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40 Days and 40 Years


Sometimes the strength of the desert is in the weakness of the minds, however in all things every experience no matter how grave it is there is always a lesson to be learnt, lessons of strategy, experience and strength of mind.

When all is gone and the source of all that you hold dear is no more there must be one thing that never leaves you. Unfortunately it cannot be a person, money, business, residence, nations but it must be God. When stuck in the desert it is a time to know that God is your provider and that in all things He will provide. For forty days Jesus was in the wilderness and for forty years the Israelites were seemingly stuck there and in that time they learnt that Jehovah is Jehovah-Jireh, he will provide. If you are still alive then it means you have a provision sustaining you. For forty days or forty years you learn that only God will remain after everything else is gone, after everything is said, only God will remain true.

When isolated in a place of nothingness and hopelessness, the mind can quickly lose its grip on life resulting in chaos and panic. However when stuck in a desert two choices can present themselves, to find hopelessness or to find faith. Before us is always a choice, death or life and so we choose life. Faith is strength of mind to act upon that which your mind holds strongly to and believes in. In the absence of all signs of hope or life, for how long will you hold on to what you value the most? In the test of the wilderness when there are no signs of progress will one hold on to the strength of mind or will one fall to the despair of life? After the time of forty days or forty years your minds resolution will be tested, you will be tempted or you will be discouraged by tales of giants but in all this your mind must remain resolute to what you believe.

For Jericho to be appreciated it is necessary to understand lack and the times. To understand plenty it is best to have understood barrenness, how can a savior preach about the abundance of life without understanding the emptiness of life? To relate a message to a people one must have seen their lives and understood them. Sometimes the desert experience is simply a lesson in understanding lack in order to fully know plenty. Don’t be too shocked because there is a time for everything, a person who has understood the times will store their harvest for future years when there is no food, for in lack they have understood that plenty is but a season. A person who has understood the times will know that lack is also but for a season, soon the morning will bring good tidings of grace, in all times plenty and lack can be prepared for.

Before the birth of life a pain is experienced but why transit from a place of death to death, rather when in the moment of a desert don’t transit to another desert but transit to the land of plenty. Your desert is a place of strategy and a place of transition. Use that time wisely to engage your mind in cleverness, be wise and plot your victory not your battle. From a place of the desert you no longer plot to chance victory but because you have seen lack you prepare a battle that wins you the war. In the wilderness you strategize how your ministry will run, and who you will run with. Don’t be moved by tale bearers but be moved by the call of victory.

Winston is the author of several books.

You Have All Been Fooled at Amazon
You Have All Been Fooled at Author’s Page
Winston’s other books include the following
Four Reasons Why Absolute World Peace is Impossible With Humans
The Spark of Life, Success and Relationships
The Book of Revelation Series

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  1. October 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

    This was an article needed for ym period in the wilderness, just what I needed!!

  2. Nancy
    October 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I agree but not only should we seek God when the going is tough or when in the desert. Lets praise him always in whatever we do and in whatever situation we are in – coz he loved us even before we knew him

  3. July 23, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Yes! Finally someone writes about social experiment.

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