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Week 10: You are too concerned about what others think

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Wale Oke

They said, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You sincerely teach the ways of God (Luke 20:21, NLT)

One of the critical keys to the success of the Ministry of Jesus was this: He did not care what anyone thought or said about Him. He only cared about what God thought or said.

Many times our inner insecurity makes us put ourselves under value because of what people think and say about us. In many instances, this leads to compromise. Many youth have fallen victims of peer pressure. Many pastors preach to please certain people or to be ‘politically current’ whatever that means. So many people are ruled by the fear of man that brings a snare.

Jesus did not care about such things, no matter the cost, and no matter who is offended. He knew that when a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7). As a result of this, He enjoyed the favour and the power of God. He spoke only the truth, he upset the status quo and ushered in a new order. You cannot be a world changer when you are busy compromising the will and Word of God.

It is time for you to ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you against the faces and the thoughts of people, and assist you to focus on God and His will for your life. It is time for you to be bold. It is time for you to be strong. It is time for you to stop pondering on popular opinions. It is time for you to stop following the multitude to do evil.

Find out what God wants you to say, and say it with conviction. Find out where God wants you to go, and go there with singular focus. Find out what God wants you to do and do it without distraction.

If you will be bold enough to honour God with your total obedience and complete dedication to doing just His will, you will soon end up with the mighty and the great. God will take you there.

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self (1 Cor. 4:3).


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