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“Musings Of A Spiritual Father…….Fatigue Need Not Be Fatal”

Over the past few months there has been a repeated phrase I hear when speaking with ministers and Christian leaders. It’s short, and simply goes like this, “I’m just so tired.” That’s a phrase often overlooked, or we even gently tease the “tired” one, and the phrase passes without much ado. However, I begin to sense the Holy Spirit speaking to my life about this subject matter and I will share a few thoughts.

This tired feeling isn’t caused by a full calendar that makes demands every hour of every day. It’s not even the result of too many irons in the fire. This tired feeling is a spiritual attack on you to steal your dream and abort your destiny. Speaking of the enemy, Daniel writes, “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws” Daniel 7:25. Part of the work of your enemy is to tire, or weary you, to the point of discouragement. Numbness sets in and you find yourself going through the motions of what used to give life and energy.

A feeling of fatigue weakens faith and causes one to draw back from the pro-active mode of living and adjust to a reactive mode. You begin putting out burning fires instead of navigating the God assigned course of discovered destiny. The writer of Hebrews shares some insights. “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him” Hebrews 10:38. Drawing back is a position that weakens faith, and displaces the joy of the Lord. We lose joy in drawing back. If the joy of the Lord is our strength, then drawing back reduces strength, and results in fatigue. When fatigue walks in, faith walks out.

It’s imperative to break the chains of tiredness off our life. Dragging chains of fatigue slows life to a mere crawl and produces lack of energy. Every athlete knows when fatigue walks in, you get back to basics and do the things you know will work. Things that once became so routine they were boring. It’s the same in the spiritual realm. It’s time to get back to basics. Let me suggest a few.

First, practice what we preach. Do what we teach others. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. I know the tendency is to pack your bags and run as far away as possible. That’s not the answer. Jesus provides insight, as He knew this day of fatigue would come. He says, “Run to Me, don’t run away!” It’s very important you gather the fragments of your broken, and forgotten dreams, and bring them to Jesus.

Second, your dream, and your destiny, will endure even during this season of fatigue and hopelessness. Paul writes to the Galatians and says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” Galatians 6:9. Whether or not you FEEL like it, there remains a “due season” somewhere in your future. Your fatigue has not changed the mind of God about your life. It’s important to be careful about decision making during this down time. With your perception distorted by fatigue, decisions will often be out of desperation, rather than inspiration.

Next, do some pruning in your life. Trim out of your life everything God never told you to do. Fatigue is the result of taking on too much outside the realm of your true assignment. You can’t be all things to all people. I remind you again; what your enemy cannot stop, he will accelerate. Hell knew you would not stop working for God, so instead of allowing you to run with one vision, he gave you many visions. Now you’re going in so many different directions it seems impossible to define the original plan God spoke.

Finally, rediscover who you are as well as who you are not! You are not the Messiah. People will pull you in many directions to satisfy their need to please God. In other words, they won’t do what God has asked of them, so they get you to do it for them. Learn to say, “NO!” Stick with the assignment God gave you. Remember the call of God on your life, and refocus on the main assignment God birthed in your spirit.

Also, learn who you are not. That’s important. You can’t be somebody else. You can’t wear garments of deception, trying to be someone you are not. John the Baptist gave a whole list of the people he was not. He was not Moses, not Elias, and not the Christ. He not only knew who he was, he knew who he was not. John did know who he was. He was a voice crying in the wilderness. He was just a voice crying outside the structures of his day, proclaiming the coming of one mightier than himself. From the outset of his ministry, he would decrease so that Christ could increase.

It’s important that you endure this season of fatigue. I know it’s lasted much longer than anticipated but keep in mind, THERE IS SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS SEASON! Fatigue is the enemy’s weapon of choice to keep you from your greatest harvest. You must get to the other side. Gather yourself, make the decision you know should be made, get to Jesus, trim your life, reconnect with your dream and destiny, be the person God created and renewed strength will be manifested in your life. The Bible reminds us, “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” Isaiah 40:31.

It is my sincere prayer these words will be of assistance to someone on this journey, who is sick and tired of being sick and tired. Shake yourself awake and get pro active about life and the future. Try to always remember that FATIGUE NEED NOT BE FATAL!