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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)

Grace for Promotion

“But may the God of all Grace, who called us to His Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” (1 Pet. 5:10)

Our Heavenly Father is the God of all grace, who calls you and I to share in His Eternal Glory and feel the comfort of a sure foundation in Christ. He offers us forgiveness of sin, the gift of eternal life, and the eternal hope of access to heaven’s resources. Though we often suffer temporary hardships in this life, He never wastes an experience. He matures us through all that we face good or bad. He strengthens us to endure whatever may come. He assures us that we are on an unshakable foundation of faith. The storms will come, the winds will howl, the rain will fall, but our house will stand. The enemy might attack for a season, but His power is eternal; and the Spirit of the Lord raises up a standard against the enemies we face (Isa. 59:19). Indeed – “No weapon formed against us shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against us in judgment, God shall condemn” (Isa. 54:17). To Him be all the Power and Praise – forever!

Good Company:

The Apostle Peter and Mark had something in common with most of us. Both men suffered major setbacks in their lives and ministries, but they were wonderfully restored and greatly used in Christian service. That should give us great hope! Perhaps there have been times in your past when you felt as though you had failed the Lord. God is indeed the “God of All Grace”! He will forgive and restore you. Your life can be made useful again. Your story is not over; the best part is yet to be written. Turn to Him in humility and allow the God of all Grace to restore you… and promote you.

Trouble is not your trouble!Trouble is the platform for your promotion!

Source of Intimidation

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Mt. 22:36-37)

When God commands us to love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind; it is not because He has a big ego. It is because He has designed love to be the fabric that holds all things together. Jesus even made the comment about Himself, “If you loved Me, you will obey Me” (Jn. 14:15). In this He is emphasizing the idea that obedience is a by-product of living in the fabric of love. Love motivates like nothing else in life. Love is the greatest of all virtues and when it is at the source of our living, everything fits tightly and responds appropriately. Love never fails (1 Cor. 13:8).

The “Goliath Threat” - Intimidation:

I was reading the story of David’s conquest over the bully Goliath the other day and something caught my eye (1 Sam. 17). A footnote in my Bible at verse 8 makes reference to the people of Israel being “servants of Saul”. I thought the people of Isreal were still servants of God… but in fact, what Goliath had uncovered was Israel’s greatest weakness and the source of all intimidation. 

“What Goliath had uncovered was Israel’s greatest weakness and the source of all intimidation.”

Israel wanted a king to rule over them, because the neighboring nations had a king… and they did not care what God thought about it. God had clarified to Israel how a king would treat them, how a king would rule over them and leave them with a bitter taste in their mouths. They would feel a false sense of security, while they would become lulled into slavery again… and with slavery comes fear and an open door for intimidation. 

“With slavery to man’s opinions of ourselves, comes fear and an open door for intimidation.”

God is a Father!

The difficult truth is that a king is unable to “father”. A king would never rule by love or carry a people through the wilderness on eagles wings, as God had done for Israel (Exod. 19:4). A king would not meet their daily needs. Yet, God had given them daily bread, a cloud for shade in the daytime and a fire to warm them by night. He had protected them, provided for them and restored them when they had hardships or problems. He kept them from sickness and disease; even their clothes did not wear out, nor their feet swell during those 40 years in the wilderness (Deut. 8:4). God chose to “father” them, because of His love for them.

A king is not a “father”; and to reject fathering by choosing a king, opens the door to relying on human frailty rather than God’s love.

In hindsight its easy to see the silliness of trusting in a king; who is bound by human frailty, rather than trusting in God who holds the universe in the palm of His hand. Yet, the real issue is love! Living in love and being fathered is a lifestyle of accountability. It requires trust, relationship, honor and responsibility.

…But what it offers in return; is supernatural… in strength, confidence and reliability. Because God is a Father!

“A Father of the fatherless, a Defender of widows is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary (orphan) in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” (Ps. 68:5-6)

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)

House Invasion

Blessing and Favor

Blessing & Enlargement

“Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know which house He was staying in, but He couldn’t keep it a secret.” (Mk 7:24)

If Jesus has come into your house you won’t be able to keep it a secret. It will get out. You won’t be able to conceal it, at least not for long. That’s because He will never come into a house and leave things the same.

Houses are His Specialty: 

Jesus was constantly going into houses, to eat, to talk, to connect and to rest. Yet those houses were never the same after His invasion of grace and glory. The lies were uncovered. The sin was forgiven. The battles were settled and the priorities were called back into order. Why? Because He is the ultimate life-changer, the Author of the Good Life… and its in the house where life happens.

Working Inside Out: 

He transforms stuff by Spirit invasion. Ideas like visitation, habitation, fullness or outpouring seem to communicate the difficulty in keeping our Christian faith secret. The neighbors seem to sense something is happening next door. I almost chuckle when I hear people tell me that their faith is “personal”, because its almost like having a new puppy in the house… it gets into everything.

But the good news about Jesus is that He is able to do what He does without making a mess. In fact, the house gets restored from the inside out… strong and beautiful. Some destiny may have to be re-negotiated and some dreams, re-evaluated from a heavenly perspective, but something glorious emerges. Once inside the house, His blessing and healing touch are released into every crevice of who we are and soon become visible on the outside. His Presence is the kind of change that cannot be hidden for long.

People will Notice:

Take some time today to ask Christ to invade your house, every nook and cranny of your being. Make sure He knows that your heart is His home and your family is His possession. His love can do what nothing else has ever been able to do in your house! Is there some area of your life; a personal disappointment, family relationship or life transition where you have felt overwhelmed or confused? Give Him an all access pass to your house and an invasion will begin.

Jesus is interested in your house, today! 

A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” (Lk 19:2-5)

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