Last week, Tim and I were uplifted and refreshed by a Graham Cooke conference in Anaheim, Mind of a Saint. Graham is a popular speaker around the world with a passion to empower the people of God to walk in their true identity. He is a powerful, revelatory communicator with a radiant idea of Jesus, himself and the Kingdom of God. His life and ministry are marked by his delightful, intimate, and unreserved two-way friendship with the Lord.
Graham said that we have the mind of saints. When we live out the culture of the Kingdom, our old nature is replaced by Holy Spirit-renewed perceptions, thoughts, and language. Today let’s take a look at godly perspective.
The last evening of the conference, Tim and I went out for pizza with several people from the conference. The dining area was a pleasant, shaded patio that cooled us from the mid-eighties California heat. But I sat at the end of the steel rectangular table, so I missed much of the conversation and couldn’t fathom what the waves of laughter were about. Frowning, I hit frustration.
When we’re frustrated, how do we gain heavenly perspective? Graham says:
- Is God frustrated? No. He’s in perfect peace because His design is intentional. He uses everything to display His goodness. Since there’s no frustration in heaven, there should be no frustration on earth. That’s because you are the very place where heaven meets the earth. Ask God what He sees and how He perceives your situation.
- Your upgrade in the Spirit happens when you’re in sync with God. Determine your identity in Christ and know what He has for you.
- You’re saved by grace. Grace is “the power of God to become the person God sees when He looks at you.”
What happened after pizza night? Later, I looked up a couple of individuals from dinner. If I can’t speak to those people all at once, I reasoned, maybe I can go deep encouraging them one at a time. And I did.
The next morning God reminded me that we experience things in the natural before they break loose in the supernatural. Weeping, I prayed for those of us who break down with frustration when we can’t hear His voice. I prayed that we’d press through and be filled with His presence and we’d be open in fresher ways for fulfilled longings for a deeper friendship with Him.
Friend, be filled with optimism and strength and Holy Spirit-breathed genius, because that’s how God sees you! Today I pray you go deeper and trust God in the process.
Have you been, or are you, recently frustrated by a situation? If so, how do you think God sees the situation?
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