In our endeavour to trigger the season of refreshment, one of the most effective super jabs is the JAB OF DESIRE. This is about hungering and thirsting for refreshment. The Psalmist says, ‘As the deer pants for the waters, so my soul thirsts after you’. Somebody said that WHAT YOU DON’T DESIRE, YOU DON’T DESERVE and alternatively WHAT YOU DESIRE, YOU DESERVE. The Prophet Isaiah supports the principle of desire when he says, ‘They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint’. Could it be that we need to glean a few life lessons from the eagle. The eagle goes through a MOLTING SEASON every year. This is the time when it sheds off old feathers and grows new ones. Refreshment comes as a result of shedding off some things in our lives. When the eaglets are hatched, they come out with birth feathers. They also have to undergo the molting season so that they grow flying feathers. May the good Lord help you to shed off baby feathers and get flying feathers for the journey of faith. May the good Lord also give you the wisdom to know where to fight your battles. The eagle carries its enemies into the air. In the same manner we do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in the air.
I have a conviction that God is about to do a NEW THING to those who have HIGHER ORDER DESIRE (HOD). God is about to open A NEW THING CHAPTER. Refuse to let your life be stuck in THE PAST TENSE OF LIFE. God specialises in creating rivers in the WASTELANDS i.e. a barren , desolate and dry place. I declare a TRIPARTITE SEASON OF REFRESHMENT. God is about to do a new thing FOR YOU, a new thing IN YOU and a new thing THROUGH YOU.
The tragedy of the 21st Century Church is LOST DESIRE. We have become like one of the seven Churches in the book of Revelation. They were still doing Church but they had lost their first love (Revelation 2:4). The writer of Revelation urges the parishioners at Ephesus to REMEMBER where they fell from grace, REPENT of their sins and RETURN back to their first love. My prayer is that the Lord may give you an APPETITE for the things of God. Check out men and women who had desire in the Bible:
# The Song of Songs woman searched for the one her heart loved (3:1-5)
# The woman who lost one of her ten coins/drachmas had to search carefully for it (Luke 15:8-10)
# The good Shepherd left the 99 sheep in search for one lost sheep
# Jacob wrestled all night with the angel of the Lord in search for a blessing
# Jabez was more honourable than his brothers because of the desire to get out of poverty and pain
# Peter on Mount Transfiguration desired to stay in his glory
# The woman with an issue of blood desired to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment in search for healing
# Blind Bartimeus desired to see
# Ruth desired to go with Naomi to Bethlehem of Judah
# The four friends desired that their disabled friend be healed hence they broke through the roof
# Prophet Elisha desired the double portion of Prophet Elijah’s spirit
# David desired to dwell in the house of the Lord forever and to BEHOLD HIS GLORY
WHAT YOU DESIRE, YOU DESERVE. WHAT YOU DON’T DESIRE, YOU DON’T DESERVE. I rest my case.