What You See

Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

When you read the news or just watch the events of the world go by, what do you see? How do you perceive events as they unfold around you or interpret someone’s response in any given situation?

The manner by which we make our judgements are determined by the position of our hearts.

If your heart is evil, then what is actually good is perceived as evil, and what is actually evil is perceived as good.

How do you know if your perception of things is correct?

Defining Insanity

Insanity is a label often used for someone who seems out of their mind. Extreme foolishness or irrationality are the patterns exhibited in someone who acts in ways that seem to make no sense. Others view the insane as people who can’t distinguish fantasy from reality. People may display erratic or impulsive behavior or they simply can’t conduct their affairs without their psychosis getting in the way.

  • For those who think evil is good, their reality of God is a fantasy.
  • When foolishness is the expectation for a party of like minded individuals or irrationality is the standard for a drinking binge then a get together with friends starts to become a practice in insanity.
  • Impulsive behavior has been clearly seen post Covid, people are displaying road rage at unprecedented levels, riots, or thievery are on the rise. The fear and anxiety coupled with a prolonged quarantine has lead many into insane responses.

For those who view society from a distance, making a statement that our world is going insane is not that far off.

Are you part of the problem or part of the cure? Do you allow the peace of God to rule in your heart or do you allow yourself to divulge of all this world has morphed into?

Luke 11:34 “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.”

Perception

The ways in which we perceive things is by our senses. Senses can be deceiving, doing a short blindfold experiment can prove this point. If someone tells you something is extremely hot but it is supercooled, our senses will perceive it as hot until we realize otherwise. A mirage makes us think there is water on the road or something sweet may turn into bitterness in our stomachs once we realize what we’ve eaten. If all we can do is perceive with our bodily senses we will only understand our world from what we can experience. If we possess spiritual insight, then we will perceive and experience our world from a perspective that is much higher than we can attain on our own.

Spiritual Insight

If our sense of the spiritual is derived from darkness, then by darkness we will judge what we think we know. Our hearts can either be affected by darkness or light—evil or righteousness. Not all spiritual practices remain the same, not all paths lead to God, and not every form of meditation or mantra will take you to a higher state of understanding.

If you partake of a practice that is controlled by Satan, then you will view everything by his standard.

John 12:35 “Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.”

Those who seek a ‘higher form of understanding’ apart from Christ, will only gain spiritual confusion. Satan takes from what belongs to God and twists it, ever so slightly to give the perception of godliness or light.

Any deviation from God’s truth is a lie.

True Knowledge

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

I’ve referenced this scripture a lot through the years but I seem to always want to come back to it. The depth of knowing Truth begins with knowing God, not just any god of your choosing, The God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth. He has revealed Himself to and through His people for thousands of years and He continues to make Himself available today.

The fear of the Lord is a recognition of God’s Sovereignty. The Father, revealed through the Son, and then manifest in His people by the Holy Spirit. If our perspective begins here, at that point of surrender to Christ and the filling of His Spirit, wisdom then begins. Wisdom is taught by the Spirit of God working in His people,(godly wisdom that is), worldly wisdom can be gained by anyone but God’s wisdom is made known by God Himself.

The more we walk with God, the more we get to know Him. The more we know God, the more He reveals understanding to us. The progression of understanding occurs in conjunction with spiritual maturity, and consequently greater responsibility within God’s Kingdom.

The more you trust Him with every aspect of your life, the more trustworthy you become with all that He might entrust to you. I know that is a mouthful but I’m at at loss for explaining it any other way.

Vision

Seeing the world from God’s perspective comes by way of Truth.

John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”

The final say in everything is the Word of God. It defines this world, it reveals God, and it connects us to all that God wants to do through us in this world. It is complete, it is Holy, and it has immeasurable value to the life of a believer.

If you are a follower of Christ, you have no excuse for walking in darkness and confusion, everything you need is at your fingertips, all it takes is the wisdom and humility to accept God’s plan and not your own.

The way you see the world depends on your position, from a godly vantage point, the view is expansive and with that understanding comes peace.

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