The bible promises given us by God are for the Christian believer tremendous and positive. God's will for us is for instance that 'we should prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers'. We learn that 'we are to be the head and not the tail' and 'we are to be above and not beneath'. We read these promises and we are amazed and encouraged.
We can though have grown up with the feeling or even the conviction that we are meant to be low on the pecking order in any walk of life we go into. Perhaps a parent or guardian told us repeatedly that we would amount to nothing and the sayings went into our psyche. It might be because of being bullied at school or always being the butt of jokes. Whatever the reason we could have been scarred by it and as a result we hang back rather that act with courage when faced with difficulties in life or when asked to proclaim our hope in the kingdom of God!
God knew this would happen though! We should realise that nothing of our normal lives comes as a surprise to God. He's known about it beforehand and has allowed for it and has even provided the means for us to grow in His grace and become perfect, just as He is perfect.
The greatest of those provisions is that God has given us the Holy Spirit to live in us and empower us to live a righteous life according to His promptings. We have the power within us, as Christians, to live righteous lives, not of ourselves, but through Jesus Christ who strengthens us.
Do you realise that Jesus said we have the potential to live and do greater
things that all the Old Testament prophets, kings and saints? Look at what
He said in Matthew, chapter 11 and verse 11.
This isn't going to happen by chance though. We have to yield our bodies as a living sacrifice to God and let Holy Spirit guide us into worshipping God and following His lead in spirit and in truth.
It's a big ask. But we should remember that "with God", that is "with God", all things are possible. We know that without Jesus we can do nothing worth-while but the good thing is that we worship a 'good' God and we Christians are never without Jesus. He said that he would never leave us or forsake us. We have to believe Him and let Him live that righteous life which only He can live, through us!
Best wishes for Grace and the Peace of Jesus.