Developing Your Powers Of Perception
By Rodney W. Francis
Perception is something we all have, yet it is one of those things we tend not to be too public about. Having something 'and knowing what to do with it 'can be two different matters! Perception is a very important part of life and we should use it in all kinds of situations.
we then would have to stop and think it through. For most of us we’ve quite possibly never been challenged on this area of our lives.
Perception was (and is) a major part of Christian guidance throughout the Scriptures.There are approximately seven different Hebrew words and eleven Greek words that it is translated from. The main meanings are:
Old Testament (Hebrew) From Young's Concordance
New Testament (Greek) From Young's Concordance
Collins Dictionary gives us the following
It is closely linked to "discernment" or the ability to discern:
There is a natural perception and there is a spiritual perception. Perception is all about seeing beyond the outward exterior. It is seeing beyond what one is presented with. The challenge is to recognize when it is happening, the reasons why it is happening and what should we do about it?
If it is a major part of our lives, and it should be, why are we not more open about it? Is it because we don't want it to be questioned or challenged as to its accuracy? The more we can prove the accuracy of our perception and discernment, the more we can exercise it with confidence (Hebrews 5:14 ).
THE MINISTRY OF JESUS:
The Bible shows us that Jesus functioned through perception.
THE EARLY CHURCH:
The Early Church functioned very powerfully and effectively through the exercising of their discernment. Even the people perceived (katalambano) Peter and John were not trained, but knew they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13 )
SOME OTHER EXAMPLES:
HOW DOES PERCEPTION FUNCTION?
From the afore-mentioned examples we see that perception functioned in the following ways:
Perception and discernment are very important functions for us. We have seen how they have operated in various Bible illustrations. Yet, strangely, there are two areas where we seem to be somewhat weak in perception:
Job was going through a major trial in his life and it seems that his circumstances were "blinding" him from comprehending God and His voice? How we must guard against our circumstances getting in the way of perceiving when God is near.
"For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord, that he should perceive("raah") and hear His Word? Who has marked His Word, noticing and observing and giving attention to it, and has actually heard it?" (Jeremiah 23:18 , AMP.)
PERCEIVING OUR OWN HEART!
"And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive (katanoeo) the plank that is in your own eye?" (Luke 6:41 ,NKJV)
Perception works best for us when it comes to other people, circumstances and situations! But not so good for our own personal lives.
The two main areas we need to be more perceptive in, we are actually weak!
With regards to our perception of God's voice and presence, we have need of presenting ourselves to Him, to bring ourselves to the place of sitting at His feet. We have need to allow Him to reveal to us what is in our own heart. We need those times of "being still and knowing that I am God" (Psalm 46:10 ). Then we need to carry that through to pulling the log out of our own eye! All of us have experienced others who know the will of God and life's answers for everyone else. Yet their own life often carries no corresponding actions. We've all (personally) struggled with perceiving the will of God for ourselves.
The ability to make a spiritual distinction; the ability "to see" behind the outward show. It is there to lead us, guide us, help us, forewarn us, protect us. We have it so we can more specifically help, understand and minister to others in the name of Jesus through the love of God within us.
Be encouraged to have a discussion among your Christian friends about how perception works for you. You will be surprised at how helpful it will be to talk about how this important area of your life works.