Transform Your Thinking
"My head is round so my thoughts can fly is all directions." -Risha Hoffman, Keith Allen, Francis Picabia (worded more eloquent) and whoever else in the entirety of mankind.
Perception. The word that encompasses many things! It literally means to perceive with understanding or awareness, as well as, a mental impression. Yet, we want this to be truth. Our truth.
Somewhere along the way, the belief that truth IS... my changing circumstance, my unique experience, but most importantly, how I see it based on what I feel. Sounds cliche` yet, I have said in defense or thought something very similar when challenged in the set of "truth laws" I created for myself.
Consider the same "truth laws" in regard to how you perceive your life. Can you get a sense of how perception is in constant motion? It is never set in stone or concrete. Rather, more like liquid, moving slow at times, rapid seldom, and maybe more than often, somewhere in between.
Pick an experience from your childhood. Something that you have carried along the way, that has shaped you. Has this experience morphed through time and maturity? Can you honestly see in this one thing how your perceptions have changed from how you used to see it, to the way you do now? Circumstances and new experiences shifted the paradigm in your own thought processes of what you once thought as "truth." Changing. Liquid. One flowing into the next. Smoothing over time, as it cascades into the present.
Seems logical on paper, right? Now add in your emotions to the experience. How does your emotional response change your perception? Does this enrichment of emotions alter the way you see this one experience now? Over the course of your life, did your emotional response transition going back in time and space, then returning to the present?
Are you stuck anywhere along the way of moving backward to process or resistant to being open to future possibilities? Any given circumstance where you are getting stuck, as hard as it may be, you have to take what belongs to you to move forward. For instance, I had to go back to some of the most painful times in my life and retrieve what I lost there. Some places I returned only to find deeper betrayal, another return upon arrival, I grabbed my dignity only to run into more places where I left it, finding more lost parts of myself.
You see I found "truth" but, I wanted absolute truth. I still do, I pray I always will. At the end of all my wanderings I still wasn't satiated. The fulfillment came when my truth was illuminated within The Light of God through Christ. Absolute truth defined as; whatever is valid (legally binding due to having been executed in compliance with the law) regardless of parameters or context. Read again what valid means, the words in the parentheses!
Romans 8:3-4 NIV "For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
ARMOR OF GOD : Priscilla Shirer : "The health of your mind has everything to do with your overall ability to function properly, both emotionally and behaviorally. If your mind's thought processes are unhealthy and toxic, your emotions and actions will expose it. As if that's not enough, poisonous thinking will also cripple your ability to clearly detect the leading of God's Spirit. As an heir, you're meant to know and discern His Will, to hear His guiding voice behind you. But when your mind isn't thinking like someone who wears salvation, your conscience (which is part of your soul, remember?) fails to turn in the direction of the Spirit's conviction. The enemy's lies, when believed, short-circuit and distort your ability to hear God's voice clearly and respond accordingly. But you are an heir, OK? You don't need to live from such a limited perspective of scarcity and lack-unprotected, unshielded, vulnerable to assault. Your inheritance, so full and rich and robust and plentiful, was bestowed on you by Someone who died on your behalf nearly 2,000 years ago. So while you still go about your regular job in your regular life with your regular life circumstances, you aren't limited by their meager restraints. Your lifestyle should reflect your true inheritance which will enable you to live a spiritual life of lavish abundance and grace. It is a helmet of protection for your head, for your mind. Put it on and you'll begin to see a raise in your standard of living right away."
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 : The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
The war we fight is within ourselves, duped to participate in the personal attack on our own minds! How crafty and clever evil is, creating a war that is unseen and undetected within the human soul, only to watch it destroy itself. Brothers and sisters we have to wake up to the schemes that have been set up against the absolute truth. We must ask ourselves : What do we entertain or nurse in our thinking that does not lead to His holy and pleasing will?" Romans 12:2 : Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.