Looking With The Supernatural Eye

Looking with the Supernatural Eye
This past weekend Lisa and I had an opportunity to spend an All-Day Startup Training at Hope Christian Church in Burien. Hope Christian is Relaunching New Heart Ministries on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm on Thursday April 11th. We are very excited to see how God has put their Leadership Team together. We have been meeting with their new Director Sal for 5 months preparing and planning. One of the key components we discussed with Sal in choosing his Team was waiting on God to bring together the members of their Leadership Team. It is far too easy to look with the natural eye and see or know gifted men and women who in the natural makes so much sense. These people in our churches have gifts, talents and natural ability to fulfill a role in ministry. But may not be God’s choice to fill these roles. We asked him to pray with his Pastor and seek God together on a regular basis so that God would knit their hearts together and give them wisdom as they move forward with New Heart Ministries at their church.

In 1 Samuel 16 David was anointed King. What’s interesting is that David surfaced to the Lord and Samuel but was unrecognizable to others because he was a shepherd. Samuel was praying and waited on God to show and present him openly only after seeking God with a whole heart. David had been prepared prior by the Lord with unorthodox methods of leadership. He developed trust in God while being alone in the wilderness with sheep. He learned how to worship, pray, defend his sheep and the art of warfare against his enemies. He was humble but had a warrior’s attitude when needed. David had developed characteristics in the wilderness and out of the sight of men. He became a man after God’s own heart not in the sight of man but before the quiet place of God.

1 Samuel 16:7-13 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
So Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”
And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

 David portrays and gives us a true example of how leaders declare themselves to people without making special announcements of their presence. It is too often that we select or feel we are forced to pick the obvious choice. That is a place where we can error and have repercussions down the road. The obvious choice is not necessarily the “Right Choice.” When we select the wrong choice many times the fruit that follows is pride, wrong motives, false criteria and a hidden agenda.

David being the youngest son of Jesse, small in stature, a shepherd and developed by himself and not in community were all natural factors to disqualify him for the throne. But God! Sometimes when choosing leaders, we make the following mistakes just like the carnal man.
  1. We judge by appearance.
  2. We pick because of natural gifts, background and experience.
  3. We choose because of recommendation and the thought of a “Natural Fit.”
  4. We don’t pray, seek God or seek His counsel.
After much prayer Sal and Pastor Anthony have watched God bring His Team for New Heart Ministries Hope Christian! It turns out it happened exactly as we prayed. Now 12 people that were not thought of as to become Leaders are now God’s choice! They waited on God and they were clearly not the natural picks at the beginning but have now been clearly knitted together. We are so excited to see what God has in store as they prepare to Relaunch. Victory is one step ahead!

There are more David’s coming..
 

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