If you're a church (or any other kind of) leader, the first chapter of Joshua has some encouraging words for you. Here's how they begin:
"I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses." (Joshua 1:3)
Great start, right? Wouldn't it have been great if God just stopped right there?
But He didn't. If you know anything about Joshua, you know he conquered lots of land, but he fought many, many battles along the way. By chapter 24 of his book, Joshua lists 31 different kings that he's faced.
And God let him know about that right off the bat. Here's what He says in Joshua 1:9:
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Like Joshua, most of us are fighting battles as we fulfil God's purpose in our life. In this series of blogs, we're going to explore five of the kings that we so often face. They probably won't surprise you. In fact, you may be facing some of them right now. What may surprise you, however, are the things you'll need to do to overcome them.
The Five Kings We Battle in Our Lives as Leaders - King #1
The King of Inferiority
Do you have a voice in your head?
Maybe you hear it whenever you walk up on stage. It says something like this: "You're not supposed to be up there."
You may have never been someone who stood out. Maybe you got straight C's in high school. Maybe your college days were unimpressive. Maybe you failed that speech class you took once. Or maybe you excelled in all your training, but that little voice is still there.
The king of inferiority is the one that keeps us sitting on the sidelines. It keeps us from getting up there and fully living our purpose.
If you've ever heard the voice of inferiority, Paul has a response for you:
"5Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2 Corinthians 3:5-6)
We are not competent in ourselves.
Your competence doesn't come from what you've learned. It doesn't come from your skill set. It doesn't come from your degree. You're not competent because of where you went to school, or because of who you trained with. You're competent because of the spirit of God.
God picks people. Not only that, He often picks people that are the most unlikely to do the job. And as He does so, He says "don't focus on you, focus on the me inside of you." Being able to do that depends on learning how to lean on the presence of God in your life.
When you lean on God's presence, you can do things you've never been able to do on your own. Just think about some of the people God has used through history. Think of some of the people He's using today. God can do His work though anyone on the planet.
Fighting (and beating) the king of inferiority means being filled with the Holy Spirit. It means understanding and accepting that your confidence comes from some other source than what you can provide.
Having God's presence in your life doesn't make you better than anyone else. However, it does make you better than you. If you can rely on that, you can overcome your battle with inferiority.
Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 of this blog series.