THE LENS

2 Kings 6:13-18 “Go and find out where he is,” the king commanded, “so I can send troops to seize him.” And the report came back: “Elisha is at Dothan” So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with Many Chariots and horses to surround the city. When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him, “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes and when he looked up he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with Horses and chariots of fires. As the Aramean army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please make them blind.” So the Lord struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked

Pastor J Preached "POSITION DETERMINES OUR PERSPECTIVE" 

The closer you are to the presence of God the more your eyes will be opened to the things of God.

Matthew 6:33

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need

If he had not positioned himself to receive he would have remained in fear

Elisha's Perspective was not on the Army surrounding him but the God backing him

2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 For though we live in the world, we do not wage ware as e world does. (Isn't this exactly our passage Elisha lived in this world, but his war was heavenly.) The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

PROMISES

Fear Sells you basic but Faith gives you the upgrade- PASTOR JEREMY

NO MATTER WHAT LIFE LOOKS LIKE, WHEN I SEE THROUGH THE RIGHT LENS OF CHRIST, I WIN

Position Determines Perspective - PASTOR JEREMY BURK

Proper Perspective Inspires Persistent Peace

Perspective:

  • Noun
  • 1. the art of drawing solid objects so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.
  • 2. a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

Origin of Perspective:

  • late Middle English (in the sense ‘optics’): from medieval Latin perspectiva (ars ) ‘science of optics,’ from perspect- ‘looked at closely,’

Victory is guaranteed in Christ. Peace on the road to victory is a pursuit

FAITH KNOWS WHAT FEAR CAN’T SEE

John 16:13 When the Spirit of Truth Comes, he will guide you into all truth, he will not speak his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.

WE CAN BE HAPPY WITH BEING UNHAPPY OR WE CAN PURSUE PEACE

Synonyms of Perspective are: Outlook, View, Viewpoint, Point of View, approach, Frame of Mind, Mind Set

Romans 8:5-6 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death but the mind goverened by the spirit is life and peace

Perspective that leads to peace is knowing you have the promise even when you cannot see it while you follow Jesus - That's Faith

Romans 8:35-37 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry,or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we arebeing slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours throughChrist, who loved us.

Philipians 4:4-8 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 

"I can’t afford to live in reaction to darkness. If I do, darkness has had a role in setting the agenda for my life. The devil is not worthy of such influence, even in the negative. Jesus lived in response to the Father. I must learn to do the same." BILL JOHNSON