Stir Up That Gift!
One of the greatest wonders of the earth is lying dormant on your inside. It
is waiting to be galvanized into action. It is waiting to be stirred up. It cannot
stir up itself. God cannot do it for you. The wonders of God are lying idle in
your depth. Launch out and cause them to come forth. They have been waiting
for you. God has been waiting too. It is time for you to act.
Stir up that gift. That gift of a sound mind is on the inside of you waiting
to be stirred into action. If you want to attain that covenant height of greatness
that God has for you, this gift needs to be stirred up. A piece of chalk dropped
in a glass of water will remain at the bottom until it is stirred.
When it is stirred, it forms a chalk solution. Stir up your sound mind and
release the creative excellence in you.
How do you stir up your mind to produce? There are various ways by
which your mind can be stirred into action.
The Bible is made up of hidden treasures and until your mind’s eyes are
opened, you cannot see beyond the letters into the wonders. When reading the word, your prayer should always be:
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law
You need to be able to see before you can possess. Nothing is appropriated in
the kingdom without first being seen. Seeing it and having it is a covenant law
which cannot be broken.
Until you see beyond the letters in the word, you cannot behold them.
Until you see it, it cannot stir your mind. The word that will stir your mind is
the word that you have seen.
The word of God, the one you have seen is the rod that stirs your mind into
action, it is what ensures a proper mixing of that rich deposit in you. Wisdom
sound wisdom, comes through the word of God. Psalm 119:98 says;
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine
enemies: for they are ever with me
The word contains God’s commandments. The word that proceeds from
the mouth of God is what makes for wisdom. The word of God made Timothy
wise. The Apostle Paul told him in 2 Timothy 3:15,
And that from a child, thou hast known the holy scriptures, which
are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in
The word of God, is what stirs the wisdom deposit on your inside to
produce. The word is the rod. There is no stirring up to form a proper solution
without a rod. The man of wisdom must bear the rod. The man who will be
wise must feed on the rod.
The Lord’s voice crieth unto the city and the man of wisdom shall
see thy name: hear ye the rod.
Feed thy people with thy rod.
Every gift of God is stirred up by the word of God which is the rod. The
rod stirs up your mind to action. The wonders of God embedded in the word of
God stirs up your mind to produce. Hearing the word is feeding on it. Studying
the word is also feeding on it. But not all hearing, not all studying leads to the
unveiling of the treasures behind the letter.
How then do we feed on the word to get result? How do we lay hold of the
gold in the gold mine? This brings us to our second point:
Food is not eaten to increase the size of the stomach. The ultimate of
eating is not for the stomach to be full. You eat food to release essential body
nutrients and fluids into your system. The food that will nourish the body must
produce body nutrients. And the food that will produce these nutrients must
pass through the digestive process.
This same goes for the word of God which is the food of the spirit. You
can only extract the treasures in it by meditating on it. Meditation is the process
of digestion which leads to absorption and assimilation of the word. Meditation
is reasoning in the scriptures.
People have attended great meetings. They have listened to the most
renowned preachers. Every time they come out of meetings, you hear them sing
and shout for joy. Visit them the next day and it is all gone. The joy has gone.
The excitement is over.
Why? The substance, the raison d’etre of the word did not get into them.
Listen, beloved, at the end of the day, if you don’t retain the substance of the
word in you, you have no means of sustenance. The excitement of hearing the
revelation will go and if you don’t have the substance, you may go with it.
The Ethiopian eunuch read and read but the word did him no good because
he lacked an understanding of it. The nobility of the Berean Christians was
revealed through their daily search and reasoning in the scriptures after
listening to great messages.
Meditation is thinking through. Pondering on the word is the gateway to a
refreshing from above. You cannot get juice out of an orange without squeezing
it. Squeeze out the word of God and get it into your system for it is the entrance
of the word into you that brings light, not the reading, not the hearing. The
word has to be broken down and analysed before it can be absorbed.
There can be no careless glancing over scriptures. Each section under
consideration must be thoroughly digested. Proverbs 24:32 says:
Then I saw, and considered it well; I looked upon it, and received
The instruction many require for living cannot be acquired by scanning the
letters, words, phrases, clauses, sentences and paragraphs of scripture. There
must be a digging deeper. As the word penetrates, the mind receives
illumination and the body is directed on what steps to take.
