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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)

Consecration

Scripture: “Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.” (Mark 1:12-13)

Thought for Today: “Ministering Angels”

The Christian life is to be a consecrated life, one where we are fully given to God and His plan for our future (Rom 12:1-2). We are called to be Sons of God, which means God father’s us. His fathering is experienced when we listen to the Holy Spirit and yield our hearts in obedient relationship. This can be a spiritual challenge, but prayer and fasting is one of the most effective tools to sharpen our convictions and shape our lives in a way that honors God in any “wilderness” experiences.

The Wilderness:

The wilderness was not the place Jesus would go to relax. It was a place that the Holy Spirit “drove Him” while He was in a season of consecration. The 40 days of prayer and fasting allowed Jesus the revelation of His Father’s resources in a time of testing. What we must come to appreciate is that consecration opens our spiritual eyes to revelation that cannot be seen any other way. A wilderness will never be more than a place of frustration until we can see beyond its challenges… and find the Father’s resources.

The Beloved Son:

Jesus is the One God called His beloved Son, yet fathering Jesus was no different than fathering any son. God’s Child needs to be aware of all that is available in times of testing. When Jesus was in the wilderness, He felt the discomfort of hunger and thirst. He had to negotiate the decisions that would offer deliverance from temptation and provide safety from ”wild beasts”. Yet, He was not stumbling over Himself in this experience, because He had access to the Father’s resources. Remember Jesus was not in the wilderness to be defeated, He was in the wilderness to discover resources available to a Son.

The Resource of Angels:

Notice in Mark’s gospel, one of the often overlooked blessings of a fasting lifestyle is the ministry of angels. Ministering Angels are a powerful resource available to the Child of God and I want to encourage our awareness of their presence in seasons of prayer and fasting. I have discovered that angels are attracted to God’s Children when living a consecrated lifestyle. The Apostle James tells us to draw near to God and He will draw near to us (Jms 4:8). I would propose that angels are attracted to the same things as God.

Angelic Ministry:

Nothing should so minister to the heart of God’s Child like the angels. They are God’s ministering spirits sent forth to the heirs of salvation (Heb 1:14). We are told that they accompany us when we walk in love, even without our knowledge (Heb 13:1-2). Great companies of angels are given to watch over our lives and keep us in all of our ways, so that we avoid stumbling and falling into traps often unseen in the wilderness (Ps 91:11-12). Abraham, Daniel, Anna and Cornelius were all visited by angels during seasons of consecration.

Elisha’s Resource:

Remember Elisha’s revelation of the heavenly host of warring angels that assembled around him at all times (2 Kings 6:17). Encourage yourself today in whatever “wilderness” you find yourself driven into. You are not there to be overwhelmed, crushed or defeated! You are there to discover the Father’s resource available to the consecrated Son.

Consecration gives us the eyes to see… and the heart to believe.

God Thoughts

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:13-16)

From childhood we’ve heard, “God said, let there be…” and the world came into existence. We’ve read in the Bible that He “spoke” to people and helped them when they were in trouble. We’ve heard testimonies of how God “spoke” to people concerning certain issues in their lives. These are valid expressions of how God communicates with people. But what if you could hear the “thoughts” of God? Perhaps you become so “tuned in” to God that you can actually sense what He’s thinking! So, if this is were true, it would be possible to navigate your life by sensing His thoughts! Asking, imagining, and dreaming are just the beginning of where God could take us, if we truly knew what He was thinking (Eph. 3:20).

Here are some things to consider:

  • The word “thought” in the Bible literally means “plan, purpose or intention”. In other words, the thoughts of God involve His good intentions for your life (Jer. 29: 11)(Eph. 1:9). The Bible is full of His good intentions (Jn. 10:10).
  • God is constantly aware of you and what’s happening in your life (Ps. 40:5)(Ps. 139:13-17). He has so many good thoughts about you that if He shared them all, you could never count them!
  • God loves you so much that He wants to share His thoughts with you (Jn. 15:15)(1 Cor. 2:9-10). God’s original intention was for you to represent Him and His character on the earth. The only way you can do that is to be able to think like He thinks (1 Jn. 2:20)(1 Jn. 2:27).
  • God doesn’t think the way you think (Isa. 55:7-11). For those who may think that God wants to punish you when you mess up, I’ve got good news! Though God is just, He is also infinitely merciful. He looks for ways to show mercy and forgiveness toward you! (Ps. 103:8-18)

Holy Spirit & Abundant Living:

God’s knows you better than you know yourself. This means He is able to guide you to what’s best for you and guard you from things that could trip you up later in life. God has a wonderful plan that personally fits who you are… and it’s just waiting for you. It is the Abundant Life! This takes the strain out of a trial and error, searching for a career or trying to find some purpose in life. When you trust in God’s Son, Jesus; He gives you the ability to think like He thinks! This is not mental telepathy …it’s the Holy Spirit living inside of you – God living in you!

God is Still Thinking about You!

