Have You Experienced the “Draw Back” Effect?

Recently, a friend asked me how I was doing. I told him to ask me the next week. I had just started a big project that was costing me more time and money than I had expected. I was overwhelmed with the slow progress. And it seemed at times we were going backwards more than forwards. But, the end result might end up being much better than I could have hoped for. It was just too early to know.


He then replied that I was in the “Draw Back” phase. “It’s like a bow and arrow. Anytime God wants to send you forward, He first has to draw you back”. Wow, I had never thought of it that way. But how many times had I started something new and positive in my life, only to face difficulties and challenges and wonder whether it was even worth it to continue?


When I have not been to the gym in a while, and I go to lift weights, I can lift a decent amount on my first trip. Over the next few days, my muscles become very sore. The next time I go to work out, I cannot lift the same amount that I did the first time. I am lifting much less AND it hurts! Remind me again why I am doing this? After a few weeks, the soreness is gone and I am able to not only lift the original amount but much more. That is the “Draw Back” effect.


When you feel called to start something new and are met with disappointment and failure, don’t stop. You’re just in the “Draw Back” effect. If you continue on, you will be launched into the new things you were called to do.


For more on this subject go to: http://www.newcovenantchurch.com/resources/media/sermons/is-god-waiting-on-you.html


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What is Lurking in the Distance

Something evil and sinister is lurking in the distance, hell bent on destroying you. Not only are we often clueless that this dangerous force exists and is stalking us, but we are unaware that we create the opportunity for it to exist in our lives.

This is how it happens.

In the Garden of Eden, God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the morning. One day, Adam and Eve sinned, and this created a distance between them and God. The next day, when God came looking for them, Adam and Eve were hiding from him because they were afraid. They had also made loin garments because they were naked and ashamed.

Their sin created a distance between them and God.

Like Adam and Eve, when we sin, we create a distance between us and God. Within this distance, all kinds of bad things live. This is where shame, fear, condemnation, guilt, regret, insecurity and anxiety live. We create the space for it to exist and we allow it to ravage our lives because we won’t close the distance.

A believer closes this distance between themselves and God by repenting of their sin, removing this sin from the enemy’s tool box, so it can no longer be used against us.

This “distance” concept doesn’t just apply to our relationship with God. It also affects our relationships with others. When we have an offense between ourselves and another, we create a distance. We avoid one another, hold back our true feelings, and we withdraw. And, what lives in that distance? Anger, condemnation, insecurity and all kinds of things we can fantasize or conjure up in our mind.

We must remove the distance so that these evil things cannot affect and live in our lives, stalking us, and sabotaging our relationships. Just like God came to Adam to close the distance, God sent Jesus to us. He is the great healer of relationships and the closer of the distance. And, since we have Jesus in us, He sends us to close the distance with those in our lives. Be godly. Find someone today that you can close the distance with and kill all those negative things that live there and are eating away at your relationships. For a deeper revelation on this subject, go to http://www.newcovenantchurch.com/resources/media/sermons/slaves-of-righteousness.html



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