I think that the more prepared we are for opposition the easier it can be for us to overcome any or most of the opposition we will face in life and that’s why it’s very important that we get our minds and hearts ready about what to do when opposition comes but before then we should look into what opposition tries to achieve against us. I should remind you that the measure of opposition you get is a test of how big you are or how big what you are into really is. 6 Objectives of opposition
The major thing opposition tries to achieve is to stop you from doing what you intend to do. This is one of the reasons it is very important for you to be clear about what you intend to do and how you want to go about it. You have to be sure that it is what you can do and that it is what you are supposed to be doing. Once you are not sure that it is what you were supposed to be doing and that you can do it then you can easily give in to opposition when opposition comes your way. Don’t think that people will only try to stop you when what you are doing is not good enough. Sometimes the reason they want to stop you is because what you are doing is really good and you have to be prepared for opposition once what you are doing is good!
Opposition attempts to destroy your integrity. Sometimes those opposing you know that they can’t easily stop you and that may be because they may have looked at how resolute you can be about what you are doing so one of the things they do to those who are resolute and will never give up is to try and destroy their integrity so that they will not continue. There are not too many people who can go through an issue with integrity and still bounce back very well! You personally have to be careful to be sure you are not involved in any mess so that when people are looking for a way to destroy your integrity then they will not have much or anything to hold unto. Once your integrity is destroyed then you already know that no one will trust you to do anything with you again and you will always need the trust of other people to get their support in life.
One of the objectives of opposition is to make you think less of yourself. When you take a good look at the things happening around then you will realize that some of the people being opposed are those who have something going for them but the opposition is about just making sure they think less of themselves. The idea of the opposition is to make sure you do not believe in yourself as much as you used to. They may come up with all sorts of stories and tell you why you are not capable of doing what you are trying to achieve and some may be a little more subtle by telling you how so many other people failed. Some may not realize that those trying to show you the failures of others are in a way opposing you! They want to plant failure in your heart and once that is successfully done then you will conclude, if you don’t know who you are or don’t truly believe in yourself, that it will not be a worthwhile venture if so many other people have failed in that same thing.
When opposition comes, it sometimes can be targeted at breaking all the affiliations or cut off all the support you get. One of the things you need to watch out for is that some opposition may not come directly to you. That’s in a way more dangerous than you can imagine and it’s because the key players on your team that needs to help you achieve something could be the ones that will be attacked. This kind of opposition tries to cut off the main people helping you by polluting their minds against you. You really have to be sure about who you trust so much that you think you can depend on them all the time. It is not enough to trust people but you also need to be sure that this people can be so trusted that when someone wants to destroy you they will not keep quiet about it. This to an extent also depends on the team formation that you have or the kinds of friends that you keep and how well you have built the relationship with them. Just prepared and know that opposition can come to you through a network of friends or through your team or through the people who are supposed to believe in you. They are not the ones trying to oppose you but someone is just trying very hard to break your affiliation with them. When this happens, don’t fight the people. Trace the opposition and fight it then your affiliation will become stronger than you can imagine.
Opposition is meant to distract you. One of the major things that opposition tries to achieve is to keep you distracted and this to an extent is also dangerous. I think it is dangerous because there are so many people who are already dancing to the tunes of opposition but they don’t know. Some people start off on a path and when opposition comes, they will be told that they are doing things they are not supposed to be doing and have left the ones they are supposed to be doing. In this case, so many people will then quickly ask the opposition what they think they are supposed to be doing. At that point the opposition then re designs their focus by giving them something entirely different from what they are supposed to be doing. That is how some other people take the focus of the opposition and leave their original focus. When you look around today you can easily see so many distracted CEOs, pastors, career men and women, students, apprentices and so many others. They are busy but not doing what they originally set out to do and they have started doing what someone else should be doing.
Some opposition want to kill you. In this case I am not just talking about a physical opposition. It could both be a physical opposition that may want to chase you about with a gun or a spiritual opposition that does not need to chase you about with a gun. As for the spiritual opposition you will always need spiritual preparation and a close walking relationship with God to survive that.
I have said that it is important to prepare for opposition and not just wish it away but one of the great ways to prepare for opposition is to know the objective of the opposition and until you know that you cannot just walk through opposition and scale through easily.
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