This month I am preaching a series of messages on spiritual sight. The Bible clearly speaks about spiritual blindness, which is complete darkness from spiritual matters. However, as Christians, our problem is not spiritual blindness. Instead, we suffer from other types of spiritual visual impairments such as: nearsightedness, farsightedness, or hindsightedness.
Those who suffer from Spiritual Nearsightedness see things in close range without difficulty, but have a difficult time looking ahead. Proverbs 14:8 says, "The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit." In other words, the wise man looks ahead and the fool is blindsided by deceit. When we look ahead, we can avoid the pitfalls that would cause us trouble.
Those who suffer from Spiritual Farsightedness see things at a distance without difficulty, but struggle with seeing things up close. The Spiritually Farsighted may see their relationship with Christ as "a ticket to heaven" in the future as opposed to a walk with Him today.
Those who suffer from Spiritual Hindsightedness focus on things in the past. This person is always looking back at past victories, difficulties, and situations. They are focused on how good things used to be or what "could have been."
As God to give you 20/20 Spiritual Vision to see things from His perspective. Lord, be Thou my vision!
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Dr. Chris Dortch has been in vocational ministry since 1993. His blog is aimed to "equip the saints for the work of ministry."