I welcome you all to the month of August. It’s a new month, the month of new beginnings. This month is very peculiar because it’s a month of new beginnings, not just beginnings.
This means wherever you are, you can start afresh.
You can start this month by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
You can start this month by breaking off that sinful relationship.
You can start this month by launching that business idea that has been lying fallow in your diary.
That being said, I want to show us something that may slow us down this month. While my Pastor, Pastor Dunamis Okunowo was teaching yesterday evening in church, he made mention of how your mind needs to be guarded if you want to amount to anything in life.
One of the stories he cited in passing was that of Elijah. Let me attempt to expand it a little, as I trust God to expound it in our hearts.
1 Kings 18:46 (KJV) And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
The hand of the Lord came upon Elijah and it gave him supernatural speed, such that he ran faster than the kings chariot.
You need to understand that a chariot is made up of a Horse or Horses and a cart.
A Horse is fast, can run miles without getting tired.
Now, not just any Horse can be selected to carry the king. It has to be the best, probably the fastest.
So imagine a man running faster than the fastest Horse in his vicinity…that is what the hand of the Lord can do.
This month, the hand of the Lord is coming upon someone, giving you speed like never before. Your mates seem to have gone ahead, but the hand of the Lord will do wonders. Your friends have gotten married while you are still ‘bealess’, I see the hand of the Lord collapsing the years for your sake this month.
You can do a study on the hand of the Lord, you will be amazed at what it can do.
Now to the crux of the matter.
The next phrase there says …and he girded up his loins…
To gird up your loins is termed an act of manliness. In those days, the garment men wore was a flowing one. When a man is about to fight or do a tedious work, the hem of the garment would usually be an obstruction to him. So to be able to effectively do whatever he needed to do, he would lift the hem of his garment and tuck it into his girdle or tie it into a knot, to keep it off the ground. This would create a pair of shorts, making movement easier for him. Conclusively, to tell a man to “gird up his loins” was to tell him to brace up, man up or prepare for hard work.
I went through that route of explaining to us for us to see that it is our responsibility in this new month to make things work in our direction. No matter how much the hand of the Lord rested on Elijah, if he didn’t gird his loins, the rain would have poured down on him.
To gird your loins means to take charge of every loose ends in your life. Your manner of dressing, your thought pattern, your words and so on. It means you completely divorce the former way of life.
You can’t be in Goshen and crave the bread of Egypt.
To gird your loins means you consciously watch what you allow into your mind through the ear and eye gates.
In this new month, you cannot afford to live your life the way you did in the past month. You cannot afford to play on ladies emotions and expect to be happily married…how? You cannot be living in sin habitually and expect your prayers to be answered.
You have to man up. You have to face that addiction. You have to address that weakness. You have to take charge of your life and not leave it to happenstances.
What loose ends have you noticed about yourself? Man up and challenge it. You cannot be sleeping around week in week out while boasting to your friends that you are a fortunate being. That’s not being fortunate. Read the amplified version of psalms 1:1 to know who a fortunate person is.
The last thing we see in that verse was that he ran…
People, there is a race set before us. We are commanded to run, not walk. However, you cannot run if you are not well kitted. You cannot run if you are not well girded. You cannot run if you are carrying some luggage. You cannot run if your garment is as free as anything.
I know hands have been laid on you. I know you are anointed to the bones, but see what the scripture says;
Heb 12:1 (KJV) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
What is that sin that does so easily beset you? What is your password? What are those things that are pulling you down spiritually? Who are those people slowing down your journey? What is that force draining your battery?
If you must make progress this month, you have to gird up your loins. You have to take charge of your life. You have to deliberately work out your salvation. You have to do all you can to ensure you are traveling light.
Once again, I welcome you to a month of new beginnings.
CONFESSION FOR TODAY
I have wisdom to do the needful.
PRAYER FOR TODAY
Lord, help me to identify and confront my areas of weaknesses.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
You cannot be in Goshen and crave the bread of Egypt.
ACTION PLAN FOR TODAY
Do a study on “the hand of the Lord”
BIBLE READING FOR TODAY
I kings 18
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