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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)

Establish the Day

I love the opportunities that God has placed before me. Everyday there are moments where I am learning, making decisions and growing in my awareness of God’s plan for me. The Christian life is meant to be this way… abundant and full of promised goodness (Jn. 10:10). Everyday has some divine potential that God expects me to take advantage of. I must take responsibility for my perceptions and enter every moment with anticipation that God’s plan and purposes will emerge before me. What I need is less analysis and a whole lot more praise to establish the day. In this way I can redeem every moment… by choosing to glorify God in the midst of uncertainty.

Its what the Apostle Paul meant when he told us to redeem the time, because the days are evil (Eph 5:16). His encouragement was that we give thanks or glorify God, in the midst of all things (2 Thess 5:17) “…for this is the will of God for us, in Christ Jesus.”

God wants to teach us how to see!

  1. First we must trust God that every moment is a Divine opportunity;
  2. And second we must grab the greatest potential from the moment we are experiencing – through praise.
  3. Third – we will begin to see what God is doing in every step we take… because the Divine opportunities will emerge.

Better & Brighter Days:

The wise King Solomon wrote that the path of the righteous grows brighter and brighter until the full day (Prov 4:18). Brighter days are better days… established days! That idea of a  “full” day in the Hebrew (kuwn) means a day that is firm, stable and established. How does a person “establish” a day? They do it by how they think about it, speak into it and rejoice in its opportunities. We must learn to be deeply confident that God has a plan in every day to reveal His Glory! We must become fully persuaded that God is good and that He has good plans for us just waiting to emerge in the “brightness” of each day.

“The Lord is good, a Stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7)

It does not matter where you are in life right now… God has much more in store for you! You may be disappointed and confused, because of recent bad news: His plans and purposes are beyond anything you can imagine. You may feel betrayed and rejected, in an impossible marriage: His mercy and grace are beyond anything you can imagine. You may be doubting and defeated, weakened by a serious illness: His healing and deliverance are beyond anything you can imagine. You may be desperate and lonely, concerned for your wandering children: His compassion and fathering heart are beyond anything you can imagine.

“No eye has ever seen, nor ear heard, nor has any man imagined the wonderful things God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor 2:9).

Yet when we begin to glorify God through open declarations of praise… then moments begin to establish the day with goodness. Brightness will reveal it.

Way Beyond Fair

The Message of the Cross should always be seen as the central theme of the Kingdom of God. Jesus is the Risen King and His reign has transformed how we see reality.

The rules of acceptance and forgiveness for example are no longer based upon Laws and Commandments, but life in the Spirit (Jn. 6:63). Mercy was poured out at the cross and grace is made available through the free gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-10).

“Jesus suffered and died to pardon and sanctify me!”

The Good News that we preach is not really about the issue of “fair-ness” at all, but fellowship in the Kingdom of God. Its a revolutionary Message that goes beyond creating equality to a more impacting truth, reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-21). God is more than fair – He is loving and faithful. His grace is far more sufficient than anything we could deserve. God is generous, full of grace, full of mercy, loving us even though we don’t deserve it. While you and I were still without hope, Christ died for the ungodly, the outcast, the sinner and the broken alike (Rom. 5:8). Now He offers forgiveness to all who call upon Him.

Not Religion – Relationship:

That kind of message bothers religious folks who say that the harder you work, the more you will get. After all, “God helps those who help themselves”, right? The pathway of fairness tells us that if you behave better, you will get a better reward. Religious leaders like to hear that kind of message, because it makes it easy to motivate people to work hard, to live by the rules and to be religiously driven.

But Jesus says, “Its not the Truth!”

If you have dug a really deep pit for yourself; messed up time and time again or feel like you’ve been the worst sinner of all, you don’t have to work your way out of the pit to be saved. God simply forgives you by faith in His grace. You don’t have to deserve it – God has already made a way and simply does it. You just need to believe it and step into it – by faith. You need to trust God and take Him at His Word. Your debt can be canceled from the record - paid in full - by faith in the mercy offered in the Cross of Jesus. God’s desire is that His Children would reign in life (Rom. 5:17).

Grace - Good News for Ordinary People:

It often seems that people find this kind of news difficult to embrace. “Look, I’ve been working hard to get out of the pit,” they might say, “and I am almost out”. The question you have to ask is, “Who is saving you? Who is your hope when the problem is bigger than you or the hurt is more than you can bear?” 

You mean to tell me that people can be free - instantly, without having to do any work at all? That’s not fair!

Grace is a Gift:

No, grace is not “fair” – it is grace – it is a gift we did not deserve. God can be generous to whomever He wants to be generous, and the Good News is that He is offering His generosity to everyone (Rom. 10:13). It is fair in the sense that anyone and everyone can receive it! But this means that He forgives some people a big debt and some people a smaller debt. Its the same arrangement for all, even though we all come from a different set of circumstances.

The key is not the fairness of God, but the faithfulness of His love toward us!

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)

Redeem The Moments

More of the Love of God

Favor and Blessing Released

I love the opportunities that God has placed before me and what I have found in life are moments where I am learning, making wonderful decisions and growing in my awareness of God’s plan and purposes for me. The Christian life is meant to be abundant and full of promised goodness. I must take responsibility for my perception and enter moments with the anticipation that God’s plan and purposes will emerge for me. What I want to propose is that instead of analysis, we move into praise and learn that we can redeem every moment by choosing to glorify God in the midst of uncertainty.

Its what the Apostle Paul meant when he told us to redeem the time, because the days are evil (Eph 5:16). His encouragement was that we give thanks or glorify God, in the midst of all things (2 Thess 5:17) “…for this is the will of God for us, in Christ Jesus.” God wants to teach us how to see!

First we must trust God that every moment is a Divine opportunity; and second we must grab the greatest potential out those moments through praise.

 Then we will begin to see what God is doing in every step we take… the Divine opportunities emerge.

 The wise King Solomon wrote that the path of the righteous grows brighter and brighter until the full day (Prov 4:18). That “full” day in the Hebrew (kuwn ) means a day that is firm, stable and established. How does a person “establish” a day?

They do it by how they think about it and speak into it. We must learn to be deeply confident… fully persuaded that God is good and that He has good plans for us just waiting to emerge.

Meditate for a moment on Nahum 1:7. Read this verse over and over to yourself, pondering every word: “The Lord is good, a Stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” It does not matter where you are in life right now; God has much more in store for you.

 You may be disappointed and confused, because of recent bad news: His plans and purposes are beyond anything you can imagine. You may feel betrayed and rejected, in an impossible marriage: His plans and purposes are beyond anything you can imagine. You may be doubting and defeated, weakened by a serious illness: His plans and purposes are beyond anything you can imagine. You may be desperate and lonely, concerned for your wandering children: His plans and purposes are beyond anything you can imagine.

Remind yourself that, “No man has ever seen, heard or even imagined the wonderful things God has in store for those who love the Lord.” (1 Cor 2:9).

And then begin to glorify God through open declarations of praise for the moment you have to display His goodness in the midst of struggle.

The Holy Spirit longs to take you to new levels in every area of your life: He wants to give you His wisdom so you can make better decisions and impart wisdom to others… this redeems the moments! He wants to give you His anointing, stronger than what you now have, so you can have greater influence in every sphere of your life… this redeems the moments! He wants to give you His favor and provision to be blessed spirit, soul and body, so you can be a blessing to others financially, spiritually and in every way… this redeems the moments. Get ready for the seasons to shift as you grab the potential in every moment through praise. You will begin to redeem the moments of your life and see Divine opportunities emerge.

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