Monday, July 29, 2013

Breakthrough Is On The Way

What a title! I know you are encouraged already, especially if you have had a run of challenging things happening in your life. Your heart rate has increased and you have received an answer to your, "When will all this be over?" questions. Well, before you get too excited, you should continue reading. Breakthrough is on the way, but not as you suppose.

The backdrop for this teaching is found in 2 Chronicles 20. A great multitude had come against Jehoshaphat. As a result, the Bible says in verses two and three, "And Jehoshaphat feared, and set -- himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek -- the Lord."

There are situations, seasons and circumstances that come up against every believer that sometimes causes fear to rise up. Depending on the depth of the relationship with the Lord, some Christians don't seek the Lord like Jehoshaphat did (Not you of course!). They sit, soak and sour enlisting the company of all to join their pity party. This is not the best course of action. This is not the route to breakthrough.

As a result of Jehoshaphat seeking the Lord, this is what happened.

And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find -- them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. (2 Chronicles 20:13-16)

Ok, so here is where the revelation comes! Jehoshaphat sought the Lord because of what had come against him and God answered. He said, "Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go ye down against them..." As a result of seeking, Jehoshaphat received instructions to go. He went, they sent the praisers out in front, and God caused his enemies to route themselves.

There were three components to their breakthrough. First when afraid, Jehoshaphat sought the Lord. Second, he received instruction from the Lord and to go. Third as a result of their obedience to the word of the Lord, God caused the enemy route themselves. This is so profound because, if you notice, breakthrough did not come to them. They received breakthrough "on the way" to battle!

Did you get it? Breakthrough will never come to you as you sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Breakthrough will not come from your whining, fussing and complaining. No! Breakthrough will come on your way to the battlefield that God has prepared for you on the way. What way? The road "on the way" to your destiny.

I pray that this teaching will cause you to get up, gird up and get ready to go into battle. There is no need to be afraid in this fight for the battle is not yours but God's. Just stand, go and see the salvation of the Lord because remember, your breakthrough is not coming to you. It is "on the way" to the battlefield that God has preordained for you to overtake, overthrow and overcome.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Forget That

We just got back from vacation in Cabo. We made some great memories and had a good time. However, several things went left on us that made us wonder what was really going on. God was so faithful and spoke to my heart through the entire vacation, "Count it all joy." I learned that this is the stuff you count it all joy through so that God still gets the glory even through the bad.

The Bible gives other instruction on how to get through the things that go left in life. It says in Philippians 3:13-14, "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Notice the instruction in this verse. It says, "forgetting those things which are behind..."

In order to go forward in God you must forget some things. What things? The fact that your year planned vacation had several things to go wrong. Forget that! The fact that your feelings got hurt from an offense. Forget that! The fact that something precious to you was stolen. Forget that! What is that thing that has you depressed, discouraged and disillusioned? Forget that! Whatever is in your past is in your past. Forget that, learn from it and move on.

Did you ever notice in a car that the windshield is much larger than the rear view mirror?  This is so that you can just glance at what is behind and focus on what is in front of you. Spiritually speaking it lets you know that there is no future in your past so stop looking back to figure out your future! The Lord doesn't want His children to focus on what is behind. Forget that! Reach forward to the things that are ahead. God has great things in store for you in your future and He wants to get them to you.

In order to receive all God has in your future, forget that thing, those things or any other thing that has you hemmed up. Don't think it strange, count it all joy and find reasons to rejoice! God will turn any mess into a message and every test into a testimony. The key for you is to learn the lesson and allow that thing to build your character so that you can better reflect Christ. That is what life is all about anyway; being made like Him and let it be known, that God will use anything to make us more like Him.

Let me leave you with this. Whatever "that" is that you are forgetting was either planned or permitted by God. So, as the scripture says in Romans 5:3-5 in the Living Bible, "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-- they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." Therefore, rejoice, "forget that" and rest in His love.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila