And the LORD looked upon him, and14 said, Go in this thy might, and thoushalt save Israel from the hand of theMidianites: have not I sent thee? 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord,wherewith shall I save Israel? behold,my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my fathers house.
To redefine “identity” as a critical success factorand not as a product of circumstances.
INTRODUCTION Your identity is not a product of your circumstance, but you are a deliberate creation of God.
SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES Abraham (father of no nation.) Jacob (supplanter) Jephthah (son of a prostitute) Jesus (from Nazareth)
Contemporary examples Lionel Messi (growth problem) Steve Jobs (an adopted child) Pastor Adeboye (wore a shoe at 18)
1. Know you are not aproduct of circumstancebut a deliberate creation of God. Gen.1:26-27, Jer.1:5.
2. Know that you are still “a work-in-progress” in God’shands. Jud.6:11-15, Gen.39:1-5 You may not look great now, but what you carry (potential) has capacity to change your entire life.
3. Don’t look for who to blame; don’t give excuses. Gen.3:12 You will always have reasons why you are not successful. Anytime you start complaining it shows that you are still not off the “hook” of your past.
4. Invest in yourself in the process. Jud.11:3, Gen.40:6-10 Take advantage of the available opportunities for your development.