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  • Henry Omotayo

Are You Second-Guessing Yourself?

Judges 6:1-16

Message No. 0680 | Twitter @GodandUs |

Some people don’t believe that they can do serious things successfully. They think God had specially created the people who succeed in business or those who are CEOs of companies or those who are presidents or prime ministers of nations. They believe they lack initiatives and when God hands one down to them, they think He must be mistaken. People in this category are sometimes timid and hiding themselves because they do not believe that they have something to say or if they say anything it might be off course and people would laugh at them.

Well, if you are in this category, I have good new for you; God did not create you differently from those who make it in life. He put the same effort into making you as He did the billionaires of this world. You are no less a genius that the creators of Apple, Microsoft, Facebook or Amazon. The only difference between these people and those who achieve nothing is that they believed in themselves. Some of them saw opportunities and believed in their abilities enough to drop out of school to pursue them, first. Now, I am not asking anyone to drop out of school, but I am letting us know that if we believe in ourselves and see opportunities that we could grab before other people think about them, we should never hesitate in pursuing them.

People have doubted their abilities since man was created. When God wanted to deliver Israel from their horrific slavery in Egypt, He did something that had never been done before, to attract the attention of Moses. He saw a bush that was burning but the bush did not get consumed. He drew near to see what was really going on, then he heard God call him. However, in spite of this miracle, it would take God a very difficult time to convince him that God was with him and that he was an anointed vessel to deliver Israel. He doubted himself so much that God finally got angry with him and said okay I will send your brother to be your mouthpiece.

Moses was not the only person with this problem. In Judges chapter 6, God told Gideon that He would use him to deliver Israel from the wickedness and oppressive hands of the Midianites against them. He must have laughed at himself when he heard that, but kept that to himself and responded as follows in verse 15:

"Pardon me, my lord…but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family."

Gideon made an excuse by writing himself off. He asked God to confirm in many ways and He did, yet it was difficult to convince him. He was so scared that even himself knew that he had asked God for too many signs. When he was asking God for the last sign, he said the following:

"Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew." That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.

In the end, God delivered such a resounding victory for Israel with Gideon and only 300 fighters. God proved to the world that He does not save by numbers.

You do not need to second-guess yourself. One thing you should never believe is that God spent extra time in creating the other guy or the other lady than the time He spent on you. The major difference between success and failure is often action. The successful guy or lady saw an opportunity and acted on it and the retarded guy or lady saw an opportunity and chickened out because he or she does not believe in himself or herself.

If you are timid and do not believe that you’ve got the brain or ability to achieve greatness, you probably need to look at yourself in the mirror every day and tell yourself “You’ve got what it takes.” You do not need to be scared when your pastor tells you to preach for the first time, because you’re got what it takes. You need to bolden up in the Lord when you’re being promoted to lead a department in your organization because you’ve got what it takes. You must never write yourself off when you have an idea to start a business venture because you’re got what it takes.

You must never look at the people who are succeeding as if they just jumped into success. The truth is that they have made many mistakes along the line and have learned from those mistakes. No one starts a business today and gets quoted on the stock exchange on the same day. They have worked hard, taking one step at a time and built their companies to the point where it’s time to launch out for investors who must have noticed their potentials. Even if you have tried something in the past and it did not go as you planned, that is not a reason to stop but a necessary condition to do something else while you apply the lessons you have learned. You are no less genius than those successful giants. Act on your opportunities and remember, because God is with you, your own success will have no limits.

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 Lord I know that I am a sinner and I am unable to save myself. I am sorry for my sins and I pray that you please forgive me. I am aware that Your Son Jesus died for my sins and I accept Him as my Lord and savior. I surrender my life unto you from this moment. Please take control of my entire being and help me to be obedient to your Word, going forward. Thank you, Lord, for hearing me. I have prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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