Breakthrough: Week 1

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Want to experience a breakthrough- not just day to day grind, but victorious. Filled with hope and joy. Where you see the potential in life and make steps for something more?

Exodus 17:8-14 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.”

These verses may be the first piece of written piece of scripture. God told Moses to record this. So what is so important about this passage? Why was this day so important that God said “don’t wait, write this down”-because of the powerful point that it makes. And because of the beautiful picture that it paints.

This scripture points to key points leading to breakthrough or victory in your life. Israel is going to battle against the Amalekites. Joshua is going down to fight the battle while Moses is going up to pray and raise the staff of God. The Amalekites (Deut 25) are the descendants of Esau and represent flesh or our sinful nature.

Duet 25:18-19 Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. When the Lord your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!

The Amalekites would attack the weak, the sick, the wounded. They did not attack head on, but attacked people at their weakest, when you decide to take a break or become lax in your relationship with Christ. Some have been in church and on the road to the promised-land for a long time and may believe they deserve a break and can take it easy for a while. There is no longer a need to be at the front of the pack and no need to be prepared or attend prayer meetings or bible studies and small groups-take it easy and coast.

Be careful! This is who the Amalekites are looking to attack. If you’ve been in church for a while and feel like you’ve fallen to the back of the pack, be encouraged to make every effort to get back to the front lines.

Keys to Breakthrough

1) Recognize there is a war going on!
If we don’t purpose to make something front and center, we lose sight of its importance. Example: War is going on in Iraq, but most of us don’t give it much though. People are losing their lives, families are losing their mothers or fathers, parents are burying their children. The war doesn’t seem real to us. However, if it were taking place right here at home, we’d not only pay more attention, but we’d be involved in the fight. Since it’s on foreign land, our everyday lives aren’t affected. Let’s not have that same attitude when it comes to the spiritual war that is going on.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Our fight isn’t against the natural, but the supernatural. For breakthrough in your life, you must be awakened to the fact that there is an enemy waiting to pick you off, waiting for you to get tired or weary letting your guard down in order to take you out. We can wander along this road slowly bleeding out acting like there isn’t a problem. Or we can do what Moses did and join the fight. Don’t waste another day. Church, let’s wake up and fight!

2) Victory comes through prayer!
We must never stop praying. Notice in the passage when Moses’ hands began to fall the Israelites began to lose the battle? Moses was tough, but as tough as he was, the battle wasn’t won because of his strength. It wasn’t won because of his ability to lead. It wasn’t won because of his ability with the sword. It was won because Moses never stopped praying.

Nothing you do will lead you to breakthrough and victory in your life more so than prayer. Doesn’t matter how good the program you’re in is. It doesn’t matter how much ability you have. Or even your ability with the sword-the sword is referred to as the word of God. It doesn’t matter how many scriptures you quote or proclaim over your life. If you’re not connected to God in a real relationship, in a passionate way, you won’t experience victory.

1 Thes 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Keep praying. Don’t give up. Even when you’re tired, even when it’s hard, keep your arms and mind pointed toward heaven. Include God in the day to day. Pray while you drive. Pray for your kids, your spouse. When you’re driving and you hear an ambulance, pray for that person’s safety and healing. When you are at church and there’s an altar call for salvation, pray that God remove all fear giving boldness, for God to be moving in someone’s life to accept Christ-an eternal decision. Prayer will bring breakthrough. Watch for it to unfold in your life.

3) Arm support!
In our scripture, Aaron and Hur saw their friend, Moses, was in need of help. They saw him struggling and jumped to his aid without being asked. They bring him something to rest on and they help hold his hands up. If you ever wonder why involvement in a Destiny small group, or DIG, is so important, this is it perfectly illustrated. Moses was focused on the battle. He was weak. He was struggling and his friends were privileged to join in and help. Sometimes it feels like we can’t hold our hands up any longer. And if they fall, our whole world comes crashing down. That’s why we have small group to find support and rest. Friends who will find us a place to rest while the battle rages.

Matt 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

If you’re going to have breakthrough in your life, you must be connected to people who will help you through your battles, who will be the church to you in your time of need.

4) And finally, rest on the rock!
Christ is our rock. It’s no coincidence that Aaron and Hur brought Moses a rock to sit on. It’s symbolic of finding our rest in God. When we talk about finding rest in the rock, we’re talking about Jesus-not just any rock, but the creator of the universe, the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. He is the rest we all need.

Each of us has our way to decompress after a hard day, how to unwind after a hard day. It may be listening to music in the car on the way home from work, it may be a watching a movie, it may be food, it may be doing nothing. You are challenged to turn from what you normally do and run to Christ. Instead of using him as a last resort, turn to him first. It’s not about the head knowledge you have, but applying that knowledge to your life. How can you apply this? How can God use this message to change your life? Let’s not merely be hearers of the word, but doers.

Purpose this week to recognize the war around you, remain in prayer, surround yourself with friends who will you support you in the war and turn to Jesus FIRST not last. Consistently practice these steps and you’ll begin to experience breakthrough.