Perception

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

How one views God is vital.

For the religious, they may see Him as all-loving devoid of judgment. Others may see all-judgment with love reserved for a select few. It is only until we read the Word of God that we see clearly just who God really is. 

But then, there is how God sees us.

Psalm 139:17-18 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”

Man’s needs are varied and seasonal. There may be a time when I need desperately to know that I am loved. Once that need is satisfied, it may be security or acceptance. When we find that God is all that and more, those needs or desires become less frenzied. 

The peace that comes when a child of God rests in His presence, lasts only as long as the next trial. How we act or react will determine whether we remain calm or allow the situation and circumstances of life to disrupt our relationship with God.

That is why God gives commands that we must see more than just His love for us, not judgment only. 

Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”

We do not give our hearts over easily. We shy away from immersing ourselves in much of anything for the risk of being hurt. It makes it doubly hard when we know little of the One commanding us. 

I must know that I am loved.

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

I am accepted.

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

I am secure.

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

1 Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?”

Like a soldier in battle, we have been given armor, strength, power, protection, and God’s promises to go forth and engage with the enemy. Knowing these things will provide confidence and courage to face whatever comes. 

But, if we are ignorant of what is available to us by God, the enemy’s lies will seem like truth and put us into bondage. If we wrongly fear God in an area we are to fully embrace, we are stopped going forward as God commands.

If we do not understand God’s love to be unconditional, everlasting, unchanging, and ever-present, Satan can come and lie to our hearts that God despises us for the sin we just committed.

He may lie to us by saying, “How could God love someone who did what you just did?” 

He may accuse us, saying, “You are such a disappointment to God. Why would He want someone like you?”

Those lies and many others can be dispelled with the Word of God, just like Jesus showed us.

Matthew 4:3-4 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Wherever you are in your walk with God, you and I can grow and learn much more by staying close to Him and immersing ourselves in His Word.

Purpose in your heart to learn one new thing about God each day. It may be a renewal of the joy of your salvation. It may be that God’s thoughts toward you are good and not evil. It may be that His presence is always with you.

Wherever you are today, you do not have to remain there. Take one step closer to God and believe His promise that He will step closer to you.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

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