05 Nov Experiencing the Master of the Breakthrough!
The men and women who walked with God in their days as recorded in the bible, were people who knew their God, they knew His strategies and His ways. They knew the resources at their disposal and knew their enemy too. One of such men was David, the king of Israel. Others are Daniel and the mother of Samuel, to mention a few. God is the Master of the breakthrough. David found that out through his experience with God.
We see from this scripture how David experienced God granting him the breakthrough he needed. God wants to do something similar for us all, but are we ready to learn, Who He is and how to function with Him? When we learn and apply what we see in His word we can expect His power to make the difference in our lives and situations.
2 Samuel 5:17-25
“When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they all went up to find [him], but [he] heard of it and went down to the stronghold.
The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the Valley of Rephaim.
David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand? And the Lord said to David, Go up, for I will surely deliver [them] into your hand.
And David came to Baal-perazim, and he smote them there, and said, The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like the bursting out of great waters. So he called the name of that place Baal-perazim [Lord of breaking through].
There the Philistines left their images, and David and his men took them away.
The Philistines came up again and spread themselves out in the Valley of Rephaim.
When David inquired of the Lord, He said, You shall not go up, but go around behind them and come upon them over opposite the mulberry (or balsam) trees.
And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then bestir yourselves, for then has the Lord gone out before you to smite the army of the Philistines.
And David did as the Lord had commanded him, and smote the Philistines from Geba to Gezer”.
Our other example is in Daniel:
“Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king said to Daniel, May your God, Whom you are serving continually, deliver you!
And a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that there might be no change of purpose concerning Daniel.
Then the king went to his palace and passed the night fasting, neither were instruments of music or dancing girls brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.
Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.
And when he came to the den and to Daniel, he cried out in a voice of anguish. The king said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is your God, Whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions?
Then Daniel said to the king, O king, live forever!
My God has sent His angel and has shut the lions’ mouths so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent and blameless before Him; and also before you, O king, [as you very well know] I have done no harm or wrong.
Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel should be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no hurt of any kind was found on him because he believed in (relied on, adhered to, and trusted in) his God”.
In these two examples we see the following factors:
We need to:
- know our God, know His ways, resources, supplies/provisions and strategies.
- know our enemy and his strategies.
These were not just for individual experiences, these factors governed their entire lives. Some only come to God to ask for His intervention in certain areas of their lives. God is interested in the entire life of every one of us. Nothing should be left to chance, we need to come into real relationship with our covenant keeping God. As we continue our study we shall also see that God can do things for you, with you and through you!