Today, I want to talk about changing your point of reference. Each one of us, whether we are aware of it or not have within us a point of reference from which we judge what is possible in our lives.
Point of reference: our current state of faith from which we judge what is possible in our lives.
When we approach the Word of God, our reference point is challenged. It is challenged to change, to grow, to release restrictions, to release hurt; to be transformed into a framework of faith from which God can do the impossible. It is challenged to become a foundation from which God can reveal His glory.
I started to say, “most of us” but I’m challenged to say, “all of us” have a reference point that needs to be altered. The apostle Paul describes this in verse 20-21 of Ephesians, chapter 3 when he says:
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Our reference point is what we can conceive and what we have faith to ask for; described in this scripture as what we ask or think.
The apostle Paul, who experienced much of the impossible in his life states that what God has in mind to do through us is “exceedingly abundantly above” our current point of reference.
This is interesting because, while each of us need to have our reference point expanded if you will, we all have different reference points from which our faith extends.
So, no matter where your reference point currently stands God desires and plans to do things through you and in you that are beyond your current point of reference; so much so that you have not even conceived them in your mind as of yet!
How do we have our point of reference changed?
First, it is changed by the Word of God.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
The Word of God is alive and active in identifying the attitudes and beliefs within us that do not originate in the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God is speaking to us from God’s Word; revealing to us what is possible through us in Jesus Christ. Attitudes and beliefs within us that are contrary to the Word fight against our possibilities in the Spirit.
When the Spirit says, “Yes”, our point of reference can be saying, “No”! The Word is constantly challenging and demanding change in our current point of reference to bring it to the point in which it will say, “yes” to the impossibilities of the Spirit.
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us–by me and Silas and Timothy–was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:19-20
So many of us have a “schizophrenic” reference point of faith – fighting over whether we truly believe something is possible or not. But, the Bible tells us that no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ!
And, so through Him the Amen is spoken by us to the glory of God. Before Jesus would discuss a pivotal truth with His disciples, He would say, “Verily, verily I say unto you”. The actual word used by Jesus in these statements was “Amen, amen I say unto you”.
He wants His disciples (how many of you are one of those?) – He wants His disciples’ point of reference to be changed to reach the point so that when God says, “This is what I want to do through you” we say “Amen” or “Verily”!
We say, “You speak the truth”!
So, we must allow the Word to illuminate the weakness of the faith produced by a reference point not in line with the Spirit.
Secondly, a change in our reference point comes by the Spirit.
I remember a time in which we believed that all change was a product of trust in God and the power of the Holy Spirit. It seems as if now, we believe that change comes through knowing the right facts. This is a belief of modern society – morality is a product of knowledge.
Morality is a product of faith not knowledge.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 2 Peter 1:5-7
In the “glory pipeline”, we see that goodness is a product of faith, not knowledge.
We used to cry out to God believing that, if God didn’t do it, it wasn’t going to get done. Now, we look for the blueprint.
The apostle Paul states that he is praying for this change. Paul knows that a change in the reference point of faith will come from something called, “the riches of God’s glory” and will be done by the Spirit.
Paul states that this change is a product of an impartation of the Spirit that will strengthen with might the inner man.
Strengthen – krátos: from a root meaning “to perfect, complete,” –properly, dominion, exerted power.
While Paul is praying for something to change, he is using a word that refers to something that has already been released; already at work – a dominion already realized.
Can you realize that what God has intended in you is already released and is simply waiting for your point of reference to say, “Amen” to it?
Everybody say, “It’s already there!” It just needs to be released.
Can we simply say “Amen” without the arguments of a reference that says, “God doesn’t want to” or “God won’t” or “God can’t”?
This is a time of changed reference! A changed reference means a changed life. God is planning to do the impossible through you! Can I hear an “Amen”!