There are many lives that are willing to change out there, but there are very few pairs of eyes that are ready to look at changed lives differently. People really want to change out there but the eyes looking at them are holding on to what they know. Truly, changing perception changes lives.
It takes one day for a person to dive into a new way of living, but it will take many days with the support of changed perception towards the person to maintain the resolve. Therefore it is your responsibility to stay within communities that believe in the change you want to make about your life. Stay as much as you can in those communities.
If you want to lose weight, stay regularly with communities that believe I’m your progress of weight loss. If you want to stay fit, spend time with your newly found gym buddies. If you want to stop alcohol abuse, find a community that believe in your goal. Out there you will always find the pairs of eyes that are ready to look at you differently.
Very soon you will find out that you community’s greatest addiction is your past failures. This drug is loved by many: your past failures. The place that loves to smoke your past failures is unfortunately the place where you hoped they will look at you with new eyes, your local church.
I found out that the gym has more faith in the fitness of its people than the church folk has in the change of lives. Now this is sad, here is a gym believing that your body can change but the church denies you the chance to change your entire life! Don’t get me wrong; not all churches are like that. Now go get a church that will look at you differently. Changing perception changes lives.
Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And are not His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not [living here] among us? Where then did this Man get all this [wisdom and power]?” And they took offense at Him [refusing to believe in Him]. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And He did not do many miracles there [in Nazareth] because of their unbelief. MATTHEW 13:55-58 AMP
So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values]. Though we have known Christ from a human point of view, now we no longer know Him in this way . Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature ; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:16-17 AMP
Jesus, whom even those who are not His followers regard Him as the greatest Man ever lived, faced a group of people who were hell bent to perceiving him as a usual community guy. It is not even your bad past that people are after, but your average past. You are their friend as long as you stay average.
If you want to change your income story, younger to meet communities that are about changing incomes. If you have stayed for 25 years in your job that only gave you 3 meaningful promotions, you need to at least stay for five years with a network marketing company and learn the skillet that will.change your life. Changing perception changes lives.
In 2 Corinthians 5:16 Paul speaks of a destiny community when it comes together. He says this group of people decide purposely not to look at one another from the visible past or outward appearance. He says this is how Jess was looked by His community just as a son of a carpenter that grew among them.
Indeed Jesus mentioned to them in Matthew 13 that a prophet is not welcome in his hometown. He therefore identified a group of 12 as his Destiny Community and that groups impact is still felt today 2000 years later. Where is your Destiny Community? People who will perceive you according to your God given Destiny and not within their limitations, that is the community you need to find today.
Early in the week I said to you that you need to know yourself in a new way. Later I said we need to love one another just as Jess loved his Destiny Community. I am saying today to you find this Destiny Community which will know you from possibilities which are locked within you. Jesus could not perform miracles in his hometown because of their unbelief. Spend time with those who believe in you.
Sadly many people are not believed in places that are close to their hearts. Nevertheless there will always be a community that looks like Jesus Group of twelve. For you to declare yourself as New Creation as mentioned in 2 Cor 5:17 you need to stay in the community of 2Cor 5:16. A community that knows that Changing Perception changes lives.
Therefore my friend do not give up on the founder of this Concept of Destiny Community Jesus Christ the New Life giver. Do not give up on the communities He has founded yes the church fellowship. There is a Church out there which will believe in your destiny. There is an accountability group out there which believes in you breaking that addiction. There is a Mentor out there ready to see you as God sees you.