This is a year of breakthrough! But what does this actually look like? If we approach a wall, and lightly tap it, will it break? No, we have to put force behind it. Because God made man in His image, man is not only a natural being, but we are spiritual beings as well. When man sinned, a barrier (a veil) was put between us and God. If we want to break through this barrier, this veil, there is a process that we must go through... With sacrifice and pressing in, we can break through!
As those of us in Florida prepare to face Hurricane Dorian, I cannot help but reflect upon the story of the disciples as they faced a storm in Matthew 8. They were fearful and cried out to Jesus to save them! But as we will learn, it is not about the external storms we face, but the internal storm we battle that Jesus came to deliver us from. Jesus and His Word is the only true foundation, and if your house is built on His foundation, you can withstand any storm.
We all in life have faced storms or times of difficulty. During those times, we sometimes we may ask the questions: where is God, or why is God allowing this to happen? Or does He not see my situation and that I need help? I imagine as the disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee, they too faced similar internal questions about faith and God. Let's take a look at how a storm over a lake can help some men face their fears and mature in their faith.
God the Father is a god of relationship. Since the beginning with Adam, up to today, God has desired a personal relationship with mankind. But due to sin and choices of men, this relationship was broken. This relationship cannot be restored by the works or the efforts of men, but only by the love and grace of a faithful perfect Father. To the point, He allowed and sent His perfect Son Jesus to be the Redeemer of this relationship; a saved relationship. One, that spills over into our daily walk and into our relationships with others.
Have you had arguments, misunderstandings, or hurt feelings because something was taken out of context? In other words, you did not completely understand the setting or events surrounding the topic. In order to have or recognize a breakthrough, we have to understand that situations, circumstances, and processes you may go through has CONTEXT.
Then there is our context of what is going on, and there is God's context.
In Ecclesiastes 3 it talks about the different seasons we all face. These seasons are not limited to only good times, but also God points out the difficult and hard times we may face. Let's hear what God says about how we should face the season we are in.
In order for us to achieve breakthrough this year, we have to be free from the shame we cover ourselves in, keeping us hidden from the presence of God. Our savior went to the cross despising the shame of sin. When we sin, we should feel guilt for what we did, but if we let it turn into shame, we will end up hiding ourselves from the only One who can forgive and restore us.
In Isaiah 42:8 God says; “And My glory I will not give to another.” No man or spirit is equal to Him, or capable of doing what He does. He uses the common ordinary things of life in supernatural ways to impact individuals, communities, and the world. Let's discover His glory together.
Happy New Year! For 2019, the Word from God for Church at the Well is BREAKTHROUGH! Breakthrough can mean so many different things to each individual. Let’s discovery together what God specifically wants to teach us about breakthrough regarding our own lives.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV) it testifies that God's ways and thoughts are not like ours, but His ways and thoughts are higher. Thank goodness!!!! Remember, there is only one living perfect God, and none like Him. He knows the beginning from the end, He knows all, and sees all. As a believer, we are charged to have full faith and trust in God's ways, but as we know this is not always the case. Especially when times get tough. God never promised His ways are easy, but He did say His ways will lead to life.
As we enter the holiday season, we have much to be thankful for!!! Our Lord and Savior Jesus, our faith, our families, our church, our friends, our career, our home, our possession, our health, and the list goes on. But as we all know we live in a fallen and broken world, and not everything in life is a bed of roses. In fact, you may not be at all thankful for many of the items I have listed. Your family maybe not supportive and has been abusive in your life. Maybe you have friends who take you for granted and use you. Maybe you are harassed at work. Or maybe you are battling an illness or injury. How can we be thankful for things that hurt us? Let’s see what God’s word says about this. Let’s discovery how He directs our us to have thankful hearts in all things (1 Thess 5:18).