Day 29 | Stop Disqualifying Yourself
- P.A.C.T.—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
- P.A.S.S.—Pray Prior | Author's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Stop disqualifying yourself you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. Consider writing down one way you have disqualified yourself and confess this in your prayer time to God.
22 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord is the Maker of them all.
3 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
4 Humility is the fear of the Lord;
its wages are riches and honor and life.
5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,
but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
6 Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
9 The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
will have the king for a friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!
I’ll be killed in the public square!”
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
Thirty Sayings of the Wise
17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,
so that you bring back truthful reports
to those you serve?
22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
and do not crush the needy in court,
23 for the Lord will take up their case
and will exact life for life.
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn their ways
and get yourself ensnared.
26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge
or puts up security for debts;
27 if you lack the means to pay,
your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
set up by your ancestors.
29 Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings;
they will not serve before officials of low rank.
Goal: Stop Disqualifying Yourself For Ministry
Too many men self-disqualify. We think we are not good enough, educated enough, or equipped enough. We believe we have too much sin, don’t know how to overcome our problems, and have perpetual issues that we cannot overcome—so how can we help someone else? And worse yet sometimes other people make us feel this way. Hear this, you have to stop disqualifying yourself. If the Holy Spirit indwells you, this is good enough. Nothing more is needed. God is ready to use you right now. Constant guilt and shame induces fear that holds men back. If you have been born of Christ, you are ready right now. You might be your own worst obstacle, and it’s time to hurdle these feelings and discover the fact. God calls men and equips them along the way. You may feel you have almost nothing for resources, talent, skills, and you are wrong. This defeating belief is your obstacle. David ran into a battle with a shepherd staff, a few stones, and a sling because, and that was enough. Self-disqualification keeps great men from greatness, and that man is you.
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7)
The very second you borrow money, you are burdened with an obligation to pay it back. And this obligation carries weight — it adds to your load. It means you’ve already spent money you don’t even have yet, and it’s defeating. Suddenly you’re having to add another item to your list of bills and then exercise the discipline to pay back a portion of it from every paycheck. Face it — you've become a slave. This is not the identity God wants for his man.
PRAY THIS: God, reveal my slavery and relieve me from it.
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