Because I live in a neighborhood co-joined with another development, I have lots of streets to run and many different routes to explore. Rarely do I even have to complete my run in the same direction from where I began. It’s like navigating around a giant maze.
Sunday afternoon was different. I felt pressed to run to the end of a block and then turn around and head back in on the opposite side of the street, only to begin where I started. As I ran on the other side of each street (running back in the direction in which I came), I saw things that I could not see from my original vantage point. I noted areas of interest along wooded areas, beautiful architecture, etc. that I could not see running on the other side with my focus in the opposite direction.
After this happened a few times, God began to speak to me about paradigm shifts. What exactly is a paradigm? Webster’s describes it as:
an example serving as a model; pattern. or
a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of a community.
A paradigm shift is defined as: › a time when the usual and accepted way of doing or thinking about something changes completely.
I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but I know for most believers this year has been one of shifting our view(s) about the world we live in. If we continue to look at things from our puny, human perspective, we will most likely succumb to fear, doubt and unbelief. We must learn to see everything that is happening in our world from God’s perspective or we will crash and burn.
One of the biggest offenders of fear, the spirit of terrorism, doubt, unbelief, depression and oppression is the news. I realize we need to know what’s happening in the world, but there must be a healthy boundary. I hope most people are savvy enough to know that you probably should believe about 1% of what the media spoon feeds you and spit out the rest.
How can you know what’s happening? Ask God:
John 3:12 If I have told you of things that happen right here on the earth and yet none of you believes Me, how can you believe (trust Me, adhere to Me, rely on Me) if I tell you of heavenly things?
Our relationship with the Lord needs to be at the place where we ask Him about His heavenly perspective on each area of concern and then pray according to His will. When you are praying ask Jesus what’s on His heart today. Pray for our world according to His will.
Psalm 92:5 How great are Your doings, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep.
As you experience a paradigm shift from the world view to God’s heavenly viewpoint, fear will flee as you begin to co-labor with Christ in prayer from His perspective.
Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of His heart through all generations.