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Prayer for Week of June 25 – God’s Perspective

June 25, 2012

(You are in for a treat!  Today we have a guest post from none other than Lady Dorothy, aka my mom!  I know you will enjoy what she has to share.  She’s full of wisdom and grace!  –Daja)

Proverbs 4:23

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Most of us understand that “heart” here means our inner man, our mind, our will, our understanding, the seat of our emotions.  That type of thing.  Most of us understand that “keeping our heart” means to guard it.  However, a whole new meaning for the word “issues” opened up for me.  Did you know that in Hebrew it is a geographical term meaning boundaries or borders?  Wow.  Doesn’t that open up a whole new meaning to this verse?

Guard your heart because out of it come your borders and boundaries.  Wow.  How many times has your mind limited you?  Or your emotions?  Or what others have said about you?

Another one of the ways we limit ourselves is that we do not see ourselves as God sees us.  We do not see the potential, the power, and the creativity that God put in us.  How much further we would go if we just understand that how God sees us is how we should see ourselves!

So, how do we get God’s perspective?

1.  Decide that you want it. 

It seems like such a trite thing to say, but you really must make this choice.  Do you want what God wants for you?

When things didn’t go quite the way they were expecting, the children of Israel would complain to Moses that they would have been better off in Egypt.  How?  Egypt had not been kind to them.  They had been slaves.  They had been treated cruelly.  Their children had been slaughtered.  Why then did they think they would have been better off in Egypt?  Because they still were thinking as slaves in Egypt.  The enemy has a way of blinding us to the truth.

You must decide you want what God wants.  God had such a better plan for the Israelites.  He has one for you, too.

2.  Dominate your thinking with God’s thinking.

What you look at the longest becomes the strongest in your life.  Isaiah 26:3 says,  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:  because he trusteth in thee.”  Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California has said, “Our problem…is not the inability to hear His voice – it’s the willingness to hear others.”

3.  Define yourself by what God says.  Don’t let anyone else define your life because they will always make it too small!

When Moses sent spies into the Promised Land (Numbers 13-14), ten of them brought back what the Bible calls an evil report – one that didn’t have God’s perspective.  They considered themselves as grasshoppers to the people that inhabited the land.  The Bible does not say that the people of Canaan thought the Israelites were so small and worthless that it made the spies think so, too.  It was the other way around.  The spies thought themselves of no consequence and so their enemies agreed with them!

4.  Dedicate your life wholly to the Lord. 

Give yourself over completely and totally over to God.  You’ll be in for the adventure of your life.  And those boundaries and borders?  Ah, God has no limits.

Heavenly Father,

As we go about our duties today, help us to keep and guard our heart.  Lord, help us to not put any limitations on ourselves that You have not put on us.  Lord, we are deciding that we definitely want Your perspective and so today we are consciously letting Your Word rule our thinking, we are defining ourselves by how You see us, and we are offering ourselves – mind, body, soul, and spirit – to You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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