Correct Perception (Part 2)
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”- 1 Corinthians 15:33
You do not have a future without an enemy. David would have died an ordinary shepherd boy if not for the giant he fought; so, enemies are doors to your new season. Instead of murmuring and complaining, see challenges as a divine opportunity for your promotion. No one will be a champion without fighting a battle; you must be a giant killer before your victory can be celebrated. Remember, issues of life are temporary so let your hope in God be intact.
Faith infects just like discouragement. That is why it is your fault if you allow wrong people around you. This is because people's opinion does not leave you the same. That is the more reason you should find an association among those who are encouragers. George Washington once said, ' Associate yourself with those of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than to be in bad company'.
People around you Do not leave you the same. The ten elders in the book of Numbers went round the camp discouraging others and there are people like that all over. They won't go yet; they won't allow those who want to go to go. God killed the ten elders that brought an evil report to the camp despite all the privileges they had; they had a foretaste of the Promised Land and they were trusted with the destiny of the whole nation. But they never walked in faith, they lost their hope.
They forgot the God that delivered them from Egypt, who opened the Red Sea, who gave them manna, the God that increased their clothes as they were growing in age, who renewed their shoes such that it did not wear out for the whole forty years they were in the wilderness. Some have never thought of what God did for the Israelites to that level. The Israelites were not only rescued from the bondage and oppression of the Egyptians, they had all their things increased in size and renewed throughout the forty years journey. God assigned heavenly shoemakers and heavenly tailors to amend their shoes and clothes so that by the time they wake up in the morning, their clothes and shoes will fit them; and would be their exact size. In spite of all these, they allowed discouragement because of bad reports from the ten elders (Read Numbers 14).
Beloved, do you know that what you have become today are what you have allowed God to do in your life? Late Kenneth Hagin said, 'if God has done for you little, that is what you deserve; all you are and all you have become in life are based on what you have believed and said in the past.' It, therefore, means the ball is not in the court of God but yours; it is what you see/perceive that you will have.
What do you perceive? What are you seeing about your tomorrow? Are you seeing nothing but danger, death and calamity or do you see the goodness of God? Do you see life from the standpoint of heaven? It helps to release you from the bondage of thinking it is over when heaven says it is not over. Do not say it is over when God says He is just beginning.
God sees you in the light of your destiny, not your circumstance. God does not see you in your problem; He sees you in your destiny. We all see today but God sees your end. Sometimes because of challenges that look overwhelming, you see yourself as nobody but God doesn't waste His time making a nobody. Never lose hope.
Prayer: Lord, please show me every wrong association around me that I have been holding onto and connect me with the right people. I will not murmur or complain through life, you have great plans for me, my future is secure in you, You are too faithful to fail me.
Further Reading: Judges 6:1-15
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 19:1-20:29; Luke 1:1-25; Psalm 56:1-13; Proverbs 11:8