Years ago I had a vision in the
night. I saw a man tending a
garden in the back yard of his residence in a residential
neighborhood. I saw him from a position several hundred feet
above the garden.
It was evening, and the man was
casually tending his garden as the sun
faded away in the West.
I also saw a huge tsunami wave of
water approaching the man's
neighborhood from about a mile away. It was relentlessly bearing
down on the man, his garden and everything in the wave's path, but the
man was unaware of the tsunami or the danger it represented.
Then I awoke.
I immediately asked Jesus what the
vision meant. I received no
Last week (end of December, 2015) I
received a letter from George Otis,
Jr. to all of his teammates in the Sentinel Group entitled "Not All
Wrapping Is Good".
The message in the letter rang a bell
with me because it was very
similar to the tsunami vision I wrote about above.
And then I received the answer to my
prayer for the meaning of the
The answer is this: Safety and
effectiveness depend on
perspective. If a person sees things only from his or her own
perspective, he has limited awareness of everything beyond the scope of
his or her vision, is in danger of unknown circumstances, and only does
what he or she believes is right to do. But if a person seeks to
obtain God's perspective of all matters of life, one can gain all the
awareness he or she needs to do God's will and to please Him in every
respect, and to be safe from the dangers of life.
Then verses of Christian Scripture
began to come to my mind. I
thought of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 3, in which
he declares that those who follow human leaders and not Jesus Himself
do so because they are 'carnal'.
Of course Paul does not take the time
to define carnality or give a
remedy, but eventually that comes out of his writings in 2 Corinthians
(ESV) and He
died for all, that
those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for
their sake died and was raised.
Every real Christian knows that Jesus
died to pay for our sins, but it
seems that few know that He died and rose again to enable us to stop
living for ourselves that we might begin to live for Jesus, and through
Jesus to live for our Heavenly Father!!
The fact of this ignorance is a clear
indication that receiving Jesus
into one's heart does not automatically result in one receiving God's
perspective in all matters of life.
In another of Paul's writings he
states that, "we have the mind of
This begs the question, "who is
included in 'we' in his
statement? I have heard teachers teach that every Christian has
the mind of Christ because of this statement, but I suspect that it
only applies to Paul and anyone else who has asked Jesus for His
perspective of everything, and does not apply to anyone who has not
asked Jesus for a change of perspective.
If you, dear reader, are able to read
on, may I direct your attention
5:15 For indeed, although you ought to be teachers by this time,
again you have need for someone to teach you what are the elements of
the beginning of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and
not solid food.
Trust Yahweh with
all your heart; do not lean toward your own understanding.
Luke 1:53 He has filled those who are hungry with good things,
and those who are rich he has sent away empty-handed.
James 4:6 But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, "God
opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
I believe that the time
has come for every member of the Body of Christ, without exception, to
stop leaning on our own ways so that we can begin to trust the Lord
with all of our hearts.
The time has come to humble ourselves
before God in order to receive
all the grace we need to do His will rather than our own wills.
I could go on and on, but will now
cut to the heart of this message and
the virtually untapped hope for us all.
So here, dear reader, is my prayer
for you, me, and every creature:
Heb 13:20-21 Now may the God of Peace Who brought again from the
dead our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the Sheep, by the blood of
the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do
His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through
Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.