Spiritual Handicap

Spiritual Handicap

Friday, 17 September 2021

“Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” – Exodus 3: 9- 10 NLT

“Then the LORD told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering.” Exodus 3:7 NLT. This passage of Scripture reveals to us that our suffering and persecutions are always on God’s mind and Him being the GOD who is faithful, He is going to provide a solution soon. This passage also reveals a very crucial aspect about the solution, GOD always uses a vessel to execute the breakthrough/blessing. This, then, means that the very same vessel appointed by GOD for your breakthrough might be the same vessel you have rejected (imagine if Israel had rejected Moses).

Many Christians may be living a life of misery and torment and are probably standing on the Word of God waiting for a breakthrough. Yet the very same breakthrough that they are waiting for may have already been made available but they can’t access it because they have rejected their “Moses”. This has two important implications that apply to the leaders and to the flock. As a leader, I need to be cognizant of the fact that GOD will use me [by grace and not by my “abilities”] to change people’s lives, and my disobedience to His instruction or Word might be a stumbling block to people receiving their blessings/breakthroughs. As flock, my attitude towards my divine appointed leader might influence God’s plans for my life (Judas is cursed because he rejected Christ, the same vessel divinely appointed to bless him).

This then shows that breakthrough and blessing are directly proportional to my humility towards my leader. The more I humble myself towards my leader, the more GOD uses the same leader to bless me (the opposite is also true). Elisha respected and honored Elijah and as a result, received a double portion of the anointing.  Because of my obedience and humility towards my leader, they might send supplications to GOD on my behalf and GOD will be compelled to answer because of the leader (James 5:16b and Hebrews 13:17b). As a leader I have also experienced it in that when the person I’m looking after (one that respects and honors me) is going through the most, my prayers are spontaneous and fervent (not that I don’t pray for others, but these prayers are different because the predicament touches my heart directly). My members’ tears invoke something in me and I can’t help but intercede, they don’t even have to ask for prayer.

Faith Hoboyi once said GOD will sometimes give you a leader you might not necessarily like just to test you (I’m assuming she didn’t like me at the beginning and GOD was dealing with her). This is so true because sometimes we might feel like we are more mature than our leader, yet GOD looks at the heart and not the exterior. The nice thing is that GOD doesn’t consult us when He appoints us. It’s like me as an employee expecting the CEO to hire a manager that I like. Christianity is a race and me rejecting my leader is like shooting myself in the foot and still expecting to cross the finish line before everyone else.

Christianity is a race and me rejecting my leader is like shooting myself in the foot and still expecting to cross the finish line before everyone else


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