What Exactly is Perspective by Angie Vanek

* The dictionary tells us that perspective is: a true understanding of the importance of things, a sense of proportion, one’s point of view, what we see with our eyes.

•What would it be like to walk everyday with the mind of Christ & His point of view?
•Are we looking at His perspective for our life and for the lives of others?
•Or are we carrying a negative perspective of ourselves and of others?

PROVERBS 23:7 NKJV tells us: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

‬‬The renewing of our mind is to not believe the lies that come at us but instead to start filling our mind with God’s truth and promise.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Where do we align our heart, our sense of proportion?

Our perspective as a Christian is a very unique thing. We have the ability to “see” with the eyes God is giving us and yet we have seen things with the eyes we developed through the world. This is a powerful opportunity for us to have a better perspective for others who are being drawn and attracted to God, His truth and His perspective on who we are designed to be.
God is using us to gain a greater perspective for experiencing an honorable life with His good purpose… what greater view could there be?

Whose eyes are you looking through? Yours or Gods?

“The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭11:34‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Get closer to God. Learn His word and His truth, His love for you. What His word says about your life and what you mean to Him. Renew you mind, guard your heart and let your renewed heart transform you into the perspective of our heavenly Father’s view.

~ Angie Vanek

The Glory of the Lord

The dawn had not yet arrived though it was getting lighter, signaling that dawn wasn’t far away. Suddenly, a shining, beautiful, golden glow filled the sky to the east. It was as if a fire had exploded on the horizon and its flames lit up the sky. It was spectacular to say the least. I stood in amazement of the beauty that was before me. What a way to begin a new day. Now the children of Israel knew this heavenly glow too. It says in Exodus 24:17 “The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.” They were face to face with the glory of the Lord, not just a sunrise. He included His children in the awesome display of His presence/ His glory.
As I stood and admired the beauty of the coming dawn, I thought about the glory of God. Israel was treated to a firsthand view of Gods fiery glory as He began to teach them who He is. God is spectacular! His glory/His presence, is mighty, powerful, strong, captivating and beautiful. Some lowly shepherds were blessed to see the glory of the Lord as they tended their sheep near Bethlehem. In Luke 2, we find the story of shepherds being told about the birth of the Savior. Verse 9 is: “And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.” In the dark of night, against a backdrop of stars, the shepherds saw the glory of God light up the world. Well, it would have looked like the world was lit up to the shepherds. God had something important to tell and what better way to get our attention than for His presence, His glory, to fill the earth?
The glory of God is overwhelming. The Israelites thought so. They didn’t want to go into God’s presence at all. They sent Moses instead. But God wants to share Himself with His ‘kids’. So, He gives us a taste of His magnificence, His glory, in the sunrise or sunset or in a waterfall or a field of flowers. It’s His way of preparing us to know His ‘awe’ so we don’t turn away when we encounter Him. And if we desire Him, we will certainly encounter His presence!
God is making His presence known to man more and more. Our world is full of stories where the Lord’s presence plays a starring role. Some day He will be the only light we’ll need. In Revelation 21:23 we’re told: “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.” Today, my morning was ‘lit up’ by the glory of the sun in the eastern sky. But, I’m looking forward to the real thing. The time when the Lord’s glory is so bright that I’m blinded to anything else on earth. How about you?

Deni Fortuna