Breaking Point definition-1 : the point at which a person gives way under stress
2: the point at which a situation becomes critical
3: the point at which something loses force or validity
Throw in the towel- Verb1 – give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat.
Late last night, I began to think about a movie I watched recently called Warrior. As I began to read some scriptures late last night this movie brought them to life. This movie one would probably say that it’s a men movie. But this movie has many valid life points. The story line behind this movie is about a father who was once an alcoholic. He had two sons who he really loved. In his past he really hurt them growing up. This man and his sons didn’t have a good relationship but tried to change. He would become sober for three years and in the midst of that, his sons refuse to give him credit. They continued to bring up his past without acknowledging their own issues, and struggles they had themselves. One of his sons had issues with his brother because he was envious. This reminded me of 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verses 4-5, when God explained what love looks like.
He says love is patient, love is kind. He also says love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. He says love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no records of wrongs. His sons failed in all these areas. They were not patient with his attempt to change. They were not kind they treated him very badly. One brother was envious of the other. They kept record of every wrong he ever had, and they were self-seeking and willing to encounter how he felt. They only cared about how they felt and they were going to do whatever they wanted to get their point across. One day though after being sober for almost three years, the father came to a breaking point, were he threw in the towel. Nothing he did matter and he got no credit for his attempts.
So you know what he did? He popped open the bottle and got wasted to the point were he could barely walk. What got him to that point? Once again another scripture came to my mind. Romans 14:13 where God encourages us not to put any stumbling blocks or obstacle in your brother’s way. They clearly put a stumbling block in their father’s way, by refusing to acknowledge a change in him, which led him to drink after being sober three years. It was at that moment, when they began to realize their own faults and struggles, and embraced their father after feeling guilty. There is a good ending to this movie, but that is not always the case.
The reality is that stories like this every day; in many homes across the world and neither one of us is exempt including me. Employees leave their jobs that they have a passion for, because either their boss or co-workers assassinate their character. So they walk away and lose desire in what they once loved. A young person give up their desire, or something they have a passion for, because they might have achieved something great, but they can never seem to do anything right, so they quit and give up. Marriages including Christian marriages fail, because of the inability to work things out, because both or one spouse refuse to acknowledge a change in their spouse or refuse to recognize
their own struggles, or lose desire to work it out, so they reach the breaking point, and they divorce.
So what’s the difference between those that overcome and those that don’t? The difference is the ones who overcome know these three things.
1- They know who their real enemy is. Ephesians 6:12-For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
2- They know God will not put anything on them that they can’t bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13- No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. This verse is one I really love (But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up for it)
3- They Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. John 10:10- The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. That’s the difference.
So when you come to the point were you have reached your breaking point or want to throw in the towel. Go before God in prayer and remember that Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It might not be easy, but if you do reach your breaking point or throw in the towel without asking God first. SATAN WINS EVERYTIME!!!!
So I encourage myself, and you never to let SATAN WIN!!!
If you haven’t seen the movie Warrior, check it out!!