What’s your perspective?
1 Kings 19:1-4 “1.And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.’ 3. And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to
Judah, and left his servant there. 4. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, ‘It is enough! Now Lord, take my life! For I am no better than my fathers!’”
Verse one we see that Jezebel was told all that Elijah had done, she didn’t see it first hand. Back then, when someone said something, it was believed. What she heard from someone else, she believed so much that it caused her to threaten Elijah.
Verse two says that she threatened Elijah with the very thing that he was able to do by the hands of God. She used this threat because Elijah had a good picture in his mind still of what she was talking about. The devil will not threaten you with something that you cannot, or have not seen already.
Verse three said, “…when he saw that”. When he saw what? He saw, or a picture was brought to his mind, about what she threatened him with. He could see himself being like those he just defeated. Her words alone produced a picture in him, so much so that he became afraid and “ran for his life.”
Verse four tells us how scared he was. He “went a day’s journey into the wilderness…he prayed that he might die.” Elijah was so scared by what Jezebel said (through a messenger) that he wanted to die! That’s some serious fear. So here is a good illustration of how the things that we hear can produce fear in us, and that fear can cause us to see something that doesn’t even exist.
Perspective – a particular evaluation of a situation or facts, especially from one person’s point of view; a measured or objective assessment of a situation, giving all elements their comparative importance; the appearance of objects to an observer allowing for the effect of their distance from the observer
Viewpoint, standpoint, outlook, point of view, view, side, angel, or picture
So, our perspective is the picture or viewpoint that we give to something or someone. How we see something gives us our prospective.
What is your perspective of your present situation?
How do you change your perspective?
Romans 10:17 tells us that “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
You can see with two different set of eyes; either eyes of faith or eyes of fear. In order to see with eyes of faith we must have faith. The scripture we just quoted tells us that it comes by hearing the Word of God. So, the more you hear the Word of God the more likely you are to see with eyes of faith.
Likewise, fear comes by hearing. When you are engulfed in negative surroundings or news all of the time, you are going to start “seeing” with eyes of fear. If you consistently listen to music or television programs that speak of doom and gloom, then it’s going to be hard for you to “see” the world around you in any different light.
It is so important to have a good perspective because your perspective influences what you see; what you see influences what you think; what you think will influence what you do and what you do influences your life.
Ways to change your perspective are:
1) Don’t watch negative television.
- Degrading sit-comsc
- Horror movies
- immoral dramas
2) Be careful what you read
- Magazines with pornographic or suggestive material
- Novels that promote immoral behavior
3) Pay attention to what you are listening to
- Music (Big one)
- Friends and family
- Pastors (Be sure you know the heart of the one who leads you)
- Television (again, very suggestive)
- Read your Word
- If you’re not filling your head with God’s Word, it will be full of something else and nothing is as powerful or true
- Read other Christian literature that will edify you
- Listen to Christian music that inspires and speaks the Word
5) Pray- spending time in prayer allows the Holy Spirit a chance to reveal to you areas that need to change
6) Do positive things
- Helping others
- Giving to others: time, treasures and talents
- Pray for others
- Meditate on the Word