I’m getting ready to get on a plane and head to Kentucky to speak at a women’s event. And a memory slid it’s way into my mind. Remember who you are and whose you are. You are not doing this on your own.
See, it was my first large speaking engagement about eighteen years ago. Four hundred fifty women had registered to attend. My topic was “Unshakable Confidence in Christ,” which is hilarious because I was scared to death.
Two weeks before I was to speak to the group, I attended a luncheon. I sat at a table with women I didn’t know, and they were talking about a speaker they had recently heard at the church where I would be speaking in a few weeks. I just listened.
“He was the most powerful speaker I have ever heard,” one said.
“I cried all the way through his testimony. Just to think, he had to live with the fact that his son was an arsonist. Oh how God has worked mightily in the family. The pastor was so moved, he asked him to speak at the Sunday night service. That is highly unusual. I don’t think we will ever have a speaker that good was again.”
On and on they sang the praises of this mighty man of God. They used words like dynamic, powerful, electric, and eloquent. I never mentioned that I was the speaker for their next meeting. At that point, I wasn’t so sure I would be.
As I listened to the ladies, my throat constricted, the tea sandwich clung to the roof of my mouth, and my heart pounded.
Then Satan whispered.
Who do you think you are, going to speak at this event? Listen to the caliber of people they bring in. This man came from all the way across the country. You are just from across town. What could you possible have to say to help these women? If I were you, I’d bow out now before you embarrass yourself.
You know what? Even though I knew it was the enemy whispering in my ear, I started to believe him. After all, what he was saying made a lot more sense than the “Who I am in Christ” statements taped on my refrigerator door.
After the luncheon, I decided to go by the church and purchase a tape of the previous speaker, just to see what I was going to be compared to. (I can’t believe I’m telling you this. Keeping it real!)
I walked into the church, paid my $5.00, popped the tape in the console, and braced myself for the hour of power.
I fast-forwarded the tape.
I flipped the tape over.
Nothing happened. The tape was blank.
At that moment, I did not hear the dynamic speaker. I heard God.
Sharon, you do not need to hear what my servant said to these people two weeks ago. The tape is blank because I do not want you to compare yourself to anyone else. It doesn’t matter what he said. I will give you a message for these ladies. I can speak through a prophet, I can speak through a fisherman, and I can speak through a donkey.
I gave him a message and I have given you one as well. Who are you speaking for, my child, them or Me? Do not compare yourself to anyone. You are my child and I am asking you to speak to an audience of One.
It was indeed an hour of power. I didn’t bother getting my money back for the defective tape. It was exactly what I needed to hear.
So the next time Satan said to me, “Who do you think you are?” let me tell you what I said.
I am the light of the world.
I am the salt of the earth.
I am a child of God.
I am the bride of Christ.
I am a joint-heir with Christ.
I have the power of the Holy Spirit.
I have been delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ.
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved.
Inferiority, insecurity and inadequacy can paralyze a Christian into inactivity and leave her sitting on the bench…afraid to get into the game. [tweetherder]God’s desire is to destroy the enemy’s lies with the truth and render him impotent in our lives. [/tweetherder]
Through the power of the Holy Spirit working in me and through me, I did speak to those ladies so long ago. And in just a few moments, I’ll get on a plane and do it again. I am just as dependent on God’s power now as I was back then…I think even more so.
What is God calling you to do? Is the enemy telling you all the reasons why you’re not capable, not worthy, not enough?
Don’t believe him. He lies.
Believe God. You are who He says you are. You are equipped by God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and enveloped in Jesus Christ.
Now tell, me…will you believe God? Leave a comment and say “Yes!” if you will.
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