“This day is a day of trouble, and rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth” 2Kings 19:3
When I was doing my clinical posting in a general hospital, I always rushed to the delivery room whenever I heard that a pregnant woman was ready to be delivered of her child. I just wanted to observe and learn the process, but I ended up learning vital life lessons that has greatly helped me. One of the lessons I learned is the indispensability of strength in the bringing forth of the foetus. When the foetus is ready to make its way through, the mother is implored to PUSH. At that point, tears and screams would only complicate the situation, all she has to do is PUSH, and that pushing is a function of strength. She has to gather every atom of strength she has on the inside to push the foetus out of her. If she isn’t strong enough to do that pushing, things could get complicated.
It took the words of Hezekiah in the above Scripture to re-ignite this memory in my mind. He says…”The children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth” What a tragedy that was. For a woman to endure the demands of pregnancy for 9 months, only to lack the strength to bring forth the child, what could be more painful? Can you begin to imagine it?
Truth is, that is a picture of what happens to many people in the invisible realm. They labour, toil, fast, pray, etc, but when it is time to take delivery of the promise, they lack the strength to bring forth. What a tragedy!!! Many don’t understand why they experience abortion of promises, so many even think the devil is always responsible. I beg to differ! Where there is no strength, there can be no delivery! The gray side of the story is, you don’t wait for time of delivery before you amass strength. That is a grand set up for unfailing abortion!!!
How do you gain strength? I’ll share two points.
1. Strength is a function of diet. What you eat determines your level of strength. Do you know why there are many believers suffering from strengthaemia? Because they are malnourished. Malnourishment means two things: not eating at all, or eating the wrong thing. What do you feed your spirit with? Are you a Word consumer or a world consumer? The Scripture says…”The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity…” Prov. 14:18. If your spirit, which should sustain you is suffering from all manner of spiritual kwashiokor and beriberi, how shall you be able to bring forth in your day of delivery?
“A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength” Prov. 24:5
2. Strength is a function of exercise. Regular exercise, it has been proven, is vital to increasing strength. I am a very slim person and I know the kind of things I dare. When I see that a task is greater than my strength level physically, I quickly opt for the side door. I have friends however who are my peers but who are far physically stronger and fit than me. The difference? Constant exercise. The same happens in the spiritual. God often subjects us to exercises to build up our strength. Often times, they appear as challenges and unpleasant situations, and in our ignorance, we run away from them. No wonder many have remained weak and frail!! Take ’em on friend, they are meant to build up your strength level! God will never bring anything that will subdue you your way. Did you hear what I said? Take ’em on, and show ’em who is boss!!
My fingers want to remain on this keypad, but I have to force them to stop here.
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