Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

Perspective

“It is difficult to see the picture when you

are inside the frame.” Unknown

Understanding is Dependent Upon Your Frame of

Perspective

What is your frame of perspective with which you approach the Word of God? A book of history? A book of stories and fables, some perhaps based on history, but not too relevant today? A book of outdated and unscientific thoughts, commands, and laws that are not practical in today’s society? Or do you believe Timothy when he says: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”? (2 Tim 3:16-17 NASB) What is your frame of perspective as you consider God? A distant God, not really personally involved in your life? A God who is harsh and exacting, ready to punish as soon as you put a toe over the line? Or a passionately loving Father who knows you so well and will not stop short of anything until He has brought out the best in you, and until you fulfill the rich purpose for which He has created you? These two frames of perspective are vitally important to your walk of faith; your walk in the Spirit, as opposed to a walk in the flesh of self. It was the changing of these two frames of perspective that radically impacted my life in Christ and enables me to enter the rest of which Jesus spoke - a rest that comes from getting out of the frame. The frame of perspective from which my blogs are written is that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that God is all He says He is. The purpose of the blogs is to share what I have gleaned from a new perspective and to highlight the love of God as opposed to the all-too- common harsh, perfectionistic God who expects a standard that is impossible to attain, and is ready to dish out punishment at our slightest faltering step. This is the God I had come to know through many years of looking through a distorted frame. My hope is that you find rest and refreshing as you perhaps come to know God in a new way, or as you just relish this wonderful Father you have already come to know. Each Blog will have the four picture-frames that appear on this page; the purpose of these picture-frames is to give you an illustration of how frames work. The fourth small picture is the largest context of all the pictures, with each of the other three being a smaller frame of the bigger picture. As you touch or hover your mouse over each of the four small pictures, they will appear in the larger frame above, demonstrating how focusing on a frame enlarges that frame in your mind, to the exclusion of all other things, so that you think it is the context, as opposed to a possible frame / perspective of a greater context. Then when you change to a bigger frame, you find that what you had not previously seen, or you previously thought was irrelevant, now become part of a greater and richer picture that brings a change to your understanding.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

Perspective

“It is difficult to see the picture

when you are inside the frame.”

Unknown

Understanding is Dependent Upon Your Frame

of Perspective

What is your frame of perspective with which you approach the Word of God? A book of history? A book of stories and fables, some perhaps based on history, but not too relevant today? A book of outdated and unscientific thoughts, commands, and laws that are not practical in today’s society? Or do you believe Timothy when he says: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”? (2 Tim 3:16-17 NASB) What is your frame of perspective as you consider God? A distant God, not really personally involved in your life? A God who is harsh and exacting, ready to punish as soon as you put a toe over the line? Or a passionately loving Father who knows you so well and will not stop short of anything until He has brought out the best in you, and until you fulfill the rich purpose for which He has created you? These two frames of perspective are vitally important to your walk of faith; your walk in the Spirit, as opposed to a walk in the flesh of self. It was the changing of these two frames of perspective that radically impacted my life in Christ and enables me to enter the rest of which Jesus spoke - a rest that comes from getting out of the frame. The frame of perspective from which my blogs are written is that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that God is all He says He is. The purpose of the blogs is to share what I have gleaned from a new perspective and to highlight the love of God as opposed to the all-too- common harsh, perfectionistic God who expects a standard that is impossible to attain, and is ready to dish out punishment at our slightest faltering step. This is the God I had come to know through many years of looking through a distorted frame. My hope is that you find rest and refreshing as you perhaps come to know God in a new way, or as you just relish this wonderful Father you have already come to know. Each Blog will have the four picture-frames that appear on this page; the purpose of these picture-frames is to give you an illustration of how frames work. The fourth small picture is the largest context of all the pictures, with each of the other three being a smaller frame of the bigger picture. As you touch or hover your mouse over each of the four small pictures, they will appear in the larger frame above, demonstrating how focusing on a frame enlarges that frame in your mind, to the exclusion of all other things, so that you think it is the context, as opposed to a possible frame / perspective of a greater context. Then when you change to a bigger frame, you find that what you had not previously seen, or you previously thought was irrelevant, now become part of a greater and richer picture that brings a change to your understanding.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.