What will people say?

The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. Proverbs 29:25 (MSG)

Look at the title and pause for a minute, has this statement ever crossed your mind, if yes then please read on.

I am going to be talking today in the line of your thoughts when it goes 'What will people say?, I wonder what they think of me, I want to try but people might think it's not good enough or acceptable etc.

In short, I will speak on these little foxes that eat away at your confidence and don't allow you follow your dreams and achieve your God given potentials all because of the 'fear of men'.

They are very subtle voices in your mind yet they are powerful negative tools in the hands of the enemy to stop you.

A lot of people value the opinion of men so much so it is limiting what they are capable of doing. All of us have great potentials. God did not create any junk. 
However, human opinion can be profitable if properly evaluated before placing reliance on it.

Why would you allow what people think or will think of you stop you from going after your dreams?

A lot of the times people give an opinion on what you want to do, it is mainly in their own interest not yours most especially close friends and relatives. They know you very well, your weaknesses, your family background etc and once you roll out your big dream in their ears, you become a threat as you indirectly expose their own failures.

People look after themselves first, human being are generally selfish, only those who are renewing their mind with the word of God always, who love the Lord genuinely and are desiring to be like the Lord will not judge you or condemn you or talk down your dream and they are few.

Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?

The bible says the heart of man is deceitful, not only that but desperately wicked, if you are aiming for the stars and you listen to the opinion of people who are crawling and have no intention of walking let alone fly, what do you think they will say about your dreams?

I agree there might be some people who genuinely wish you well but run their opinion with the word of God. 
A lot of human opinions are biased and based on the traditions of men. 
Even Jesus told the Pharisees and the elders off because of their traditions which they exalted above the commands of God in Matthew 15.

Why do your disciples transgress the traditions of the elders for they do not wash hands before eating bread? They asked Jesus.

Listen to Jesus 's response in verse 3...
Why do you also transgress the commandments of God by your traditions?

The commands of God must supercede tradition always. Don't forget that. 

Men's traditions are strong and it exists also in the church by the way. 
They tell you this is how we have done things even if there is no biblical justification for it and so friends,  if you are going to wait till people accept you, like you, believe in you, agree with your ideas, I pray you don't wait till eternity most especially if you are from a culture where tradition is strong.

I tell you friends, break the mould! Once you know in your spirit that you are pursuing your God given dream, let nobody stop you.

Joseph 's older brothers hated him for the dreams God gave him, why? His dreams were against the norm, against tradition. 
He was the second youngest and so how dare he tell them he dreamt they were bowing down to him but that was God's plan for Joseph and it eventually came to pass.

I remember some years back I decided to embark on a project which at the time was against 'the norm'. 
For me, i knew I had to do it to take a step closer to my dreams, almost everyone who knew about it was against it not because they hated me but because I was treading on unfamiliar grounds. It wasn't popular.

It was risky but today the same people who voiced their opinion strongly and was against it now agrees it was a wise decision. If I had listened to their opinion, today I will have myself to blame as every man is responsible for his actions.

Of course, I could have listened to their opinion as I got a lot of it but I decided to go with my heart and trust the Lord. 
I wasn't sure it will be successful but I still tried. 
The real failures in life are those who never try.

Was I afraid? Undoubtedly yes, did I have everything as at then needed to start the project, no! As a matter of fact, I had every reason under the sun not to go for it but I still went for it. 

I knew I could use their strong opinions as an excuse not to start the project but I also knew embarking on the project will open unlimitless opportunities for me and so against all the voices of fear screaming in my mind, I jumped at the opportunity. Today I have no regrets. 

That verse says human opinion 'disables'. KJV version says it 'ensnares'. In other words, you become like a captive! 

What people think makes you become like a slave, now that is worrying but true if at any time you need to take a step in your pursuit of purpose you think 'what will people think or say?

Always weigh human opinion and trust God. He is the only righteous judge with no hidden motives.
Friends, let no human opinion stop you.

Finally, I leave you with the quote below......

If your mind can conceive a great idea, then you have the ability to perform it

There is need for Change

Recently as I went through some documents on project management principles, this caught my attention……...

‘Change is an inevitable part of any organisation, without it all organisations would cease to exist as they would stagnate and be overtaken by competition. 

Even in organisations that do not operate in a competitive market there are pressures from both within and outside the organisation for improvements and efficiencies
These pressures lead to the need for change’

It really got me thinking as even though this might be referring to organisations, I do know it relates to human being as well.

Today I will like to talk about growth/change.

Deuteronomy 1:6
The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb. Saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount.

God does not like stagnancy.

God is not responsible for where you are if you are not growing in every aspect of your life and so if you desire to grow, it will not just happen automatically, you have to pursue growth.

God can prompt you through His spirit that you are not where you should be, you might have a godly dissatisfaction with the level where you are and desire change but without pursuing change and doing something about it, you won't see that change. That is a fact!

To desire is one thing, to pursue your desire is another thing.

You cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. NO! It won't happen, and this is where change comes in.

Are you prepared to change? No, then you might as well stop reading this, however if your response is yes, then please read further. 

