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Sudden Breakthrough

Scripture: “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Mt 11:28-30)

Thought for Today: “Releasing Suddenlies”

Every person I know needs a breakthrough in some area of their life. I am no exception. I need breakthroughs all the time. I find myself stuck or tempted, confused or confined and in need of wisdom and revelation. The challenge for most of us is that getting a breakthrough means changing how we see. I often hear people say, ”You might have to get serious about spiritual disciplines if you want to see any impact in your life”. What I would like to propose is that the key to getting your breakthrough is more about striving for rest, than fighting for your life (Heb 4:9). Jesus said, “Come to Me… and I will give you rest. Take My yoke… learn from Me… and you will find rest for your souls.” The key is to stop relying on your own understanding (Prov. 3:5-10)

Trust God!

What I have seen repeatedly through the years in Scripture, personal experience and the testimony of others, is that prayer and fasting produces great spiritual results. Yet those results were tied to trusting God. When we give ourselves to intense seasons of seeking, we must lean on Jesus, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the counsel of God’s Word. God is always up to something and your breakthrough is on His mind… in fact, He wants it more than you do!

Enter In:

I want to encourage you to stop leaning on your own understanding. You might never discover how problems or difficulties will be resolved in your life. Try to enter a season of rest. Go to the Throne of Grace and let God love you. Let His mercy pour out upon your heart and just soak it in… stay there and begin to enjoy His Presence. Let Him wash away your worry, cleanse you of all fear and wrestling. Now simply direct your trust toward Him… speak it out. Tell Him that you love the way He meets your needs and praise Him in this moment in the midst of all that is going on around you.

Suddenlies will Begin:

Then… what was offering no impact, suddenly does. What was making no difference, suddenly will. That unwanted situation or mountain that stood in the way, suddenly is removed. The relationship that was broken, suddenly gets restored. The pain in your body, suddenly is healed. The job that hadn’t come through, suddenly opens up. Suddenlies are God’s specialty!

The Reward of Seeking: Believe that God is the “Rewarder” of those who diligently seek Him. (Heb. 11:6)

Its the anointing that breaks the yoke (Isa 10:27), but it must settle in on us. Its God’s power that releases the suddenlies in our lives (Acts 2:2). Those miracles, the breakthroughs and the revelation of purpose, did not show up simply because we got the words right in our prayers last night. It was because God moved on our behalf. We sought Him in a season of prayer and fasting – yes, but it was God who showed up, brought the breakthrough and the suddenly you needed.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb 4:16)

Get Your Praise On

Praise Looks Good on You… So go get your Praise on!

“Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is beautiful.” (Ps. 33:1)

What a Sight!

This scripture out of the psalms tells us something that we must never forget… praise looks good on you! Its the power of God’s Glory, evident and brilliant… as seen on Jesus (2 Cor. 4:6)(Heb. 1:3)… and reflected on the face of His Bride (Rev. 19:5-10). Some of the most memorable moments I have ever experienced are in seasons of rejoicing! I love seeing praise on the faces of the Saints of God! Its more than just a happy feeling that stirs the heart… in fact, many of the best worshipers are in the midst of terrible storms. Yet in these moments of praise, breakthrough is released! The faces of God’s people, shining with His kindness and goodness, brings encounter that refresh and revive the soul of all who see it. Lives are transformed and purpose is released by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s power touching the most wounded, broken and desperate heart. No question – Praise Looks Good on the Righteous!

Heaven’s Perspective:

God gets pleasure from the rejoicing of His family! I can imagine my Heavenly Father watching and seeing faces and hearing the voices of those whose hearts are captured by His Promises. I believe that God is a wonderful father and just as I feel proud of my children, so too He smiles and loves the way that praise looks and sounds! All of heaven is filled with rejoicing at the reality of a simple sinner who turns in trusting faith toward God, so also His heart turns toward the sounds of praise. The Bible tells us that when we are overwhelmed, when we are under heavy stress and anxiety, we should put on the garment of praise. As God sees and hears your words of adoration, He will remove the burdens and embrace you with His love.

So let your voices ring out… praise looks good on you!

