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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 02:02pm
  God of the Breakthrough!

2 Samuel 5:20 (NKJV)
So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.

WE SERVE A GOD OF THE BREAKTHROUGH!!

The Lord is known by many names in the Bible and His names reveal His character.

’Baal- Perazim’ = ’Lord of the Breakthroughs’

God usually creates something out of what is already there….

Genesis 1:2

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Gen 2:7

The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Friends, most of the time… God uses what we already have in our hands to work miracles… to bring about breakthroughs!

Sometimes what we have in our hands is really insignificant. What makes the difference is the power of God.

3 Negative mindsets we need to overcome in order to see breakthrough:

I.          What I Have is Insignificant To God

One of the greatest problems we have as Believers is we have a tendency to underestimate what we have.When Samson was assaulted by the philistines there were no superior weapons of quality design to be found, He started looking around him for something, (anything that he could use). He found the jawbone of an ass and with it slew a thousand men.

What made this jawbone Samson’s weapon of choice? It was there, It was available, It was within reach.

When Samson looked at that jawbone of an ass, he saw something no one else saw, ( he saw an instrument of mass destruction) and that’s what it became in his hand.

Had he despised that jawbone and thought that it was too weak, or too insignificant or too foolish, he may have died at the hands of the enemy.

II.         What I Have Is Not Enough

“Pastor, God has placed some things in my hand I could use, but there doesn’t seem to be enough for me and God both. I mean I could be faithful to church but that cuts into my time and there isn’t enough of that. I could teach that class but I don’t have enough energy. I mean there needs to be something left for me.”

Let me introduce you to a lady who learned to give all that was in her hand.

Elijah, the man of God, had been dwelling by a brook and was being fed by ravens. Then the brook dried up and God told him to go to a city called Zarapeth and to find a widow woman who would feed him. Elijah found the widow woman and told her what God had said.

But when she looked at what was in her hand, it didn’t seem to be enough. She said ” I only have a handful of meal and a little oil in a cruse. I am getting ready to cook it for my son and I to eat and then we will die.” Remember there was a famine in the land.

Elijah said, ” Do that which God said.” The widow obeyed God and I Kings 17:16 says ” And the barrel of meal did not waste, neither did the cruse fail, according to the word of the Lord.” Widow, what would have happened if you had hoarded that which was in your hand? My son and I would have starved. What happened when you gave it to God? He multiplied it over and over.

Christian, are you hoarding your time? You are using it for yourself instead of giving it to God and you are spiritually empty. You are spiritually starving to death. Give what you have to God and let Him multiply it and you will be spiritually full and running over.

III.        What I Have In My Hand Is Hard To Let Go Of

God has given me some things, some very precious things, but they are so hard to let go of. I know God has placed them in my hand but they are so hard to let go of.

Let me introduce you to another woman. All that she had in her hand was a little hand. A son for which she had prayed, and with which God had answered her prayer. Hannah had prayed for a son and God had given her Samuel.

And yet she knew Samuel was not hers to keep. He was just loaned from God and she had promised to give him back to the Lord. So she took him to the tabernacle and gave him to God’s service as a young boy. I can just imagine as they walked into the tabernacle, his little hand in hers, and she turned him over to the Lord. What a conflict between her longing to keep him or to do what was right. But she took that which was so hard to let go of, and God took that boy and he became a mighty man of God.

You say what kind of mother was she to leave her son at the tabernacle. She was one who trusted God with the most precious thing she had in her hand. Today, we would not leave our children at the church, but have we given them to God? Do we want them to do God’s will whatever the cost?

Sometimes we try to wrap our hand around those precious things God has given us, our life, our spouse, our children and God has to pry our fingers loose. Let go and let God have His way. He loves those precious things in your life more than you do.

What’s In your hand today?

All Miriam had in her hand was a tambourine, but she used it to lead the people to celebrate God’s faithfulness. So, what do you have in your hand?

Hannah held a small child in her hand, but when she gave him to God, he became a great prophet. So, what do you have in your hand?

All Ruth had was a stalk of grain, but God used it to sustain her family’s life and lead her, by His providence to be included in the linage of Jesus. So, what do you have in your hand?

All the little boy had was a sack lunch, but Jesus used it to feed 5000. So, what do you have in your hand?

All the widow had was enough food for one more meal for her and her son, but God used it to feed her family and the prophet throughout the famine. So, what do you have in your hand?

I believe many of Gods people have been defeated in life because we have allowed the enemy to cause us to despise our gift, or our talent, Like the servant who went out and buried his one talent, many have buried their talents because it seemed so weak, so small, so insignificant. I believe God wants us to open up our eyes and see what he has given to us…. Then we need to step into the creativity and BREAKTHROUGH God has destined us to have!

Pray this prayer together with me,  “Father, let my eyes be opened today to see the riches of the inheritance you have prepared for me and what you have placed in my hands. You are the God of the breakthrough and you have provided all that I have need of through the finished work of Christ on the Cross. Today I receive your power by faith and believe you that my breakthrough is coming. Today is the day of salvation and I claim victory in your name and I give you all the praise and the Glory for it in Jesus name I pray! Amen!

Allow God to show you what he has put in your hands! As you submit it to him, he will empower it and you will begin to walk in victory today!

With love,

Derek

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