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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)

The Inner Man

“Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.” (Heb. 12:12-15)

There is strength available from God in and through your inner man! Go after it with all of your might… you need it, the world around you needs it and God wants you to receive it. Not only is it the command of God, but it is vital to all that effects you as a believer, who finds your identity “in Christ”. Ephesians 3:16 says that you can be, “…strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man”. The Phillip’s translation says, “…He will enable you to know the strength of the Spirit’s inner reinforcement…” He will enable you… like striking a match lights a fire. This is the believer’s source of power that sustains life when all else fails. We can come to know and check our spiritual pulse often – the Holy Spirit’s strengthening our inner man.

The Power of God:

As you learn to yield to the Holy Spirit, you will find yourself being fortified and built up with inner strength and power. He has been sent to nurture you, to support you, and to hold you up in times of struggle. This is the meaning behind “fullness”… filled with power! God has given us delegated authority to walk in the power He is making available to us (Lk. 11:19). Notice that the writer of the book of Hebrews speaks of our mobility as followers, as servants and warriors. His concern is the strength of our “hands” and “feeble knees” and the straight paths for our feet. Its not enough just to believe for the fullness of God, we need to have forward momentum and power rushing through our bones. We must put our faith into action and advance the Kingdom of God as leaders… violent against the enemies of our soul (Mt. 11:12). You have been anointed for this purpose… to be the scepter in the hand of the Savior – “til I (Father) make Your (Beloved Son/Jesus) enemies Your footstool!” (Psa. 110:1-4). Yeah!

Many in the Church today are trying to live the life of an over-comer without learning how to rely on the Holy Spirit’s inner strength. They are living frustrated and confused lives as they struggle to understand grace in the midst of spiritual challenges. They deal with life’s daunting problems on their own level… but there is a better way. A way where we will not fall short of the grace of God!

Be Clothed in Glory: (Lk. 24:49)

Becoming clothed in power from the Holy Spirit, allows us to accomplish spiritual tasks and find the pulse of God within. Yielding to the Spirit’s inner strength will break the frustration and anxiety of doing it on our own, and lead to peace of mind and an effectiveness that cannot be explained naturally.

“…but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the Will of God.” (Rom. 8:26-27)

These groanings can only be perceived by our learning to lean upon the Spirit’s inner pulse. The Holy Spirit is able to search our hearts and to know the innermost needs of the moment. He also fully understands God’s perfect will for our life and He comprehends secret things that are hidden beyond our finite, earthly knowledge. The Holy Spirit is able to blend all of this together and articulate the most perfect petition to God, praying on a level that we could never achieve on our own.

Knowing the Pulse of the Inner Man:

When we train ourselves to rely on the Spirit’s inner pulse and allow Him to pray through us with supernatural groaning and articulations, we will find that all things, whether good or bad, will be turned to our good as the Spirit has His way in our lives. This “praying in the Spirit” is an essential key to knowing the resources of God’s heart powerfully beating inside us… it “tunes us in” to the Will of God.

“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” (Rom. 8:28 Amp.)

Valiant Christianity

“But you, O man of God… pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Tim. 6:11-12)

To be a Christian is to be a warrior! The good soldier of Jesus Christ must not expect to find ease in this world… it is a battle-field. Neither must he rely upon friendship with the world; for that would be enmity against God. His occupation is war.

To fight for the Truth!

We fight for righteousness, holiness, and purity. We fight for holy convictions. We fight for peace of mind in a crazy world. We fight for love and joy. We fight for our right to pray. We fight for truth and doctrine. We fight for revival. We fight for a move of God. We fight for our Lord Jesus Christ! We fight for our God!

To fight for the Cause of Christ – His Church!

We fight for our families, our heritage and legacy… children, Grandchildren. We fight for our loved ones, friends and neighbors. We fight to see people saved, healed, delivered, and filled with the Holy Ghost. We fight for the Kingdom. We fight for advancement. We fight for the ministry. We fight for the hope of the Church.

To fight against sin.

We fight against worldliness. We fight against compromise. We fight against heresy. We fight against spiritual dullness, deadness, dryness and decay. We fight against backsliding, gossip, bitterness, and strife. We fight against an invasive world system. We fight against religion. We fight against a form of godliness that denies the power of God. We fight against wasted time, wasted energy and wasted anointing. We fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil.

“To fight the good fight of faith!”

The Apostle Paul said at the end of his life, “I fought the good fight of faith” (2 Tim. 4:7). Imprisoned, deserted and often betrayed; the one time persecutor of the Church, was carrying an eternal perspective. He was saying… “I have never backed up, backed down or backed off. I have never hidden the Truth! And now I am ready to hear the reward of valiant Christianity… Well Done!”

Friends we may be weary, bruised, and bleeding; but we must not stop fighting until we hear – “Well Done!”

Immanuel, Glory Revealed

Hearing how Jesus responded to human need is perhaps the most revealing picture throughout the New Testament.

  • To the leper, in need of cleansing… Jesus said “I am willing” (Mk 1:41).
  • To the woman with the flow of blood, reaching for the hem of His garment… Jesus said “Daughter your faith has made you well, go in peace and be healed of your affliction” (Mk 5:34).
  • To the deaf man… Jesus looked into heaven and said “Be opened” (Mk 7:34).

