About six years ago, we were privileged to be at dinner with our spiritual parents. We were just still hanging around them then as once-in-a-while “time and chance” seekers. We were not even students like that, but thank God for a large heart. 

At the dinner table, Irewamiri had questions to ask Mummy. As she asked one question after the other, Mummy had to ask her, “Pastor Ronke, who is your mentor?” That was the moment. 

Irewamiri went on her knees and mentioned how she had known for about a year that she needed to ask Mummy for mentoring, but fear kept her away from asking. That night, after a year, she summoned the courage to ask Mummy to mentor her after waiting for about a year. 

That was the beginning of a reshaping of our lives. It brought us into greater seasons in life, ministry, and marriage. Our alignment to sonship began at that table. 

You need to build confidence. No matter how competent you are or your capacity, a lack of confidence can bury all your potential. Timidity will bury all possibilities before it becomes anything at all.

People will believe in you and hand over opportunities to you, but fear will keep you grounded. They will become disappointed in you even though they know the potential you carry. 

Build confidence. The world makes way for the confident. David came from the wilderness to the battleground. The army ranks made way for him since he was the only one who sounded confident. 

Confidence brings you face-to-face with greatness. David’s words travelled to the king before he did. He stood before King Saul, and he stood before Goliath. 

Great confidence flows from knowing who God is to you, who you are to God, and what God can do. The ignorant stumbles when trouble roars. The righteous should be as bold as a lion and roar at storms and giants. 

Ask yourself, if fear was not the issue, what would I have done with my life? If fear was not a problem, what request would I have made? If fear was not a problem, if I was not afraid, where would I be by now? 

Some believers are not bold about their abilities. Stop winking in the dark. Let your gift bless the world. 

Do you remember these words?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so others won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to manifest the glory of God within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

Come alive! Do not deny us your light. Light your spirit. Please, come alive! Push back the darkness of fear. Pierce it with the sword of courage. There is MORE! Go for it! 

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