Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.
The words poured from his mouth. Anger filled the atmosphere. The accusations hurled at me stung. I stood in disbelief.
Have you ever found yourself in one of these encounters? How do you respond? Many of us are able to walk away. I have a confession to make. I am a defender. Yes, a fighter.
Recently I have had to ask myself whose battle am I fighting? In life there are so many things that feel important to us. Justifying myself has been my addiction.
We want others to see what God is doing in our life. How do we respond when they fail to acknowledge that? How do we respond when others take our weaknesses and hurtle them at us? Do we ask Jesus how He sees our accuser?
Have you ever found yourself defending your reputation? Is it possible to allow God to defend us without helping Him? I desperately seek to justify, to defend myself from what is being thrown at me. I attempt to explain my accuser’s accusations away. When they do not see it my way a sense of shame often prevails.
Have you ever found yourself in this downward spiral of self-justification? We begin to put on our own robes of righteousness. We hide our sense of shame behind our accomplishments and we want others to see and acknowledge them. When they don’t, we are left feeling isolated.
Chris Coursey in Transforming Fellowship says, “Hope and direction come from seeing situations, ourselves and others the way they were meant to be instead of seeing what went wrong.” He goes on to write, Apart from seeing as God sees, people become problems to solve, commodities for personal gain and enemies to avoid. “
Misa Garavaglia says, “When your own feelings become so loud that you are unable to hear God’s perspective, you respond out of fear, hurt and anger. Those feelings can keep us from seeing ourselves and others as God intended us to be. This leads to judging, blaming and shaming, criticizing and rejecting ourselves and others. We see through the glasses of those emotions and people’s true identity are clouded over. “
How can we see as God sees? Heartsight, Godsight and isight are terms used to describe, seeing what God sees. Our job is to say, yes to God, and allow Him to hold us in His great loving arms.
Misa Garavaglia suggests as we allow God to hold us even in the midst of negative emotions to converse with Him by asking
Lord what do YOU see?
What do YOU want me to know?
How are YOU praying for me?
What do you think about this God?
How do you see this person?
How are you praying for this person?
Where were you when this happened?
How do you see this painful moment from my day?
“As we begin to see ourselves through heavens eyes, we begin to see others that way.” God restores our peace.
Joshua 1:8-9 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
I’d love to hear how you return to joy from negative emotions? What has your experience with Godsight been?