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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Winning Wisdom: Advancement Is Not Necessarily Convenient


Topic: Advancement Is Not Necessarily Convenient [Thursday, 26th October, 2017]

And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. Luke 4:13‭-‬14

It is true that in life you either appreciate in value or you depreciate. If you are stagnated in one spot, it is also depreciation as others would appreciate and leave you behind. With this in mind, we’re to continually seek growth and development. It would however be erroneous for us to think and believe that such growth and development would come at our convenience and serve at our pleasure. A while back my niece fell really sick that she was admitted in a hospital. She was treated for all manner of ailments, only at the end for us to discover that it was her tooth developing. The growth of her tooth made her inconvenient (sick). Yes, advancement can be uncomfortable, and is mostly so.

When Christ was to start up His ministry on earth, He fasted 40 days and nights. Now, we would expert that since He was the son of God He does not need to fast as He's got all power, and because He chose to fast it should have gone smoothly for Him. But the Bible records two difficulties that came with that first; hunger and temptation of the devil. The Word by whom all things were made hungered and then was tempted? Isn’t that just astonishing. However, after all these it was also recorded in Luke 4:14: “and Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.” Without those inconveniences He wouldn’t have advanced so much.

Apostle Paul had to go through a few days of blindness, fasting and praying. What inconvenience! Before the Holy Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost, the disciples had to wait in the upper room, praying. Can you imagine just staying put, not knowing when or how you’d receive the promise, but you just wait? Honestly, I’ll be very reluctant. And now, we’re instructed to give up control of our will for the will of God to be done (Philippians 3:1-10), that’s truly scary. Not being able to have control, but it’s for not only our advancement, but also the advancement of the kingdom. You wonder why you have to give up your job to pursue that career, or whatever it is you seem to be giving up which have brought some inconveniences, don’t fret or complain. Be patient, it is for your advancement and your ultimate good.

Keep winning daily.

Prayer:

Dear Father, thank You for the opportunity to growth and development. I know it won't be easy, but I rely on Your strength absolutely. Help me to be patient that I may obtain the promise, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

By Esun Tekeme

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