God gives us all assignments in life, and he wants to empower us to accomplish those tasks. I believe we truly desire to achieve the tasks that God gives us. But, though we have a desire to achieve that purpose, there are four letters that can keep us from accomplishing his purpose in our lives.
The people of Israel remained in slavery in Egypt for over 400 years. God saw their oppression and heard their cries of distress. So, he came down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and to lead them to a vast land. God planned to save them through Moses. But, Moses almost allowed four letters to prevent him from his purpose.
Then Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The LORD never appeared to you’?”
The LORD gave Moses an assignment, but Moses doubted his purpose because of the power of THEY. THEY were the people who attempted to stop him from fulfilling God’s purpose for his life. THEY were the people to whom God had called him to rescue. Moses believed THEY would challenge his credibility as a spokesman for the LORD. Like Moses, sometimes, the power of THEY paralyzes, stifles, immobilizes and weakens me.
What will THEY say?
How will THEY respond?
Will THEY like and love me?
Will THEY believe me?
What if THEY question me?
What if THEY bring up my past?
The truth is, we give too much power to THEY. We let THEY rent too much space in our heads. We listen to THEY, and we doubt God’s assignment and his empowerment. We let THEY make us walk away from our God-ordained purpose. Sometimes, the voice of THEY is stronger than the voice of HIM, and we waddle in a puddle of fear and anxiety.
If God is going to use us in significant ways, the fear of HIM must be greater than the fear of THEY. When THEY attempt to destroy our motivation and crush our progress, may we confidently embrace our uniqueness and walk in it.
Achieving Your Purpose by Overcoming the Power Over THEY
How do we overcome the power of THEY? First, we overcome the power of THEY with trusting the presence of HIM. You see, the God, who keeps his promises, doesn’t expect you to accomplish his purpose alone. He will go with you.
God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” Exodus 3:12
Secondly, we overcome the power of THEY through the evidence of God’s power.
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. Exodus 4:1-3
God needed to convince Moses of his assignment with acts of power. I think it is appropriate to ask God to accompany his purpose for your with works of power. These works of power will strengthen our confidence that HE is so much greater than THEY. Therefore, we can walk boldly in our assignment.
Friends, I am tired of letting THEY stop me from living for HIM. I suspect you are tired as well. Therefore, let’s trust HIM to empower us to overcome THEY, with the assurance of his presence and power. When we do, we will not let THEY define and shape and control our lives any longer. And, we will render THEY powerless and voiceless in our lives.
When have you let the power of THEY stop you from living for HIM?