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THE GOD OF BREAKTHROUGH: A MESSAGE PREACHED BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

What is a breakthrough?

A breakthrough is like reaching water level after spending days digging a well. When you break through to water, you will have enough water to drink, enough to bath and even if you like, enough water to sell. When this happens to you, people will say you have had a breakthrough.

There are categories of breakthroughs. Some people may be digging for water while some are digging for oil. The one who is digging for oil knows that to get oil you dig deeper than water and so when he gets to water, he would drain out the water and keep on digging. While digging for oil, he will be dirtier than everybody. He will spend a lot of money and put in a lot of effort. Nevertheless, the moment he gets to oil, all those who had been watching him while he was laboring will begin to pay him before they can get petrol for their cars. They will pay him before they can get kerosene for their lamps and coal tar for their roads.

There is a third category of breakthrough. If someone is surrounded by an army and there is no way he could go out beyond a certain limit, and one way or the other, he manages to fight his way through that encircling army, then you will say he has a breakthrough. David said in Psalm 18:28-29:

“For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.”

In 2 Kings 7, when the Syrian army surrounded Samaria, the children of Israel in Samaria had at least seven breakthroughs in one day.

  1. The children of Israel in Samaria at that time, because they were surrounded by this mighty army, were poor. They were poor because they could not trade and they could not go to the farm. Poverty is a great enemy. Some people think that poverty is to be tolerated. I used to think so too until I read Proverbs 10:15:

“The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.”

This means poverty is a destroyer and anybody who wants to tolerate a destroyer must be mad. The plan of the Almighty God for us in Deuteronomy 28:12 is that we are to lend to nations. Poverty can destroy one mentally and physically. There are certain sicknesses and diseases that can be found only among the poor.

  1. The children of Israel in Samaria were afraid. Fear is a great enemy. 1 John 4:18:

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

Fear is a tormentor. The Almighty God made a promise in Isaiah 41:10-14:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against

thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

  1. The people in Samaria were in bondage. They were in bondage because they were fighting an enemy that was there and yet not there. The enemy was out beyond where they could even see them and yet inside the city, the enemy was not really there. Isaiah 61:1-3 says:

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

  1. As long as that army surrounded Samaria, the children of Israel inside were very lonely people. Throughout the period of the siege, not a single marriage was conducted. When there was no food to eat, who was going to think of marriage? There were a lot of young men and women but not a single marriage was conducted. There are many of us in this kind of situation now.

A lot of beautiful girls, highly qualified, with no blemish at all have no husbands. You can not find any humanly possible reason why they have not got husbands. Maybe there is a circle that the enemy has woven round such people. There are some brothers more than forty years old, highly qualified, handsome, yet no wife. If you are in bondage the Lord will set you free. There are other people who are even married who are lonely. This is the worst kind of loneliness.

  1. The men who were surrounded by the Syrian army were frustrated. They were frustrated because they were fighting an army that was too strong for them. There are some of us who are fighting battles that we know unless God intervenes, we cannot win. The word of the Almighty God says that even lawful captives shall be set free.
  2. These people in Samaria were not dead, but they were not really alive. They were dying gradually. There are many of us who are like that. We are not dead but we are not alive. Jesus Christ said in John 10:10, that He came that you can have life and have it more abundantly. In other words, the Almighty God is saying you are to live in supernatural abundance. God expects you to vibrate with energy and strength. He does not want you to manage to exist.

One of the reasons why we have not been able to win many people for Christ is because of the way we have presented the Gospel to them. We present it as if once you give your life to Jesus Christ, you must now begin to manage. This is not true. God wants us to enjoy.

  1. They were sad. Sorrow can be a killer. If the can get you depressed, he has won the battle. The Bible says that it is sorrow that breaks the spirit. IN fact, it goes on to say that sorrow burns the bone. Proverbs- 12:25 says sorrow makes a man stoop.

There are many of us who are sad but on the surface we pretend. Some of us have problems that we cannot even tell our Pastors about, no matter how close to us the Pastors may be. Many of us have problems we cannot share that we are covering with beautiful clothes. Joy is coming your way, in Jesus’ Name.

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here’s a list of Christian quotes to inspire your everyday living and also encourage your faith. one way or the other, we need something to encourage or boost our Christian lives because the race is not an easy one. That you’re still standing in faith is simply because of the grace of God.

