I think it’s only human nature to see or hear what we expect to see or hear. You know what I mean. For instance, when we see a person on a Harley Davidson, long hair flying in the wind, sporting tattoos and leather clothes what is our first thought? When we see a group of teen-aged boys with their pants hanging half way down their butt’s, what is our first thought? When we are in the check out line at the grocery store and the woman in front of us is paying for her groceries with Food Stamps and then we see her go out and get into a fancy car, what is our first thought?
Now remember we don’t know the first thing about these people. We have just observed them for a few seconds or maybe even a couple of minutes. But we “know” all about them don’t we?
The guy on the Harley Davidson is probably a dope smoker. The group of teen-aged boys with their pants hanging halfway down their butts are probably up to no good. The woman getting into the fancy car after paying for her groceries with Food Stamps is just abusing “the system.”
Perhaps the guy on the Harley Davidson is an accomplished heart surgeon. Maybe one or two of those teen-aged boys are on the Dean’s List at their school. It could be that the woman using the Food Stamps was given that fancy car by a friend or family member after the father of her children was accidentally killed some way or another.
The point is that we have allowed ourselves to be trained to “see” people, places, things and situations in a certain way based on recurring information. We see what we expect to see. And in most instances we get what we expect to get.
If our focus has been on the things of this world we will expect to see worldly outcomes.
However, if our focus has been on the things of the Lord we will expect and have faith to see blessings, miracles and some pretty unusual (unworldly/unexplainable) things happen.
My pastor taught (in part) yesterday from 1 Kings 17. It’s not long and you can see it here. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Kings%2017&version=31
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The story in 1 Kings 17 is a very interesting one. A destitute widow with a son at home has just enough flour and oil to make one small cake. Just enough for her and her son to eat and then just wait to die.
However, the man of God comes along and sees this widow gathering sticks for a fire. He instructs her to bring him a drink and while she’s at it too make him a cake to eat as well. She tells him she only has enough flour and oil to make a cake for she and her son. The man of God tells her that if she will just do what he asks then her flour and oil will last and last.
So the widow does as the preacher asked. Now (as my pastor said in his message yesterday) if that were to happen today the headline would read GREEDY PREACHER TAKES STARVING WIDOW’S FOOD! None the less the widow took her eyes off of her personal (dire) circumstances and did as the man of God asked her to do. She had faith in something bigger than her circumstances! Then she acted on her faith! Sure enough, after she had done as the man of God had asked her to do her flour and oil lasted for quite a while (one account says it lasted for about a year longer).
However, as things go, after a while the widow’s son fell ill and died. Now, you see what is happening here? The woman has had faith, she’s been obedient as to what she believes the Lord would have her do, she has been blessed in having received an abundance of the exact thing she sowed (flower and oil). Now that she is growing even deeper in her faith the enemy comes along and says (basically) “okay, let’s see what you do when I cause your only son to die!” Much to this widow’s credit she did not curse the Lord. What did she do? She went to the man of God and in a round about way asks him to help. So the man of God takes the widow’s dead son, brings him home and asks the Lord to return the child’s soul to his body. The Lord answers the preacher’s prayer and he brings the son home.
What do you suppose our lives would look like if we were to have a FAITH FOCUS? The thing is that most of the world has trained themselves to rely on their (personal) ability to produce/achieve what they need. They look to their employer or their family or their bank accounts for their sustenance. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t think there is necessarily anything wrong with looking to these areas for our needs. But the thing is we should not be looking there first!
Change your focus and change your destiny!