The word of God that will produce in your life must necessarily pass
through this process. No one can do it for you. You have to do the eating, you
have to digest it to get the nutrients. It is time to accept your individuality and
step into your responsibility
The Importance Of The Night Season
I will bless the Lord, who hath given me a counsel; my reins also
instruct me in the night season
Day unto day uttereth speech and night unto night sheweth
The night time, contrary to popular opinion, is not for sleeping. It is the
time the enemy goes about planting tares in your vineyard! If the enemy is busy
at night, why should you be sleeping? Reasoning in the word is almost always
impossible during the day. There is a stillness that goes with reading which is
only available in the night. It is the best time to receive instructions from God.
It is the best time for proper analysis of events.
This is when you reason with God on the basis of His Word, applying it to
the real life situation you are confronted with that you get results.
Great men of old used the night season to their advantage. I have read
about an unbeliever, one of the most productive men of our times, saying that
his best periods for cracking hard nuts is between the hours of 2 and 5:00 a.m.
If an unbeliever could use these hours to his advantage, how much more should
you in whom the Spirit of God dwells?
Jesus used to wake up a great while before dawn. The night season is at
your disposal. God is not only the God of the day. He is also the God of the
night. Make use of the night season and see every obstacle put into its proper
place. Enough of sleeping. Sleeping Christians are defeated Christians. Cut off
that sleep and lay hold on the reward.
Prayers Of Enquiry
King David, the war marshal, never lost any battle. He was a great soldier
with expertise and experience, but he never allowed these past experience to
lead him into the next battle field. Before any battle, David always found his
way to the enquiry room.
Every move of his was as directed by the Lord when he enquired. After the
Amalekites made away with all their possession, he did not run after them in
haste. He first went to ask God for direction
And David inquired at the Lord, saying, shall I pursue after this
1 Samuel 30:8
Every move of his was dictated by God. Even after the death of Saul when it
looked like the coast was clear for him to be king, he still went to ask God for
And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the Lord
saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah…Whither shall I
He always asked for clear, specific directions. This is the realm of tapping
into God’s way. He never lost any battle because he was operating by heaven’s
strategy. God says if any man lacks wisdom, let him ask. The wisdom you need
in order not to lose any battle is with the Lord. There is no other source. Ask of
the Lord and He will release it to you. This prayer also demands a deliberate
waiting and listening for God’s response to your enquiry.
Never embark on any project without having obtained heaven’s go–ahead,
it is dangerous. The way to triumph is knowing which way to go. This is
wisdom. Ask for it from God with all honesty and sincerity of purpose and He
will give it to you.
Praying In The Spirit
But ye beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost. Jude 20
One of the ways to face the unknown is by praying in the Spirit, By this, I
don’t mean speaking empty tongues while you are also engaged in greeting
everyone that comes around you! Praying in the Spirit without the active
involvement of your mind is an exercise in futility.
When praying in the Spirit, there must be a corresponding subject on your
mind. That obstacle which has been the object of your worry must be in your
mind as you pray in other tongues and as you pray, your faith begins to be built
up to stand against it. More scriptures, eye–openers on that subject, begin to
come into your mind and suddenly, you see the situation as it really is, in the
eyes of God.
The illumination comes into your mind because, your spirit which is doing
the praying, communicates with the Spirit and searches deep into the subject
and to minister to your mind the way out. Learn to pray in the Spirit with a
mission on your mind and you will experience a refreshing, an edification, a
building up of your faith to stand against all the wiles of the devil.
Praise And Worship
The disciples were worshipping in the upper room when suddenly the
inspiration came that Judas was to be replaced. On the day of Pentecost, they
were at it again and the Holy Spirit came down in flames and tongues of fire.
Paul and Silas were not sent on any mission till the Holy Ghost gave the word.
And the word came on it while they were ministering to the Lord in praise and
Examples abound all over scriptures showing that inspiration from the
Holy Spirit comes under the atmosphere of praise and worship. Praise and
worship always invokes the presence of God; and where the presence of the
Lord is, His ways are made manifest.
