Enemy of new beginnings
Anytime we step into a new beginning, the enemy of new beginnings employs a strategy to stop us. Meet Don, an executive, who was launching a new side business, a dream since college. Don hired me to coach him. Learn more about coaching with Rita here. He wanted someone to keep his feet to the fire, challenge him to stay on track and on purpose. From the start Don was focused and moving forward at great leaps and bounds. He appeared unstoppable, but then the unthinkable happened. The closer he got to achieving his dream, something began to shift. Distractions. The enemy of new beginnings! They come in all shape and sizes. Some of them are:
- distractions from the goal that appear on target but are not
- competing ideas, values, interest
- second guessing
- events that were off target
The Maestro of mediocrity
The Devil is the maestro of mediocrity. He will arrange all those competing voices and forces in just the right manner to prevent you from the finish line. His goal is to distract you or prevent you from staying on God’s track for your life.
He’s constantly conspiring to keep you in your routine, in front of the television, stuck in low level off mission pursuits and relationships. People out of nowhere will question your dream or pretend to come alongside you to help. Many of them will be self serving and are only ploys in the enemies hands. This is not to scare but to PREPARE you.
The other side of the story
The story does not end in defeat. We have victory. But the distractions, people vying for our business for selfish gain, people who question what you’re doing still lurk in the shadows. Don had been at a dinner party when his friends decided it was their job to ensure his business idea was not a collegiate’s foolishness. They said, “Don, that was 30 years ago man. Why can’t you be satisfied like us?” He discovered in coaching that his friend’s questions weren’t asked in his best interest. They were simply covering up their own complacency and loss of ability to dream. Don made a choice to live above mediocrity and risked stepping out into his dream.
He called the next day. His well-meaning friends had planted seeds of fear and uncertainty in his heart. Pursuing God’s vision can be exhilarating. It can also have terrifying moments. Stepping out of the norm and doing something differently than those around you, can be a tool in the devil’s hand that will try to sabotage your dreams. The closer you walk to your fulfillment of the new beginning, the more narrow our path. It can be lonely for awhile as we press and lean into what God has placed in our hearts. But on the other side it will become greater, satisfying than what we left.
What do you see?
Remember in 2 Kings 6:16 Elisha tells his servant: “Don’t be afraid…Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Elisha doesn’t ask God to send down fire nor send a large army to the rescue. He simply asks of God to “open the servant’s eyes.” And the Bible tells us in verse 17 that:
He sees “the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
They were not alone, never were and never would be. Heaven’s army surrounded the enemy that surrounded them. These words aren’t dead words from the past. I believe in a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. I believe those words are from God to you today. The Word declares that the Word of God can never return void and is jumping over every distraction, negative word and opposition coming at you to steal your new beginning. God is calling you as leaders to rise up and see what God sees instead of looking from your limited perspective.
It is easy to look at all the obstacles. You may be seeing:
- an army of critical people reminding you of all the impossibilities
- people telling you to stay balanced. By the way God was never balanced. He is extravagant over the top kind of God
- your weaknesses and focus on the negative rather than who is with you
- past failures
- financial risks rather than the outcome of financial freedom
What are you seeing? Are you seeing what God sees? Can you change perspectives and see what your Heavenly Father sees? He longs for you to see the way He sees your new beginning. Even when we can’t, truth is it doesn’t change reality that what He says is yours will be yours. But what you choose will make the difference of your enjoying the journey or struggling through it. My encouragement is that you pray and ask God to give you His perspective. You might be surrounded by a great opposition, but you are still empowered by God who is far greater than anything the enemy can do. Step out and step into His love with confidence in Him and watch with expectancy and hope the new beginnings that God has planned for you.