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21 Days of Hope - Day16 - Take Another Look

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:4)

There is an interesting thing that happens in football when a referee flows a flag for a penalty. That penalty can be decisive. It can cost the game. The interesting thing is that the call in some cases can be contested. The coach appeals and the call is sent up to referees high in a press box above the field for what they call a “further review.” Sometimes you will hear over the loudspeaker, “After further review the play on the field is overturned.” What seemed final and decided is reversed.

People of hope learn to bring things that happen on earth to God. Sometimes the calls we make on situations on earth are really bad. That was a devastating loss, I will never recover from that hurt. That person has destroyed my life. God won’t forgive that. There isn’t an answer. Not even God could fix that problem. My life is hopeless”. Satan loves to throw the flag of accusation. He loves to interpret a negative event as a final horrible sentence of destruction on our life. But people of hope choose to lift the verdict on earth up to God for a second opinion, for a further review.

Henry Blackaby said, “You can never know the full truth of a situation until you hear from Jesus.” Over and over on earth it seemed like the truth was hopelessness. This storm will sink the ship the disciples clearly thought. But after “further review” they found that call overturned because Jesus speaks to storms and with one word can tell a storm to be still. One day the disciples saw a man born blind and said is the truth that this man sinned or his parents sinned and that is why he was born blind. That was a common way of thinking in those days. Some even today see negative circumstances as God’s punishment. But Jesus said, (after further review) “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3) Jesus healed the man on the spot.

I call this, setting your mind on things above or asking the Holy Spirit to help you see this situation from God’s point of view. In almost every circumstance there is an earthly definition and a heavenly perspective. I remember one event when we bought land to build a church but after two years the city said we couldn’t get it rezoned to build on it. From our perspective our dream to build a church for God was ruined. Little did we know that from God’s perspective he had a plan to give us our present building which was so far better than what we were going to build and planned to do a miracle to sell that land so it could happen. I’m so glad we didn’t give up when we heard the call on the field.

There are difficult circumstances in your life right now that God wants to let you know He has a different call than the negative conclusion you are accepting. Lift that up to God for further review and let God show you how He can overturn and reverse the call of your present situation.


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