1.Except you are money, you can please everyone. So stop trying. If you really want to please everyone, go and make money and learn to be generous, because:

“Every person is a friend to one who gives gifts”-Proverbs 19:6

Money makes breaks the ice

2.The reason David was a man after God’s heart is that money and power did not change him. The way he danced for God as a shepherd is the way he danced for God as king (2 Sam 6:16). But some ‘humble’ people become tyrants when they hit pay dirt

3.Saul was so humble when he was broke, that he took instructions from Samuel. But when he saw wealth and power, he turned to a tyrant. The man shaking for you now may shake your confidence when he sees a small change. Broke humility is fake humility!

4.Scripture says wise people speak in a language everyone can understand. Cor 14:19 and 1 Cor 2:4.

When you take pride in only using big grammar to speak to others, you are neither wise nor intelligent. You are communicating your inferiority complex

5. Dear men

How many women did Christ give money? Did that make Him stingy? He gave to the poor. He gave to His disciples. He fed the multitude. Prove your generosity by helping the less privileged, not by helping entitled women you’re not married to

6. Everyone is not equal. Scripture doesn’t say that. There are hierarchies in heaven and Earth. It is not humility to stay at the bottom. Do your best to move up the pyramid. Moses was meek, yet he led Israel. Christ is humble, yet He is our Saviour

7. Dear men,

God made a “companion” (some translations say helper) for Adam-Gen 2:18. God never made a wife for Adam. It was Adam who chose to make his companion his wife-Gen 2:22-23. Don’t let anyone choose your wife, or they may ruin your life too

8. God gave us hands to lift ourselves up and give others a helping hand Sadly, many people prefer to use their own hands to pray for themselves and push others down. Don’t abuse your hands and expect God to bless them. Blessed are the hands that give

9. The worst thing you can do is to go to church, listen to a pastor and believe everything he says hook, line, and sinker. Trust him. Listen to him. But when you go home, read Scripture to VERIFY that everything he said is true. Trust but still verify

10. The fastest prayer answered in Scripture is the woman with the issue of blood. No shouting or drama. She didn’t even speak. She just said in her heart and God heard. God looks for volume in our faith, not our voice. Loud prayers impress men not God

11.You pray for God to bless you daily. But you wake daily. You can see. You slept in a bed. You have clothes. You ate. Yet you never thank God. Your problem is not a lack of blessings. It is ingratitude. THANK God more and your blessings will increase

12.Man’s rejection is God’s redirection. When you understand this, you will never be depressed by rejection. Joseph was rejected by his brothers. The rejection redirected him to promotion in Egypt. Don’t NO as rejection. See it as Next Opportunity!

13.The reason your life is unpleasant may be because you are like Lot’s wife. She looked back and became a pillar of salt. Focus on the present. Plan for the future. Your life is like a car. You‘ll have accidents if you look back while driving forward

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14. Christ spoke and common people understood him. Intelligence is the ability to communicate complex things with simple language. If you speak and half of the people who hear you don’t understand, it is you who are not intelligent, not your hearers!

15.Moses was an abandoned child, yet he ended up as a leader. Don’t let your background determine your future. It‘s called a background because it‘s in your back. If you focus on it, it will keep your back on the ground. Focus on your potential instead.

16.Are you sleepless? Then cast your burdens upon God and you will sleep. The reason you are not sleeping well is that you are not slipping your worries to the God who does not sleep and does not slip. Don’t be a slipper. Let God make you a sleeper.

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Philippians 1:21:

“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Since God has decided to set you apart, He has ordained that your life from now should be in Christ. Paul, a man ordained like you, said for him to live is Christ. How can you make your life to glorify Christ? How can Jesus get the best from your life? How can Christ be seen in your life? You need to bring about a determination now that you are ordained, chosen, set apart, and selected Christ for the purpose of His service.

Power has been put upon your life and that power will prosper as long as you remain under authority. As long as you obey instructions, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. When you set your hand upon a thing, it shall prosper.

David for example, in 1 Samuel 16, was ordained and separated by God to be used. From the day the oil came upon his head and hands laid upon him, the scripture says that the Spirit of God came upon him. Whether you know it or not, the Spirit of God has come upon you for the purpose of using you and you will never fail. If you are going to live for Christ, there are things you must know. according to the scriptures. In Galatians 2:18-20, the Apostle Paul spoke about living for Christ in verse 20:

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Paul was saying that since Christ died for him because of his former life of sin, unrighteousness, and failure, then he assumed that he was dead and therefore crucified the flesh. What will you do to live the life of Christ? You need determination. You must be determined by the anointing that came upon you. A divine ability has rested upon you and a quality has been invested into your life. It is by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, by the word of faith spoken into you, that life has entered into you. Power has entered into you. The ability has entered into you. You must allow this power to prosper. You must yield yourself so that this power can prosper. If you yield yourself to Him then the flesh will be dead.

