March 11, 2018

2 Reasons to Believe in Yourself



“ It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.”—Psalm 18:32-33 (KJV)

Let’s face it: regular people don’t feel “royal” on most days. The widespread perception of royalty is a lack of social and financial—and possibly physical—struggle. Lovers of everything British (Anglophiles) are aware of the prosperity of the ruling family of England, the Windsors. American actress, Meghan Markle, will soon marry into that dynasty. She’ll be enjoying life on a whole new level.

That’s far from the reality of the majority of individuals. Most of us can’t claim ties to influential families. We don’t have all-powerful relatives and allies, or hidden treasures, to utilize.

Or do we?

Joseph in the Bible

He was the youngest of 11 brothers. From an early age, he envisioned a great future. His brothers were jealous, and they plotted his downfall. He spent many difficult years as a slave and a prisoner in Egypt.

Finally, the humble Israelite became second-in-command to Pharaoh himself. He was in a position to help his fellow countrymen, including the brothers who had scorned him.

God had wonderful plans for the underestimated young man from the beginning. Nobody could change that.

Wonder Woman (the movie)

(Spoiler Alert: If you plan to see the movie, please be aware that I’ll be sharing important details.)

This recent film also demonstrates how undervalued individuals can win huge battles. I’d like to explore three important lessons:

1. Critics can’t hold us back.
Gal Gadot plays Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. She’s not American-born. She was born in Israel. Miss Israel of 2004 even served in the Israeli Defense Forces for two years, as required by law. The celebrity, therefore, has extensive combat and weapons training, which came in handy for the role. Please see this article for more information.
What’s the matter with this scenario? Some detractors have an issue with a Jewish superheroine. I’m not even going to touch that one…Nevermind them! Wonder Woman made significantly more money in its first weekend than other D.C Comics films.
2. We have hidden power.
Diana Prince is the daughter of the Queen of the Amazons. This is a group of ultra-strong female warriors who live on a secluded island. More than that, Diana finds out she is a demi-god (half human/half god). Her mother is Queen Hippolyta; her father is the main Greek god, Zeus. This heritage gives her unbelievable powers beyond even Amazon strength.
3. Evil lies. Period.
Ares, the Greek God of War, takes on the form of a top English politician. We don’t learn this until the end of the movie. The timeline is World War II. We learn that the Greek troublemaker was responsible for planting the anger and hatred that led to the war in the hearts of men. In fact, he’s accountable for all the chaos the world has ever known. Yet, he turns around and claims that humans aren’t worth saving to Wonder Woman. 
He places the blame for evil on the human race. Does that sound like anybody we know? Whose mission is it to accuse, destroy, and deceive (or to kill, steal and destroy)?  (see John 10:10) Who goes about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour? (see 1 Peter 5:8) 

My Conclusion

You have untapped power inside of you. Every human has a divine heritage. Circumstances may indicate there’s no way out of your problems. They may cause you to question your worth. That’s okay; it’s temporary.

Discouraging situations and people don’t define you. They can’t keep you from your destiny.

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