Throughout our lives we have been picking up labels from family, friends, teachers, coaches, you name it.
But this is the thing, the majority of the labels we picked up are not accurate and
at times downright destructive. We need to be careful what labels we have adopted
and from where.
Take Moses for example.
God called him to lead His people out of Egypt. So as He called him,
He gave assurances that He would be with him but there was one thing
that was giving Moses second doubts about his ability to carry out what
God had called him to do. And that thing was the label or labels he was holding
“But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past
or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”
Instead of saying “yes Lord”.
He almost let the labels he had stop him from walking into what God had for him.
And also note, God knew the potential Moses had. He knew the great things He would
do through him but Moses didn’t see any of that because of the labels he held on to.
And that’s the danger of holding on to the wrong labels. They limit what we think
God can do and blind us to the opportunities available to us.
We need to measure up every label we have, to what God says about us. We measure
them up to His word. If words spoken to us are not in line with what God says in His Word
then it needs to go.
And we also need to be careful about what we say to ourselves. That’s what happened to
Moses. He may have told himself and believed he was slow of speech and not eloquent
and in his mind those labels disqualified him from doing what God told him to do.
You probably know yourself better than anyone on this planet but at the end of the day
you need to remember that you did not create you, God created you!
And because He created you He knows every little thing about you. There is nothing He
doesn’t know about you but you on the other hand you don’t have the full picture. You don’t have all
the information. There is stuff missing.
So stop with the “this is the way I am” statements.
Stop with the “I am clumsy, I am forgetful,
I can’t do this, I can’t do that” statements.
You don’t have all the pieces to the puzzle so why label yourself and make “absolute” statements
God is the only one who can do that so go to Him to tell who you are, what you can do and the
amazing opportunities waiting for you.
Ask Him for help as you do this. There is no way you are going to get rid of the negative labels
in your life by yourself. Ask Him to show you what negative words you are holding on to.
And ask Him to replace those words/labels with His truth, with His Word.
And as I close I want to end with a quote I read that I love. It says,
“Let no label stick unless it was put there by God.”
Have a great weekend friends!