Self-will has to die. What is self. It is that thing in you hat makes you proud. It may be your height, your beauty, the way you appear, the family you are born into, your position in life, your achievement in life, your wealth or your self-glory. Everything you see about yourself, which you are proud of, must give way.

Paul could not allow Jesus to live in him until he surrendered his pride. He said he wanted to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection, therefore the things that were glorious to him he counted as nothing. For those who have been ordained, there is a time Jesus will want to use you and your certificate may stand in the way. There are some of you that God has been calling into full-time work but you are looking at your exalted position in the office. Because of this reason, the glory of God cannot appear. Christ can not live through you until you let that office go

Moses had the throne of Egypt set before his eyes. He had been offered the crown of Egypt but he looked at it and he looked at the Hebrew slaves. He remembered the covenant of God and he preferred to be a slave so he rejected the crown of Egypt. Many years later, he received the anointing of the Holy Spirit and with this anointing, he defeated all the powers of Egypt. He would have become the Pharaoh temporarily and one day an anointed man of God would have conquered him. The position that is not allowing Christ to show forth in your life, one day, you will lose it and the glory will go to another person. Between the crown of Egypt and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which is your choice? Paul had many things to give up. He went to the Barbarians and became like them That he may show them, Christ.

After Moses gave up the crown of Egypt, God gave him the crown of eternal life and the power of miracles, signs, and wonders like he had never given to any other person. Self must give way. There are some things God will never use you for until you humble yourself. You cannot know the greatness and the power of the glory of God until humble yourself. you

The flesh must be disciplined. Samson could not take his eyes off beautiful women. After David had conquered the whole world, Satan conquered him by sending a strange woman into his life. In spite of the wisdom of Solomon and the strength of his army, Satan sent an army of women to make his life foolish. Joseph rejected the offer of pleasure that the glory of God reserved may come up in his life. He’s refusing to yield to the pleasure landed him in jail but the great glory, the crown that was waiting for him, would not have come his way except he had gone to jail.

The temporary pleasure you receive now may deny you the eternal crown of the future but the troubles and hardship of the moment might bring you eternal glory. Joseph rejected the offer of free sex, landed in jail but came out wearing the crown of Egypt. Some men, because of possession and property, will not yield themselves to be used maximally by God. Saul could not keep his throne because of his love for possessions. He preferred to acquire property than to obey the mind of God. In contrast, Moses rejected all the offers of Egypt to receive the anointing. Abraham lost his relationship with his family to obey God. Jesus left so much in Heaven to come into a very deplorable situation on earth.

You must reckon yourself dead that Christ may be seen in you and you must rise up with Christ to live just the life of Christ. In fulfilling the pleasure of God, Paul said we are fools for Christ’s sake. It is a fool that somebody will slap on one side and he will turn the other side. It is a fool that will accept cheating and keep quiet. It is a fool that will see free sex and say no to it. It is a fool that will see easy, corrupt, and unclean way of making millions and billions and will say no. It is only a fool that will reject the crown of Egypt and identify with Hebrew slaves and be treated as a slave. All the fools for Christ’s sake will come up with greater power, glory, honor, and eternal life. Anybody who is not a fool for Christ will eventually be a fool for the devil. I prefer to be a fool for Christ than to be deceived by Satan.

Self-denial will help you to fast when you have abundant food at home. Self-denial will make you stand on your feet and pray through the night when you have a beautiful and comfortable bed to sleep on. Self-denial will make you to choose prayer meetings for pleasure meeting. If Christ must live His life in you, you must be willing to let go. If the anointing that has been put upon your life must prosper, then you must be willing to let go. There are some things that do not look sinful but they hinder the anointing. Elijah was a man of like-passion but he denied himself. Let Christ have His way in you that this anointing may prosper. If I live in Christ then when I die, I receive my eternal reward. The pleasure you give up will be paid back into your eternal account, with greater glory.

In the end, Moses was not a looser. He did not have the crown of Egypt but he had the crown of the Lord. Joseph did not accept the offer of pleasure in sin but he ended u wearing the crown of Egypt and ruled over those who sent him to jail. Samson could not refuse the offer of free sex and he ended up a blind anointed man and died before his time.

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MY TIMES ARE IN HIS HAND

It is not everything that is offered to God that He will accept. He cannot accept a filthy gift so you have to present yourself as a living sacrifice. It is only then that you can say your times are in His hands. Psalm 31:10-17: 

“For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed. I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.

 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life. But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God,

My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake. Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.”

