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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)

What Worship Is

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:1-7)

If you ask people what “worship” is, you would probably receive many answers related to music, church services, and singing. While worship certainly includes the songs we sing and the services we attend; this common definition limits worship to a time frame or specific activity. Instead, I believe the Bible teaches that worship is a lifestyle… an ongoing response to God in every circumstance and every moment.

Jesus made this statement to the woman at the well outside of Sychar: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”. (Jn 4:24)

The Worship Paradigm:

I have come to understand that worship takes on many forms and expressions, but it always communicates from the heart. Worship comes out of the human spirit as a declaration of truth… to say, “I value God!” Loving Him for who He is and for how He has changed your life. It becomes the compelling desire of “lovers”… to worship God from the heart. The passionate lover of God becomes undivided in their allegience… like a reservoir of love and appreciation for the King.

No Sacrifice is too Much!

While I often bring a sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise for entry into His Presence… when I get there I become the sacrifice poured out for His purpose. To set my life upon the altar is no loss; but a yielded embrace to His voice, that encourages true usefulness.

Like the Prophet Isaiah, my heart is captured and I am undone. I welcome the call to go wherever He leads me.

…I heard the voice of the Lord saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Lord, send me.” (Isa 6:8)

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)

Stretching for Grace

We have more information available to us on a daily basis by way of the internet than ever before in our history. Some of the information is even accurate! But having information available is not entirely helpful. What I have discovered is that knowing stuff can clog my spirit, puff me up and toss me into a soulish ditch.

Moving Forward:

Somebody told me a ditch is a rut with the walls kicked out of it and although that sounds like it might offer an exit strategy… don’t be surprised when the walls finally show up again. The point is, that intellect can only take you so far… then you must find the grace to move forward. Grace is Power from God! 

Lessons from a Pop-up Camper:

Something we learned in a pop-up camper several years ago, continues to speak to me today. Our five children and a cat that had tangled with a skunk, discovered that life gets its meaning from the stretching it causes our heart to endure. Did I mention that this experience was about 40 days of very uncomfortable living? Instead of gaining the ability to create meaning from disorder, sometimes we are whittled down to a stretch for grace.

Relying on Grace:

Unable to right our wrongs and fix our mistakes, we must rely upon the grace God offers us. When we are unable to create meaning from the information we are given. Meaning finds us… or should I say God’s grace finds us and gives us new information. 

The pop-up camper was not the key to our fresh perspective, but the removal of routine forced us to see what had real meaning. You give whatever you receive in life, therefore at times you must change the atmosphere to find fresh grace. 

Needing to Stretch:

When need calls out for grace, I promise you, God is not hiding Himself from you. Your stretching is only for a moment in the big picture, but you might need the stretch to see grace clearly (Phil 4:19). Oh, by the way if you don’t want the discomfort of a pop-up camper, try humbling yourself… God gives even more grace to the humble (Jms 4:6).

A Soul’s Thirst

What do you long for? What is it, that would really bring you joy? More than just happy to experience something… I’m talking about a deeply satisfying joy that would last a lifetime.

David longed for God:

 “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and glory” (Ps 63:1-2).

David’s desire is obvious. Notice how he describes his longing for God, as a soul thirst. Kneeling in the Judean desert, he reflects on the barren, parched conditions around him and said in effect, “This is the condition of my soul without God’s Presence”. This is what woke David up in the morning and kept him seeking the Lord throughout his lifetime. He longed to be with the Lord more than anything in life. God alone would satisfy his thirst. 

Spiritual Health:

Passion for God indicates spiritual health, because it knows what to do with its brokenness! You see knowing what to do when your soul is thirsty is of greater significance than any other issue in life. Natural things may offer temporary relief, but deeply felt emotions like fear and betrayal are connected to spiritual realities. They embitter the heart and defile our perception. Passion is the only remedy, passion that has become motivated by a supernatural revelation of God.

Some Context: 

David is out in the desert, most people believe this is when he was on the run from Absalom. And the psalm speaks about David’s soul longing for God, thirsting for Him like a body on the edge of death, longs for water. Many of his people had turned on him. His own son had turned on him. The desert is where he was physically, but it was also where he found himself spiritually. On the run and far from his home, his city – Jerusalem and the Tabernacle. He could feel the crushing of his peace and the loss of his joy.  But he was a worshiper and he had knowledge of a sight in God’s Sanctuary. Notice the phrase… 

 ”So I have looked for You in the Sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.”

David is saying he had seen God’s power before and in this moment it would once again become the strength of his journey. God makes Himself vulnerable to the thirsty soul. David had a history with God as a shepherd boy against a lion and a bear, as a youth against a giant named Goliath and as a sinner against the greatest enemy of all, flesh. None of these could match what he had experienced in the Sanctuary – in His Presence. Such knowledge… God’s power and His Glory satisfies the soul’s thirst once more.

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