“And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.”
1 Kings 19:7-8 KJV
So soon December is here again, and in another month, we would be in 2019. Again, plans will be made for the next 12 months. I heard someone in our church say that there is a lot of ‘frantic energy’ in the air in December. Somehow it struck a chord in me. The dictionary defines Frantic as ‘filled with fear, anxiety and other emotions’, now add energy to that. This got me thinking, hence this article. I am well aware that as spirit beings, our scope is eternity but because we live in time, there is always that urge, that nagging feeling of tick-tock, tick-tock. Consequently, we cannot help but take stock of the past eleven months.
Generally, with the above in mind, I see three categories of people: Those who are quite pleased with what has been achieved in the last 12 months, those who think there is room for improvement, hence are touched with a tinge of disappointment. Lastly, there is a small group who are indifferent. I would rather you don’t find yourself in the last group. This is the group that aims at nothing, and they hit it all the time. This is the group that has retired, they go with the flow and that is unfortunate. For the first two categories, I will like to suggest a recipe to counter this ‘Frantic Energy’; it’s a process of Reflecting, Re-fuelling and Re-firing, but never retiring.
“So, teach us to number our days, that we may cultivate and bring to You a heart of wisdom.” PSALM 90:12 AMP
Whether you have succeeded beyond belief or you’ve had a challenging year, it is time to reflect. To reflect means to take a dispassionate look at things or consider things as if looking at images in a mirror with the view of making necessary adjustments. It helps you to consider things devoid of emotions or embellishments. It is a way of impacting your actions and habits positively. The conclusion in both categories should be that of thanksgiving and glory to God. Your success cannot be attributed to your know-how, and where things have not gone your way, thank God that you are still standing, alive and well. Ecclesiastes 9:4, “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” (emphasis on living, hope and dead). Hope is a powerful spiritual tool if properly harnessed. It fires your imagination and let you know that there is more, no matter what. The disappointments of yesterday are a setup for the success of tomorrow. The success of yesterday can be built on. You learned some things, and even if you fell, you are ‘falling forward’.
Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.” 1King 19:8 KJV
Refuel means to take in fresh supply of fuel so as not to burn out or to replenish. Fuel provides energy but in the process it gets consumed. We are not designed to keep running endlessly, even though the anointing does not run dry, your body will wear out. Learn to pace yourself, life is a marathon not a sprint. Always check your gauge, check your content level. Don’t allow sickness and disease to take advantage of you. Add to what you already know. Study to show yourself approved unto God, spend time building yourself up, maintain fellowship with God. In 1Kings Chapters 17-18, Elijah started a drought, brought back someone from the dead, called down fire, singlehandedly, slaughtered Prophets of Baal and the groves, ended the drought and out ran a chariot that had a head start. In Chapter 19, a hand note from a defeated evil Queen caused him to panic. This seems like a contradiction. The answer and solution were high energy food and sleep, multiplied by two (he was running on empty). After that, he was ready for the next assignment. Unfortunately, he had lost his confidence and only completed one of three tasks. Learn to Re-Fuel.
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace”.
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Romans 8:6, 11 KJV
To re-fire, suggests to keep the fire burning, not to allow the ember to overcome the naked fire. To keep it burning better and brighter than before. The Holy Spirit is likened to Rivers of Living waters on the inside of us (John 7:37-39). Rivers flow, they are not stagnant, we need to turn them into a torrent. In life, nothing ever stands still. It is either you are moving forward or backward relative to everything around you. Stoke the fire on the inside with joy of the Lord and new strength will bubble out (Philippians 4:4-8). Romans 8:11 says, we should draw on the life-giving aspect of us on the inside and expect everything dead to come alive. The word of God will continually light your path, giving you greater and deeper insight into the things of God. As you do this, the challenges of the months and years ahead would bring out the best in you, making sure you have more to thank God for.
Lastly as I end this article, whatever you do, never re-tire. To retire means to power down with nothing else to do. I don’t believe we are designed for that. God expects us to be fruitful in old age (Psalms 92:14). Moses at the age of One hundred and twenty years, had perfect sight and vigour. No wonder God asked him to come up the mountain when it was time for his departure (Deuteronomy 34:7). Joshua at eighty four years kicked giants out of a mountain that God promised him forty years before. (Joshua 15:13-14). Those who have retired, become surplus to requirements, they have nothing to look forward to and they gradually fade away. Ecclesiastes 7:10 says it is not wise to keep talking about the ‘good old days’, remember your best days are ahead of you. Those who retire, do not re-fire because they are ready to expire. So, this December, enjoy the season but don’t just go with the flow because it is time to reflect, refuel and be ready to re-fire!
Revd Dr. ‘Femi Idowu
Lead Pastor, NCC StrongNation