Puzzle Answers

A new pair of eyes can help solve old problems.
My wife and daughter love to do crossword puzzles. When they break one out, I’m nowhere to be found. I don’t find them entertaining at all.
Yet, I recently put an app on my phone that does the same thing (though without the black boxes). It’s very challenging while being entertaining at the same time. Go figure.
On this app, there is the ability to reorder the letters. This allows you to see the same letters from a new perspective, which often leads to words popping off the screen. Those words were always there. It’s just that I couldn’t see them from the previous orientation.
I believe this to be one of the meanings to the verses that state we’re seated with Christ in heaven at the right hand of the Father. This is not future! This is happening right now.
We live on this planet with a corrupted and broken worldview – the eyes through which we see the world and the basis for our decision making. When we became believers in Jesus, this old thinking didn’t go away. In fact, it fights the Spirit with every choice we make (Gal. 5:17).
This is why we are told to “renew” our minds with the truths found in Scripture. The written Word of God is how to view life from Jesus’ or a heavenly perspective. And while reading, we can ask the Spirit to open our eyes to see the truths found there with a new perspective to solve our challenge.
When you, as a Jesus follower, come to a challenge that keeps repeating itself or a problem that puzzles you, it’s time to reshuffle the letters for a new perspective.
You are seated in the lap of the One who can give the answer – Jesus. He has the victorious perspective to your reoccurring problem. Now, more than ever, is the time to stay in the Word (not avoid it) and ask the Spirit to open your eyes to the solution.
As you do, the answer to your problem will more than likely pop off the page.

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