Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Reading the Terrain of Your Life

As you begin to read these words, I want you to pause for just a moment and pray this simple prayer, “Father, open my eyes to see my life and the world around me with your eyes.” That is an important prayer because so much is standing between our eyes and the reality of who we are in Christ. We all need the depth of insight only a Spirit-led revelation can provide to help us see through all the things of life that occupy our sight.

There is a technology called, LIDAR, an acronym for “light detection and ranging.”  LIDAR is a surveying method that illuminates a target with a pulsed laser beam then measures the distance between two objects by measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor. LIDAR is used in a wide variety of applications. It has replaced the old radar guns used by police officers to determine a vehicle's speed and by the military to guide stealthy missiles. 

One particular use of LIDAR caught my attention. LIDAR can map terrain, helping geologists find hidden earthquake fault lines not always seen with the naked eye. This technology can see down through the treed canopy of a forest and underbrush to precisely interpret and then create a detailed map of the Earth's surface. The images appear as if everything on Earth was shaved away down to bedrock and topsoil like a man shaving his beard for the first time. On a shaved face you might see a scar that was hidden under the beard. A scar, like a hidden fault rupture from an earthquake, will remain hidden until revealed.

I asked you to pray for a reason. Some of you are interpreting your life based on what is manifesting between you and your true identity. The forest of emotions and changing circumstances are not your identity. If you look at your life with natural sight, you will only see the trees and underbrush, not the substance of your true identity. You need a version of spiritual LIDAR to see the true terrain of your life.

Faith is not always summoning enough spiritual juice to do something monumental for the Kingdom of God. Some of the most profound acts of faith take place when we look down through the trees and underbrush of our life and see for the first time who we truly are in God. That bedrock identity is what will remain unchanged no matter happens in the forest.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Healing Our Outlook

When we are delivered to a new place in life our tendency is to try and define what we think we see. In that new place, wait for the Lord to speak before you begin to craft your definition. You will have brought with you the fears that created the negative, fear-based outlook in the old place. That outlook and its accompanying false definition of reality need to be healed before you can fully enjoy where God has placed you. That healing will be more important than your arrival in the new place.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Don't Be Surprised

I just heard the word “surprise” in my spirit. Each time I hear this word a surprise takes place either with a dramatic change in a significant leadership position or a turn of events that completely flips conventional wisdom on its ear. As you move through the busyness of your day be like one of the 300 soldiers of Gideon’s army that drank water from their cupped hands raised to eye level instead of lapping water head down like an animal. The 300 would not be taken by surprise because they remained watchful of their surroundings.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Those Who Ponder

Every dream began when someone stopped long enough to ponder a new reality. God is inviting each of us to a place where we can ponder with Him so He can reveal what has not yet been imagined. From within that place of availability to God, dreams will be released that would not have been seen had we not stopped to ponder something more.

I know a man who worked for IBM in the infancy of the company. His job was to meet each day with a team of five others and ponder possibilities. He said he was paid to look out a window and consider unrealized possibilities and applications for the technology being considered. This group would then send the results of their pondering to another team who would distill the thoughts and images down into some of the products we use today, products that came into being because someone took the time to look out a window.

A dictionary definition for the word “ponder” means, “to think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion.” There is a benefit to having times when we ponder spiritual matters beyond what we confidently think we fully understand. Pondering gives God a place to come and reason with us and show us more.

If we are not careful we can assume and even make it appear to others that our current understanding of life and reality needs no further input or development. This is not the mindset of one who ponders the expanding edge of God’s revelation.

God is inviting you to ponder with Him dreams that exist beyond this moment waiting to come through the portal of our pondering to become a reality. If you can pause and allow yourself the time to ponder, you will begin to see something so much larger, something only seen by those who ponder.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Erased Lives

Something unusual just happened. I was putting the final touches on a word I wanted to post on my blog and social media accounts when my cursor began to backspace uncontrollably deleting everything I had written. It was like the Pac-Man icon on steroids. I frantically punched every key I could think of to stop the carnage. It was too late. My cursor backspaced and consumed each word I had written. I was left with an empty word document.

Immediately, I tried to recapture my thoughts and rewrite the story. As soon as I began to type the article a second time, the Lord spoke.

“Do not try to rewrite the story at this time. That will come later. I want you to use the erasure to speak to some of my loved ones who feel like the prepared script of their life has been erased through human failure. Talk to them. Give them hope. Tell them I am about to write a new script for their life to replace what was lost. The rewrite will be better than the original.  I have each erased word held securely in my heart. Nothing has been lost.”

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Our Premature and Uninformed Assumptions

If you pause and take a moment to ask people why they are doing something, especially when what they are doing seems strange and out of the ordinary, it might actually make sense once you become informed. Ask before you make any judgment, especially when it comes to an act of faith. Asking is an issue of honor. It will safeguard you from making a premature assumption.

Your One True Option

Right now you only have one option available if you are going to do this right. Hidden opportunities will become visible once you get past this important decision. When this decision is finally made, what seemed like a mystery will suddenly make sense. What seemed like a distant impossibility will become your personal testimony of God’s goodness and faithfulness.