Recently, I remembered one of my Secondary School teachers who refused to sign me up for his subject in the School Certificate Examination. And in order to justify his action, he wrote “…no ability” against my name in a report. Meanwhile, I badly needed his subject to be eligible for the said examination. Thank God that one of our teachers, a kind-hearted man, intervened on my behalf, and I was allowed on board. Even then, the subject teacher did not give me a breathing space throughout the period I was under him!
To be truthful, I was very upset that he concluded that I had ‘no ability’, and I vowed to prove him wrong! For that reason, I bought and painstakingly read all the text books I could find on his subject several times. Not only that, I joined relevant discussion groups, and attempted loads and loads of past questions. I devoted sufficient time to other subjects too, and most importantly, I believed that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’’ (Philippians 4:13). In the end, I passed the entire examination, plus the teacher’s subject, with distinction. And my result paved the way for me to study Medicine in the University later on.
In a nutshell, I deleted the teacher’s negative opinion about me; inserted and believed God’s, worked very hard, and smashed the examination brilliantly. I proved him wrong, and God dead right!
There are many people out there who have been grossly limited, or badly damaged because they accepted and believed all the negative things that their parents, family members, teachers, friends, etc., said about them in earlier times. If you are one of them, I have good news for you! Today, you have the opportunity to turn things around in your favour! But, you must be prepared to delete the negative opinions of people about you, and insert cum believe what God says to replace them. This action is akin to choosing between life and death; please choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19)!
From now on, if anyone says you will not prosper; please DELETE his or her opinion, and INSERT, i.e., replace it with, “I will prosper, because it is the wish of God for me to do so above all things” (3 John 2). If he says you can never be promoted at work; delete his opinion, and insert “promotion comes from God; He will promote me at the right time’’ (Psalm 75:6). Supposing he says you can never have children of your own; delete his opinion, and insert “children are a heritage from the Lord; He will reward me with the fruit of the womb at some point’’ (Psalm 127:3).
If he says you will never recover from your illness; delete his opinion, and insert “healing is the bread of the children of God (Matthew 15:21-28); I will be healed too, since I am a child of God’’. What if he says you will never stop weeping? Just delete his opinion, and insert “weeping may endure for a night; my joy is coming in the morning’’ (Psalm 30:5).
Assuming he says you will never be free from that legal tussle; delete his opinion, and insert “Jesus set me free in the past; He will set me free again this time around’’ (John 8:36). Or did he say you can never be delivered from your addiction? If he did, then delete his opinion and insert “if the captives of the mighty and the prey of the terrible can be delivered, then, I will be delivered from my addiction as well’’ (Isaiah 49:25a). Etc.
Friend, remember that life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), and whatever you decree on earth, shall be established for you (Job 22:28). Therefore, use your mouth to secure your freedom; operate the ‘delete and insert’ drill I highlighted above from now on, and before long, you will see yourself overcoming your obstacles, realizing your dreams, and fulfilling your destiny in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies