Today we are going to talk about Pastor Todd’s sixth step in his sermon,
Marked, from 2018, which is, You Must Be You. I talk about the previous steps in the following blog posts:
So I know I have jumped two steps in the process but this one struck me more than others because of the sermons that I have listening to. If you are interested in reading about the others, just let me know down in the comments and I will post them for you. Here is a summary of the points just for context:
In step 4 Pastor Mike said that opportunity is wrapped up in obedience. He talked about how David was so humble that even when he was working in the palace, he was still working for his father. This put him in a position where he was available to obey his father when Jesse sent him to the battlefield with food for his brothers. If David had not obeyed that instruction, he would not have met with the opportunity for God to use him to defeat Goliath and save his people.
In step 5, Pastor Mike talks about how we are elevated through obstacles. Pastor Mike talks about how this is the step that takes people out because we are taught that when we see an obstacle, retreat. When David got to the place, he saw the army was frozen as Goliath was speaking against God. Where thousands took a step back because they saw obstacles, David stepped forward because he saw an opportunity for God’s glory to be seen.
Pastor commented that obstacles and opportunities are almost the same depending on who’s on your side. When God is on your side, your obstacle is no longer an obstacle. That’s the opportunity where God says, “I am about to get the glory out of this.” Pastor went on to talk about how David saw an opportunity and not an obstacle because when he was in the pasture, God taught Him some things and won some battles for him, it was the first time for others to see him do it, but it would not be the first time it happened.
Pastor Mike said God is going to teach you something behind closed doors. When no one is looking, God will teach you to take what you have and do something with it. When you are learning, you don’t need anyone to see it, but at some point, it will come to light. Pastor said that God is not going to put something unfamiliar before you when it’s time for you accomplish something for Him, that’s why you need to steward over what you have now. One day God will put something big before you in front of others and if you learned how to deal with it in private, you will have confidence in Him before others.
This blog post is going to be concentrating on the 6th step in Pastor Mike’s sermons, which is, you must be you.
6. You must be you
“ I am approved in private, anointed before I am positioned, so I am going to be content with where I am at right now. And I am actually going to work on my skills until I can solve some problems. And then, I understand that my next opportunity is wrapped in obedience so I just need to listen to what you are saying as I am spending time with You. I am going to face some obstacles but the obstacles aren’t there to take me out, they are there to elevate me, so I just step towards them and you are on my side. And then you tell me that I gotta be me?”Pastor Mike
In this step, Pastor Mike talks about how David had to fight Goliath as himself with the things he was used to using. Here are my notes on this step before we talk about it:
- When they tried to put Saul’s armor on David, it didn’t fit yet
One day it would, one day he would be king but it didn’t fit yet.
- God did not expect David to be someone else to defeat Goliath, He used him as he was.
Pick up the slingshot because that is what you know. God will use you as you are.
- Use what you know, God will use you as you are. You can’t conform to others because there is fingerprint and DNA that you have
God said there is a fingerprint and a DNA that you have, that you unlock your favor in the earth, and your resources in the earth if you are marked.
You gotta be you.
Okay, so here are my thoughts and feeling about this one.
Firstly, as simple as this might seem, I don’t really think it’s easy. For a long time, I have been taught that I need to better myself to be able to upgrade. There is this need to upgrade ourselves to a certain level that is found to be acceptable by others for us to be a success in whatever we are dealing with. Especially when we do it in front of others because don’t want to look crazy or stupid. So you have to pray harder, try harder, study more, or whatever it is that is expected of you in whatever particular situation.
In this situation though, David did not change anything about himself. He chose to go out and fight Goliath as himself, no armor, and no sword, just as he had been when he defeated the bear and the lion. He went with his sling and his five smooth stones, against a giant, who was probably a seasoned warrior and had a sword.
What would this look like for me? I have trouble focusing, and diligence and discipline two things I wish for and am constantly praying for. So how can I, just be me, and still go ahead and build this dream that I have, build a blog, write a seven book series, publish it, learn how draw, and do all the other things I want to do; all while giving glory to God and creating content that blesses His people? It would make sense that I don’t go out and do anything right? That I lock myself away somewhere and learn to be good enough at all of it first before I go before people. Afterall, David had to defeat the lion and the bear first before he went after Goliath.
All this does is make me feel hopeless and defeated because if I have failed to focus for the past 5 years, what makes me think I can do it now? I am on a bit of a time crunch remember? Everyone and everything keeps reminding I need to start making money or should get a full time and stop chasing fantasies. The crumbling economy of our beloved country a big enough reminder all on it’s on.
So I find myself stuck in a place where I keep making confessions and praying that God changes me and makes me worthy for this calling I feel He has put on my heart.
But then recently I listened to a sermon by Pastor Joseph Prince, Experience God’s Power in your weakness. Here is a short excerpt of the sermon.
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.1 Corinthians 1:27
In this sermon, Pastor Prince talked about how God uses the weak things to confound the mighty. He uses the example of Gideon and points out that when God was talking to Gideon, He said for to:
“Go in this might of yours.”
4 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”Judges 6
15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
The Lord did not say that He was increasing Gideon’s might, instead, He told Gideon to go as he was because it was God Himself who was sending him. And when Gideon went on to question how he would do that because he was weak, the least of them all, God answered that He would be with Gideon. If you go on to read the story, you see that Gideon asked for proof from God so that he knew the word was really from Him. And did not get angry with him for that, He gave him the proof he needed.
Wouldn’t it awesome if we could all get such an assurance? The fact that Gideon was having an actual conversation with God is big to me. However, for us, the proof that we have that God is with us is the finished work on the cross. Plus we also have the Holy Spirit to guide who Gideon did not have. We have to have faith in His word and know that God is not a man that He should lie, and we should allow His peace to lead us in all we do. And God also promises in His word that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. So when we are weak, then we are strong.
What this tells me is that my job is not to wait around hoping for some miracle to turn me into this amazing woman of God, that He promised me I was, but instead I need to step out in my weakness. So that means I need to write and work on my blog with that mediocre focus I have and whatever little discipline I have I should use to work on that book series and everything that is on my heart. I remember one thing Pastor Prince once said is that God cannot guide a parked car, so I guess I need to keep moving.
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.2 Corinthians 12:9
Sure I won’t be able to be fast or as skilled as everyone else but if I was, where would the glory to God be in that? So I just need to step out and do the little I manage to do as myself and God will be with me and show Himself glorious in that situation.
In my local church, Celebration Church, we have been told that it is the time to Speak Out and Step Out. Neither Pastor Tom or Pastor Madambi said to get perfect beforehand, they said to speak out and step out, and let God do the rest.
Lord help, I cannot but You can. This battle is Yours because I don’t know how to do this.
Thank God He said He was with us.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 8:38-39
So that is all I have on this step, what do you think about it? What does it mean to you, to just be you? And are you a Gideon in this situation, like I am, or are you more of David, confident in what you can do with just a sling and a stone because of where you have come from? Or maybe you have been through this and now have testimony share that can encourage others?
Comment down below and let’s talk about it.
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