Change starts with your mindset, doing something about the way you think, the way you place limits on yourself and the way you are at ease with accepting your status.

The way you have done something for years is not producing result, time is ticking by, yet you keep doing the same thing, do you not think it's time for a change?

You are not getting the result you desire so you conclude it cannot be done yet the same thing you say cannot be done is being achieved daily by others!

Of course they are not achieving by doing nothing! They are doing what a lot of people are not ready to do. 

Change will cost you something!

Change requires effort, a lot of it. 

For example it takes effort as a believer to commit to studying and meditating on the word day and night everyday before you begin to see the result.

David said in Psalms 119:103, how sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea sweeter than honey to my mouth.

To know the taste of honey you have to put it in your mouth first, so also the word of God.

Change will challenge the way you do things, change requires learning something new, change will expose your weakness/inadequacies which is a good thing as then you realise where to work on.

Change might even require you to change your location which is scary for a lot of people.

Only the very determined embraces change!

Do you know we will be very concerned if a three year old continues to crawl and refuses to walk and run, how do you think God feels about where you are presently? 

Are you crawling, walking, running or flying?

If you are still where you were few years ago spiritually, materially, etc, then you should be concerned.

Look at where you are now, do a self review and score yourself?
Can you honestly say your unbelieving neighbour will look at you wholistically and be challenged to serve your big God? 

Are you discouraged and frustrated that things are not working and you really do not know what to do? Are you prepared to change?

In the verse above, God had to give the children of Israel a little kick in the bottom to move. Why?
He had already pronounced them blessed and given them the land but they just stayed put. 

They had become used to that mountain where they dwelt even though that was not God’s best for them and since moving requires effort even though it will take them to their promised land, they were not ready to move.

It takes courage, faith, determination and effort to leave your comfort zone and do something different from what you are used to.

A lot of believers are sinking because where they are, even though they are not getting the result they desire but they look around at other believers like them and say things like this ‘well, everybody is like this or I am a bit better than some people I know so they relax, but is that God’s best for you?

Let’s read what Apostle Paul said in
2 Corintihians 10:12

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves, but they measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.

He is saying you are not wise to compare yourself with others.
You should only measure your life with the word of God, not with others and of course the word of God will reveal a lot to you.

Even if all the people you know are average minded, you should be shooting for the sky and setting high goals.

If they are sick, you should live in perfect divine health, if they are barely surviving; you should be flourishing for that is what the word of God says about you.

You should study the word yourself and find out what it says about you.

You should know that concerning your health, the Bible says no plague shall come near your dwelling (Psalms 91:10), hence diseases should not dwell in your body and you should stand on that word and command that sickness to leave.

You should know that the bible says the works of your hand is blessed (Deuteronomy 28:12) and you will be above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13) hence you should not struggle in your finances, you should be dissatisfied with poverty.

You should know the bible says you will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth its fruit in due season (Psalms 1:3); a tree by the rivers of water do not struggle to bring forth fruit. 
It produces effortlessly.
That is who you are in Christ!

Deep within you, do you desire better than where you are now? Are you prepared to change? 
Are you prepared to do things the bible way rather than the way everyone is doing it? Are you prepared to make adjustments to certain things in your life? 

For example the friends you keep, are their lives motivated by the word of God hence they should uplift you not drain you?

Concerning your secular job or your business, are you prepared to learn a new skill that will help you and place you above your colleagues or competitors? 

For some of us, this might mean learning interview techniques, for some it might be reading articles from succesful enterpreneurs in your field of business so you know how to do business differently in the 21st century

Are you ready to learn from others who are getting the result you desire? 

This is what change is all about.

Holding on to a specific way of doing things when it clearly is not productive is a recipe for constant frustration.

Ask successful people and they will tell you they had to change at one point or the other. They changed the way they think, they changed traditions they were used to that made them average.
Some of them changed friends, they sacrificed leisure time to learn a new skill, some changed their lavish lifestyles and avoided debts and all these didn’t come easy.

Nobody said it will be easy but it will be worth it in the end.

However as with everything in life, it is a matter of choice. Some will read this, think about it and commit to change and start right away whilst others will read this and procrastinate.

All I know is this, for anyone who pursues change, by the time the fruits of change start manifesting, it always exceed the pains of change.

Make the right choice today.

I shall lend to many nations

Few years ago whilst studying the word of God, I got to Deuteronomy 15:6.
I read it but had to read it over and over again.
I paused and asked the Lord if He really meant what He said in this bible passage.

I asked because when I study, I take each verse of the Scriptures as God's personal message to me.

What is in Deuteronomy 15:6?

Deuteronomy 15:6
For the Lord thy God blesseth thee as He promised thee and THOU SHALT LEND UNTO MANY NATIONS BUT THOU SHALT NOT BORROW and thou shalt reign over many nations but they shalt not reign over thee.

Well someone might say 'but God spoke this to the children of Israel thousands of years ago'
That is true but for me I know every scripture is written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16) and when I study it, it is for me today and I have been blessed.

