I would like to introduce you to a new friend of mine, Melissa K. Norris.
She is a writer of Fictional novels, as
well as real life issues.
We were able to connect through Twitter, and I have enjoyed reading her posts and ideas.
We thought it would be a fabulous idea to blog swap for a day.
To go along with my book theme, her post is also on perception 🙂
And of course my post for today, ” My Little Steps Of Faith”- can be found on her blog:
Are Your Glasses Dirty? How God Wiped Mine Clean
Have you ever looked at someone and gave them a label?
A young teenage girl with way too much black eye liner and not enough skirt? How about the really loud obnoxious guy at a sporting event, the one who peaked in high school on the football field and never got past it. Or the drug addict on T.V. (or not on T.V.) whose back in jail.
If you’re anything like me, you make these snap judgments without a whole lot of thought. You’re not trying to be mean, it just happens. We perceive people by their actions. It’s human nature, the sinful part of human nature.
I have a family member who has battled with addiction for over twenty years. I’ve prayed for him, had hope, and felt my heart sink when he makes the wrong choice. “Why can’t he just quit? He’s been clean for this long, why did he go back?”
I was angry with him and everyone else who uses drugs. Couldn’t they see what they were doing to their loved ones?
And then God spoke to me. Gently, but powerfully.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1
Read the word captive again. Captive means to be held against your will. Drug addicts are held captive to their addiction. Against their will. No one wants to be addicted to drugs. Deep down they wish to be released from the dark prison.
Tears poured down my face when I God showed me this. We’re all captive to sin. Addiction is sin. Haughtiness is sin. Pride is sin.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declared the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
We have to watch our perceptions. If they are not God’s, then they need to wiped from our eyes and hearts.
When I find myself letting the old perceptions slide back, I stop and pray for the person right then and there. It might be in the middle of work, but I silently ask God to set both of us free and for our feet to walk in His steps.
What has God set you free from?
Melissa is an inspirational fiction author. You can read the first page of her novel at www.melissaknorris.com Don’t forget to sign up for her free author newsletter for special devotionals, best book bets, and writer’s corner. She loves to chat so “like” her author Facebook page and visit on Twitter.