Excerpt from the book ‘Overcoming Stagnation’ by David Abioye
Stagnation is the major cause of frustration and concerns in many lives today. You may see a very hard working man, laboring eighteen hours or more daily for several years, yet he has nothing to show for it. No rewards; no change! Many people have come to a standstill in several areas of their lives. Others are plagued with ‘slow motion;’ promotions and breakthroughs come for them at intervals of several years!
Stagnation is a curse! It is a cruel satanic hold; an evil device that is intended to keep people from accessing their glorious destinies in God. But, I am glad to let you know that God’s will for you is progress. He wants you to make continuous and appreciable advancement in every area of your life – spirit, soul and body, till you become the envy of your community and nation just like our covenant father, Isaac. The Bible says concerning him in Genesis 26:13-14,
The man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: … And the Philistines envied him.
We have ample proofs in Scripture that God’s will for the believer is progress. And one of such scriptures is Proverbs 4:18 which says,
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Note that it says, “The path of the just…” If you are born again, you are justified according to Romans 8:30. So, you have no reason to be stagnated. Your path is likened to “the shining light. That means it is an effective light, the type that absolutely dominates darkness or failure.“Shining light” also means speaking light. There are some lives that speak by reason of their effect and influence, but there are others that you need to make enquiries about before you can get to know them. You are ordained to be a speaking light.
The characteristic of the shining light is that it “shines more and more unto the perfect day.”“More and more” implies motion or advancement, ever-increasing, ever-improving and ever-relevant. And “the perfect day” means till Jesus comes. So, there is an assurance that your progress will not end with you. Your children’s children will continue to enjoy the effect of your shining, long after you are gone.
God is anti-stagnation. He is against everything that is opposed to His program for your life. When the children of Israel came out of Egypt after four hundred years of bondage, the Egyptians pursued after them and they found themselves between the Red Sea in front and the Egyptian army behind. They were stranded between these two dangers so they lifted up their voices and wept. But God said to Moses,
In this book you will discover that progress is initiated by generating power from within, it does not begin with taking physical steps as such. The mind is where the foundation for progress is laid. So many people are moving but not advancing, they are going but getting nowhere because this foundation is out of place. And the Bible makes us understand that when the foundation is faulty, no matter what the righteous man does, he will get no results. (Psalm 11:3). You may have all the connections, money, qualifications, etc, if you lack a good foundation, you will still suffer stagnation.
The state of your mind is what makes the principles and strategies for progress to produce. Power must be generated from within before progress can be enforced in any area of life. And the key that generates such power is knowledge. The insight you will contact in this book will give you that push that you need to break out of stagnation and enter into a new realm of consistent progress!
If you will let these words find a place in your heart, you will never know what it means to be stagnated again in your life!