So I said further to the Lord' Well as at now I am definitely not lending to a nation, let alone many nations so do you mean this word Lord?

I know you speak to me when I study your word so do you truly mean I will lend to many nations? 

How will that be? 

I looked at my present situation then as I studied the scriptures and thought 'how will that happen in my life'?

I could have just read it, jogged on and forgot about this verse of the bible but as I meditated on it, I couldn't just let go.

I knew if the Lord said it then He must mean it and as I wasn't lending to nations I needed to hear more on this from the Lord so I began to study the scriptures more. 

Sometimes I hear people say some of the promises in the bible are no longer relevant for us today.
When people are not getting bible's result, it's easy to explain it away rather than dig deep into the word of God and study how the early church got the result they had.

As I studied more, I found out that God's word remains the same and it is settled meaning even if I don't yet see the physical manifestations in my life, it's not failure on the part of God. It also does not mean it will not come to pass in my life.

I then came across something really interesting and inspiring that blessed me and answered my question and I will like to share it with you.

I have applied the word of God I read to my personal life, whilst I have not started lending to many nations, I see His hand upon my life, prospering me and taking me step by step towards the fulfilment of His word.

I smell the abundance of rain and it will shower upon me and you too if you will meditate on His word and stand in faith.

I trust Him completely and believe as I follow Him by listening to His instructions through consistent study of His word, it's only a matter of time before I begin to flourish and lend to many nations.

What I came across is about the kings of Israel and Judah in the Bible. 
I am still studying about them so I do not claim to know it all.

I put these kings into three main categories.

1.      Kings who do that which is evil in the sight of the Lord (majority)

2.      Kings who do that which is right in the sight of the Lord but refuses to remove the high places causing the people to burn incense on the high places (also majority)

3.      Kings who do that which is right in the sight of the Lord, removes the high places, brake all images and cut down groves (very very few)

Right from the very beginning, the children of Israel knows that when they go fight battles (as they fought a lot of battles to claim Canaan – a land flowing with milk and honey) the only reason they were able to drive out the inhabitants of the land and possess their land was because God was with them.

God told them what to do to win the battle, they only needed to obey his instructions and victory was assured always. 

Winning all their battles had nothing to do with the weapons they owned, their skill or their number, as a matter of fact, Israel was a smaller nation compared to their enemies.

It all had to do with the Lord.

As long they loved the Lord with all their heart, their soul and might and turned not aside to the right or left but walked in the commandment of the Lord, they conquered and reigned.

The book of the law was faithfully read to them and they hearkened to it.

However, with time, they began to look around and wanted a king to rule over them like their neighbours. 
Prophet Samuel warned them and was unhappy about their request and God told Samuel not to worry but to give them what they wanted as it is him the Lord they rejected as their King.(every man will be responsible for his actions)

And so the kings began to rule over children of Israel and as they ruled, gradually, they began to do what was right in their own eyes and made Israel to sin. 

Beside David who loved and pleased the Lord and ensured the people served and obeyed the Lord and his son Solomon who started well too though his many wives took his heart away from the Lord, other kings just ignored the laws of Moses and worshipped other gods; some of them partially followed the Lord whilst others completely did evil in the sight of God.

As I studied further, I noticed that when they went their own way and did evil in the sight of God, they suffered in the hands of their enemies and the promises of God was never accomplished in their lives.

Will we then say God's word failed?  Will we say God lied? No! They were the one that did not keep the laws.

These are the same Israelites with the promises of dominion, prosperity, success in battles etc but as soon as they ditched the laws of Moses and never read them anymore and did their own thing, they became the victim instead of the victor.

However there were very few kings who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, I found out that these few kings PROSPERED EXCEEDINGLY and destroyed their enemies which was the original plan of God for them.

I have only came across 2 kings after David who completely did what was right in the eyes of God. I am still studying.....

King Josiah
2 Kings 22:2 – and he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord and walked in all the ways of David his father and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
2 Kings 23:25 - and like unto him was there no king before him that turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might according to the law of Moses neither after him arose there any like him’

King Hezekiah
2Kings 18:3, 5, 6,7  – and he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord according to all that David his father did.
He trusted in the Lord God of Israel so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah nor any that were before him.
For he clave to the Lord and departed not from following him but kept his commandments which the Lord commanded Moses.

And the Lord was with him and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the King of Assyria and served him not

In fact, for King Josiah before he became king, for a very long time, after David and Solomon’s time, the law of Moses was no longer read to the people, it was King Josiah who found the law in the house of God and commanded it to be read out by the priests.

No wonder he prospered exceedingly!

My conclusion 
As long as I study the word, meditate daily upon it, be a doer of the word and not do that which is right in my eyes even if that is what majority are doing, it's only a matter of time before I begin to lend to many nations.

What this means is before you get to the level of lending to many nations, it means you are flourishing and you have more than enough. This is what the Lord promised to do for those who will study, meditate and be a doer of the word.

Check it out yourself in the verse below- 

Joshua 1:8 – This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shall make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.

Do you believe you shall lend to many nations?

I believe.