Overcome: Practice One Kick 10,000 Times

Written by on March 3, 2015

Bruce Lee Kick


For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (James 1:3, NLT)

I serve on five prayer teams in my city and want to share with you a secret weapon that shatters five boards with a single kick.  When I pray with people,  it’s often for peace in the home. Finances. Health. Job. Ministry. Marriage. Kids. Relationship with God.

But most good changes don’t happen overnight. They come with hard work. Did you know that Bruce Lee practiced with a 300-pound bag to improve his kicking power? I wanted to do that in the supernatural realm, in the power of the Holy Spirit. I love seeing the work of the enemy pummeled.

I recently prayed with a man who was experiencing back pain. The prayer team placed our hands on his back and prayed. He said he felt warmth go down his spine. Soon he straightened and pulled his shoulders back.

He asked,”Where did you learn how to pray like that?”

I shrugged. “The Holy Spirit.”

Bruce Lee says:

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”  

For 27 years, I asked the Holy Spirit how to pray. He directed me to read Scripture. He taught me to listen to Him as I drove my car to work, filled journal after journal with His promises, and attended Holy Spirit conferences. He showed me how to teach others to sit at the feet of the Master and listen together.

Sometimes I skipped my quiet time, and on other days, I couldn’t quiet my mind enough to hear God’s voice. But I got my head back in the game and stuck with it.

I learned to shrug off condemnation—the sense that the enemy was overpowering me for my shortcomings—and to embrace conviction—turning back to Jesus’ way. On days I got the two mixed up. I totally felt like quitting. It wasn’t easy, because I felt insecure and wanted to shrink back. Can I do this? I wondered. So I asked the Holy Spirit. You know what He said?

“Jesus-in-you can.”

And Jesus-in-me did. By His power. And Jesus-in-you can, too.

You’ve practiced one kick 10,000 times. Maybe it wasn’t releasing Holy Spirit prayers. Maybe it was sharing Christ with strangers. Or listening to high-risk youth pour out their troubles. Or encouraging down-and-outers who were lost or lonely. Or you baked 10,000 muffins. You did it. Perseverance thrusts the enemy aside, and he topples, making you, and those you contend for, overcomers.

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised” (Hebrews 10:35, 36).

Friend, what’s your kick?

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Comments
  1. Susan   On   March 3, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
    “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
    God is faithful and is on our side, guiding us more than we know!

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 3, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Susan, I agree. It’s Christi’s strength, not ours. I’m glad the victory is from His strength. Too many times I try to rely on my own. Ok, how about a 10,001st kick!

  2. Samuel Hall   On   March 3, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Good point, Lynn. Prayer is work. Should it not be? After all, we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    Yes, we know those words. We’ve heard them many times. I write them again … and again … to implant the words of scripture in my mind.

    We need the knowledge of God’s word to implement the power of God’s word.

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 3, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Sam, thanks for the insights. I love that you write and rewrite the words. I know I sure do. Each trial blesses me with another Scripture to memorize and pray with others afterwards! My favorite is Heb 10:35 36.

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