience comes from a view of the test that has experience with how God has worked out of His character to transform an understanding of His nature and who He created us to be.
An application from a life of transformational beliefs brings to mind the way God transforms you into being the person He created you to be. Count on the fact that you will be tested and God wants you to pass the test because of the great love He has for His children. When we begin to view life from God’s perspective there is the reminder that God has entrusted us with something that He values and treasures enough to provide the sacrificial redemption of the Savior to create a life used, preserved, and invested in the way He designed us uniquely. Therefore, an important reminder to remember is that life is not what we see or possess, it is about who possesses our lives and how we invest it in a stewardship of trust that will bring affirmation, promotion, and celebration. (Rick Warren 2002).
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21).
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- Choice Theory in a Spiritual Jacket (thebetterplan.org)
- Emotional Health…What do you really believe? (tapcopim.com)
- Living Love: Day Three – Lens of Perception (heartflow2013.wordpress.com)