Believe in Yourself – Pull the Trigger!
By: Nana Kyeremateng
When Roosevelt was inaugurated March 4, 1933 the U.S. was at the height of the worst depression in its History. Hunger, despair, agony, and shame were ubiquitous in American society. The suicide rate had increased from 14 to 17 per 100,000; Unemployment rate was at 25 percent and 50 percent for African-Americans (Unemployment rate at height of 2008 recession is 10 percent). Breadlines and homeless shelters consisting of tents and small shacks appeared in almost every major city in America. This decrepit state in American society has come to be known as the Great Depression.
This is the problem that FDR and his economists faced; the financial moves economist would utilize during times of recession would actually cause the country to move towards a complete economic crash! FDR was left with one radical decision, to get rid of the Gold standard. A move that actually led to his Assistant Secretary Treasurer resigning, and his economic team announcing, “It will be the end of modern civilization!” An agricultural economist named George Warren was the first to present the idea of ending the Gold standard in America. He was a man whose expertise pundits stated, lied more line with cows and chickens than Global economies and as a matter of fact he took care of Roosevelt’s farm. He was literally his farm boy! Bruh’s now we love barbershops and the life advice we sometimes receive from there; you might ask your barber how to approach that young woman you’ve been eyeing, but how to stack your bread?!
Nevertheless FDR chose to stray from conventional wisdom and the advice of some of the most accomplished economists in the world and followed his intuition. He chose not to doubt and stood firm with his decision. In other words he had CONFIDENCE in it. He not only led the U.S. out of the depression but redefined American economics and history as we know it!
Most of us might never be in the position FDR was in, but we all have decisions to make in our lives. So many times believers are paralyzed by decision making and often either lost within choices or simply lost in direction. Confidence is so important, more important than we believe….1 John 5:14-15 tells us “14This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.… “The key to that entire verse is confidence, if you lack confidence in approaching and believing God for direction, provisions, etc. Your prayer lacks the belief or faith to activate the promise of God’s will. Now some of you might say what is Gods will? Make no mistake Gods will, is his word. Will is a verb used to express desire, choice, habitual action or natural tendency. Isaiah 55:11 states “ 11So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. “ The words in the bible are not just stories or alphabets in a book; it is Gods living will that produces a desired effect. This is also why forgiveness and being right with God is so important, if your heart convicts you whether due to sin or another reason, you naturally will not have confidence in seeking God. You will feel guilty and doubtful when you approach him.
When you make decisions, #1. Pray! When you pray you are choosing to seek God. You are saying God I choose you and your way. #2. Think , #3 Act and Pull the trigger– now this sometimes trips us up, when we pray we assume all decisions are done; this is true to an extent. Spiritually they are done, in the lords prayer Jesus states “May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 18:18 tells us “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.” Since we inhabit the physical realm, there needs to be an action for a desired effect to take place. By thinking and acting after praying, we are choosing to actively practice and obey Gods word. We are saying God because I have confidence in you, I believe the actions that proceed after praying is led and inspired by you. Thinking also does something else, it allows us to wait patiently and reflect. This is necessary, as sometimes we can hear the small still voice of the creator, the proprietor of all things, and provider of infinite knowledge and wisdom. Lastly the end of Proverbs 3:5 tells us “he will make your paths straight” it did not say you will achieve your desired request immediately! Sure God has the ability to do this, but more times than not, it does not happen this way. After you take your action it is imperative that you have confidence in addition to believing in yourself and most importantly in God; that whatever you prayed for and acted upon will happen! Do not allow your-self to be paralyzed by indecision Trust in God, Pray, think and pull the trigger!