[CF Devotionals] 2020-01-15 - Perception

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There is so much to this life that we do not understand. For that reason, many things seem random in their development rather than patterned. We may not connect the dots and see the plan, but it does not mean a plan does not already exist. Our minds want to make sense of what happens-specifically as it directly affects our time here on earth. Perhaps if we can make sense of what has happened, then we will have a better idea of what we should do next. According to study.com: Perception in Psychology; definition and study, “perception can be defined as our recognition and interpretation of sensory information. Perception is also including how we respond to the information. We can think of perception as a process where we take in sensory information from our environment in order to interact with our environment. Perception allows us to take the information in and make it into something meaningful.”

Even things that go wrong, are illogical or are sad are ones subject to placement into the category of meaningful. The word of God defines meaning with the Greek word dunamai: to be able, possible, or be of power. (#1410 in James Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) and the Hebrew word biun: separate mentally, consider, discern, or have regard. (#998 in James Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). The question that comes to my mind is: “Where do we turn for discernment in the interpretation of meaningful?” While psychology can bring to light the process of interpretation called perception, and the senses that allow us the ability to find meaning in it, it cannot bring wisdom to our final decision in what meaningful signifies. We each must decide from where we receive wisdom, and our response should be based on more than what is physically and emotionally perceived. Those things are important, yet added to them is our spiritual side. Not just what is in our hearts(minds) as human beings, but if we choose to be adopted into God’s family via his only son, then we also have the wisdom of God in our hearts. With that wisdom comes clarity and the understanding that despite what we see and what we feel, the wisdom of God outweighs those temporal aspects of living. Our eyes can be deceived, and our feelings can be hurt, but when we seek God’s wisdom to supersede those things, our perception becomes crystal clear. Fact is, the senses and emotions can lead be part of leading us to right or wrong conclusions, but God’s perception is without spot or blemish, and that is why we need Him. He wants us to seek him. He is a gentleman. His heart is pure. He sent His son to overcome death for us. His arms await you.

“to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own timeā€”God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.” (I Timothy 6:14-16 NIV)

“in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.” (Titus 1:2-4 NIV)

“he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:20-23 NIV)

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (I Corinthians 14:33 KJV)

“And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.” (Daniel 8:15-16 KJV)

There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore, if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” (1 Corinthians 14:10-15 KJV)

“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (James 3:16-18 KJV)

“To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Galatians 4:5-7 KJV)

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:32-33 KJV)

All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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