In the beginning, God established a universal law that is still relevant today. God brought all living creatures to Adam, and whatever he called each one became its name. Notice that God allowed Adam to name them, and then heaven endorsed and blessed what he had named it. “And the Lord God brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature that was its name.” (Genesis 2:19)
You decide what you will call your circumstance or situation, and what you call it will affect your response to it. Does your perception of your present crisis or situation reflect that your citizenship is of another country, Heaven?
When Jesus heard that Lazarus was dead, He said, “No, he is asleep.” The way Jesus perceived it affected His response. He didn’t panic, even delaying His going for several days. When Martha came to meet Jesus, she said, “If you had been here, he would not have died.” Jesus did not condemn her response, but He knew Who He was—the resurrection and the life—and He knew this was an opportunity to glorify His Father and to reveal Who He was. (John 11:1-45)
In this, I see Jesus teaching that if we only look at things through our natural eyes, we miss the opportunity to see heaven glorified on earth, and we fail to grasp who we really are. When you lose a job, how do you perceive it? How you perceive it will affect what you call it.
The word “crisis” in Chinese contains the characters for “danger” and “opportunity.” As a kingdom citizen, can I see the King of Heaven using my present situation as an opportunity to elevate me to something better? Or perhaps He is saving me from future danger I don’t see. Our perception of things affects our response. If all you see is a crisis, then your negative attitude causes a negative response.
Perception is NOT denial of reality. However, God established from the beginning that He allows us to choose what we will name things. I sometimes wish God hadn’t given mankind dominion because then I could blame Him for my present situation. But, since He gave us dominion, it means I am responsible for my response to reality. What determines your perception? Your heavenly citizenship or your earthly citizenship? The spiritual or the natural?
Think about it this way; how can you disappoint someone whose perspective is that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”? (Romans 8:28) That means the God Who put me on this earth and Who called and sent me has everything under control and will use any crisis (even the coronavirus crisis) for my good. Allow your crisis to become a source of creativity, an opportunity to purify your faith! (James 1:2-8)
The Bible is full of examples of people who were promoted after a crisis.
Joseph was elevated from a slave to a ruler of Egypt. He was not defined by the pit his brothers put him into, nor by the accusation of sex with his master’s wife, nor by his time in prison. In each of those circumstances, his perspective (vision) was what had been revealed to him in a dream when he was just a boy.
Daniel went into captivity in Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon’s court and served that king and his successors loyally and faithfully. Then from a lions’ den, he was elevated to the office of prime minister. “Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon.” (Daniel 2:48)
Esther went before king Ahasuerus, found favor with him, and implored him to retract an order for the annihilation of her people, the Jews. The king canceled the massacre, and Esther became queen.
Jesus, when He faced a crisis—a cup in the garden and then the cross—was subsequently elevated back to His original position at the right hand of the Father. His elevation becomes ours by faith in His finished work. As we are transformed from glory to glory, we are to live like Adam before he sinned, because a second Adam (Jesus) redeemed back to us the dominion and authority that the first Adam lost.
See your crisis as God’s process for promoting you to your purpose and destiny. There is a reason why God has you on the earth at this time, and it’s more than just to pay bills and wait to die. He has a purpose specifically for you to accomplish. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and plan for elevation because you are royalty and called to reign by living from a place of rest rather than from fear.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21) Death and life are not in the environment, crisis, or circumstance. They’re in your tongue, or what you say about your circumstances. Watch what you say, for your words produce fruit you end up eating.
“And the earth was (became) without form, (confusion), and void, (no order); and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Genesis 1:2, 3) If God had spoken what He saw, He would have talked of confusion, disorder, and darkness. But He said, “Let there be light,” and light is what He received. God was not denying the reality of confusion, disorder, and darkness, but He spoke what He preferred . . . light! We were created in HIS likeness and have the ability to see and know what He desires. Jesus said we would give an account for every idle word we speak, not only in the next world, because our words make a difference right here, right now.
Speak what you know, not what you see or hear, lest you get more of what you see and hear. “Let the weak say, I AM strong, let the poor say I am rich.” (Joel 3:10) Why does God want the weak and poor to declare the opposite of their present condition? For things to change, our perspective of Who God is to us must change. Then by faith we speak what He has revealed to us. Understand that when a king speaks his words become law, and Jesus Christ redeemed us to be “king and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:10; 1:6)
So be careful what you speak, no matter your present condition. Rather, see your condition as temporary, only a season. Victory is in your mouth (what you speak), not in your eyes! “By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.” (Proverbs 11:11)
May the sons and daughters arise and speak and be the salt and light this world so desperately needs. Yes, we do have a responsibility, and that is to make our requests known to the Father which gives Him permission to interfere with the affairs in the world. As wickedness abounds, may we rise and proclaim the word of the Lord that is in our hearts. Be a vessel of change where you have influence. Speak hope into your situation and area of influence, not death. God is the God of hope!
Jason Schlabach · FOUNDER & LEAD COUNSELOR
Jason is the founder and director of Door of Hope Ministry and fomerly pastor of Foothills Community Chapel in Columbus, NC. Jason has the heart of a shepherd, giving oversight and direction to the many arms of Door of Hope. His passion is for people to be able to connect with their Heavenly Father, and to walk in the abundant kingdom life that is possible through Jesus Christ.
Jason and his wife, Fern live in Columbus, NC. They have five children: Landon, Heather, Reece, Destinee, and Paige, and two grandchildren.