“Never, never, never, give in!” These were the words of Winston Churchill during one of England’s bleakest moments. It was 1941 and Hitler’s troops were advancing. The American forces had not yet entered the war and things looked bad for Europe. He went on to say, *“Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” We need great tenacity in Disciple-Making Movements (DMMs). We must never, never, never give in until God’s Kingdom is established and growing among the unreached.
Last week’s blog was about Praying with Faith. That is the first key to seeing breakthroughs in disciple making movements. The second key for breakthrough and growth is perseverance.
Perseverance – Lessons from Snoozy
When I was a kid we had a dog named Snoozy. She loved to play. We would take an old sock, tie a knot in it, and let her grab hold of the end. A game of “tug of war” then started. As soon as we got the sock away, (and it was hard work to finally do that) Snoozy would lunge after it again. The game could go on for hours!
In the next few blogs I want to share some keys to seeing breakthroughs that lead to a Disciple Making Movement. The first one is praying with faith.
Let’s start with a funny story to illustrate.
A journalist was assigned to the Jerusalem bureau of his newspaper. He gets an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. After several weeks he realizes that whenever he looks at the wall he sees an old Jewish man praying vigorously. The journalist wondered whether there was a publishable story here. He goes down to the wall, introduces himself and says: “You come every day to the wall. What are you praying for?”
The old man replies: “What am I praying for? In the morning I pray for world peace, then I pray for the brotherhood of man. I go home, have a glass of tea, and I come back to the wall to pray for the eradication of illness and disease from the earth.”
“You are like a bulldozer” he said. Wow. That was interesting to hear. I wasn’t sure I liked him saying that. What did it mean? I understand better now what this prophetically gifted man was referring to. To release Disciple Making Movements (DMMs) ,we need to move in a “Bulldozer Anointing”, pressing through obstacles until we get to the breakthrough God wants to give.
Obstacles Come – Big & Small
In life we all face obstacles. This has got to be even more true for those who are boldly pursuing the release of a movement of disciples among the unreached. We face financial obstacles, visa related obstacles, persecution related problems, family issues, discipleship and marriage problems and many other things. Big or small, the obstacles come with regular frequency.