There are some people who will actually identify with what we have in the verses above. David had this kind of experience and yet he was a man after God’s own heart. However, rather for him to query God, he came to a wonderful conclusion. In verse 14, he said in spite of everything around him and things not working the way he wanted, he still trusted in God. Where is your own trust? When David came to this conclusion, he said, “My times are in your hands.”

When you want to give it another meaning completely, it is like saying it is a surrendered life. Your life is an index of time. Your life is being measured by the time you are spending. A man that is wasting his time is actually wasting his life. Your life is an index of your time. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us that for every time there is a purpose. There is a time to cry, a time to laugh, a time to be born and a time to die. You do not have any choice but to surrender the entire times to His hands. When you do this, you can say like Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good for those that love God. A man who has surrendered all to God is a man that is in love with God. Having considered this little introduction, we want to consider two more headings under this particular topic.

1.THE INDICATORS

You don’t know the difference between an acid, water and a base until you put an indicator. In the same way, it is how you react to some things that will make us to actually know that you have actually surrendered. Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

The first indicator of someone who has surrendered to God is his or her love for God. The Bible says thou shall love thy God with all thy heart and thy entire mind. When you love with all, what is left? Do you love God with all your heart? A man that will say My times are in your hands’ has come to the conclusion that whether he is alive or dead, married or single, everything is in God’s hands.

You must come to understand that you are called according to His purpose. This means that you are to live for His purpose. You are to live for His counsel. It is the will of God or nothing else. Are you living for His purpose?

Let us consider a little about Jesus Christ. Ist sure that you know that Jesus was not given to frivolity He was not given to gambling the way w e of us are gambling with our lives. In John 4:34, Jesus said:

“Jesus saith unto them, Moment is to do the will of him that sent me, und to finish his work.”

In john 5:19 He said

“The answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”

These are the indicators of a surrendered life.

Let us consider Paul in Galatians 1:16:

To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:”

Many times, it is when God is actually giving you instructions that you are going around for counselling. It is not that you do not know the will of God but you just want someone to just agree with you that it was not the will of God.

  1. REWARDS OF A SURRENDERED LIFE

1.You will have the favour of God: When Samuel was handed over to God, it was as good as saying his times were in the hands of God. By the grace of God, Samuel received favour in Israel,

  1. God will be with you: Because Jesus surrendered completely to His Father, His Father was with Him. In John 8:29 Jesus Christ said:

 “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”

This is an example of a surrendered life. If my eating will not be pleasing to God, I better abstain. If my going out will not be pleasing to God, I better stay in. If my association with some people will not be pleasing to God, I better stay alone. The problem several of us are having is that we have not yet surrendered our lives to God.

  1. You will fulfil your destiny because you are living for His purpose: Every Red Sea on your way will part. Every Jordan will part ways and every wall of Jericho will crumble because God is there with you. You already have the favor of God because you have surrendered all to Him. In Philippians 2:8-11, you will discover how Jesus fulfilled His own destiny because He surrendered to God even by the way He was going to die. God gave Him a Name that is above all names. All things will work together for your good if you surrender to Him and your times are in His hands.
  2. You will become God’s responsibility: In Psalm 23, David said the Lord is his Shepherd and so he shall not want. How will it be if the All-Sufficient

One becomes your Caretaker? Is there any need in your life that He cannot meet? Many of us are going through all we are going through because our times are not in His hands. His hands are so big that any calabash that you give to Him will not be broken, Psalm 34:7-9:

“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”

Who are those who fear Him? It is those that have actually surrendered to Him. How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him? He will lead you to what to do at every particular time.

  1. You will have crowns: When Paul had completely surrendered and fulfilled his destiny, in 2 Timothy. 4:8, he looked at everything around him, and said he had finished his course but one thing left for him was a crown. The Bible says the righteous is as bold as a lion. When you have fulfilled your destiny, you will be so glad to walk into God’s presence and when He sees you, you can be sure that He will say, Welcome my beloved son.’ Those who refuse to surrender will lose such crowns. I hope you remember that Demas was also a partner with Paul but he loved this world and he lost the crown.
  2. Another reward that you are going to have is that you will have revelation gift. Psalm 25:14:

“The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”

If you surrender to Him, God will lead you and for Him to lead you. He will be showing you some things When you have revelation gifts you can never walk into a trap The devil can never ensnare you. John 5:20 says

“For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.”

If you love God, which is an indicator of a surrendered life, He will also love you. The Bible says draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you.

  1. Those people whose times are in His hands cannot miss Heaven, for they cannot backslide: You remember that David had some problems prior to the time of surrendering his entire times into God’s hands but after that time, the Bible says David served God in His generation. Where do you think David is now? John 14:1-3:

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.”

Who are the people that will occupy the place? It is only those who have surrendered their lives.

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