Daily Devotional – 4/30/13 “And you are?”

Just who you are supposed to be, so why do you doubt your God given abilities? You let folk talk you out of your blessing like a car salesman talking you out of more money. You let folk decide what you’ll do with your life instead of being the best you that you can be. You let folk tell you that you won’t ever do this or you’ll be just like him/her but what do you want? It doesn’t matter if your mom used to walk the streets, you don’t have to follow in her footsteps because your footprints won’t match hers anyway. So what if your dead was a drug addict, it doesn’t mean you have to be because your fingerprints won’t match his anyway! Don’t you know that God says (me paraphrasing) “Before I allowed your dad’s sperm to meet with your mom’s egg, I knew who you were?” Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Yes, God knew the path AND the detour you would take in this life because He paved it! Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Why would He allow you to be abused, because it made you stronger and an advocate against violence? Why did He allow you to get a taste of the world only to tell you not to conform to it, because He wanted you to then allow the world to conform to you? This is why Proverbs 16:4 says, “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.” Oh, I just wish you could see the potential that you have. I just wish you could see the good in yourself when you look in the mirror. I just wish you could have enough faith in yourself the way you do in that chair you’re sitting in. For once trust the purpose that God has for you the way you trust yourself to walk through the house in the dark. You are just who God made you. The mistakes of the past no longer matter unless you allow them too. Who people call you only matters if you answer to it. Stop trying to please folk and please God because once you do this, He will be pleased to please you. (You’ll get that in a minute) While you’re trying to worry about folks you need to realize that the one behind you wants your spot, the one in front of you don’t want you to take theirs and the ones on the same level as you is trying to get before you so they’ll say anything to make you doubt yourself but like Jesus asked in Matthew 14:31, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” So how will you answer when someone ask, “And you are?”

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