As I was ‘flicking’ through our papers Sunday magazine, an article of a book review caught my attention. “Somebody I used to Know” by Wendy Mitchel tells of her determination ‘to beat dementia at its own game.’ She writes that when dementia fills her head with confusion, and anxiety takes over, she fears what might be behind the doors in her house. She also cannot remember what is behind the kitchen cupboards. She also cannot see light switches as they blend in with the walls.
Her solutions were simple – take out the doors so as to see what lies beyond and to place photos on the kitchen cupboards of the contents. She also painted bright blue boarders round each light switch. No deep pile carpets either as left footprints caused anxiety not realizing that the footprints were her own. As my wife works with a number of such people I was fascinated and intrigued by this women’s life story with dementia.
As I was pondering the implications and trying to walk in Wendy’s shoes, I heard the Holy Spirit say that many of us suffer from spiritual dementia. Many believers are confused and anxious. We fear what lies behind our doors; we cannot clearly see the light switches. We seem to have lost our way. The enemy has stolen our identity, robbed us of our joy and killed off our relationship with Jesus, as outlined in John 10:10.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. NIV
But this spiritual dementia should not be, for in Christ we have life and life to the full. Or as another translation reads – a rich and satisfying life. NLT. Or - have life and have it abundantly. NASB.
Why do many of our fellow brothers and sister languish in a state of spiritual dementia, when we have it within ourselves to be abundantly joyful, living a rich and satisfying life?
I have recently come after a long period in the wilderness fence sitting to believe and comprehend that deliverance and healing is bound up in Calvary. Forgiveness of sins by the blood of Christ is in the same breath as healing and deliverance. When our sins were forgiven by Christ’s sacrifice, we were given the ability to be delivered and healed in the same moment of time.
When I now read Isaiah 53 I do so in a new light of revelation. Take verse three & four in this familiar chapter.
He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteemed him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
In Hebrew the word Sorrows means physical and mental pain. Grief in the Hebrew means sickness.
Now read verse four with this new revelation.
Surely he hath borne our physical and mental anguish, and carried our sicknesses/diseases: yet we did esteemed him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Not only did Jesus bear our sins on the cross but also our mental/physical pain and all sicknesses. Thereby we can say in confidence that by his strips we are healed.
Does this mean that multitudes of miraculous healings are to break out here and there? Yes & No. Our task is to walk worthy of the calling of God in Christ Jesus – meaning that we are to reckon ourselves dead to sin and sickness/mental anguish walking in newness of life.
For walk by faith not sight; therefore, not counting our sins/sickness/mental anguish against ourselves. Thereby forming the mind of Christ growing into spiritual maturity.
I am now taking it upon my self to pray this pray from Ephesians 3 on a regular basis for I need a new measure of Gods power and love every moment of the day.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.