So now we’re going to address how important it is to not allow people to be able to limit your relationship and intimacy with God. Never ever let people’s perceptions of you, doubt in you or the negative words and words of limitation they’ve spoken over your life, to control you and what you do. Don’t let the limited perception people have of you to limit what you feel you are capable of doing, especially when it comes to starting something for God. For example, people do not know everything you do in your free time, your prayer life, how much you Bible study, how often you cry to Jesus for help and for strength regarding different situations even the closest people around you do not know you’re going through. So how can you let people’s opinions determine how ready you are to take a new step in your journey with God? So do not let people tell you how ready you are to do more for God, always let God lead you! This point being emphasised in the Bible time and time again: ‘The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’ Psalm 32:8 (NLT)
Whilst the Bible also says: ‘Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”’ Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
This mentality doesn’t just go for wanting to do more for God specifically, but also applies to your plans for yourself for prosperity and success. God is who has given you your talents, your abilities and all that there is to you that makes you unique. As stated in James 1:17 (NIV): ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows’. The desires, the ambitions and the aspirations you have for your life, will most likely be based on the attributes you have that you see as your ‘strengths’, whether this be singing or dancing, physical or academic excellence…the list goes on. But as God is who has bestowed these unique strengths upon each and every one of us, it is important to remember to let God guide you and use you, and to understand that God will use you and direct you in a direction that is most likely different to the plan you have for yourself and different from what people think you are capable of doing also.
The Bible says, in Ephesians 2:10 (NIV): ‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’. Whilst it also says in 1 Peter 4:10–11 (NIV): ‘10Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen’. You see, God made us each uniquely, each with our own special attributes that differ us from others. God made us like this with the intention of us glorifying him through all that he has made us to be, regardless of whether or not his plan for us aligns with our plan for ourselves or others’ expectations of your life.
The Bible also states in Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV): ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’. I chose this quote specifically to remind us that when we don’t understand what God is doing in our lives, when our life isn’t going according to our plans for ourselves, when others doubt the direction of your life or what you’re capable of achieving in this life, God knows what he is doing. God’s plan will always prevail over our plan for ourselves and God will truly use you to glorify him, if you submit to him and accept that his plan for us will always be greater than the plan we have for ourselves and the limited expectations some people may have of you. So commit your plans to God, let him guide you, trust what he has placed on your heart to do and remember you can do all things through Christ alone.
Furthermore, remember: ‘”Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”’ Luke 22:42 (NLT) – God’s plans for you may not follow your own, may not win you approval, may not be smooth. But it is the best way! It is what will lead to your success, growth, progression and more blessings than you ever imagined yourself receiving. So commit your plans to God alone, submit yourself and your gifts and attributes to him, and let him do the rest.
Further scriptures you can refer to:
1 Corinthians 12:5-7 (NLT): ‘5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.’
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT): ‘5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.’
Hebrews 13:6 (NIV): ‘So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”’
Proverbs 19:21 (NLT): ‘You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.’