Perspective determines perception, perception defines destiny.
The point from which we view something is our perspective. When you look at the negative circumstances around you, how are you seeing them?
From the perspective of heaven these negatives have already been dealt with at the ultimate positive, the cross. Don’t be misled into thinking that what is happening is somehow God’s will for us, He has given us our way through or over those situations, His name is Jesus. He is our model, Jesus went through some pretty tough situations. He was popular with many people, but the powers that be hated Him and sought to destroy Him from the beginning. Jesus constantly had to deal with the hard religious mindset that was totally opposed to His mission and was found even in His closest followers.
No one understood Him, NO ONE.
Some had a fragmented understanding of who He was, but nobody was in full agreement with Him. But in all these circumstances no physical harm came to Him, no government of earth had authority over Him, their armies couldn’t destroy Him or even touch Him. No mental harm came to Him, through all the rejection that He faced, even from His Mother and brothers, He kept His love on.
Jesus knew where He came from and knew what He came to do. He didn’t get stressed over anything, though He had constant opportunities—He was tempted in all things just as we are.
How did He do this? Jesus always took the time to fellowship with His Papa in heaven. It was His communion with Papa that kept His perspective clear.
No earthly authority could reign over Him because even as He was here on earth He maintained His heavenly perspective. Therefore His perception was clear, he could hear clearly the voice of the Spirit within Him. He knew what was in the hearts and minds of the men and women he met, and was able to deal correctly with those situations based on that inside information.
Because Jesus maintained His heavenly perspective, He perceived correctly. His perception extended into the future and defined His destiny. He knew He came to die on the cross and did not try to avoid it.
I believe that at the garden of Gethsemane Jesus suffered beyond our understanding of the word. And that was because He took on Himself all the fears and emotional, mental trauma of us all. I believe that was the first time that Jesus allowed the troubles of us all to touch Him.
Even in that place, His perception of heaven remained, He knew He could avoid further pain. But looking beyond the pain He perceived His destiny as Savior of the world. He saw the countless generations that would enter into righteous relationship with Papa, if He did not faint. “Never the less, Your will be done”, Jesus submitted Himself completely to whatever His enemies desired to do to Him and went to the cross.
But He suffered so completely so that we wouldn’t have to.
Remain in Christ and maintain peace. He is seated at Papa’s right hand in heaven and we who are in Him are seated with Him. We should perceive everything from His perspective, then we will remain in His peace and avoid the tribulation of the world.
We will face adversity, but don’t allow it to trouble you. Stay in Christ and walk over your trials, through your trials, totally disintegrate your trials before they can touch you. This is our inheritance—our dominion is to bring earth into alignment with heaven.