Class 43: “You Are Not Inferior!” (Part 4)
Today, we are going to continue our study titled “You Are Not Inferior!”
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from John Singleton. He said, “If you respect yourself, it’s easier to respect other people.”
Let’s begin by reading the portion from Letters to Young Black Men which our lesson is based on:
No matter where we come from, what side of the tracks we live on, how rich or poor, we as young black men can and must have the confidence and boldness to accomplish great things that God designed for us to do.
Out of all of the billions of folks who have been born into this world, there is no one like you; and there is no one who can do what you can do.
No one is better than you. You are just as good as anyone else,
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
Today, we are going to address the topic of economic inferiority from the Bible.
Perhaps you fear you will never be able to afford a college education. It could be that most of the wealthier students at your school have their own vehicles, and you have to walk to school or ride the bus. Maybe you are embarrassed to bring friends to your home because their home is much bigger and newer. Or, perhaps you are working a dead-end job and are just beginning to realize that at this rate, you will never be able to build up a savings account. Not surprisingly, the Bible also has quite a bit to say concerning finances.
Read the following verses and note how they speak to those who feel economically inferior to others:
1. Joshua 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
The key to true prosperity is already in your possession. The Word of God contains everything you need to live abundantly; meaning with a life of study and application you will never be without joy, hope, peace, and assurance. Financial prosperity comes and goes, oftentimes with no warning. Those who trust only in money are likely to find themselves with high levels of stress and paranoia. However, the man who digests the Word of God experiences a kind of prosperity that only leaves a good taste in his mouth. This prosperity gives you the certainty that no matter what happens in your life you will be able to overcome, for the Word of God, Jesus Christ, dwells in you. (Answers may vary.)
2. Psalm 112:1-3: “Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.”
God sometimes gives wealth, riches, and financial success to those who are obedient to Him and who consistently follow His commands. However, you should not equate money with God’s love or care for you. More than likely, God will keep His promise to supply all your needs. You may not be wealthy, but if you are obedient to Him, all your needs will be supplied by God — and that includes financial needs.
3. Matthew 6:30-33: “Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The Lord knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him and He has every intention to fulfill these needs. Likewise, He knows it is difficult to watch as others flourish and you seem to hit one dead-end after another. Nonetheless, Jesus’ words to you are, “Do not worry, my child.” He loves you dearly and wants the very best for you. Maybe your economic struggles now are teaching you to truly appreciate financial blessings down the road. Or, perhaps your financial situation is showing you what it means to trust in God, even when life is not easy. He will take care of you today, tomorrow, and the next day. In the end, we will all be in Heaven praising Him as complete equals.
Now, Just Do It
In conclusion to today’s lesson, pray about your feelings of inferiority to the Lord. Boldly claim what you have in him — physical strength, the ability to influence others, intellectual prowess, and all you need to successfully make it through each day. Repent of feelings of inferiority, and ask the Lord to help you overcome those pitfalls that bring these feelings about. Praise God, for He wants to use YOU to make an incredible difference in this world!
In closing, Tony Dungy, the first black coach to win the Super Bowl and the host of NBC’s Sunday Night Football said, “You are never going to get anywhere in sports or in life until you become convinced of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You may become a professional athlete or have fame and nice cars and nice houses and a lot of money, but what you’ll find is that all of that stuff goes away pretty quickly. You have to understand that Christ died for our sins, and that He died not just to be our Savior but so that He could be the center of our lives.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what the church people I grew up around said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, I’ll see you for our next class.