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You Are Good Enough Just the Way You are

EMIKR OYEMADE – WISE WALK

The Danger Of Being Too People Conscious

When it became clear that I should give more attention to my calling counseling, I came up with several reasons why it would be difficult or impossible for me to fulfill that assignment. I thought about how people especially friends and family would accept and respond to metalk about abuses especially sexual abuse, reaching out to women in abusive relationships, praying for and with people who have made wrong relationship choices, encouraging teen moms and sharing the love of Jesus generally. I thought about my own personal past struggles and if people would believe me. I also feared that people would judge me wrongly.

I Wanted To Run My Life My Way

Although I knew that the scripture clearly states that His grace is sufficient for me to do whatever He commissions me to do, I just could not take the first step. It was just too big to even accept. I considered if the assignment would hinder my pursuit of MY OWNdream career. I even considered if some friends will not see me as being too over-spiritual. I struggled with if I was good enough or not and it took me years to fully walk in that path.

Obedience is priceless!

The peace of obedience cannot be imagined; it is better experienced. There’s this freedom that overwhelms you when you finally yield to something God is asking you to do.And truly, we do not need to have any special skill for God to use us. The problem is, we judge ourselves too critically and often think that God might be mistaken for choosing us. Ihave learnt that God doesn’t need anyone to approve of you before He would use you. You are good enough for Him just the way you are.

Sounded Like A Joke To Him

This was how Gideon felt (not good enough) when God visited him and told him He was going to deliver the children of Israel from the Midianites through him. Unbelievable! According to Gideon’s judgement of himself, there was just everything not right about him yet God would choose him? It must be a joke! It was because of his skepticism about being the chosen one that made him put God to test.

And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. Judges 6: 14-15

Circumstances Do Not Define Us

In the passage above, God had earlier addressed Gideon with a title that directly was in contrast to his current situation, “Thou mighty man of valor.” I like to guess that Gideon would have chuckled in disbelief and go “are you referring to me?”“Yes, you mighty man,” the Spirit would have replied. The truth is, if we want to know who we really are then we have to look through the eyes of God, His word. Our circumstances and experiences do not define us.

You Are Chosen

Having heard the headline of his assignment, you would notice that he didn’t say he would not go but he started to list all the reasons why that may not be possible (poverty and being the least in a family that is not even recognized). But you see, God doesn’t see our mistakes and our past when He chooses us for an assignment. Once we ask Him for forgiveness, He wipes our slate clean and gives us another opportunity. Even when we think our weakness may become a hindrance to saying “Yes Lord,” remember Moses had speech impediment. Hand your weaknesses over to Him in prayers.

God Has A Good Plan For You

Whatever you may be going through or people miss-judging you because of your seemingly ‘ugly’situation (your dirty, unthinkable past), God’s plan for your live CANNOT be altered. And it is a good plan. Eventually in spite of his complaints and putting God to test, He yielded to the assignment. That is all that matters; becoming all God destined you to be in spite of whatever circumstance. God has good plans for you. “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jer. 29:11

You may not seem qualified by the world’s standard, people might even write you off by certain disadvantaged perceived about you, don’t let that discourage you. Don’t give up on yourself because God won’t! Are you born again? If so then you have the Limitless Life of God in you. God is able to bring His purpose to pass in your life. You are good enough!

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SILENCE THAT VOICE OF FEAR WITH YOUR FAITH

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It was a windy-sunny morning and I thought it would be perfect to take a slow-long meditative walk. I got my daughter into her stroller and set out. My mind was focused on how God works behind the scene to bring us to our miracle while we get so bothered and impatient waiting for Him to be through.

I was enjoying the contrast of the warmth of the sunny SKY and the wind. We were already about ten minutes away from home when we came close to this huge black-fierce-looking-dog on the loose and walked past it. There was no indication that someone was near walking or caring for the dog. I saw it from afar but my mind was not just conscious of it. If it were I would have definitely crossed to the other side. Well too late to avoid it so we just walked past it.

As we slowly walked back, there was a small scene and a woman screaming, “There’s a dangerous dog on the loose!” I kept walking since I remembered I saw the dog earlier on and it didn’t looked like dangerous to me, and for the dog were both minding our different businesses. This time the dog barked loudly and seeing people avoiding that area I became afraid to go through where I used earlier. So I crossed over to the other side of the road. One of the ladies stood rooted to a tree muttering, “I just hate dogs!” As I slowly continued my walked I took a look again at the dog and it occurred to me that it could even be one harmless dog enjoying the morning sun too with no intention of frightening anyone.

It took just one woman who is naturally scared of dogs to scare other people. She succeeded in transferring her fear to others including me who had earlier taken same route, saw same dog and nothing happened.

It immediately reminded me of the story of Moses and the men he sent to go and spy out the land God promised them, Canaan. It was true that the people who occupied the Promised Land were fierce-looking but Caleb and Joshua who brought in positive report where not afraid of their looks. Unfortunately, over half of the team concentrated on that fierce-looking appearance and got afraid. They made it worse by transferring their fear to the rest of the people who didn’t even see what they saw! Mind you, they all saw the same thing but their minds interpreted it differently.

