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Listen while you read: "I Surrender All"1 (Lyrics)
I remember the first time when I was asked to share a message with God's people at a Sunday service and how I almost refused the offer to preach, because I was skeptical and timid.
Days before the day when I was to preach, I tried to encourage myself with diverse articles on how to speak confidently in public, but none really helped. Then, I started praying to God for help, because what the devil whispered in my ears was all negative: What if you make a mistake on the altar? You will choke up there. You won't really appear good. They won't appreciate you, and so on.
Then, at some point as I presented my fears before the Lord in prayers, I felt this sudden upsurge of confidence in my spirit, and I could perceive God telling me, Son, go ahead and just preach. I will be there with you as soon as you grab the microphone.
And He did as He promised!
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 – [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame. And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are, so that no mortal man should [have pretense for glorying and] boast in the presence of God. (AMP)
Many of us believers are drawing back from what God has called us to do for Him in our world today because we lack the confidence just to go ahead with the task, not really because we don't want to obey Him.
We consider our weaknesses too much whenever the devil flashes them before our eyes, and we have allowed these strongholds to deter us from obeying God's instructions.
Friend, it doesn't matter what you look like, what background you have, what your academic qualifications are, what people have said concerning you, or how bad your speech is. None of our weaknesses really matters when God is in us. It is in Him that we are made complete.
Today's passage tells us that God is aware of our inadequacies and insufficiencies, yet He deliberately picks the foolish and weak things of this world to accomplish great things. In other words, He calls the unequipped and equips them for greater works. Remember that God chose David, the youngest boy in his family amidst his handsome elder brothers, and made him king of Israel.
Hence, as we proceed through this new year, be determined to cast away your weaknesses, fears, doubts, and worries that have deterred you from accomplishing your God-given assignments, goals, and ambitions in the previous year, and just go ahead to become what God has destined you to be. He has chosen you to go and bear fruit.
Pray with me.
Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for bringing me into a new and fruitful year. This year, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, enable me not to faint but to find strength in You to do all that concerns my goals, dreams, and aspirations. Thank You, Jesus, for renewing and refreshing me. Hallelujah! Amen.