If you are not disadvantaged, then you must be the opposite, advantaged. I don’t believe there is a middle ground here. Since this is the case, we then need to start taking advantage of the awesome power available to us. What does it mean to be advantaged? First of all, it would be good to find out where this advantage comes from. Scripture tells us, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].” Read John 16:7 (AMP). So it is quite clear, the HOLY SPIRIT gives you and I the advantage.
With this knowledge, you can start living and enjoying life to the full and overflowing, knowing that you have the greatest advantage giver working in and through you in the person of the Holy Spirit. We are told, “For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me strength and power.” Read Philippians 4:13 (TLB). Statements like the one just quoted ought to give us the confidence to accomplish any task we have to fulfil, especially the one given to us by God.
Now that you are aware of the power of the Holy Spirit giving you the advantage; the question then arises, how do you leverage on this great power companion? I believe the first thing to do is:
- ACKNOWLEDGE that there is a higher power at work. The Bible puts it like this, “In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].” Read Proverbs 3:6 (AMP). Listen to this, “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfil your purpose] for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (AMP). Hence the Bible says, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvellous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’ Read Jeremiah 33:3 (MSG).
- POSSESS IT. Do you know the knowledge of a thing does not mean you possess it? An indication that you are in possession of what you are pursuing, is when you are a reflection of what you are pursuing, Selah. I think one of the main criticisms about Christians is that we know and have a lot of knowledge, but that this knowledge is not being applied to its full extent in our day to day interactions. There is some element of truth in this, however, we are not in a sprint, but in a hurdle. We possess through faith in the promises of God, and that is why it is critically important for us to embrace the in and outworking of the Holy Spirit. Scripture tells us, “See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them.”Read Deuteronomy 1:8 (NASB).
As a reminder, you are not disadvantaged, the country you come from is not the problem, neither is the colour of your skin nor academic background. You are an heir, and God has said, “I have blessed you, empowered you and anointed you to be all that I have created you to be.
Therefore, embrace and acknowledge the power of God through the Holy Spirit working in you, and causing you to fulfil His plan purpose and pursuits for your life in Jesus Name.
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