“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified
you . . .” (Jeremiah 1:5, NKJV)
This verse is the Word of God to Jeremiah upon God’s call of him to be a prophet
to the nation of Israel. We see in Jeremiah’s call that he felt strong feelings of low
self-esteem and inadequacy. He responds to the call by telling God, “Lord,
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But God assured him that he is more
than qualified to do what God was calling him to do, because he was “sanctified”
or “set apart from the beginning,” to do just as God directed.
Like Jeremiah, there are many of us who suffer with negative thoughts and feelings
of ourselves. Feelings of inadequacy and low self esteem haunt us every day,
keeping many of us from being who God called and ordained for us to be. Many
people do not experience the abundant life Jesus promised, not because God has
not given it, but because they are too afraid to go after it believing they will not
achieve it or be successful. How many of us do not even think we deserve God’s
best, because of some mistake or mistakes made in our past? Yet, the word of God
for us today is, “You do deserve it.” Not only do you deserved it, “it is yours.” We
are meant to have and do all that God has for us.
You must know whatever dream God has given you for your life, is achievable if
you go after it, be it a degree from college, a promotion on your job, or a call to the
ministry, you can do it if God has called you to it. In fact, God has already put
everything in you that you need to achieve and be prosperous. You were called to
it. You were ordained for it. You were made to do it, because you were SET
APART FROM THE BEGINNING.