Encountering Love

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa. 1:18)

We have all watched loving adults bend low or kneel down, making themselves small so they can be face-to-face with a child. Parents do this instinctively out of a desire to connect and be present with the child. Out of loving desire to relate to small ones, big people make themselves temporarily small. This is how God reasons with us…

Face-to-Face: (Exod. 33:11) “…as a man speaks to his friend”

Our God loves us – and likes us! He desires to be face-to-face with us, longing to express love directly… seeking close relationship with us. God became small, taking the form of a man and becoming a servant (Phil. 2:6-8)… offering us forgiveness for all of our sin. This is the Christian story. God, coming to us as a baby, a child, a humble man. God coming to us in Jesus. The astonishing claim Jesus made was that if we have encountered Him… we have seen the Father. To encounter Jesus is to discover the Father’s heart… the One who made us, and loves us more than we could wrap our mind around. Jesus was our face-to-face encounter… and it begins with compassion, mercy and forgiveness!

Encountering Love that Forgives:

Jesus came to show us the love of the Father. But Jesus was not well received. People did not expect to see such love. Instead, they expected to see what we often expect to see in God… rigidity, harshness and stern enforcement of the rules… judgement, distance, rejection and exclusion. Instead, in Jesus, they encountered radical love… love that revealed the answer to a sin problem – forgiveness!

…in Jesus, we encounter radical love…

Jesus embodied God’s incredible love… love that included the outcast, that honored women, that respected and blessed children, that embraced enemies, that touched the contagious and healed the diseased, that extended hope to the rejected and confronted abusive religious hypocrisy. He revealed a love that valued relationship over rigid rule keeping and lived among the sinner, rather than a castle or mansion. Jesus told stories of God “the-waiting-Father” who runs like a servant to welcome us home and who sweeps like a woman to unearth her lost treasure. What was He searching for? Gold? No – someone to receive His love!

The Encounter:

Jesus had encounters with people in all sorts of odd places… like beaches or rivers, hill sides or gardens, in grave yards or vineyards, at wells or pools of Bethesda. Meeting was for encountering something bigger than belief systems… it was for transforming the heart. Imagine the impact of Jesus, time and time again… His love reflected the heart of the Father in ways that deeply moved the poor, weak and broken. Forgiving Love is revolutionary, it heals the heart, delivers the soul and changes the way a person thinks about themselves and others. Its uniquely God’s heart, because it is so… counter-culture, other worldly… and supernatural.

The Apostle John said it best in this statement: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on (or given to) us, that we should be called the Children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 Jn. 3:1). Incredibly… in the encounter of beholding love… we come to know Him! We come to see His mercy and unyielding passion toward us. We experience love, by feeling the lifting of a burden we could never have been free of on our own. This is forgiveness… and it is truly the encounter of a lifetime.

  • Forgiveness is an encounter of love… by the only One worthy to be called – “Savior”!

…Can I introduce you to My Savior?
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (Jn. 3:17)

Forgiveness #2: Encounter Love

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa. 1:18)

We have all watched loving adults bend low or kneel down, making themselves small so they can be face-to-face with a child. Parents do this instinctively out of a desire to connect and be present with the child. Out of loving desire to relate to small ones, big people make themselves temporarily small. This is how God reasons with us.

Face-to-Face: (Exod. 33:11) “…as a man speaks to his friend”

Our God loves us! He desires to be face-to-face with us, longing to express love directly… seeking close relationship with us. God became small, taking the form of a man and becoming a servant (Phil. 2:6-8)… offering us forgiveness for all of our sin. This is the Christian story. God, coming to us as a baby, a child, a humble man. God coming to us in Jesus. The astonishing claim Jesus made was that if we have encountered Him… we have seen the Father. To encounter Jesus is to discover the Father’s heart… the One who made us, and loves us more than we could wrap our mind around. Jesus was our face-to-face encounter… and it begins with compassion, mercy and forgiveness!

Encountering Love that Forgives:

Jesus came to show us the love of the Father. But Jesus was not well received. People did not expect to see such love. Instead, they expected to see what we often expect to see in God… rigidity, harshness and stern enforcement of the rules… judgement, distance, rejection and exclusion. Instead, in Jesus, they encountered radical love… love that revealed the answer to a sin problem – forgiveness!