“The only thing is that the people who live there are fierce, their cities are huge and well-fortified. Worse yet, we saw descendants of the giantAnak. Amalekites are spread out in the Negev; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites hold the hill country; and the Canaanites are established on the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan.” Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land – now. We can do it.” But the others said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.THEY SPREAD SCARY RUMORS AMONG THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL. They said, “We scouted out the land from one end to the other – it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.”Numbers 13:28:33

Goodness! Notice even the words they used in transferring their fears; powerful descriptive words capable of paralyzing with fear the rest of the people who waited to receive the news from them. As expected the children of Israel heard the louder voice – the voice of fear than the voice of courage from Joshua and Caleb so they got afraid too! They murmured and blamed Moses for giants they did NOT SEE. They responded in fear from what they HEARD from those WHO HAVE NO FAITH! See why you should not give space to faithless and fearful people? They will ruin your faith with their words and cripple what God is working to accomplish in your life.

The voice of fear is often louder and morereal than the voice of courage. The vision of fear is often more visibleand clearer than of courage but the bible severally admonishes us not to be afraid. God even said so!“Don’t be afraid, because I’m with you; don’t be anxious, because I am your God. I keep on strengthening you; I’m truly helping you. I’m surely upholding you with my victorious right hand.”Isaiah 41:10 (ISV).

God knew that we would be faced with seemingly fearful situations; He knew that the devil will attempt to roar in our face to deprive us of His blessing so He assures us that He will always be there for us! When fear comes knocking, let not your heart be troubled but have faith in the fact that He will be with us He promised.

The organ of hearing and sight are the two ways fear enters into us, same way faith comes and it is up to us to decide on which side to stay like Joshua and Caleb did. We must always with the eyes of faith see ourselves and our situation just as God sees us. Although the bible warns us to “…guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”, we must first the careful of the path way to the heart. Shun discussions and associations and will not boost your faith, fix your heart on what the word of God says about your life. God is faithful to bring to pass what he has promised concerning you.

Shalom!

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Fight that fear with faith

Fight-that-fear-with-faith

It was a windy-sunny morning and I thought it would be perfect to take a slow-long meditative walk. I got my daughter into her stroller and set out. My mind was focused on God works behind the scene to bring us to our miracle while we get so bothered and impatient waiting for Him to be through. I was enjoying the contrast of the warmth of the sunny SKY and the wind. We were already about ten minutes away from home when we came close to this huge black-fierce-looking-dog on the loose and walked past it. There was no indication that someone was near walking or caring for the dog. I saw it from afar but my mind was not just conscious of it. If it were I would have definitely crossed to the other side. Well too late to avoid it so we just walked past it.

As we slowly walked back, there was a small scene and a woman screaming, “There’s a dangerous dog on the loose!” I kept walking since I remembered I saw the dog earlier on and it didn’t looked like dangerous to me and for the dog, were both minding our different businesses. This time the dog barked loudly and seeing people avoiding that area I became afraid to go through where I used earlier. So I crossed over to the other side of the road. One of the ladies stood rooted to a tree muttering, “I just hate dogs!” As I slowly continued my walked I took a look again at the dog and it occurred to me that it could even be one harmless dog enjoying the morning sun too with no intention of frightening anyone. It took one woman who is naturally scared of dogs to scare other people. She succeeded in transferring her fear to others including me who had earlier taken same route, saw same dog and nothing happened.

It immediately reminded me of the story of Moses and the men he sent to go and spy out the land God promised them. It was true that the people who occupied the Promised Land were fierce-looking but Caleb and Joshua who brought in positive report where not afraid of their looks. Unfortunately, over half of the team concentrated on that fierce-looking appearance and got afraid. They made it worse by transferring their fear to the rest of the people who didn’t even see what they saw! Mind you, they all saw the same thing but their minds interpreted it differently.

“The only thing is that the people who live there are fierce, their cities are huge and well-fortified. Worse yet, we saw descendants of the giantAnak. Amalekites are spread out in the Negev; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites hold the hill country; and the Canaanites are established on the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan.” Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land – now. We can do it.” But the others said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.THEY SPREAD SCARY RUMORS AMONG THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL. They said, “We scouted out the land from one end to the other – it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.”Numbers 13:28:33

Goodness! Notice even the words they used in transferring their fears; powerful descriptive words capable of paralyzing with fear the rest of the people who waited to receive the news from them. As expected the children of Israel heard the louder voice – the voice of fear than the voice of courage from Joshua and Caleb so they got afraid too! They murmured and blamed Moses for giants they did NOT SEE. They responded in fear from what they HEARD from those WHO HAVE NO FAITH! See why you should not give space to faithless and fearful people? They will ruin your faith with their words everything God is working to accomplish in your life.

The voice of fear is often louder and often seem more real than the voice of courage, the vision of fear is often more visibleand clearer than of courage but the bible severally admonishes us not to be afraid. God even said so!“Don’t be afraid, because I’m with you; don’t be anxious, because I am your God. I keep on strengthening you; I’m truly helping you. I’m surely upholding you with my victorious right hand.”Isaiah 41:10 (ISV). God knew that we would be faced with seemingly fearful situations; he knew that the devil will attempt to roar in our face to deprive us of His blessing so He assures us that He will always be there for us! When fear comes knocking, let not your heart be troubled but have faith in the fact that He will be with us He promised.

The organ of hearing and sight are the two ways fear enters into us, same way faith comes and it is up to us to decide on which side to stay like Joshua and Caleb did. We must always with the eyes of faith see ourselves and our situation just as God sees us. Although the bible warns us to “…guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”, we must first the careful of the path way to the heart. Shun discussions and associations and will not boost your faith, fix your heart on what the word of God says about your life. God is faithful to bring to pass what he has promised concerning you.

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