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Galatians 6:9, ‘And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season, we shall reap if we faint not.’

Jesus said in Luke 18:1, “men ought always to pray and not to faint.”

This scripture shows us that there are two choices, you either pray or you faint. So if you don’t pray, you will faint. If you don’t want to faint, then you must pray, and in the place of prayer, there is a strength of God that is supplied to you. We need to do more preemptive prayers-praying in the Holy Ghost ahead of time.

I have discovered personally that each time I take time to pray more, I have enough internal strength in my spirit to face situations better and handle people’s misbehaviours better. But when I’ve not prayed, and I’m so down, I’m tired. I have just been going on and on and have not been able to pray as I ought to; I’m not a fine person to relate with during that period. I don’t know about you, but that’s just me because I don’t have any other life apart from the life of God. And if you don’t feed that life, something happens; the pressure out there can creep into your spirit, and fainting can set in. Keep yourself ‘high’ on God!

So make your choice; when that pressure becomes so much on you, you have laboured so much, and it’s not been appreciated. You have given your best, and nobody appreciates you, or they have even been talking down on you; it could be your husband, family members, church members, colleagues at work. What do you do? Do you give up? Do you throw in the towel? No! You rise up like David and encourage yourself in the Lord. You have two choices every time you get to that point that David got to, too: you either pray or faint. I have been there many times, I wanted to give up but thank God for the Holy Spirit in me, and He says, ‘Don’t give up, pray’. And by the time I pray, strength comes. The situation has not changed, but strength has come into me to master that situation.

Every time you wait upon the Lord, strength is renewed in you.

Isaiah 40:29-31, ‘He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But 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.’

People faint when their eyes are on the men that they labour for and not on God. And there is no place where God tells us to put our eyes on any man.

 Hebrews 12:2b, ‘Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith….’

That is what the Bible says. There is no place where the Bible says you should look unto the deacons in your church, your husband, to this person or to that person to commend you, to reward you or to appreciate you. But it says you look to Jesus! God is your rewarder!… Not man.

Jeremiah 31:16, ‘Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.’

So when you put your eyes on men and your labours, you will be feeling cheated, but when you put your eyes on God, then whatsoever God has given you the grace to do, you just do it as unto the Lord. If the person appreciates it, good, if they reward you in their way, good, but if not, just do it for Jesus. God is your rewarder, not man.

I remember going to one church in a particular town to minister; it was their women’s day. They wanted me to talk about something that will strengthen the home, and when I was preparing, the major message the Holy Spirit laid on my heart was that of the woman’s labour over the home, over the family. The labour that a woman does to build a strong home and one of the strongest points that the Holy Spirit emphasized in that meeting was to do it for Jesus. That point liberated so many women that day.  Whatever you do in life, ministry, marriage, do it as unto the LORD!

Colossians 3:23, ‘And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;’

God is your rewarder! Not man.

Most of the time, the things we are doing, we are doing it for our husband, our children, our mother-in-law, and so on. People get frustrated when the person they are doing things for do not reward them! The day came that God changed my perspective that no matter what I do, I’m not doing it for man. If I see some stains on your shoe and cleaning it, I am not cleaning it for you; I am cleaning it for Jesus. I do it for Jesus. So, if you don’t say ‘thank you, it doesn’t bother me. And if you abuse me, saying ‘did I say I want a clean shoe?’ it doesn’t bother me because I did it for the Lord. And I am not looking to you for any reward; I am looking to the Lord that I did it for, and He will reward me in due time, and He knows just how to reward His people.


Till next week, keep rising above fainting!

God bless you.

Rev. Oyenike Areogun

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