I had completely intended to write last week... the Lord had been speaking to me about Honor and we had discussed the power of Honoring the Lord, and honoring one another during our prayer meeting... in fact, during worship last week, I saw a flash and it was like watching a movie... I saw a scene of Haman thinking up ways of how the King should show honor - not knowing the King was not talking about him. Next, I saw a scene where the King's Robe & Signet Ring were being placed on someone. The King offers us His Robe (His covering) and His Ring (of Authority). Then I saw the next scene and it was my life as a tapestry, a garment, and I saw myself draping it over my King... it is my life, willingly poured out and added to His 'train that fills the temple' - thrown over His shoulders. I heard Him say, "This brings me honor!" We went on to sing "Amazing Love" and one of my favorite lines from that song is, "In all I do, I honor you."
Anyway - life was crazy last week and I felt incredibly short on time somehow. So, on to this week and what the Lord is saying to me now...
For the past couple of months, as I have been boldly facing some strongholds of my own, the Lord has been attempting to get me to SEE what He sees. He has been showering me with compliments. I am not one to normally receive them well. I tend to deflect or explain them away. I am confident in God and in my gifting, and I am quick to give Him all the credit and glory - but when it comes to personal compliments, I get a bit uneasy. I suppose it is partially rooted in the fact that I used to be SO outward appearance focused, and I would really thrive on others' opinions of me, that I have sort of built up this wall of protection for fear that I will revel in fear of man again more than fear of God. However, as I am battling personal hurdles and overcoming - the Lord is causing me to deal. I am needing to learn how to take a compliment and stand straight and say thank you... rather than get uncomfortable and explain it away.
So - in all His creativity and graciousness, He has been speaking to me through others, and on His own... so in the midst of worship yesterday, hearing Him say to me, "You are beautiful today" was not new... and it was not unexpected.
I simply answered Him, saying "I am! It's a good day and I am made in Your Image!"
"Aaaah - yes! Let's talk about the power of perception!" He replied. "You are so quick to believe what you see. That is the power of perception. But I desire for you to believe what I see!"
I was then led to turn to Jeremiah Chapter 33 and began reading and praying. Jeremiah 33:3 says, "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."
He desires to SHOW us great and mighty things! He desires to alter our perception and give us a bigger vision! He desires for us to see ourselves, and Him, and our lives the way He sees them! He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, so His perception is complete! His vision IS 20/20... we need to learn how to line up our thinking, and learn to go to Him and ask for His perception!
He went on to say, "Let it be the power of MY perception, not the power of your perception, or the power of the enemy's perception put ON you, that rules and leads and guides you! I will give you MY Perception - not just of you, but of your circumstances, of your destiny & purpose... It is true, each step that has brought you here, to this place and time. I have either ordained, or redeemed and I DO work all things together for your good. My desire in this season is to give you correct perception and discernment and to watch you walk in freedom and in the Spirit to accomplish the end result that I will show you in part! Do you see what I see? If not, wait and watch!"
I pray you are able to get glimpses of what He sees for you...
Ask Him to show you - Call to Him and stand on His Word!
Watch and Wait,
...and let the power of perception
be shifted from a limited view, to His View!
The Hardest Part of Everything
2 hours ago