It was a hectic day for us; we just returned from a meeting in Church. I realized we had books at home to package and prepare for the next meeting; hundreds of them. As we brought out the books, my daughter joined in putting them in nylons. She must have wondered if I ever thought of finishing the work. She dozed off and woke up to see everything done. I fought the abortive spirit.

Friend, you need to fight the abortive spirit if you would fulfil destiny. It is the spirit behind failure and unproductivity. The place to begin the fight is in seemingly small and inconsequential stuff. The things that seem not to matter today would be the great deal tomorrow. We must master today the things that would matter tomorrow. Little hinges swing big doors.

“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards…” (SOS 2:15). You must be deliberate about your life and assignment. You must identify early the things that are capable of truncating God’s plans and purpose for your life. They are the little foxes that spoil the vine. They are the things you do in private that defines your reality in the public.

Start paying attention to the operations of the abortive spirit in small stuff. The things that drag men down at the top actually follow them there. Be careful of what is growing and going with you while you are journeying to the top. If negative habits are growing with you, no matter how much you grow and go, they would pull you down. This is the strategy of the devil; to plant things into our today that would destroy tomorrow (Matthew 13:24-28).

We form habits then habits form us (2 Peter 1:5-8). If you have the habit of backing out from stuff at the slightest resistance or provocation, you are already making your life attractive to the abortive spirit. When you are always having unfinished tasks; laundries you never finished, dishes left unfinished, fasting and prayers done halfway etc., you are simply giving invitation to the abortive spirit.

Most of the problems that people grapple with today often start with an attitude or a habit; but if left unchecked, a spirit jumps in and begins to coordinate that activity. Spirits take advantage of habits. Even the Holy Spirit would ride on the strength of your daily habits. Just as prayer habit is an open invitation for Holy Spirit operation, worry is an invitation to the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Complete little tasks and you would not be a victim of the abortive spirit!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria