Saturday, October 29, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Let no man despise your youth; but be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.- 1 Timothy 4 : 12
LISTEN : Despisement is another form of intimidation. To despise is to look down on with contempt or a strong feeling of not liking something: it is to regard as negligible, worthless, or distasteful. Apostle Paul warned Timothy against intimidation from people through act of despise. He said, “Let no man despise your youth.”(1 Timothy 4 : 12 ). The ‘no man’ referred to in this bible verse could be anybody – your friends, enemies, relatives, work colleagues, brethren in the Lord, schoolmates, employer, boss, etc. Beloved, no matter the situation, do not allowed yourself to be intimidated. Those who will not want you to succeed in your endeavours will certainly unleash the power of intimidation on you. To intimidate is to frighten or threaten someone, usually in order to persuade them to do something that you want them to do: it means to frighten physically or mentally with the aim to gain undue advantage. No doubt, everyone has at one point in their lives, been intimidated. It’s the feeling you get when you’re in fear of any injury or harm that may occur through any action taken by or against someone or something. In our society, humans are usually reluctant to get involved with confrontations and violence, but those that can handle it, are generally well prepared for these types of situations through experience.
Intimidation can come in different ways, it can be physical or verbal. Anyone intimidating someone else is provided with a mental advantage over them. Someone or something may be intimidating because of their size, race, religion, age and background among many other factors. It all depends on what the mind-state of the opposite person is. Those that do try to intimidate can use any of the aforementioned factors to their advantage and try to physically or verbally attack their victims. This is the reason Apostle Paul commanded Timothy not to allowed anyone despise or intimidate him. Paul was very conversant with people’s usual response and attitudes towards a young minister of the gospel. Most churches today as it were in Paul’s days do not take young or unmarried pastors serious; they believe that they cannot be strong in faith due to the temptation of worldly pleasures and sin, and could easily be deceived by the devil. Therefore, Apostle Paul commanded him [Timothy] to oppose such mindset by living a modest and godly life. Besides, people of God must not indulge themselves in intimidation (1 Corinthians 16 : 10, 11). The bible said, “Let no man despise your youth; but be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.(1 Timothy 4 : 12). Beloved, no matter who you are and your size, you can avoid being despised by others through living an exemplary life (Titus 2 : 7). You can demonstrate that by your conducts, love for God and others, faithfulness, purity and spiritual fervency, etc. Henceforth, do not sustain intimidation in your life; rather be the best God has created you to be.
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Do not allow anyone to despise you no matter your ‘insignificant’ size or status.
2. Do not surrender to intimidation, because you have the right to be what God has made you to be.
3. Determine to be an example of love, faithfulness, faith, purity, goodness, kindness and godliness to others.
Daily Task : No matter who you are and your size, you can avoid being despised by others through living an exemplary life. You can demonstrate that by your conducts, love for God and others, faithfulness, purity and spiritual fervency.
Daily Reflection : He who chooses to hopelessly surrender to intimidation, have chosen to live his life as a wilful captive. Beware!
Prayer : Almighty God, I accept your word for my life today, help me to live an exemplary life without submitting to any form of intimidation in Jesus’ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, every spirit of intimidation targeted at crippling your progress is hereby destroyed in Jesus’ name.