In all of these cases and more, we see the Glory of God manifest and revealed in Jesus Christ. He said of Himself, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19). The Anointed One was Jesus – the Christ, come to reveal the Glory of God… “Immanuel” (Mt 1:23).

Moving Toward Human Need:

God was in Christ, making His Glory known, moving toward human need and revealing the character of “The Father”. The best way to truly know what God is like is to hear and see how Jesus revealed Him. Jesus was called Immanuel which means “God with us”, walking among us and reaching out to us. 

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.” (Isa 7:14)

His name is Immanuel… even when the doctor says, “Cancer.”
His name is Immanuel… even in the darkest night.
His name is Immanuel… even when she says, “I don’t love you anymore.”
His name is Immanuel… even when your heart is breaking.
His name is Immanuel… even as you walk away from the grave.
His name is Immanuel… even in the midst of grief.
His name is Immanuel… even when you feel alone.
His name is Immanuel… even when the job goes away.
His name is Immanuel… even when your son won’t come home.

His Name will always be Immanuel!

“The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
(Zeph 3:17)

Consider the following thoughts expressed in these verses: 

  1. “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (Jn 1:18)
  2. “And He who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.” (Jn 12:45) 
  3. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Cor 5:19)
  4. “I and My Father are one.” (Jn 10:30)
  5. “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  (Jn 14:9)
  6. Jesus said to Martha at the death of her brother Lazarus, “Did I not say to you that if you believe you would see the Glory of God?” (Jn 11:40)
  7. It is God who ”…has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor 4:6)

 Immanuel – Truly is the Glory of God Revealed to Us!

Update Kisii

Email & Phone Communication received 10-25-2012:

Dear Brethren in Christ,

Kisii, Southwest Kenya

Pastor Opingo Preaching

     Much greetings to you in Jesus name. The grace, love and peace to you always in Jesus name. I thank God for directing me to your website which has been of great touch to my heart. I thank you for what you are doing in the Lord. I pray God to help you as you touch many souls around through your website.
     I am Pastor Opingo from Kisii, Kenya and I am a devoted man of God who is giving hope to the needy souls for spiritual word and to the needy children who are orphans. I preach every Sunday to a congregation of 64 members whereby I see God’s hand moving to His people. Many people get saved and others healed. I thank God for the work He has given me and I always pray for His strength.
     I am also caring for 14 orphans. These orphans are really in needy for prayers, food, clothes shelter. I started this project in the year 2009. The Vision of this project is to give hope to the destitute children who have no parents. I am doing a great work and I pray God to provide for them so that they can have good health.
     I really send my heartfelt invitation to you to come over here in Kenya to share and minister to us the work I am doing. Your participation will be of great change to the work here in Kenya. It is my prayer and hope that you will humbly accept my request of joining together our hands to make a change to many lifes. God bless you and hope to read from you soon.
     Pastor Opingo.

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My Response by email just 20 minutes later:

Hello Pastor Opingo
It is good to hear from another brother from the region of Kisii – Kenya. I say Jambo in the Mighty Name of Jesus. God is so good to connect us. I know from what I have felt in my heart that God has His hands upon that region. If you go to http://revivalhut.com/open-hearts-open-doors/ you will find a post about a Pastor Andrew Morang’a and his ministry in Kisii. As I told you by phone I have a deep desire to go to this region and our prayer has been for God to raise up a group of pastors and spiritual leaders for beginning an Apostolic Training Center. I will be there in March 2013 God willing and until then we shall continue to pray and communicate with you. Send my greetings to the pastors as you meet with them. I have dissapointed some in the past because we could not reach them sooner.
3 Pastors in the region that you should meet:
George Keenga Marabu – email: gkcompassionate@yahoo.com
Bernard Nyakebere Mose – email: arpachshadm@yahoo.com
Andrew Morang’a – email: andrewmob28@yahoo.com

Blessings Pastor Ron Bateman

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Excited About New God Connections!

Pastor Opingo with follow-up email…

Dear Pastor Ron,
     I am really blessed to get you online and I am spiritually moved to speak with you on phone. Thank you again for your special prayers to me and I thank God for this wonderful connection. God is really great to His people. I give glory and honor to Him for this connection. Pastor, I strongly believe that God is going to do mighty things here in Kenya as we pray and work together as a team. God has given us a great task to make Him known to all people and more so to given lost souls hope for the coming of His Kingdom. It is our high time to work for the Lord and to do according to His will. I really welcome you with my whole heart here in Kisii to minister and share with us according to His will. I pray for you and ask God to help you in all ways, to give you strength in His work.
     I pray that God will make you prepare enough teachings and sermons for the people of Kenya next year. During your coming next year I will cover you with a place to stay in my home and I will also talk to one of my friends to cover you with a car which you will use for the time you will be here in Kenya. God has really revealed this to me that you will have a wonderful time with us here in Kisii, Kenya.
     I have attached recent pictures of the church and the orphans. I hope you will be blessed to see them. It is my request to you to keep praying for the work in Kenya so that God may open His ways for us more especially to orphans. My heart always goes to them. The Bible says: ”Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from polluted by the world.” (James1:27)
     I have really devoted myself to the Lord’s work more especially to His little ones. I thank God for taking good care of you as He is using you to reach many souls around Africa. I look froward to fellowship with you here in Kenya one day. Blessings and love.
     Pastor Opingo.

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