WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
JULY 01, 2022
TOPIC: LET NOBODY LIMIT YOU!
BY T. O. BANSO
“And Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth’” (1 Samuel 17:33 New King James Version).
For forty days, morning and night, Goliath, the Philistine’s champion, had been presenting himself to challenge the Israelites’ army. He requested Israel to present a champion to fight him to decide the winner of the battle between the two nations. He defied the armies of God, the Israelites’ army, calling them the servants of Saul. Nobody could take up the challenge until David showed up.
David told Saul he was ready to confront the uncircumcised Philistine, but Saul immediately disqualified him because of his age. “And Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth’” (1 Samuel 17:33 New King James Version). David was able to convince Saul he was the right man for the job, and he eventually killed Goliath. Let nobody limit you.
The most unexpected person will surprise you with their words of limitation. Some will tell you, you’re a youth just as Saul told David. Yes, David was a youth, but he eventually killed Goliath. 1 Timothy 4:12a says, “Let no one despise your youth” (New King James Version). The Living Bible says, “Don’t let anyone think little of you because you are young.” Also, the New Living Translation puts the verse this way: “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.”
Former British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, said, “Almost everything that is great has been done by youth.” At age 1, German child prodigy, Christian Heinrich Heineken, who died at the age of 4, is reported to have read the five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch. That’s phenomenal! Many adults have not been able to read just one!
Jane Taylor, an English poet, wrote the words for the popular song, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” when she was 23. Renowned inventor, Thomas Edison, at 21, developed his first invention to be patented, an electrographic vote recorder. Let nobody limit you.
When the LORD called Jeremiah, He told him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 New King James Version). But Jeremiah answered God that he could not speak, for he was a youth (verse 6). He spoke as if the LORD didn’t know all about him.
In reply, the LORD said, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you” (verses 7-8 New King James Version). Don’t let anyone limit you because you’re only a youth, as Saul told David.
Joash, also called Jehoash, became the king of Judah at seven and reigned for 40 years in Jerusalem (2 Kings 11:21; 2 Chronicles 24:1). He is the youngest king in the Bible. Also, Josiah became the king of Judah at eight and reigned for thirty-one years. He was a good king. He embarked on religious reforms and there was peace and prosperity during his reign (2 Kings 21:23; 22; 23:1-30). Let nobody limit you.
Some people will tell you that you’re too old. But you’re not too old for the assignment God has given you. “And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran” (Genesis 12:4 New King James Version). That was when he obeyed the LORD to leave his native country, relatives and father’s family for the land He would show him. Earlier, Abram had gone with his father, Terah, to Haran. But after his death, he obeyed the LORD. Let nobody limit you!
Some will say that you’re a woman or a lady. And so what? In the Bible, Deborah was a woman judge, and even delivered the Word of the LORD to Barak, a man, to go to war and motivated him. Barak told her he wouldn’t go except if she went with him! She went with him (Judges 4). Acts 21:9 says that Philip, the evangelist, had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied.
God didn’t say He would pour His Spirit on men alone. He said He would pour it upon all flesh, women inclusive (Joel 2:28). Today, there are outstanding women in all life’s endeavours, including leaders of nations and organizations. Let nobody limit you!
Galatians 3:28 says, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (New King James version). Don’t let anyone limit you.
Scientific studies have shown some significant differences in the anatomy of the brains of men and women. They found that men’s brains are larger than women’s. Nevertheless, no difference has been established in the IQs of both. Men’s brains are not superior to women’s. Let nobody limit you!
Some people will tell you that you don’t have much education. Yes, education is important and should be acquired and continued. Nevertheless, there are many people today who have recorded breakthroughs in different fields without degrees, diplomas or certificates from any higher institution.
They may not have formal education, but they’re well enlightened and highly resourceful and possessed an analytical mind to solve societal problems. They have educated their minds. We have such people in different countries who employ educated people!
A university degree isn’t a ticket to success in life. Formal education is not an end in itself; it’s a means to an end. Education is not limited to acquiring diplomas and degrees. I’m not discouraging the pursuit of higher education. Who says you can’t acquire more formal education if you consider it necessary? Let nobody limit you!
Let nobody limit you because of your race, colour, tribe, education, gender, sex, and disability. Discover and pursue God’s purpose for your life. Don’t let critics limit you. There will always be critics. They could be criticizing you out of envy, ignorance, mischief or chauvinism. But they won’t succeed until you limit yourself. Let nobody limit you!
Believe God to do what He says you should do. Believe that you can do what He has put in your heart to do. Say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 New King James Version). Let nobody limit you.
If you have not given your life to Jesus, do so now by taking the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Nobody shall limit me in the name of Jesus. I can do what God says I can do. I shall become all God wants me to be. I shall not disappoint Heaven. My life shall be as refreshing as the springtime rains and like the showers that water the earth.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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