The kings of Israel and Judah with all their host were stranded in the
wilderness without a drop of water for their tongues. They neither knew what to
do nor which way to turn. Elisha was sent for, but his inspiration level was at a
low ebb. What did he do? He sent for a minstrel, and as the minstrel ministered
in songs with his instrument, inspiration came. The word of the Lord came to
him and spoke deliverance unto the stranded parties.
You have a responsibility to stir up your mind by exposing it to inspiration
from above. Get good music, make melody with your mouth unto the Lord.
Sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs from the word unto God; worshipping
and exalting His name — and the presence of the Lord, the citadel of
inspiration, will descend. When that vital force in your mind is exposed to
inspiration, mighty things result.
Sing praise to God with objectivity. Worship Him with a mission. When
there is darkness hovering in one corner, worship God with that purpose behind
your mind. You are stirring up your soul to receive light. This was what Elisha
did. Do the same and you will receive illumination and a solution to your
This has to do with having a goal and identifying with it. It calls for a
singleness of purpose and pursuit.
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy
whole body shall be full of light.
You need to have a set goal and focus on it. Have a set vision. This should be
deeply embedded in you. It should have your all in all. It should be able to
occupy you fully.
Your mind has eyes. This is why we are told that it can be blinded.
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them…
2 Corinthians 4:4
These are the eyes with which you see beyond the physical into the
supernatural. You can stir up your mind into action by continually keeping your
goal in view — in your mind’s eye. The light will be shed on your way for
action. If you want light, you need to be single–minded about your goal,
allowing for no form of distraction. Focus your mind’s eye on one goal.
Concentrate on it. The more you look at it, the clearer you will be able to see
your way towards accomplishing it.
Identify completely with your goal. Stop moving from place to place,
minding other people’s businesses. Concentrate on your set goal, and that light
you need to be able to make a move will come bursting in.
The Lord’s Table
Two of the Lord’s disciples were on the way to Emmaus. They were
confused and perplexed. The death of Jesus and His rumored resurrection was
giving them great concern. They needed the light from above. They needed
illumination from heaven. They needed their spiritual eyes to be opened. Jesus
came and explained things to them but they were still blind. They went into the
house and something magnificent happened (Luke 24:13–32). In verses 30 and
31, we read:
And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and
blessed it and brake and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they
Their participation at the Lord’s table brought about the illumination they
needed. The solution to that problem upsetting you has always been with you.
All you need is for your eyes to be opened to see it through divine illumination.
You can get this by eating at the Lord’s table.
Do not disregard the service of the Holy Communion. It is of utmost
importance in the life of a believer. It is an injection of the life force of Jesus
into you to stir up your own dormant one. As you partake at the Holy
Communion, see it as a toast for the opening of the eyes of your mind for a new
walk in great supernatural illuminations of the spirit.
In order to positively sharpen your reasoning to enable you obtain your
covenant blessing, you need to keep good company. The word of God says in
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of
fools shall be destroyed.
Good company is necessary if the wisdom deposited in you must be stirred
into action. Rub minds with great minds. Rub minds with great covenant
thinkers and you will see light continually shed on your path.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his
Iron can only sharpen iron. It cannot sharpen wood. When it comes in
contact with wood, they both lose. The wood reduces in size and the iron gets
blunt. Do not lay your plans before ungodly men, asking for counsel. This is
dangerous to Christian growth and progress.
The Bible is full of evidence of men who got destroyed by relying on
counsel from ungodly men. Ammon got destroyed through his friend Jonadab
(1 Samuel 13). Rehoboam lost the kingdom of Israel through ungodly advice
and retained only the kingdom of Judah (1 Kings 12).
A man who befriends ungodly men and listens to their counsel will be
destroyed. The man that will be blessed is the one who does not walk in the
counsel of the ungodly (Psalms 1:1–3).
Wood cannot sharpen iron. Look for another sound mind to share ideas
with. Make friends with wise men and you will be wise, you will grow from
strength to strength, enjoying God’s eternal blessings.