My very fondest teenage memories are of Sister Anne Ugobor; her sons, her car, her kitchen, her lovely house in Adeniyi Jones, her TV, her sound system, her original CDs, the smell of her clothes, her love towards me and mine, her delicious food, her big tins of Milo and Peak milk, her smile, her hugs, her beautiful oval face… *sigh*
Yeah, you get the picture. 😀
My sister, Adaora and I never cease talking about her and how wonderful she is and how she blessed us and cared for us. I miss her terribly.
So she found out that I listen to Beyonce and she thought to share something she wrote for her choir with me. I asked why she hadn’t put it up on Facebook and after a few discussions, I asked her permission to put it up on my blog. It turns out that she hadn’t written just one but three. I’m sharing them with you…
Thank you Sis. Anne.
I awoke suddenly in the early hours of today with a call to pray! Now seeing as I hadn’t done this in a while, my first thought was to turn over and immerse myself even deeper in the duvet covers. But thankfully, (thank You Holy Spirit for helping me) I didn’t.
I got out of bed and began to pace the floor, praying in the Spirit (again, distracting thoughts flooded through my mind, of virtually everything including the kitchen sink!). This time however, I knew it was time for God to break every chain of lethargy and weakness that had crept in over a period of time, preventing me from pressing in to God and just keeping me in a place of complacency in my spirit.
I began to declare that I live, move and have my being in Him, and that my strength and my sufficiency are of Him. The enemy’s ploy has been to make me believe that I’m weak and cannot break out of whatever state I seem to have found myself – now this may not relate to you in anyway, but please keep reading (and keep praying for those of us who can relate and desire a breakthrough).
The thrust of the prayers seemed to be breaking the bondage of lethargy.
(Dictionary definition: A lack of energy and enthusiasm.
Synonyms: sluggishness, inertia, inactivity, inaction, slowness, torpor, torpidity, lifelessness, listlessness, languor, laziness, idleness, indolence, shiftlessness, sloth, apathy, passivity, weariness, tiredness, lassitude, fatigue, inanition)
The problem has been that I have tried to look for the strength within myself to break out of it. Our sufficiency (hallelujah) is not of ourselves though. So it doesn’t matter how long I’ve been a Christian or how “well” one knows how to pray, God must step in Himself to deliver and set free.
As this truth dawned on me, the strength and fervency of my prayers grew – I prayed for you too, that God by his Spirit would stir all of us up in our spirits and break every hold and plan of the enemy over our lives – still, the enemy was fighting me in my mind, trying to make me think it was a waste of time… “You’ll just end up the same way you’ve been all this while, so why bother?” LIES FROM THE PIT OF HELL!!! (Even as I write this now, the battle is raging… but I will put my trust now IN Him, and not in my “know-how” after all, my know-how didn’t get me far at all).
As workers in the Kingdom, we must realize that the role God has called us to play will require us to depend on Him alone for strength. The enemy knows this and causes us to take our focus off the Lord and His strength and makes us focus instead on our weaknesses. Suddenly, we don’t “feel like” doing the things we used to do, we go through the motions instead, we play church, all the while knowing something is not quite right, but not fixing to do anything about it anyway, or trying but failing hopelessly at changing it – again, if you can’t relate, please pray for those of us who face this very real battle!!!
I’m reminded of the very same battle that Paul faced in Romans 7:14-25 (please READ IT NOW, NOT LATER. NOW!). The key to his deliverance, the answer to his dilemma and ours, lay in verse 25. So now, he no longer looked within himself to solve a problem that he was powerless to and incapable of solving, he found the answer in verse 25 (read it! Selah!)
This is not a ramble folks. It is time for us to arise in our spirits and take back all the enemy has stolen from us. Please pray for one another, cos everyone’s battle is different. Pray that God would hedge us all around and deliver us from the snare of the fowler. You know, pride is a terrible thing – it is what prevents us from opening up to each other and saying “I need help; I’m facing such and such a challenge”. But I know that God will help us. He is our very present help in times of trouble!!!
God bless you and keep you and cause His grace and strength to lift you up and set you on high.
Love you guys immensely.