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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)

Waiting in Silence

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Ps. 46:10).

As individuals, families and nations – this Word applies to all Christians standing before God. As leaders, this applies to elders and spiritual mentors… but also to parents. Sometimes deliverance, healing and growth require silence. Let us become Believers that wait in silence for God to reveal His heart. We must give in… when it is needed. For who can truly honor God without knowledge of His exalted state, His enthronement or His authority among us?

Silence does not mean sitting to gaze at our circumstances. Silence means putting a muzzle on our voice in order to listen to God, as well as the voice of our culture. Silence means refocusing priorities. Setting the heart to receive what the mind of Christ would conceive. Such a refocus will effect our action and reaction… often stirring new action. Time and reflection is required for the fruits of repentance to emerge. But out of the soil of hearts that are waiting comes a fresh sprout of faith… and revelation!

Break Free in Your Waiting:

One practical outworking of this is to turn off the TV, cell phone and social media streams. It’s the source of so much noise and clutter, compromised values and politics. Many prefer the noise because they’re secretly afraid of sitting silently and hearing the plain truth of God’s Voice. They know what changes it will require when they understand it, and they don’t want to change. The noise is a distraction and a justification for remaining in a life of compromise and sin. If we seek a biblical worldview, we have to tear away from this world’s distractions and seek solitude in God’s Word, no matter how uncomfortable the challenges may seem.

The Discipline of Patience: (Jms. 1:2-4)

The discipline of this kind of silence is the fruit of patience, and patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, we are called to watch, listen and abide quietly in the Glory of God. This Christian walk is not a sprint. Raising children is not a sprint. Building godly families, churches and societies is the work of perseverance. Its difficult work and it takes time. Just the preliminary steps of repentance and refocusing our hearts may take half a generation in itself. This means patience on the part of those who believe in a revival that is within reach.

While the rest of the world busies themselves in darkness, we who have felt the value of waiting in silence, will rejoice at the exaltation of the Living God!

Fueled by Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom 15:13)

OK, Spirit Filled Believer - the time to evaluate your trust level is now! Joy and peace are the evidence of a healthy faith in God. Its time to get honest and recognize the difference between busy energy and the power of the Holy Spirit. One gives temporary relief, while the other fuels us with the supernatural power of hope. The God of hope wants to fill you up so completely that you overflow with hope!

A Fueling Station:

This is the stuff we talk about endlessly in our Christian huddles, but cannot find when the going gets tough. Remind yourself today that this kind of fruitful lifestyle gets into our lives by pulling upon the power of the Holy Spirit. God has given us a fueling station to plug our hearts into. You cannot work it up or prop it up with flattering words… its only gonna come from soaking in the Presence of the Holy Spirit. You will need some time with God.

Soaking in His Presence:

Emerse yourself in His love and awaken your perception to the flow of mercy and grace from the spiritual realm. Praise God for His kindness to forgive you of your sin and let go of all your concerns about measuring up to some arbitrary standard. Just let it go for a moment and see how different it feels to be accepted without performance… without trying, doing or being anything but yourself. Let God have you, not your sacrifice, service or plans.

God Loves… You!

You are who God loves, completely and unconditionally. Take that in for a moment and let it settle on the busy-ness of your mind. Wait… just wait for a moment until that thought of “God loving you”, gets past your mind and settles your heart. Can you sense God’s heart toward you? You see our greatest challenge is not that we cannot receive the Lord’s discipline, its that we so easily forget how deeply He loves and accepts us as His Child (Heb 12:3-8). That is where the hope is.

Our Father:

The hope is in the fact that He is on our side and will deliver us from all harm. He covers and comforts, watches and waits on us; He listens and comes closer than the breath that we breathe… because He truly is the God of Hope. He is our Father, the defender of the weak and the healer of the broken and His delight is to fuel our lives with hope.

Update Bungoma Kenya

Hi Pastor Ron.

We appreciate what the Lord is doing through you and RevivalHut Ministry. Many nations are coming to know who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Even now we are full of joy especially through the teaching and testimonies in this part of Kenya. Bungoma leaders and pastors who attended the teachings say the following after talking to them:

  1. they were equipped with the teachings
  2. their congregations have increased
  3. they now have spiritual food for the flock
  4. they are receiving the first certificates, ready to start the next level
  5. they have witnessed the Glory of God.

We just want to inform you that we shall put our resources again into this work and spare no limit to time for these teachings… the second lessons. For Christ sake we shall sacrifice and believe for advance to the Kingdom of God. That is what we always do. We have sent a signal to the regions to which we have teaching points (locations) that soon manuals will be out and students are very happy.

Great Leadership in Bungoma, Kenya

We know your busy schedule – time and funds may not allow you to visit nations frequently, because the demand may be very high. We request you come for conference and promoting to see what God is doing… at a time when you are in Kenya. We will go on without you coming to start because of financial complications, but we love you and need to stay in touch with you. Maybe, God willing may just come at a latter stage when all lessons are through and when everything is okay.

Our hope is to train in all ways in second teachings. You said something about artisan work, like dress making, carpentry and marketable skills… do you still carry this vision? We have space and rooms that have electricity, we can use them after registering with the government. Many are ready to move at the “Pace of God”.

Finally we want to say that we benefited through the teaching in many ways… First – those who come invited for teaching received Christ and are our church members. These have given us hope and strength, it is an increase and impact in the region. Second – we are becoming equipped ministers of the Gospel of the Kingdom and we desire more of God. There is no limiting God and the teachings of Jesus, even other pastors say so. With great joy, friendship grows much living in God’s House.

Sister Beatrice & Chris

Pay Attention

“Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up.” (Ex. 40:36-37)

It is dawn in the Israelite camp, and the first thing on the minds of people as they wake up is, “What is the cloud doing today?” Hebrew children are peeking outside of the tent to catch a glimpse of God. They are looking for the rising of the cloud. Their attention was on His Glory! Any movement was an indication that it might be time to raise the tent pegs, break camp and move forward. The question on everyone’s minds as they emerged from their night was, “What is God doing?”

The wilderness was a unique journey. It was training, in perhaps humanity’s greatest weakness… paying attention. In all the travels of the Hebrew people, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set their heart as pilgrims, but if the cloud did not lift, they did not go anywhere… not until the day it lifted.

Fast-forward to the 21st century…

This is the generation of the smart phone, the iPad, the tablet, the computer, the TV remote control. Never before has there been such instant and personal access to email, social media and all manner of communication. We are more likely to wake up and reach for our phones, than our Bibles. Our minds are distracted with the constant buzz and noise of our personal worlds. God is still speaking, but I wonder who is giving Him their attention?

Many times, the things that distract us are good things, but they are hindering us from focusing on the best things… the first things (Mt. 6:33)!

We are a generation in which there is a “contention for our attention” like never before. The enemy knows that what captures our attention draws our hearts, commands our worship, and impacts our ability to hear the voice of God!

What draws our attention takes our time, and therefore; our life flow. I want to remind you to pay attention to God’s purposes, give Him your time and awaken every morning looking for His directives for the day. He is moving and you and I are called to move at His pace… and for His Glory! His Presence needs to be evident in our lives, beyond the occasional prayer meetings and Sunday morning worship. Ultimately, what captures the attention of God’s people also affects the eternal destiny of people around us.

Pay attention to the “cloud” and you will not be lost in the “fog”!