Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth” (1 Samuel 17:33).

David could have taken that comment to heart and no one would have thought less of him for not fighting Goliath, however David knew who his strength came from.

David said to Saul, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37).

Every time we choose to give up on ourselves based upon what someone else tells us or as a result of our fears, we confirm those agreements and they become a greater stronghold in our lives. It doesn’t matter what you hear from others, unless you receive it. If you have taken ownership and believe “You’ll never succeed” or “You’ll always be single,” it will probably be true. 

Homer started to believe he “had to” give up his dream and work in the mines like everyone else until Miss Riley convinced him, “As long as you are alive on this planet—you have a choice” (and we do too). Homer decided not to accept the words of his father into his life and followed his passion that led him to winning the 1960 National Science Fair for rocket propulsion and becoming an aerospace engineer for NASA.

One reason many of us don’t live up to God’s expectation for our lives is because we allow ourselves to accept something less than the best for it. We tell ourselves we can’t do it, we aren’t worthy, it’s for someone else or we’re “OK” if we don’t.

For all of those false agreements we have made in the past, it is time we start denouncing them if we ever want to move forward and achieve what God wants for us.

Don’t look back upon your life wishing you had done something differently—go forward and change it. Don’t blame someone else or make excuses for what you haven’t done—it’s your choice and time to make a difference. Don’t offer up to others what they can’t do—encourage and help others to believe in the seemingly impossible.

So, how did Egypt rid themselves of 30 years of tyranny?

For generations they were told they couldn’t, for years they feared what wouldhappen, and for decades they accepted what they were given. When the revolution in Tunisia showed them and the world it was possible to stand up for their rights, it empowered Egypt, along with many other countries, to believe “they could” and subsequently fought for their freedom.

What do you need freedom from today? What eternal changes can you make if you decide to renounce strongholds and agreements previously confirmed with yourself and the enemy? What will you be able to accomplish through the strength of the Lord? 

Today, in the name of Jesus, break the agreement you have with _____ and live the extraordinary life God has called you to.

Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in's Singles Channel.  An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback?  Send your comments and questions to