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Perceptions:

In our journey through life, we often find ourselves wrestling with various perceptions. There’s the perception of man—how others view us, their interpretations of who we are. Then there’s our perception of self, where we define ourselves, forming our own interpretations. And, most importantly, there’s the perception of God—His interpretation of who we are.

The apostle Paul grappled with these perceptions in his writings to the Corinthians. He recognized the world’s propensity for judgment—the judgments of those around us, the judgments within us, and, most significantly, the judgment of God.

“But with me, it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 4:3

Isn’t it true that we often grapple with these same perceptions, struggling to decide what to believe in any given moment? This is where the problem with a faulty foundation arises. A shaky foundation is unstable and unsettling, offering no confidence in perceiving accurately.

Instead, when we build our perceptions on our experiences (our opinions and feelings) and the opinions and feelings of others, we often miss the mark. But where is God in that equation? Paul, in his wisdom, recognized that the only truly accurate perception is one rooted in seeking God’s opinion on the matter. It’s not about what man thinks, or what we think, or what our experiences tell us; it’s about what God thinks.

 

Challenge:

 

How can you shift your perception from being influenced by human judgments and your own opinions to aligning more closely with God’s perspective in your daily life?

Let’s reflect on this question, and together, let’s seek God’s guidance in our quest for accurate perception.

Prayer:

Lord, I rejoice in knowing that YOU have a very strong opinion about me in every situation and that Your perception is filtered through Your love. I choose to shift my eyes from others and look to You. I choose to shift my eyes from the mirror and look to You.  Give me a heart that truly is only concerned with You and Your perspective of my life. In Jesus name, amen.

 

To learn more on this topic:

Read: Enforcing You: https://www.lisa-schwarz.com/enforcing-you/

Watch this YouTube Series: Enforcing You: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaMLikcR9YvZ6S-wQw86GD0liugrb7Lls&si=YArhLob1XFwRntDa 

Work through this Online Course: https://www.lisa-schwarz.com/downloads/enforcing-you-workshop/