Recently, God spoke to me about the power of seeing my life from His perspective. Occasionally, I will look back at old prayer journals to remind myself of the answered prayers and direction I received from God in those seasons. As I was doing so, the Holy Spirit showed me that for many years my journals were filled with a continual pleading for the same needs—my marriage, my relationships, my parenting, my finances, and so forth.
For years, I had spent much of my prayer life begging God to meet the same needs without realizing that He has already provided the solutions for every dilemma I face. Our Father knows our needs, and He meets them (see Matt. 6:7–8, 31–33). We don’t have to beg Him. Instead, we can trust in His goodness and focus on seeing our lives from His perspective. When we do, we will begin to use our authority to access the storehouses in Heaven for the answers to our prayers—and also for needs that transcend our own personal lives. After all, our purpose in life is bringing the atmosphere of the Kingdom from Heaven to earth.
So often we get stuck in a bubble of our own need that keeps us from impacting the world. The answer to this is simple: know who we are and live from Heaven’s perspective.
When we do this, we will overcome. God wants to increase our revelation of our identity so that we can overcome in any situation we face. We possess the fullness of victory in Him. We have already overcome, because we share in Jesus’ victory over sin and death. But we always have a choice about whether we will live in the victory He has already given us.
God does not force us to overcome. He does not force us to say no to discouragement and hopelessness. He has provided all we need to rise above those lies, and they are not part of our new nature in Him. Yet, we still have a choice. And sadly, many of us chose to wallow in hopelessness instead of trusting by faith in the never-failing hope that is in Christ.
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I wrote it because I want you to experience the deep love that your heavenly Father has for you. Living from this reality as a much loved son or daughter, you can rest in a confident connection with Him and experience abundant living and lasting freedom.
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