Posts Tagged ‘Sight’

Alzheimer’s Didn’t Win

September 1, 2009

My dad passed away this past March from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. He was 88. And while he may not have been given the skills early in life to be the dad he could have been, he did open the door of his heart the night Jesus knocked and he is now home with Him. I share this here to relate the following.

Although dad’s mind left him, the Holy Spirit never did, and from time to time, He’d remind us of that. Like the way dad didn’t know who I was, but would call me, “Brother”. Or the day he looked at me and pointed, then said, “You’re going to go suddenly”, speaking of my departure from this earthly realm. (I take great comfort in that, knowing I’ll not be laying around in a bed.)

It wasn’t until a week or so after he’d gone home that the realization hit me about the times he’d tried to walk off from the house, because as he said, “I have to go home and see my mother”.

Yes, he died from Alzheimer’s, but I’m here to tell you, that disease didn’t win.

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True Sight

August 30, 2009

Paul wrote by the Holy Spirit, that he “no longer recognized any man after the flesh”.  He wasn’t speaking of having bad eyes. To the contrary, he was speaking of a very acute sight, just not the physical kind. He had matured in Christ to the point where he understood that a man’s earthly credentials accounted for very, very little, if anything at all, in the Body of Christ. He now knew that it was what God revealed about an individual that was the determinant factor in knowing who the person truly was and just where they were at in life.

In my Christian life, I’ve seen great, great harm done to the Body of Christ by the failure of leadership to exercise this principle. I’ve seen people with a calling from God, placed in positions of authority, way before their time. Way before their “stuff” had been dealt with and their learning to walk in love. In certain cases, I’ve witnessed what could only be described as “self-validation” by ministries in jumping at the opportunity to have someone with “credentials” associated with them. I know of one case in point, where an individual is very learned, but has very little revelatory understanding of the grace of God, mainly having an intellectual one.

The Lord is calling His Body to get back to its roots in the selection of leadership and ordination. This life in Christ that we subscribe to, is first and foremost a spiritual journey. Not an intellectual one. For that, spiritually mature leaders are needed. They can only be recognized through the eyes of the Spirit. May we have the sight needed to see them.