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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Like a Red Rag to a Bull (11/28/13)

TITLE: It's All Hype
By Linda Weaver


Becoming a child of God does not mean we are free from adversity. We will still face major challenges in our lives. There will also be times when we assume we are in a mess because we always do everything wrong. Satan works hard at putting condemnation on us. But, itís all hype.

Moses answered Godís call to deliver the Israelites. He was given instructions to go to the Pharaoh and deliver Godís message to let His people go. Now it would seem to me that if God gave me instructions to do something and I did it just as He said, I would succeed in that task. But it didnít happen that way for Moses. The Pharaoh refused every command he was given by God (through Moses). The point being, God had a master plan. He wanted the Pharaoh and all the world Ė forever to come - to see His glory and His power. So, what appeared to be Mosesí failure in the eyes of the people watching, was all part of a bigger plan to exalt Godís love and provision for His people.

Just because things donít happen the way we think they should doesnít mean God isnít paying attention or that His plan isnít working. It means that God uses all things to work together for good. All we can see is what is right in front of us. God sees the big picture. That is why Scripture tells us to walk by faith and not the circumstances that we see.

We donít always know where our trials come from. We blame a lot of them on the devil. Becoming a Christian is like a red rag to a bull! But, don't be discouraged by that. Jesus said we are more than conquerors. He warned us that we would have trials in this life. He also told us many, many times to ďfear notĒ. He said that ďGreater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.Ē

Being afraid of the devil and what he can do should not be an issue with us as Christians. Godís Word gives us promise after promise of defeating the enemy.

When you think of the red flag and the bull - see yourself as the bull - not the red flag! What power could that little red flag possibly have over that big raging bull? (An average bull weighs from 1700 to 1800 pounds. I doubt seriously if the red flag even registers on the scale.) Selah, pause and calmly think about that.

According to askville by Amazon, the bull is being provoked and tormented by the matador. That is exactly what the devil does to us. He waves a red flag in our face to taunt us and to provoke us and to torment us. The bull can charge that flag all day and accomplish nothing. The red flag is powerless. Itís a tool in the enemyís arsenal to keep us off guard Ė to keep us upset Ė when all we are really doing is running in circles and chasing something that can in no way hurt us.

Why in the world would you let a little red flag being waved in your face taunt you and cause you so much distress? See it for what it is. It is nothing but Satan trying to cause a distraction so that he can keep you from Godís best. And, take note of the fancy matador. He struts his stuff and makes a show but once the raging bull gets past that red flag to him Ė well, you get the picture. Kind of puts things in a different perspective, doesnít it?

Jesus gave His life so that we could face anything that comes our way. We may run in circles chasing red flags, but in the end the red flag is just a red flag. It is otherwise useless against a child of the King.

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Pamela Reed 12/05/13
I LOVE your article. It makes one stop and think, and then gives hope, encouragement, and direction. Keep writing. You will help make overcomers in God's kingdom!
C D Swanson 12/06/13
Beautiful entry with great messages throughout.

Thank you.

God bless~
Sheldon Bass 12/09/13
Very Good piece. I wasn't sure where you were going at first and that kept me reading. Also at first I was afraid you were going to be off-topic, but you brought it home nicely. Keep writing!
Toni Babcock 12/10/13
I see two good devotional themes in this piece - which would work well for two separate articles. The first four paragraphs begins with a major theme (expect adversity and how to deal with it) and the last five paragraphs build on another theme (be the bull, not the red flag). The two themes are similar yet delve into separate aspects of our conflict with the devil and how to handle it. Two good pieces here! Keep writing!
Brenda Rice 12/11/13
I like the way you approached the truth in your article. We will have trials and our enemy is always on the job.

You also gave encouragement with from God's Word. Well done.
Cynthia G. Peoples 12/12/13
Congratulations on a very well deserved award! Unique point of view, very creative, and thought provoking! God Bless
LaVonne Wood 12/12/13
Wonderful article! Looking at it from a whole different perspective than we usually think. congratulations on your win!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/12/13
Congratulations on ranking 1st in your level and 11 overall! The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.