The Oxford Dictionary defines empower as, “Giving (someone) the authority or power to do something:”
If I’m being honest, believing that the Lord has empowered me is sometimes a very difficult thing for me to do. I think the problem is, when I’m faced with something big or out of my comfort zone, I focus my attention on empowerment’s biggest adversary, inadequacy. Why is it that the identity of inadequacy is somehow what we naturally claim? Why do we find that lie easier for us to grasp and live out than an identity of strength? These thoughts always seem to make there way into our mind:
I’m not qualified enough
I’m not smart enough
I’m not prepared enough
I’ve claimed all of those thoughts at some point or another in my life as true. I think sometimes we say these things while trying to convince ourselves its coming from a humble mindset. Because if it’s humility, then these statements aren’t something we need to re-evaluate. However, 10 times out of 10, I’ve found that these thoughts never truly come from a place of humility, but rather doubt. Doubting that the Lord can use me, work through me, or even wants to use me.
Ephesians 2:10,“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
The good news is, He does want to use all of us for His glory.
When you think of Moses, what are some words that come to mind? Moses is known by being courageously persistent; countless times he helped Aaron plead on behalf of his people to Pharaoh. Moses is known as a leader; he led the Israelites out of the bondage of slavery and into freedom. I love reading all that the Lord did through Moses. I find so much encouragement in his story because just like you and me, he also struggled with doubting His identity. And even still, the Lord wanted to work through him.
Exodus 4:10-18 reads,
10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
What we can see from this passage is that:
-We as humans give weight to fear and a lot of times we choose doubt.
-Even in our doubt, the Lord will always encourage us. He is patient and full of grace.
-Our God is always with us, and more than that, helping us to do His will.
There is so much emphasis in scripture on the strength and power that the Lord provides us. I always go back to this verse when I feel incredibly incapable of something. John 3:34 reads, “For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.”
Guys, how good is that? The fruits of the spirit: peace, patience, self-control, joy, we have unlimited access to them. The same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in us. We have been infinitely empowered through our Father, so why not believe THAT as our true identity?
In believing that we are empowered, we also have to pair that with obedience. Where doubt lives, there is also fear, which deters us from obeying what the Lord says. But, when we believe in the power of spirit that the Lord has given us, there is freedom and confidence for us to say yes to what they Lord is calling us to.
Our Father has incredible plans for your life. Be empowered that He chose you to take on a greater adventure than you can imagine with Him.
I encourage you to spend time with the Lord, asking Him more about this facet of your identity. Ask Him to show you all the ways he has empowered you specifically. Ask him to help you in your unbelief, because as humans, I think it’s safe to say we all struggle with doubt on a day to day basis. Pray for continued boldness to say yes to His plan.
Let’s as a community of believers press in to living out of unwavering faith and obedience, fully confident in the Lord. Remember, #youareBeloved