How big is your fish tank?

Dear Saints of the Living God – Praise and Mercy to you and your family!

I am not sure what is going in your life, but my bible says, in Isaiah 61, “Put on the garment of praise instead of faint spirit”… My prayer for you is, that the Lord will give you and me, the oil of joy, beauty for ashes and the mantle of praise more importantly, “For God has planted you and me like strong and graceful oaks for His own glory.” Halleluiah, Praise the Lord! God, lead us in your way, and direction for everyone who reads your word this morning.  

When we build an altar of praise so high, everything else in our life gets smaller… worship and praise will get us through the circumstances… He has overcome the world… and so we are not walking towards victory, but instead walking from the place of victory.   The bible says, we are the light of the world, we are so precious to the Savior… and as we put on the garment of Praise… your heart and mine will see the heaviness lighten up…

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Today morning, I want to meditate on “God’s perspective”… We have started weekly prayer/meditation on Tuesday morning’s – where we want to get deep in the word and pray for our personal and ministry needs. We had an amazing time praying and reading and meditating on the Proverbs chapter 1, and we talked about God’s wisdom vs. man’s wisdom. There is the difference between God’s perspective and man’s perspective.  We need to see the BIG perspective, we cannot be see the things in silo and worried or fearful. We have to see what God sees… 

When we read Isaiah 55, the bible says,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

An intellect or an atheist will say, why do we need God’s perspective, when we can think ourselves? He knows the beginning and the end… He is the alpha and omega.   We are often putting God in our own image and His capabilities in the same measure as our capabilities, that’s the problem.   We are watching the circumstance and influence from our strength and our wisdom.   That’s why the Lord says, “My thoughts” are much higher than your thoughts and plans…

I heard an illustration from Pastor Jentzen Franklin, about a Japanese ornamental fish called, koi fish… when we put the fish in the fish tank, the maximum that it grows is only 4 inches; and when we take the same fish and put them in to a larger fish tank – then it grows 8 inches; and when you put the fish in a pond, then it grows 18 inches; and the same fish when you put in a lake, grows 42 inches… you see, the fish has a strength to grow 42 inches, but because it is boxed up in an environment where the growth is restricted.   The same way, when we don’t see God’s perspective, then we are boxed up in a restricted environment.   Before we make decisions, we need to ask God for His perspective.   His thoughts are much higher than what we can imagine or think off.

 

Later, when we read the same chapter in Isaiah, I was very amazed to see God’s perspective… when we see through His lens, then we wont thrive for everything, instead we will trust in His name and His word…

“You will go out in joy     and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills     will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field     will clap their hands.”

 

What are you worried about this morning?   Are your concerned over your finances? Is your marriages going through roughness?  

My God is saying, He is going to send you a fresh word today, and that will go out in Joy before you, and He has planned to have peace restored in your life….  

 

In fact, all the mountains and hills that are blocking your blessing and making it hard to cross over, are going to bust into songs before you… is your every day run becoming harder and harder – and all you are able to do is walk, instead of running like how you used to…

 

The Lord is saying, “no worries”, I am going to make the tree in the field to become cheerleaders for you – by clapping their hands… The boss who has been hard on you – will come around…

 

Recently, my daughter met with a pretty big accident, and the car was completely smashed and we couldn’t recover anything from the car, but she had no cut or bruises from the accident, that itself is a huge favor and mercy shown to her, but beyond that – God used that circumstance to get her attention, there is nothing but good things came out of the accident, she started getting closer to the Lord…

We could have seen the accident and crushed by the intensity of the accident, but the Lord allowed it to happen for her to see the bigger picture.   The same way in your life and mine, God allows certain things to happen, to get our attention or shape us for a better future.

 

As Jeremiah 29: 11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”; If His plan is to prosper and not to harm us – and give us hope and future, the season that we go through might be to get us to a better place…

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Let me close with this thought, I was looking at the life of Paul, and I was thinking, why is this wonderful man of God spent so much time in prison… then I realized, he was 30 years old, when he was saved, and he lived only till 60 years old – and immediately after the experience in Damascus, he went into separation from everything for about 10 years.   And after that, he started traveling, opened up churches in Asia Minor, and parts of Europe etc., through the 3 large mission trips… and they were pretty long ones too… if only he hadn’t spent time in prison, we wouldn’t have got 13 books written in the new testament… God knew that all the intellectual property co-mingled with God’s perspective would have all been lost.   We wouldn’t have got Romans, Philippians… You see, all the wealth of knowledge would have been lost – without being exposed to the children, and Paul wouldn’t have been the 2nd most influential person after Jesus in the last 2000 years… Paul knew about it and that’s why he wrote, Rejoice and again, I say Rejoice – when he was chained.  

This morning, I am encouraging you and me to do the same – we need to see the problems and challenges through God’s viewpoint – His perspective… and then we will turn from “Me” mindset to Kingdom mindset.   The journey in this world is not permanent, we are being prepared for an eternal life – and the Lord knows, how to get our attention, just like He got Paul’s attention.   If what you are going through looks like a Marathon, then there is a very good chance, that we are not aligned to understand His perspective. 

Let us pray, Father God…  we come before your throne of grace one more time to open our spiritual eyes, so that we can see what the naked eyes cannot see… Father, there are so many times, when the challenges encircle us, we loose your perspective and get sucked into our own thought process or solve it with our human strength and influence.   God – if there is a door that we shouldn’t enter, close them; and open the only door that we need to venture through.   We surrender this life into Your Mighty Hands, you take the glory and you take the Honor Lord… In Jesus name we pray! Amen.

 

Be blessed, in the mighty NAME of Jesus!