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Preparing for Breakthrough

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Introduction

You are not made to be restrained by the restrictions of this world. The frustration that some of us feel at times stems from the fact that our spirit man knows there is more inside of us than our natural minds will allow.
The enemy of your soul works diligently at trying to infuse just enough fear and doubt into your life that he can effectively diffuse your faith.
Matthew 11:2–6 ESV
Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
Matthew 11:
John had prepared the way before the Lord just as he had been ordained to do. Imagine that after all he went through and living a life of service to the coming Messiah and then winding up in a prison, John might have had some questions. Perhaps he began to doubt that he had successfully fulfilled God’s mission for his life.

God’s victory

So many times we would like to have a better handle on the situation, to be able to be able to say we always live in perfect alignment with the purposes of the kingdom.
The plain truth is faith will always be required in kingdom living.
There are just some things we have to trust God for. That’s why we are His servants and not the other way around.
In fact, if we reverse roles and try to make God our servant, we will always be frustrated. But if we accept our role as servants of the Most High God we will always live with a sense of wonder and awe!
1 Samuel 17:45–46 ESV
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
1 Samuel 17:45-46
Without the help of God, David was a goner. But David had that child-like faith that told him that God was always with him, regardless of the situation.
It is David who would later pen the words:
Psalm 139:7–12 ESV
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
Psalm 139:7-
I would suggest to you this morning that God is unwilling to let any of us live for a second on this planet without being within the immediate vicinity because of the great love and care He has for us.

Feeling Less Than

There are times we must admit that we would like to feel we have more of a hand in the miraculous. We sometimes make the mistake of discounting the part that we play in the process.
After a while we can begin to wonder what our true purpose is and if we are fruitful at all. But instead of allowing ourselves to get down in our spirit, let’s look at what the Lord Himself says.
Isaiah 58:11 ESV
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
In the places you feel dry and scorched He says that you SHALL be like a WELL WATERED GARDEN.
There have been many times that I felt I had nothing to offer but God brought ministry out of my life in a way that I couldn’t have imagined.
Trust in what He speaks over you this day, you are the conduits of blessing that will change the world as it appears today.
There is nothing wrong with hard work, I am a firm believer in it. But there are just some things that we have to have faith for which means your surrender to His action.
If we need anything, we need a sensitivity to know when the Holy Spirit is saying we have done our part and now it’s time to surrender to what the Lord does next.
Remember last week we said that He is the God that excels in the absolutely impossible.
God rejoices over us this morning, there is no way He could possibly love us more. He has such wonders in store for us and it does not matter what stands before us trying to intimidate us, there is none that can stand before our God!

The Lord of Breakthrough

2 Samuel 5:18 ESV
Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim.
2 Samuel 5:18
2 Samuel 5:19 ESV
And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.”
2 Samuel 5:19
2 Samuel 5:20 ESV
And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim.
Philistines- This powerful tribe made frequent incursions against the Hebrews. There was almost perpetual war between them. They sometimes held the tribes, especially the southern tribes, in degrading servitude (; ); at other times they were defeated with great slaughter (; ). These hostilities did not cease till the time of Hezekiah (), when they were entirely subdued. They still, however, occupied their territory, and always showed their old hatred to Israel (). They were finally conquered by the Romans.
M. G. Easton, Easton’s Bible Dictionary (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893).
Baal-Perazim is one of the names of God given in the Old Testament which means the Lord of Breaking Through!
The way that the Lord overcame the Philistines was so odd that Isaiah speaks of it,
Isaiah 28:21 ESV
For the Lord will rise up as on Mount Perazim; as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused; to do his deed—strange is his deed! and to work his work—alien is his work!
Isaiah 28

Believe for Breakthrough Today

What do you feel is holding you back or standing in your way?
Do you believe that God is going to use your life to bring an absolute invasion of Heaven on earth?
Let’s pray for the breakthrough we have been waiting for.
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