I love it when I get an idea for a blog and the words just fall together as though they were meant to. I was thinking about this blog last week and had forgotten about it until I saw a sticky note where I had written the words “Tap Out”. I was actually thinking about being fearful during this Covid-19 pandemic and how I did not want to be overcome with fear and was envisioning myself in a wrestling match with the enemy where I actually tap out, but I WIN because of it. So today, as I sat down to blog I popped “what does it mean to tap out?” into the Google search bar and this is what Wikipedia says:
(transitive) To produce (a message, rhythm, or other thing) by tapping. (combat sports) To submit to an opponent by tapping one’s hand repeatedly either on the arena or the opponent’s body. (combat sports, transitive) To force (an opponent) to submit.
“He tapped his opponent out in what seemed like ten seconds.”
I want us to remember a few words here: PRODUCE, SUBMIT & OPPONENT
I am going to use the following Webster dictionary meanings for this blog. Produce means cause (a particular result or situation) to happen or come into existence. Submit is a verb meaning accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person and opponent is someone who competes against or fights another in a contest, game, or argument; a rival or adversary. Here is where I am going with this so we are all on the same page. I want to produce a “TAP” in my life where my flesh will no longer submit to fear and my opponent will flee.
THE AUTHORITATIVE PRAISE: TAP
In my life I feel I have been in a never ending wrestling match with the devil for my peace, my sanity and my self-worth. I have a tattoo on my right arm which serves as a reminder that I am worthy of love. I do not regret getting this, however, I should not need a reminder. I should just KNOW I am worthy. I have been afraid of true friendships because so many have ended or just left. I have dealt with alcoholics and drug abusers. I have lived with narcissistic people and those who took advantage of who I was. My bank accounts have been drained. My house left tore apart. I have lost loved ones. I have struggled with my weight. I fight with the feelings of not being good enough or doing anything right. The devil, my opponent, has been relentless in his pursuit of my happiness. I am getting to the point where I have had enough.
So what is The Authoritative Praise? It is me, taking authority over what is already rightfully mine because of who my Daddy is. I am a child of the Most High King. If I cry, He collects my tears. If I am in danger, He comes to my rescue. When I am fearful, He comforts me. If I have ALL of this and so much more at my disposal then why do I even wrestle with the devil? I am choosing today to TAP out! This does not mean I am submitting to the devil, this means I am tapping INTO what God has for me. I am submitting to His faithfulness to me. I will open the gates to my Fathers Kingdom with worship! I will sing my way out of depression. I will shout Hallelujah when I have no words left to speak. I will dance like I own the place and no one is watching.
Just like one in a wrestling match, my strength may be depleted. Defeat might be taking it’s place. BUT I know my strength will return the very moment I TAP out and when I do, it will only take a moment. I might be slow to rise but as I sing and pour out my heart to God in the midst of the struggle, He will hear me. He will send help. He knows my heart and He knows just what I need.
“Brenda Tapped her opponent out in what seemed like ten seconds and he fled from her presence.”