2 Corinthians 4:7-18 ESV - 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you. 13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, "I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
perspective noun (THOUGHT)
(Definition of perspective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
- attitudeHis attitude toward authority has often got him into trouble.
- outlookI wish I could share your positive outlook on life.
- frame of mindI need to be in the right frame of mind to talk about this.
- approachIt’s time to try a different approach to the problem.
- viewpointHis viewpoint is his own and does not affect how I think about the issue.
- point of viewFrom a strictly financial point of view it looks like a positive change.
I’ve been considering perspective lately. How do I view my ever-changing circumstances? How do I approach national and world events as I pray? How do I align my thinking to God’s ways?
The first thing to know and remember is that godly perspective does not come naturally. If the following is true (and God’s Word is true): Jeremiah 17:9 ESV – 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? then why would I be surprised that my natural “go-to” is to have a selfish and skewed perspective?
Therefore, we must stop berating ourselves because we have to discipline and fight for a godly perspective. Oh, how we need to keep step with the Spirit. Oh, how we need God to Psalm 119:29 ESV – 29 Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!
Our eternal souls, our will, mind, heart — all that makes me “me” is housed in this amazing body of flesh. And as amazing as it is, some of us know better than others that it is incredibly fragile. Bones break. Vision weakens. Tumors grow. Endothelium stops working properly. Why would this treasure be housed in such a fragile jar of clay?
So God’s power will be on display. So we would be reminded that we are completely dependent on God. God can overcome the natural deceitful heart because He knows the mind and the heart (v10) and He has given His Spirit to live in us to teach us and show us what is true
Romans 8:26-27 ESV – 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
More to say about this tomorrow. Where do you need correct (biblical) perspective?
Pray for the Persecuted Church–OpenDoors USA
Day 4: Pray for protection over Open Doors partners
as they travel to volatile regions in Burkina Faso, and for God’s blessing
on plans and logistics
Daily Wisdom Psalm 18, 48, 78, 108, 138 Proverbs 18