My Father Owns The Store
Many years ago I had a vision that has impacted my life more than any other prophetic experience I have received from the Lord.
It came during a prayer time, when I asked God to teach me about faith. As I uttered the prayer, a picture suddenly came to mind.
“I saw a small boy, standing on tiptoe, his face pressed against a shop-front window. It was a candy store and the entire window was filled with all kinds of cakes and goodies that any child would find desirable. Somehow I knew that in his back pocket he had one small coin and oh, how I felt the limitation of that one little coin!
Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Same boy, same amount of money in his pocket, but his Father owns the store.”
Suddenly, even though no detail of the picture had changed, I had a complete paradigm shift. It was no longer how much money he had in his pocket that would determine what the boy could receive, but how much his Father was willing to share with him.
All he needed to do was ask.”
You see, put a Father in the picture, and the perspective changes.
When we stand in the Presence of God as His sons and daughters, we see life differently. As a result, we will speak, think and act differently.
What is YOUR Promised Land?
Twelve Israelite leaders go in to spy out Canaan—their Promised Land—on a reconnaissance mission. They see the same things, experience the same things and hear the same things.
Upon their return, ten of the spies describe what they have seen like this: “The land is fruitful, but:
- The enemy are GIANTS,
- WE are as small as grasshoppers compared to them
- And we CAN’T attack them because they’re BIGGER and stronger than we are.”
However, two of the men—Joshua and Caleb—come back with a different report. They say:
- “The enemy has no protection and—GOD IS ON OUR SIDE and He is going in front of us.
- We will have the enemy for lunch!
- We CAN take possession of this land.”
Twelve men go to spy out the Promised Land. They see exactly the same things. They experience the same things. They hear exactly the same things. And yet they come to two different conclusions. Why is that?
They had a different perspective on what they saw.
‘…those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15
Joshua and Caleb saw themselves as sons of a living God—a God who is faithful to fulfil His word—and it changed THE WAY they saw everything.
They viewed earth’s circumstances from heaven’s viewpoint and took God at His word.
The hearts of the other 10 leaders, however, still harboured a perspective from their years of slavery in Egypt. ‘We have to look out for ourselves—we do not trust God to protect us.’
What is Perspective?
Another expression for ‘perspective is ‘point of view.’ It is the way we see something.
The word ‘perspective’ comes from two Latin words, meaning ‘see’ and ‘through.’
When we talk about seeing the world through someone else’s eyes, we are talking about looking at life from their perspective, their viewpoint.
Our viewpoint will always come from our standpoint. Today I climbed a hill. From the top, I could see more, and further, than I could from the valley below.
We will always SEE from the position we STAND.
God wants us to see from heaven’s viewpoint—the perspective revealed in His Word.
If our standing is that of sons and daughters of a loving and powerful God, we will view life differently—we will have a Kingdom perspective.
Perspective Affects Attitude & Destiny
The perspective of the 10 spies affected the attitude of all Israel. It says the WHOLE NATION started to grumble. Perspective determines attitude.
We often hear about the importance of our attitude. As Zig Ziglar has said,‘Your attitude will determine your altitude!’
Our perspective—the way we VIEW LIFE—is what determines our attitude. Our attitude, in turn, affects the way that we think, believe, speak, pray and live our lives.
In other words, our perspective has a direct impact upon our destiny, as well as our daily life.
The nation of Israel chose to take the viewpoint of the 10 spies and as a result of their unbelief they spent 40 more years in the wilderness.
Paradigm Shifts that will Rock your World
Seeing from heaven’s viewpoint enabled the youth David to stand in front of Goliath with a sling and a stone; it enabled Paul and Silas to sing praises to God in a dungeon. And it enabled Caleb and Joshua to take cities and nations for God—the promised land of Canaan—in their old age.
Deep down, each of us know that we have a God-given purpose and destiny to fulfil while here on earth. Each of has our own ‘Promised Land.’
It is vital that we examine our perspective, to see whether we are seeing from heaven’s viewpoint. Are we standing in the Presence of God as His sons and daughters, as heirs of the Kingdom?
I believe that in this next season, the Holy Spirit is highlighting this area. We must have a Kingdom perspective if we are going to impact the earth for God’s Kingdom.
Over the next few weeks I am going to be examining some paradigm shifts that I believe the Holy Spirit is bringing to the attention of the church at this time.
- It is going to take a different kind of Christian living to reach this generation with the good news of Jesus.
- It is going to take courage to allow the Holy Spirit to test and shake our perspective, the traditional way that we have seen things.
I’m willing to go on the journey. Will you join me?
© Helen Calder 2010 Enliven Publishing
Now on team with David McCracken Ministries