Keeping Your Blade Sharp!

Keeping Your Blade Sharp!

by | 1, Mar 2022 | From Our Pastors

In the days we are living, it is so easy to allow circumstances, news, or external voices to influence us and allow us to become weighed down or even find ourselves out of an intimate relationship with the Father in Heaven due to the busyness of life. This ultimately leaves us finding our blades too blunt (our spirit is “flat”). In other words, the things of God that used to get us excited and that which had our hearts and focus, is almost something in the distance or vague right now because we feel overwhelmed, alone, confused, isolated or feeling a sense of hopelessness. 

“If the axe is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.” – Ecclesiastes 10:10

The Lord is always with you; however, everything seems to take more of an effort when you are out of relationship, fellowship, and intimacy with the Father. Dealing with past hurts, having hope deferred, our daily routines, condemnation, fear, and unbelief are but some of the areas that keep us “dull”. 

To wake up with confidence, joy, and expectation when your “blade” is dull, is so much more of an effort, and at times almost impossible. 

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ – Zechariah 4:6

That’s why we need to keep our spirit man built up in the Word and intimacy with the Father, as well as our flesh submitted to His Lordship. 

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

There is something about taking time out daily to read the Word, meditate on what you read as well as talking to the Lord about it, that begins to sharpen your blade. It builds up your spirit. Yes, we have just come out of our corporate 3-day prayer and fasting which if you had done with intentionality and focus will have helped in sharpening your blade. However, like a vehicle that requires regular service intervals, as believers, our spirits need regular “servicing and reviving” to withstand the world around us every day.  

There is a story in Matthew 17 about a man’s son who was demon possessed. He had brought them to the disciples only to find they could not deliver him. The man saw Jesus and told Him that he had brought them to His disciples, and he said, “they were not able to deliver him”. Jesus helps deliver the boy with a simple spoken word in authority, and of course, he was healed and delivered. 

They asked Jesus why they could not deliver the boy. The answer was simple. 

“He answered, “Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God];  for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed,  you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move;  and nothing will be impossible for you. [But this kind of demon does not go out except by prayer and fasting.]”” – Matthew 17:20-21 AMP

Despite the disciples having done, seen and experienced miracles prior this event (Matthew 10:1, Mark 3:14-15, Luke 9:1, Mark 6:13-14). Something happened this time!

What happened? Their “AXE”, become blunt? They allowed unbelief to enter in their hearts. Their spirits were “dull”. The circumstance became bigger than their God. They also forgot their testimonies of what they had seen in past times. This is evidence to us believers in 2022, that we need to maintain our faith, belief and confidence in the Lord keeping our spirits built up. If the disciples who walked with Jesus in the flesh and saw regular manifestation of God’s power could become “dull”, we may need a bit more “sharpening” at regular intervals. 

I saw this post on Facebook awhile back, it had two pictures, one of a battery that was showing empty and a person next to it also showing empty. The statement said the following. “You wouldn’t let this happen to your phone, don’t let it happen to you either. Self-care is a priority not a luxury.” As a believer, spending time in the Word, prayer and waiting on the Lord is not a luxury, it’s a priority!

The whole point is this story in Matthew, is that Jesus said that this demon could only come out by prayer and fasting. What he was actually saying in “layman terms” is, “had you kept “charged”, this would not have been an issue.”

We need daily time with the Lord to keep charged and refreshed, especially in today’s society. There are also extended times where you should consider increasing your intensity and focus setting such time aside to fast or even just be in a place without interruptions so you can seek and wait upon the Lord for refreshing, direction and more revelation. I like to find one day a week and lock out at least 3hours in my diary to get away from technology, emails, phones and pray and wait upon the Lord.

What areas in your life require re-alignment?

May you in 2022, be a person that seeks the Lord with all your heart and soul. May you keep you “blade sharp” (spirit and faith built up). May the Lord refresh you, encourage you and build you up. May your confidence be restored in the Lord.

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