Rule #10: Deliver an overwhelming blow.
This morning I woke up from a very real, very strange dream. While the majority of the dream is a blur now, there is one part that sticks out to me.
In the dream, I was talking to a married couple. The wife, for the longest time, was stuck in this place of negativity. Everything she said and wrote down was negative. Finally, I’d had enough and I told her so in a kind, but assertive way. As she didn’t appreciate my stance toward her moping attitude, she walked away and shut the door behind her.
I remember what I said to her clearly. And I was speaking from a right here, right now personal experience.
“I know what it’s like.” I started crying in the dream. “It’s so much easier to walk in fear than to walk in hope.”
Something I’ve realized recently is that there is no such thing as a little fear. At all. Fear fans out and consumes everything in its path. It is a fire, burning and destroying, dragging our focus from one thing we’re worried about to another. Everything connects, and everything is burned.
Hope, on the other hand, hones our focus in. It is a beam of light, directing our path one step at a time. We may be aware that we are surrounded on all sides by darkness, but we trust that each step we take in the light is a step in the right direction. It moves us forward in faith and power.
Proverbs 4:25 reads, “Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.”
When you don’t know what’s next or what God would have you do, it is a whole lot easier to breakdown and give in than it is to trust His guidance one small step at a time. Fear and worry are the easy choices. They are our natural inclinations. Hope, however, is a godly choice, a choice to defy the enemy and the flesh and believe in God’s power and love and purpose for you.
The overwhelming blow to our faith walk is fear. The overwhelming blow to the enemy’s work is our hope in God. Each decision we make will either land an overwhelming blow on the kingdom of darkness or on our obedience and walk with the Lord. Our choices and decisions to remain positive or to focus in on the negative affects not only us, but those around us.
Today I pray that we choose hope again. Hope is not easy. Hope is not natural. But hope is what’s necessary to ensure the enemy’s defeat and our stepping into the destiny God has written just for us. Be brave and be bold. Hold tight to hope.