Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BREAKING THROUGH


Breaking through is a process. Breaking through comes in many different forms - writers block, slumps in scoring, customers for one's business, ideas for one's song, and staying in God's will for your life.

In a recent visit to Madrid, Spain, Daniel Kolenda received a message about breaking through and staying in God's will in - of all places - a bull fighting stadium. Yes, we are all familiar with the Bull. Yes, we are all familiar with the Matador with the red cape in the center of the ring/stadium. What we may not be familiar with or forget about are the men that come in from the sides - spears/lances in hand - and thrust their weapon into the bull as he is distracted by the Matador's movements. The men run back to their stations for another spear, the bull is distracted and pursues one of them, but then lines up once again for a charge at the Matador.

The catch in all these distractions is that they are slowly but surely draining the life-blood from the bull. This cycle the bull goes through eventually brings him to the point of weaker, slower and fainter attempts until the bull finally falls to the ground and the Matador moves in for the final blow.

In a e-newsletter I receive, Mr. Kolenda stated, "Through the Holy Spirit we are equipped to live fruitful and effective lives, accomplishing all that God has for us to do. The devil is no match for the Spirit of God who lives within us. Greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world. But like the bullfighter, the enemy has a secret weapon—distraction. If the devil can’t stop us, he will attempt to derail us with one distraction and then another. The devil knows something we so often forget—that we are in a race against time. As with the bull whose wounds are bleeding, time is running out for all of us. Every minute that we are distracted from what God has called us to do is a minute closer to the end of the fight."

So, for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, I encourage you in your walk to discern the distractions and put them in place so that you may continue in God's perfect will for your life. Kolenda adds, "The devil will even use “good” things as distractions if he can to keep us from the best things that God has in store." Remember to - "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." (1 Tim. 6:12) Then you will be able to say in the end - "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Tim.4:7) and I know the process of Breaking Through.