The past few days has been exhausting over here. All of my three children are unwell and our nights have been about me waking up every hour to check on their body temperatures and give calpol when needed. My husband and i are walking about like zombies because we are very tired.
On top of this, we are decorating our girls bedroom. They have had the same decoration since they were 2 and 3 years of age. About 3 months ago, they mentioned that they would like a room makeover because they feel their room is very babyish with the pink and princess theme. I understood what they meant. They are 8 and 7 years now. I mean 8 and 7 who look and act like tweens lol. They are very good girls and i felt it was time to do a room makeover for them.
Even though we are tired, we decided to embark on the project today just to change the mood in the house. We’ve painted the room and furnitures and we will continue redecorating tomorrow.
After settling my kids to bed, and sorting out pack lunch for school tomorrow, all i could think about was me laying on my bed. But as i was tidying up the living room so i could go to bed, i felt the Holy Spirit telling me to write tonight. A part of me didn’t want to because of how tired i am but i know His voice and i know when He speaks. I am on a journey of obeying Him regardless of how i feel so this i think was a big test.
As i was contemplating on what to write about, i felt He wanted me to write about my current situation and link it with how our flesh is always fighting, wanting to prevent us from yielding to the leading of the spirit.
There will be times when the Holy Spirit would want us to do something out of our comfort zone. We don’t serve God out of pleasure. The call of us on us demands all of us every time. Sometimes it demands for the time we should have been sleeping, time when we could have caught up on our favourite TV shows, times when we could use to please ourselves and flesh. Sometimes He places demands on us, so much so that we have no spare time to entertain things that have no eternal value. The call demands for us to starve those things which make our flesh feel good. It is only then that a hunger and thirst can arise from our spirit and soul for Him.
Many are not hungry for God because they are filled with junk. Until we starve ourselves from junk, we cannot and will not hunger for Him.
So today i want to challenge you to obey the spirit. I want to urge you not to allow your flesh win.
You see when you begin to obey the leading of the spirit in tiredness, He fills you with the strength you need to complete the task He has laid on your heart.
Obedience is better than sacrifice. Let’s begin to obey Him with the little commands and instructions He lays on our hearts. No one might know what He is telling you. If i didn’t obey Him by writing instead of going to catch the rest that my flesh needs, no one would have known except me and Him. But you see He won’t give me bigger assignments and instructions if i cannot sacrifice an extra hour just to obey Him.
God deserves our extra hour and even more. I don’t know what He may be telling you to do. Until you do it, He won’t use you to accomplish bigger tasks. There is a lot to be done for the kingdom but these great assignments cannot be given to us if we lack discipline. It takes discipline to starve our flesh. It takes discipline to obey God even when our bodies don’t want to. The work of the kingdom is too serious and precious for God to place it on the hands of babies. Are you mature enough to handle the task that you want God to give you?
Are we challenging ourselves to get closer to God? Are we subjecting ourselves to obedience of His word? Do we only want the word of God to inspire us but resist His power to change and transform us? Are we really ready to do this thing called kingdom assignment or do we prefer talking about Jesus Christ while playing pat-a-cake? Are we taking this work seriously? Are we challenging our old habits and subjecting ourselves to obey the word of God totally?
Quite a few things to think about here i believe. I am glad i didn’t let my flesh win tonight. I hope this challenges someone. Let’s obey God with the little things so He can trust us with the big things.