“Do yourself a favor and love wisdom. Learn all you can, then watch your life flourish and prosper!” (Prov.19:8 TPT)
One great attribute I observed studying great men and women is that they’re diligent learners. They observe, learn, meditate and then act. Learning must be expressed and experienced to be authentic. Stephen Covey said, “To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.” Your intelligence will be measured by your ability to change.
As we conclude this series, I pray earnestly that the things we have learned will bring transformation and consistent transitions as you evolve to becoming the best version of you.
Here are today’s lessons.
1. Be intentional.
It’s not enough to have intentions. Your intentions must be backed by actions to be intentional. There’s a difference between deciding and doing. The four friends in our story were intentional. They did not only decide, they acted out their decision.
Some people have remained stagnant or worse still, bound— not for want of desire to change their position, but want of willingness to do what’s required for their breakthroughs or change of levels. James Allen in his great book—As a Man Thinketh wrote, “People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.”
2. There’s power in fellowship.
Spiritual energy is created when we gather in fellowship —-be it vital or virtual. Possibilities, miracles, breakthroughs, transformation and renewal of strength occur in fellowship with the Spirit of God and the saints in love. And these four interesting friends of the paralytic man understood this that they targeted a fellowship meeting where Jesus presided.
The Psalmist reminded us of the power in fellowship when he said, “They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.”
Apostle Paul also underscored the importance of fellowship when he instructed us thus— “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Heb. 10:25)
3. God is more interested in our completeness than correctness.
Most times, we are more concerned, consciously or unconsciously, to be correct in our own eyes or the eyes of others around us. And more often than not, it seems right and legitimate to us. It only takes revelation to know our emptiness and woe even at our best state or estimation.
From the story of healing of the paralytic man, I realized that God is more interested in making me complete than making me correct in my eyes or my observers. The paralytic man wanted healing but Christ focused first at his spiritual health. Paul in his wisdom said, “For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.” (Rom. 11:16)
Being in Christ makes us complete and not just correct — complete spirit, soul and body. “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” (Col. 2:10) And I believe this revelation would have inspired the prayer of Epaphras for the Church at Colosse.
“Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” (Col. 4:12)
Therefore, I release these prophetic words from Hebrews 13:20-21 over you today and always—
“Now may the God of peace [the source of serenity and spiritual well-being] who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood that sealed and ratified the eternal covenant, equip you with every good thing to carry out His will and strengthen you [making you complete and perfect as you ought to be], accomplishing in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”