Without Hindrance

Ball and ChainAbraham Lincoln said, “God must have loved the common man for He made so many of them.” I believe Mr. Lincoln was pretty close to the truth. I tend to think of people as uniquely individual with common traits.

It is the superstars and supermodels that are uncommon or abnormal. The world’s media and ‘BIG Money’ have unfairly idolized these individuals and set them upon pedestals built out of greed. Satan has set-up a fraudulent world value system, veiling the truth from actual reality.

Satan’s Perversion

Satan uses this as an opportunity to degrade people’s self-esteem. The enemy uses the world media to idolize the rich, famous, and the most beautiful minority of people as an unrealistic standard. Unattainable by the majority of the world’s population.

The truth is… there are just as many so-called common people who are just as pretty, just as talented, or just as intelligent who do not conform to Satan’s world and go unnoticed and unrecognized.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)

Satan sets an absurd standard causing others to feel embarrassed to be different; in the way they dress, think, or live. This is a malicious attack on everyone’s self-esteem. Satan’s imposes his worldly view on society in opposition to God.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Perfectly Flawed

According to Scriptures, Moses had some sort of speech impediment the affected his own personal outlook of himself, as a flaw. God set him straight by informing Moses that he wasn’t inferior or unqualified to do His will.

Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? (Exodus 4:10-11)

God saw Moses as the perfect person for the job while Moses saw himself as flawed. For those of you who may have disabilities, understand that in God’s eyes you are perfectly equipped for your purpose in life; to use someone else would be the flaw.

Perfected Image

God made cherubim, seraphim, archangels, and angels. God made the whole universe full of planets and constellations. He created diamonds, silver, gold, and gems of great wealth. (Colossians 1:16)

This was not enough!

God can obviously make anything He wishes in any manner He chooses. God did his very best when he made YOU!

God did not make a mistake by creating you in His image. Think of it like this. God would not misrepresent Himself or choose to cast a shadow on His countenance by creating you in His own image if you were flawed. You were made perfect. You are the living breathing mortal image of perfection.

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)

You are the very best that God can do. You were created with a purpose and destiny ordained by God.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Just for You

Take a good look around you. God entrusted mankind with great responsibilities. God set you as a part of mankind in authority over all living creatures on the earth. Adam representing mankind was given the responsibility and honor of naming every beast of the field and every bird of the air (Genesis 2:19-20). Their names remain the same to this day.

As a human you have authority over all the plants and trees especially those that yield seeds. The whole earth was made for you to nurture and command. You are feed clothed and housed by all that God created for your pleasure and needs.

The next time your eye casts a gaze upon a beautiful giant sequoia, redwood, oak, or ancient olive tree. Know that God caused that seed to grow long ago so that it would be pleasing to your eye today.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:26-31)

And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9)

A New Outlook

Take an uncommon look at what you call common or average. The way you view yourself or others must be filtered through the lens of scripture.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Just as the giant sequoia, redwood, oak, or ancient olive tree was seeded long ago for your pleasure today. You were lovingly formed by God in your mother’s womb; designed with your own unique set of gifts, and abilities. You too were created to exist in this exact place in time to cast your gaze upon the tree. God had you on His mind before the foundations of the world.

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. (Ephesians 1:4)

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (Psalm 139:13-14)

Your Above Average Purpose

Moses’ disability did not hinder God’s ability. Everyone born has a purpose or destiny set beforehand by God. Like Moses if you were born with what the world calls a disability; now is the time to realize you have an above average purpose.

Your unique disabilities make you the perfect person to do the job you were fearfully and wonderfully made to do. God trusts in you to be the only one who can succeed in His specific purposes.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. (John 9:1-3)

What’s Your Hindrance

Some people have hindrances that can be physically seen or heard. The vast majority of people have hidden or secret mental hindrances that can be just as debilitating.

Gideon was another man in scripture who suffered a misguided, fraudulent mental hindrance. Don’t listen to Satan or the condemning opinions and situations in a heathen world. Learn to see yourself as God sees you.

Gideon saw himself as nothing a ‘nobody.’ God saw him as a mighty man of valor and the deliverance of Israel.

And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.” (Judges 6:12-16)

Let us not forget the Apostle Paul’s disabilities. Paul had what he called a thorn in his flesh as a messenger of Satan to buffet him. Paul realized that this was a reminder to help him stay humble.

This didn’t stop him from praying and bellyaching to the Lord just like Moses and Gideon. And in like turn, God answered his prayers by revealing to him that this thorn in his flesh served a divine purpose.

Paul’s disability was not a hindrance; it was his strength.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

It is up to you. You can continue to enslaved by your hindrances or You can choose this day to see yourself as God saw Moses, Gideon, and Paul. Let Jesus set the real you free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)

God sees the real you. The perfection of His love. He even keeps tally of every single hair on your head. My own personal mortal comprehension of love says, “Unless your bald, I’m not even going to try.”

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:6-7)

You are the person God loves so much, that He waited for this exact point in creations time-line for You. God awaits Your completion of an assignment that only You can accomplish within Your lifetime.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3)

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