Every archer knows that to make his arrow fly to the target, he needs to pull back on the bowstring all the way. Not only does he have to pull back, he also has to point the arrow in the right direction and release it such that the trajectory of the arrow is adjusted to take into consideration the influence of the wind as the arrow flies through the air towards the target. It not only takes good muscles but also a good practise regime to become a sharp shooter. If William Tell was not skilled at archery, his son would have died from his own arrow! That kind of confidence can only come through hours of practise!
We can apply this example and infer many valuable lessons from it. The commonest application of that example that springs to mind is of a businessman who, before launching his business studies the market well, researches products that are in demand and are sure to sell, draws up a business plan, arranges his funds and ONLY AFTER he has done all this amount of ‘PULLING BACK’ does he launch his business! (Which is bound to have a higher success rate than that which is set up by someone copying another successful business!).
A better application of this example would be in the case of SPIRITUAL WARFARE. I’ve seen cases when spiritual leaders have confronted people possessed by demons and have ended up being tormented by the same demons instead of casting them out once and for all. This is akin to pulling the arrow back just a little bit and releasing it … it would only pierce your own foot right?
There is a case like this in the Bible in Acts 19:13-16: Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognise, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
The above example also applies to all those who seek healing. IF you want God’s power to manifest in your life, soak yourself in the Word until you reach a point when you are totally trusting in God and His great plans for you.
IF YOU WANT TO GO INTO A SPIRITUAL BATTLE OF ANY SORT, REMEMBER TO ARM YOURSELF WITH THE WORD OF GOD!