Andy Ruiz Jr. lost his rematch to Anthony Joshua that year in a rather surprising manner. His sincere reason for the loss passed a great lesson across. He said; “I lost to Anthony Joshua because I was undertrained, overweight, and partied for 3 months.”

Friend, life is more like the computer language, “Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO).” It is what you have taken in that you can draw out. Notice that in the story of the Marriage at Cana of Galilee, Jesus gave them an instruction to, “fill the water pots with water…” before they could draw out (John 2:7-8). This is how God often deals with us.

While we anticipate the miraculous, while we wait for God to step into our situations, He gives us instructions on what to do (John 2:5). He tells us to “fill the water pots with water.” He tells us to fill up so we can draw out. He tells us to fill up our Prayer and Word Life so we can draw out His power. He tells us to build the right capacity so we can carry the weight of Glory.

Most times, we go into prayers to ask God for stuff rather than asking Him for instructions. This is why it often looks as though God is not answering our prayers. Prayer is not just an avenue to get God to work, it is a platform for instructions on what we are to do. This is why Mary told those folks; “Whatever he tells you to do, do it” (John 2:5). Instructions birth miracles.

Miracles are not magic; you cannot draw out what you have not filled up. For ministers of the gospel, you must know your season to fill up; you must not draw out too early. You must not minister out of emptiness. Ministry is an outflow (or overflow) of the life of God in us. This is why the focus of ministry is not what we are letting out but what we are taking in (Luke 10:38-42).

Sometimes, seasons of filling up look like seasons of inactivity; it looks like you are not serious or doing anything. You need to stay committed. The time to draw out is almost here. God’s power is about to break forth in your life; your career, business, marriage and ministry. Your job is to fill up so you can draw out. You will succeed!

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