SCHOOLS IN THE SPIRIT
There are schools in the spirit that we enroll at difference seasons of our lives. When we do not understand migration and transition from one spiritual season to another, we are like zombies or robots in the spirit, control by circumstances and situations. At the end of a season or process, we struggle with spiritual dryness, bringing us to a place of wondering, why this is happening; after all the studies and meditation in the word, the fasting and praying. Times like these, we experience confusing dreams of walking with others and all of a sudden we are left behind; entering class rooms, either in a class that have been completed or in a higher class preparing to take a test or an exam. When the result is given, it is either failed, conditioned, or passed. Sometimes in our dreams, we see ourselves struggling to climb with difficulties and most times not succeeding. We also encounter broken bridges, large body of waters with no means of crossing, crossing large muddy swarms and is not able to reach to where we are going. In trying to find solution, we seek help through counselling, deliverance sessions, prayer, etc., but to no avail. In fact, it even intensifies because the mean issue is not deal with. Why do we have such experiences?
These are situations and dreams of setback and non-achievements that occur at different interval of our migration or transition periods, which clearly shows our position as it relates to our inabilities to track God in certain seasons of our lives, it also shows our immaturity and indiscipline in managing his building process and transitions. Our orientation of demonic activities in the past have emphasize the enemy’s work against us; of course we are not ignorant of his devices, but this have hindered us from seeing our spiritual and emotional weaknesses. The outcome has been our constant failure to overcome a particular struggle in our emotion and spiritual journey with God. We always shift blame and do not deal with the real problems, which is, our inability to deal with internal weaknesses; lack of discipline, persistency and consistency to prevail over emotional and demonic issues and the lack of strength, understanding and internal ability to bring to completion the events and activities of the kairos that God has released to accomplish his purpose in us.
TRACKING YOUR MOVEMENT
Many times when an assignment or process is completed, you find yourself at a standstill. You know you have to move on but you are going in circles. Many times I have gone through this. There were times when I wake up in the morning, I feel so listless and disconnected from my surrounding, and my mind would be blank; not knowing where to start my day, even if I have plans for that day. During such times, I wouldn’t have the strength to pray or read the word, I would be in a complete state of confusion. If I did not deal with it in prayer, the day will pass without me accomplishing anything. Sometime this goes on for hours, days, weeks and even months depending on the gravity of the spiritual state I am in. When you are in such a state, you must determine to break loose from this. Demonic cycles are programmed against us, repeating certain challenges in our lives at certain time of the day, month, year, within certain activities, situations etc., to make us feel we are going nowhere and to also hinder our progress in God. Know that they manifest in different ways in your soul, your body, spirit, etc. depending on the situation in one’s life, some manifest as health and financial challenges, constant failures in your endeavors and relationships, whilst others are sailing in theirs. It manifest itself as rejections, misinterpretation, accusations, depression, oppression etc.; these are all signs that you need to develop your spiritual capacity. When you are going through these crisis, learn to track your movement in God. How is your prayer life, is it growing and do you have a healthy relationship with Jesus and others? Are you conscious of your development in God and is aware of changes taking place? Check your soul, is it healthy (3 John 2). How are you dealing with issues like anger, forgiveness, bitterness, frustration, resentment, unfulfillment that comes from national crisis, alarming world events, family issues, relationship, work and business challenges.
If we must experience growth, there is a need to put a demand on the word to know him more? “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given–and you will receive even more.” (Mark 4:24 NLT) “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you–and even more.” (Mark 4:24 NIV) The more effort we put into seeking to understand spiritual truth, more spiritual truth will be revealed to us. If you give him a cup of yourself, that is how much he will pour in, if you give him a larger portion of yourself that is how much he will pour in. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you–and even more.” God rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6); you do not have to be a theologian, but the spirit of God in you will teach you if you desire it. Learn to manage your process in the midst of the difficulties you go through, to avoid laxness or disconnection in what the Lord is doing in your life. I know it is difficult, because I have been there, my confession and faith in his word and promises have kept me going. “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God!” (Psalms 43:5 NLT) There were times the Lord was hard on me and there were time he was gentle. He will always create the environment for you to grow in knowledge and in how to deal with spiritual and physical challenges. You are warned to be alert and sober. Many things that opposes the work of God in us, “make us strong”. There were times I did not understand God’s process in my life, I would spend days crying with deep depression, no matter how much I cry or felt sorry for myself, It did not change the situation. If it did, it was only for a short time, then the same thing would repeat itself, until one day I heard the voice of God in my inner man saying, “stop wasting your birth pain”. During times like these, you need a rhema word from the Lord. It was during such time when my confession of the word grew and became strong, especially when I was threaten by constant afflictions and death. It is a process you have to become conscious of.
SUPPLEMENT YOUR FAITH
The Lord needs your corporation, he said, “He will never leave us, nor forsake us” there are somethings he wouldn’t do for you, because he expects you to apply his word. He is crafting you into his vessel of honor and his weapon of war. It is time to break those demonic circles by consciously engaging your process in God, it will enable you to develop the capacity you need to fulfill your purpose in your season and transit into your next assignment, season or process. To break forth, keep God’s prophetic word focus in the midst of discouragement, hurts, angry, pain, reject, confusion etc., and hold on to his promises even when you are doubtful and fear what the future holds.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. II Peter 1:3-9 NLT
Resolve in your heart to never give up, note vs. 8, “The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”, see your challenges as one of the ways God is developing your inner capacity. Supplement you faith, vs. 5 that is, add layers upon layers of godly principles and values. “But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind” (2 Peters 1:9). Your trials come to make your strong and mature. (James 1:2-4) Hold on to the confession of your testimony. “His strength is made perfect in our weakness and his grace is sufficient for us.” II cor. 12:9
It is my prayer that we move from that place of self seeking prayer, to that place of engaging our process to understand the mind of God for us. We should not be distracted by the pain and forget the child (vision, purpose,destiny), the pain is all a part of the process.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4: 8-12, 16-18