Has anyone ever told you that “you can’t do it”? Has anyone ever doubted your abilities, skills or intelligence? You are hurt. You are angry. You begin to doubt your abilities or skills.
Stop! That is exactly what the enemy (Satan) wants. He wants to paralyze you with doubt and fear. He wants to stop or stall God’s plan for your life and he will use others to spew his hatred and venom to do just that. John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” This is a spiritual battle, not one of the flesh (Ephesians 6:12). Yes, it is normal that we will get upset at others for spewing venom. However, we need to recognize where it’s coming from- the enemy.
In my life, I have come across many naysayers- family, “friends”, acquaintances and colleagues. Back in the day, I truly cared because I thought their opinions mattered. The only opinion that matters is God’s. He is the one who is going to judge you, not man (Eccl. 12:14). There is no denying that negative criticism hurts and even paralyzes us (it’s happened to me!) to the point where we don’t move forward with our plans in business or ministry, to name a few.
On a positive note, God sees in you what others cannot see. You are special and there is a special task for you in His plan. He believes that you can do it. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” This scripture tells us that God thinks differently than we, humans, do. He sees in you what others don’t. He sees your potential, your talents, your skills and the best part of all- you will use it all for His honor and Glory. Where it truly counts!
“Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?” Matthew 20:15
Sadly, individuals think that the power they have via money, status, and position or title is important. None of that matters in God’s eyes (Phil. 1:9-11). What truly matters is what’s in your heart, your obedience to God, your relationship with God and your love for others. Nothing in this world will last (1 Cor. 7:21) and it doesn’t fill you the way God’s love does.
You may be wondering, “How should I deal with these people and/or this situation?”
Here are a few suggestions:
- Pray for your naysayers (Matthew 5:44): This is the best thing that you can do. Prayer works wonders! God listens. He cares. And He will take care of you and your situation. He will heal your heart and mind.
- Let go and let God: Forgive and forget (not easy, but necessary for healing!). God will humble your enemies before you (Mk. 12:36).
- Be confident in your ability: God gave you talents (Rom. 12:6-8). Why would God give you those gifts if He didn’t believe in you? Hone these skills and use them for His honor and Glory. Where it really counts!
- Don’t be discouraged: Do not allow naysayers to stop you from living that life that God has planned for you, whether in business or ministry. And never stop honing those skills. Keep moving forward. God is with you and He will never leave you (Deut. 31:8).
- Lean on Jesus: He is your rock and where you will find strength (Phil. 4:13). Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Believe in your ability! I am using the talents that the Lord gave me to move God’s plan forward. Don’t allow anyone to ever tell you that “you can’t!”
God bless you and yours,