Don’t let opposition discourage you, it should make you bold as a lion. Here’s why!
The instinct of many is to see opposition and cringe, to ask ‘why’.
Doug Giles will have you flipping that thinking around in his podcast.
His podcast won’t leave you any room for self-pity. Instead of asking ‘why me’, you’ll be asking other questions.
Questions like what happens if I manage to overcome that opposition?
That’s what David asked, remember?
All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were much afraid. And the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel. And the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father’s house free in Israel.” And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” And the people answered him in the same way, “So shall it be done to the man who kills him.”
Source: 1 Kings 17 ESV
David’s most famous (and dangerous) opponent was exactly the springboard God gave him to jump from obscurity to the status of national hero. King Saul himself was jealous of the songs people were singing in their praise of David. (Which eventually lead to his next conflict, and the next step of his growth.)
Think that would have happened had David sat back and waited for someone else to deal with Goliath?
Think he would have had the guts for that if he hadn’t already faced — and killed — a lion and a bear while tending his father’s flock?
And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
Source: 1 Kings 17 ESV
Running from the opposition you’re facing might actually be ducking out on your own destiny.
Why do you think so much of the Bible is filled with an encouragement to courageous, and ‘fear not’.
Now hear Doug Giles from the Warriors and Wildmen team tell you more about exactly why any opposition you’re facing shouldn’t discourage you. On the contrary, it should get you stoked that the extent of your personal potential is even bigger than you dare hope it could be.
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by Doug Giles
Doug Giles, best-selling author of Raising Righteous And Rowdy Girls and Editor-In-Chief of the mega-blog, ClashDaily.com, has just penned a book he guarantees will kick hipster males into the rarefied air of masculinity. That is, if the man-child will put down his frappuccino; shut the hell up and listen and obey everything he instructs them to do in his timely and tornadic tome. Buy Now:The Effeminization Of The American Male