Don’t Seek the Breakthrough; Seek the God of Breakthroughs

Second Samuel chapter five shares with us the time David was surrounded by his enemies. He was just positioned as king. God called David to lead Israel and bring honor to Him. But there was an entire nation who hated David and definitely did not want him to be king. They sent their entire army to surround him with the intention to wipe him out.

David’s first reaction was not to measure the size of their army with his. He didn’t take inventory of how many weapons he had. He was not assessing whether he could defeat his enemy based on his armies strength or capability. David’s principle, belief, conviction was to seek God first.

“Many people miss their breakthrough because they are seeking their breakthrough rather than seeking the God of the Breakthrough.”

David exercised this principle throughout his life. Every time David seeks God first for direction and instruction, he finds success. This key principle will work in every area of your life. It’s the principle of seeking God first. When we seek God first we are making a statement that we TRUST God. Our decisions and actions reveal what we believe. When we truly believe God has the ability to break through for us, we will seek His council before making a decision or taking an action step.

Seek God first by…

  1. Going to prayer before your mind is made. Keep an open mind and heart. Ask God what you should do, what action steps to take, ask Him for wisdom, knowledge and clarity of mind. Ask God for His discernment and favor.
  2. Don’t make major decisions without sensing God’s PEACE first. We can make huge mistakes, deal with regrets and get stuck in life when we make a decision knowing that God never gave us permission. Following the peace of God is like following a compass. You can stay on track with God’s plan for your life when you stay in His peace. After spending time in prayer and you still feel anxious, heavy hearted, fearful, don’t make the decision. Continue in prayer until you sense God’s peace.
  3. Take several days to seek God in prayer. If it is a major decision that has the potential to alter your life, consider fasting and prayer. Decide on a time period to fast, time in prayer and in God’s Word. You will gain God’s wisdom through His Word. You will have a clear mind and liberty in your spirit by spending time in His presence. Fasting and prayer is a powerful process to see incredible breakthroughs when you fast to seek God.

This is the process of seeking God first rather than seeking the breakthrough. Everyone wants the right outcome, the blessing, the breakthrough. But it can feel like we are chasing the wind, if all we do is seek after the breakthrough. When we seek God who has the power, ability, and knowledge to breakthrough for us, we cannot fail. We will find success. He is the God who breaks through for us.

God Will Fight For You

Moses and the Israelites are trapped. A huge Egyptian army is rushing toward them and the Red Sea is in front of them. There is literally nowhere for them to go. They can hear a multitude of horse’s hoofs pounding the ground and the footsteps of thousands of soldiers rushing toward them. They can’t escape under, over, to the right or left. They can’t go forward and they for sure are not going backward. They are completely surrounded. I’m not judging these guys, because I’m sure I would be more than a little concerned. My excitement level would be greatly elevated. Take a look at their reaction…

  • They feared greatly. Exodus 14:10
  • They started complaining. Ex. 14:11-12
  • They wanted to go back to being in bondage. Exodus 14:12

This is what fear does:

  1. Fear sends us backward. It causes us to want to retreat.
  2. Fear will always prevent our faith from rising to a level that will allow us to see great miracles.
  3. Fear will cause us to complain and cast blame to others.
  4. Fear will tempt us to live in a familiar place, even if the familiar place is a place of bondage.
  5. Fear will cause us to compromise the promise of God.

Moses addresses the fear issue and encourages them to position themselves to allow God to fight for them. Exodus 14:13-14, “And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”’

  1. Don’t fear. Keep fear out of your emotions. Be emotionally stable.
  2. If you keep your mouth shut, God will fight for you.

They had to stop the fear and shut down the complaining in order for God to fight for them. The wrong focus, the wrong mentality, the wrong words, the wrong language, the wrong conversation will not lead to victory. But the right perspective and attitude will.

Yes, the Egyptian army was great in multitude, but they had God. If you’re going to be trapped by a large army, who would you want to be there with you? How about God? He was there with them. In fact, He was leading them. He led them right to the spot where they were trapped. Look at what God was doing for them:

  • God was speaking. He was giving them step by step instructions on what to do. Exodus 14:13-15
  • God was sending an angel before them. Exodus 14:19
  • God moved a huge cloud that stood between Israel and the Egyptian army. Exodus 14:19-20
  • God sent the wind to push back the sea so the Israelites could walk across the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:21-22

If God led them to it, then He can lead them through it. Our perspective should be when we feel like we are surrounded… God is always greater than our opposition.

Let God fight for you today. Keep fear out and keep your faith at optimum level. Keep your emotions stable, stand firm, keep silent and God will fight for you.

Another key verse in this context is Exodus 14:15, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.” I love that. Quit your crying and move forward. I believe our call to action is to move forward in trust and faith. Trust God more than you fear the outcome of your circumstances. You may feel surrounded on every side. You may be bombarded by difficulty, but trust God. God will Fight For You.

God Doesn’t Make Junk

In her autobiography, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, Ethel Waters shares her story, “I was never a child. I never was coddled, or liked, or understood by my family. I never felt I belonged. I was always an outsider.… Nobody brought me up.” Ethel Waters’s mother was raped at knifepoint. Because the way Ethel was conceived her mother had a difficult time accepting her as a child. Ethel was tossed around from family member to family member. She was raised in the slums of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and dropped out of school to support herself by cleaning houses.

But God’s amazing grace touched Ethel’s heart and life. She became a very successful singer, actress and made history as being the first black woman to appear on radio, to star at the Palace Theater in New York, the first singer to introduce 50 songs that became hits, the first black singer to appear on television and so many other great accomplishments. Ethel had an understanding of God’s grace to which she would often make the statement, “I am somebody cause God don’t make no junk.” Ethel was actually stating a powerful truth.

Because of bad circumstances and bad people, we can often feel like we don’t matter, there’s something wrong with us or feel like an outcast. But God says differently than what our emotions can feel at times. God states over and over about how much He cares and loves us.

  •  The Lord takes delight in you (Psalms 149:4a).
  •  God made you with His own hands for a specific purpose (Ephesians 2:10a).
  • You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!  How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! (Psalms 139:13-18 TLB).
  • “…for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye” (Zachariah 2:8b).
  •  You are precious in God’s sight, honored and loved by God (Isaiah 43:4).
  •  God rejoices over you as a bridegroom over his bride (Isaiah 62:5).
  •  You are God’s friend (Zephaniah 3:17).

God does not want you to feel or say that you are a loser, outcast, no good or you don’t measure up. People may say hurtful things, but God is singing over you today. People may reject you, but God wants you to know that He accepts you. Jesus’ love is so extravagant for you, that He has taken all your pain and placed it upon Himself. Don’t let voices, people, emotions or feelings rob you of what God has done for you.

You are somebody, because God doesn’t make junk.

David Shannon Wooten – 5.1.17