Sometime early this year, I had a deadline to meet that ended up taking much more of my time than I had planned so I literally worked on the task for three days straight.
By the time I had gone past the second day, I realised I wasn’t studying at midnight like I usually do and of course I told myself God would understand, it’s the season but by the third day, I was in a place of dire starvation but not from physical food.
I wasn’t feeding my Spirit.
You see, I was reading my Bible a little here and there but my day to day demands require that I not only feed on God’s Word very well for myself, I feed to the overflowing because someone or something might draw on me. But here I was, just scratching by and managing, and I could feel that weakness inside that had nothing to do with my physical body.
At that point, I knew something had to give so I don’t give.
It’s amazing all the parts of ourselves we have to take care of, to be in one piece; body, soul and spirit.
Before we go on, let’s look at an analogy.
Imagine that your life is a house and your dreams are the appliances in the house. And imagine that you live in my country Nigeria where power isn’t too stable and you have to get a standby generator and depending on the capacity you want, there is 1KVA, 2KVA , 3.5KVA and up to 100KVA generator and more, so you can keep your life moving when power goes off.
Now Imagine that you have this big deep freezer you bought to keep your foods fresh and when you went to buy a generator, you got a 2kva generator hoping it will sufficiently ‘carry the load’ of your deep freezer.
I know you’re prolly smiling now. You know the answer.
We all do.
It’s not possible.
How can it even be? Even if the generator comes on by any miracle, it will have this really low sound like it’s rumbling, more like complaining – ‘Aunty madam or uncle Oga why you put his Kain load for my head’. Plus the deep freezer won’t come on. (If you can think of other things that will happen when the freezer is switched on, please hit reply and let me know. But please finish the post first )
Ok. Enough of the joke.
But hey, I’m serious.
Wait. how did we get here?
Oh I remember. I was talking about how I got hungry..in my spirit.
So while keeping this analogy in mind, let’s head back to my story.
Having identified my challenge, I promptly worked on my schedule and created time for what matters – The Word of God, all the while wondering why my spirit couldn’t bear with me for a few days.♀️
As I sat down to study and feed my spirit, I heard the words – ‘Do not stop feeding what fuels you’
And like a rushing wind, it all came to me.
‘I’m a spirit being. I operate from my inside. My spirit is what keeps me and enables me function, live and thrive. But my spirit itself needs to be fed to do it’s work and what my spirit feeds on is not amala, it’s the word of God. ‘
And it is same for you, believing you’re born again. (If you’re not, write to me please and we can talk about it)
Do not stop feeding what fuels you.
I have dreams. Big ones. But if my spirit isn’t fit enough to sustain me, I can’t do much and I can’t go far. And as much as physical and emotional fitness is key, spiritual fitness is actually more important.
And that is where the generator analogy comes in.
Some of us are carrying around ‘2KVA generator powered spirit’ and we have 100KVA dreams and we’re wondering why we aren’t making progress
Sis & Bro. Tiz not the village pipo o. They are innocent this time.
It is your spirit that you haven’t pumped with the kind of food it eats.
You need to be fuelled but only a well-fed spirit can fuel you.
Only a well fed Spirit can sufficiently carry you from season to season.
By all means you still need a healthy body and energetic mind and we will come to that in a bit. But life begins from your inside and till you get it clear there, you will be dragging yourself around on the outside.
Now you might ask, ‘Aijay I know people who are doing amazingly well but they aren’t born again. Let’s leave this church matter abeg.’
I agree. For the first part of the comment not the second.
But you see, these people you’re talking about are not born again (like we just agreed) so they definitely don’t have kingdom-minded dreams like you.
They aren’t Christians so the enemy isn’t so scared that they will partner with God through their dreams to draw someone to Christ. The devil knows that whatever good they do ends there. No one will be invited to church or be told that Jesus did this and He can do it for them too
In other words, they aren’t a threat to the enemy.
BUT. YOU. ARE.
You are. A threat.
You are a risk to hell because when you become successful, God can use your success to draw men to Himself.
When you partner with God and do well, you become a light and people will want to know Who helped you..and of course they’ll know God in the process.
You’re going to take more people upward with you than someone out here who ain’t born again and is so successful.
You’re a risk factor to hell
And that’s why the enemy won’t fold his hands and watch you do well.
That is why if you aren’t paying attention to what you should be paying attention to, the enemy is taking you more seriously than you take yourself.
But what is the connection between this and that?
The connection is this: The only effective weapon we have against the enemy is God’s Word and for that Word to get into our life, we need to pass it through our spirit.
Do you get it now?
Infact, can we have a heart to heart roundtable discussion here? Cos I feel like we are all on this table, me inclusive.
Like we’re busy. So busy our spirits are getting bushy..with weeds.
We’re trying to make a life and in the process, we forget to live. Truly live.
This is 2021 and we’ll make a difference guys. We will.
But we will need to start focusing on what truly matters
I’m going to also say that feeding what feeds you isn’t for your spirit alone. It’s definitely for your spirit first but there are other parts. Like taking care of relationships that light your inner fire.
Consuming relevant information that helps you grow.
Eating healthy foods that keeps you strong.
Handling your money a little better so it can multiply and be available for extra deeds
Fill in the gaps for yourself. You know what fuels you in other ways.
But first, pay attention to your spirit
I wish I could go on but I just realised I’ve passed my word count for my posts and I’m trying to get better at writing shorter mails. I’m not sure how that is panning out though
But do you see the picture now?
It is some serious business.
And I’m not talking reading 10 chapters a day. That is not sustainable if you’re a busy professional.
I’m talking sitting down with your Bible and an open heart and asking God to teach you, and if a verse of a Scripture is all you can do in thirty minutes, meditating and getting it into your heart on a daily basis, it’s enough.
I’m talking a real and practical approach to studying God’s Word that will stretch you but will still be sustainable for you.
I’m talking about writing some verses on a sticky note to meditate on throughout the day or setting phone alarm reminders at intervals, to excuse yourself from the busyness of the day and go somewhere private to declare God’s Word for even 3 minutes.
Sometimes it is not really in the length of time, it’s in the heart you put into it. And sometimes, it’s both.
Truth is, the more effective you want to become, the more you have to make time for God’s Word.
Get all the knowledge you can for your field or area of expertise because you need that edge to excel. But never rely on that knowledge alone. There is a God Factor.
And maybe if you can’t do much during the week, you can have a weekly word retreat during the weekend. Fight if you have to, but make sure you make it happen
There are different ways to do this but your heart has to be in it first.
Do you understand?
So my charge to you this week is to get into the middle of your own life and make your life work. What you need to move your life forward isn’t outside of you, it’s on the inside of you and you need to pay attention to it.
I pray for you today that the light of God’s Word illuminating your heart will always exceed the light of men shining on you, and that you will not only show people the way to a great life, you will also live a great life.
As usual, I leave this with you
Let the Word of Christ —the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives.
Colossians 3:16a MSG
“Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvelous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends.
Acts 20:32 MSG
You go on and have a fruitful and amazing God-defined week ahead.
Lots of love, light and laughter!