Main Text: Numbers 11: 10-16, 1kgs 19:4, Joel 2:21.
“Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people?
for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.
I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness” Numbers 11:13-16
The above scripture depicts a leader who was taking over by the foul spirit of demoralization because of his complains and remarks of resignations.
Are you also taking by this fouls spirit?
It is very obvious that the children of Israel were moving on to a promise land that the Lord God has promised them and Moses was the leader appointed to take and lead them into the land of promise.
This was a new journey that proved to be a testing for not just the Israelites but for Moses himself.
Just like Moses and his congregation, we have just started a new journey in 2011, and already it is proving to be very frustrating and testing for most people, why?
because most of us started this journey with a carryover from 2010.
Instead of concentrating on what God is set to achieve for us and through us and believe God with every fibre in us for a glorious and prosperous journey, we are wearied down with doubts and unbelief thinking this year will not be different from last year; the devil has been defeated!!
No sooner had the children of Israel got into the journey than they began to cry as it appears the journey was becoming too tedious as their want and desires was not being met.
Moses could not bear the complain and the nagging but went back to God who appointed him and made his mind known to God that he was ready to commit suicide, only that this time he wanted God to do the killing.
Like Moses most now have already felt that they are failures even before the journey began.
A deep look at the statement of Moses would reveal that he wanted to die because he does not want to see his failure.
In other words he has written himself a failure on the task that God gave him.
Here is a man who apparently has been taking over by the spirit of demoralization.
Beloved, this foul spirit is set to make you terminate the plans and purposes of God for your life.
It will make you look at yourself as a failure and everyone else around as not helpful to your cause.
It will make you feel miserable and frustrated in thinking that the load that you bear is too much and that you can’t make it in life.
This foul spirit is a potent weapon of Satan in that , it makes all things concerning God and yourself uninteresting.
Your goals and purposes in life suddenly means nothing to you because your spirit man has been totally demoralized.
No wonder Moses saw no option but to die instead of being alive and be a witness to his own failure in life.
Can I say by the divine mandate upon my life that you will not fail and can never fail in Jesus name.
Another great man of God known as Elijah the Tishbite also fell to this foul spirit of demoralization. Scripture alludes;
“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers” 1kgs 19:4.
Like Moses, the prophet’s depression here reached its lowest point.
He was apparently suffering from the reaction of overstrained and failure feeling (Demoralization); it appears he was having an inner conflict with himself that he has failed in the assignment God gave him, no wonder why he made a reference to not being better than his fathers.
It appears for the first time he suddenly found himself alone – alone in the awful solitude and silence of the desert.
Thus the prophet at length gave way completely out of demoralization and made his prayer that he might die.
Beloved, I dare you to stand resolute and see the power of God at work in your life.
You will win if you don’t quit.
Don’t you know that the glory of the place you are destined for is incomparable to where you are now?
That is why the enemy wants to kill you before you come into that place of blessing.
That’s why he wants to frustrate you so that you can give it all up and deny you your entry into that place of glory.
This foul spirit also manifest itself, using fear also as a back up tool to torment its captors.
To defeat this foul spirit, you will need to keep your hope alive, and prepare yourself for greater things to come.
No wonder scripture says;
“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things” Joel 2:21.
Expectation is the motivation for preparation.
What are you expecting from God this year, let it motivate you to begin to prepare in prayers, in studying the word of God, in meeting the right people and in doing the right and necessary things that would bring you to that place of glory.
You are not a failure, and this new journey of 2011 that you have embarked upon will launch you into your destiny if you faint not.
May you find favour this week. Stay blessed.
BY PASTOR T ABUWA.