Pay close attention to the Holy Spirit, He lives inside and speaks to those who place their faith in Christ. As you hear God’s thoughts and draw close to Him in prayer, He will instruct you, teach you and guide you (Jn. 16:13). The audible voice is the communication of the natural man, but the mind of Christ is the voice of the Spirit resinating in the heart. The Bible calls it an unction of the Holy Spirit… like a nudge on the inside. Picking up the still small voice inside is what abundant living is all about. You have the mind of Christ… it was placed in you, when you set your heart to know Him. If you will pay attention… you will discover He is still thinking about you.

“Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5)

Incredible Love

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called Children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” (1 Jn 3:1)

The Apostle Paul tells us that while other things pass away - love lasts, it never fails (1 Cor 13:8). It is powerful and fierce, precious and tender, yet it only has one source… God! All that it requires is that we behold it, receive it and give it away… but it will change you in the process. It is able to be released upon the worthy and unworthy alike. And all the world is longing to experience its reality… through us.

“And now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] love.” (1 Cor 13:13)

Were you to accept the challenge to truly love others the way that God, in Christ has loved you, well, you might find yourself frustrated and exhausted. The key is being emersed in the Father’s love. Letting yourself be loved by God and allow that flow of life to advance through you to others… its Christ in you, the hope of Glory (Col 1:27).

CHRIST IN YOU… SUFFERS LONG - This is a patience not merely with circumstances, but with people. When you have the power to hold unforgiveness against another person and don’t do it. Literally, you are showing long-suffering. The ability to be wronged over and over again, is a love that equips us to see beyond the present.

CHRIST IN YOU… WILL BE KIND – The other side of patience is taking grief in stride, without resentment. Offering kind words and giving anything to be helpful and useful. Kindness is a balm for healing wounds.

CHRIST IN YOU… DOES NOT ENVY - Never jealous. The root word here is “to boil or seethe”. This is not merely to want what others have; it’s the compelling feelings of not wanting others to have what I can’t have.

CHRIST IN YOU… WILL NOT PARADE ITSELF - Is not boastful or full of itself. The root word… “windbag”. I’ve said enough.

CHRIST IN YOU… IS NOT PUFFED UP -  Not conceited. The attitude of pride. Believing, “we are better than others.” It is when one becomes inflated with their own importance.

CHRIST IN YOU… WILL NOT BEHAVE RUDELY- Being rude is seen as living with a lack of grace. The Greek word for grace and charm are the same. In Christ we become honorable people.

CHRIST IN YOU… WILL NOT SEEK IT’S OWN – Or isn’t insistent upon its rights. The idea that it must be “my way” sounds good in a song, but is not a Biblical ethic. Jesus took upon Himself the form of a servant (Phil 2:5-8).

CHRIST IN YOU… IS NOT PROVOKED – Never flies into a rage. This speaks to the idea of becoming exasperated. Solomon said, “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” (Pr 25:28)Our mindset must be selfless.

CHRIST IN YOU… THINKS NO EVIL -  It refuses to store up the memory of any wrong received. What a liberating truth to grasp. Be like an accountant and clear the ledger. God does not hold our sins against us and we must choose to release others (Rom 4:8).

CHRIST IN YOU… DOES NOT REJOICE IN INIQUITY – Love takes no pleasure in evil reports (Rom 1:32). The meaning of iniquity is sin against God. Love never rejoices in sin.

CHRIST IN YOU… WILL REJOICE IN THE TRUTH – In harmony with the truth and partaking of a fellowship that is based upon a love of the truth. Love celebrates when truth is revealed in the life of others.

CHRIST IN YOU… BEARS ALL THINGS – Literally to cover on all sides, to cover in silence. Love will warn, exhort, rebuke and discipline; but also cover that sin, not exposing it to create shame.

CHRIST IN YOU… WILL BELIEVE ALL THINGS -  Not suspicious, but trusting God’s plan. Love believes the best about others. Love is able to see weakness, but throws a “mantle of honor” over it and then believes the best.

CHRIST IN YOU… HOPES ALL THINGS – Even in the midst of repeated disappointments there is a constant assurance that God has a future and is working all things for His own glory.

CHRIST IN YOU… ENDURES ALL THINGS -  Bearing everything with triumphant endurance. The Greek term translated “endure” is a military term which has to do with being positioned in the middle of a violent battle.  The emphasis is not on handling little, minor annoyances. It refers to love that stands wounded and bleeding against incredible opposition and still loves.

Love never fails. Love never, even remotely falls short, because it is a resource from God. God is love and therefore, love has no end. Love cannot be conquered, because God cannot be conquered. Love is indestructible and incredible. Should we not… behold it, treasure it and live in it?

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us… that we should be (discover ourselves in being) called the Children of God.”

Releasing Suddenlies

Today is day 10 of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-10
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 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)  

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 the guidance of the Holy Spirit and trust in the counsel of God’s Word. 

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 wasn’t making an impact, suddenly does. What hadn’t worked, 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:

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)

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