Know For Yourself: Perception

Perception

  • the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses

To perceive something means to be able [to understanding] with all your being.

So it goes to say since God gave us a brain, use it.

2 Timothy 2:7 “Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” It’s not everyday you come upon something as great as the word perception, and yet everyday we should be reading the Bible. All through scripture God and the disciples tell us to get understanding or insight, which mean the same thing. It must be necessary to get these things or else it wouldn’t be repeated constantly.
So what is perception all about?
Perception requires the body and it’s functions. The use of our senses and knowledge. Now, notice I didn’t say our knowledge for as a singular person out of many, we know nothing. Even as a sect of people- such as the Church -we still have no knowledge of our own unless learned from Jesus Christ Himself (don’t forget that He is also the word that was in the beginning and is to come). Proverbs 2:6 “For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” This versed alone tells us that we get knowledge from God and understanding as well.
Kings James Version says something a bit different. KJV says “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Wisdom is the principal thing. Wisdom is the ‘first of importance’; It is important. Why, if we considered to actually ask God for Wisdom, He said many things will happen. For an overall summary, Mark 4:10-20 tells of Jesus explaining the purpose of parables. Jesus’ says in verse 12 ‘ “they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.” ‘ In this he was talking about the ‘outside world’. The world, excluding the disciples and those who followed Him. There was a reason when Jesus spoke and everything thing seemed like jibber-jabber to the on lookers who didn’t believe in Jesus. They didn’t believe and so therefore didn’t understand anything about Jesus or the value held of being a Child of God.
The disciples and followers understood and all the more continued to gain insight while being around Jesus and actually learning. So, I will purpose the question, Why are we having a hard time in life? Generally the things like studying the Word of God seem hard or to pass right over our heads. This can be answered easily. Before beginning any kind of action or activity in the morning, I suggest prayer and effective prayer. Prayer that starts with you and ends with God. Prayer that begins with the first thing that comes to mind and will end with the last thing God gives you. It’s not hard to start and end our days with God. We just need to put one foot in front of the other.
We won’t be able to understand the Bible if we don’t ask God to help us understand; to give us knowledge and understanding. After all God gives wisdom and we know that we must get Wisdom- it really isn’t a choice if we want to live a Holy, Graceful, Merciful life for Jesus.
Psalms 119:34 “Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart.”
Another definition of Perception is key to our living on earth:
  • a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression.

Now, let’s put this in the sense of our relationship with Christ. If we regard, understand, or interpret the Bible and our life as a mental impression of how Jesus Christ has {many times} told us to live, what would that look like? Take that image and run! Run as fast as you can because Satan is planning on stealing it. Mark 4:15 “And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.

I tell you today, don’t be the one ‘along the path where the word is sown’, neither be where the word is sown on rocky ground (v.16-17), and yet don’t be the ones sown among thorns. But be where the word is sown on good soil, (v.20) ‘But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.’

Perception isn’t hard to understand and it’s really isn’t difficult to study. I want you to understand. I want what God wants. He wants everyone to know Him and to accept Him. He has done everything for us, still does, and yet we put a wall up to shut him out. Many people don’t care and there are those who do but ‘don’t have time’. What would it feel like if God didn’t have time for you? We have this image in our head that God has all the time in the universe… well because He made it. So think about a time where God was so busy He couldn’t be there when you needed him most.

So remember Isaiah 6:9-10 “ And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” ”

Let’s be the ones planted where the soil is good and where the word is sewed and reaped 30, 60, even 100 fold.

B’Sweet~Stay Perceptive,

Annie ♥

 

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