Jesus embodied God’s incredible love… love that included the outcast, that honored women, that respected and blessed children, that embraced enemies, that touched the contagious and healed the diseased, that extended hope to the rejected and confronted abusive religious hypocrisy. He revealed a love that valued relationship over rigid rule keeping and lived among the sinner, rather than a castle or mansion. Jesus told stories of God “the-waiting-Father” who runs like a servant to welcome us home and who sweeps like a woman to unearth her lost treasure. What was He searching for? Gold? No – someone to receive His love!

The Encounter:

Jesus had encounters with people in all sorts of odd places… like beaches or rivers, hill sides or gardens, in grave yards or vineyards, at wells or pools of Bethesda. Meeting was for encountering something bigger than belief systems… it was for the transforming the heart. Imagine the impact of Jesus, time and time again… His love reflected the heart of the Father in ways that deeply moved the poor, weak and broken. Forgiving Love is revolutionary, it heals the heart, delivers the soul and changes the way a person thinks about themselves and others. Its uniquely God’s heart, because it is so… counter-culture, other worldly… and supernatural.

The Apostle John said it best in this statement: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on (or given to) us, that we should be called the Children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 Jn. 3:1). Incredibly… in the encounter of beholding love… we come to know Him! We come to see His mercy and unyielding passion toward us. We experience love, by feeling the lifting of a burden we could never have been free of on our own. This is forgiveness… and it is truly the encounter of a lifetime.

Forgiveness is the encounter of love… by the only One we could call – Savior!

…Can I introduce you to My Savior!

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (Jn. 3:17)

Way Beyond Fair

The Message of the Cross should always be seen as the central theme of the Kingdom of God. Jesus is the Risen King and His reign has transformed how we see reality.

The rules of acceptance and forgiveness for example are no longer based upon Laws and Commandments, but life in the Spirit (Jn. 6:63). Mercy was poured out at the cross and grace is made available through the free gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-10).

“Jesus suffered and died to pardon and sanctify me!”

The Good News that we preach is not really about the issue of “fair-ness” at all, but fellowship in the Kingdom of God. Its a revolutionary Message that goes beyond creating equality to a more impacting truth, reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-21). God is more than fair – He is loving and faithful. His grace is far more sufficient than anything we could deserve. God is generous, full of grace, full of mercy, loving us even though we don’t deserve it. While you and I were still without hope, Christ died for the ungodly, the outcast, the sinner and the broken alike (Rom. 5:8). Now He offers forgiveness to all who call upon Him.

Not Religion – Relationship:

That kind of message bothers religious folks who say that the harder you work, the more you will get. After all, “God helps those who help themselves”, right? The pathway of fairness tells us that if you behave better, you will get a better reward. Religious leaders like to hear that kind of message, because it makes it easy to motivate people to work hard, to live by the rules and to be religiously driven.

But Jesus says, “Its not the Truth!”

If you have dug a really deep pit for yourself; messed up time and time again or feel like you’ve been the worst sinner of all, you don’t have to work your way out of the pit to be saved. God simply forgives you by faith in His grace. You don’t have to deserve it – God has already made a way and simply does it. You just need to believe it and step into it – by faith. You need to trust God and take Him at His Word. Your debt can be canceled from the record - paid in full - by faith in the mercy offered in the Cross of Jesus. God’s desire is that His Children would reign in life (Rom. 5:17).

Grace - Good News for Ordinary People:

It often seems that people find this kind of news difficult to embrace. “Look, I’ve been working hard to get out of the pit,” they might say, “and I am almost out”. The question you have to ask is, “Who is saving you? Who is your hope when the problem is bigger than you or the hurt is more than you can bear?” 

You mean to tell me that people can be free - instantly, without having to do any work at all? That’s not fair!

Grace is a Gift:

No, grace is not “fair” – it is grace – it is a gift we did not deserve. God can be generous to whomever He wants to be generous, and the Good News is that He is offering His generosity to everyone (Rom. 10:13). It is fair in the sense that anyone and everyone can receive it! But this means that He forgives some people a big debt and some people a smaller debt. Its the same arrangement for all, even though we all come from a different set of circumstances.

The key is not the fairness of God, but the faithfulness of His love toward us!

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