In today’s society, we are bombarded with instructions to keep our business to ourselves. Be Private. Move in silence. Don’t let people know the moves you are making. Don’t share your aspirations with anyone.
Why? Because there are haters. Haters that will try to bring you down. Haters that will try to steal your ideas. Haters that will discourage you. I began to think… what if “haters” are a clever instrument used by the enemy. But not in the way that we think they are being used. We think haters are there simply to be negative and spread their negativity to others. Which is true, but what if they are so much bigger than that? What if they are a way to keep us thinking small? If we keep our ideas to ourselves, and try to succeed on our own, we will never do the great things that God has called us to do.
Sure we have great ideas and lofty goals, but how much greater and more refined would they be if we shared them with others who could help us grow them? We can only take a plan so far on our own.
The enemy wants us to operate in fear. Fear that people will try to hold us back, fear that someone may come in a steal our ideas or even sabotage things all together. Operating in fear shows a complete distrust of the Lord’s capabilities. It says 1. I don’t believe He will give me the desires of my heart, and #2. I believe that He will give someone else what He has promised to me. Both of which are false.
Judges 7 tells us about how Gideon overthrew the Midianite Army with 300 men. It also gives us a few lessons on goals, dreams and the part that others play in them.
- You can tell people your plan, but not everyone can go with you. Gideon’s army started out with 30,000 men, but ended with only 300 after God instructed Him to leave some of them behind. Often we begin to lose people that we thought were going to be there to help us, and we get angry. We feel that we shouldn’t have trusted them in the first place. This is not always the case. Some people are seasonal. They were there for a purpose, and have served it as planned. They were not there to walk with you to the end. Stop being focused on their departure, and focus on God’s strength and plans for your future.
- Sometimes others are able to offer insight about our dreams. In Judges 7:13-15, Gideon walked in on a man sharing his dream with a friend. Hearing the man’s dream gave Gideon the reassurance that he could do what God was calling him to do. Sometimes the sharing of our dreams is not for ourselves, but to inspire others.
- We need copycats. Much of our fear and anxiety comes from thinking that someone else may do exactly what we dreamed of doing. In Judges 7:17, Gideon says, “Watch me. Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do.” Forget “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” We are not here to be flattered; we are here to produce results. Two heads are better than one. When we work together, we are able to accomplish things that are impossible alone.
Next time you are tempted to let the enemy silence you, pray that God remove the fear from your heart. Pray that He gives you the courage to release your heart’s desires into the minds and ears of those who can help you bring them to fruition.