Dave Connell. Breakthrough
Sunday, 4 May 2014 11:00 am
Breakthrough…what is it? What does it mean?
Breakthrough can occur in many different areas of our lives
Eg spiritual, emotional, relationships, finances
God uses difficult situations to grow us. Plans breakthroughs for us
Many dimensions to breakthrough….engage a better life, one season ends and another begins
In the Kingdom of god his plan is that we go from glory to glory to glory….Gods plans are always
for our good, for our benefit and growth, to become Christ-like
Judges 11 Story of Jephthae
Vs.1 Mighty man of valour…and the son of a harlot
Jephthae lived in the shadow of shame and rejection….no choice over how he was born, family,
response of people to him and his shameful birth origin
Many people experience shame and rejection related to their origin of birth and family
We still have ability to make choices how we respond to the situations that we find ourselves in
Vs.2 Other sons in the family looked different to him and rejected him because he was different
His step brothers drove him out…no future or inheritance in this house!
Words of family are very powerful and have great impact….
Family spoke words "no future, destiny, no place here for you"
He carried his father’s DNA but was rejected by family and also by those in authority when he appealed to them for help
People need identity and purpose….these are connected to one another
Identity….who am I? Whose am I?
Purpose…what is the meaning of my life? Why am I here?
Vs.3 Fled to the land of Tob….grew and learned leadership and fighting
His own family had cut him off from identity and destiny and rejected him….very painful
Many people are struggling with these same issues.
Vs 5‐6 Crisis occurred in the nation and the people who rejected him then sought him out to save them
People who rejected him came to him in their need to become their leader
God has used his adversity to prepare him for his life's calling and purpose
Keys to breakthrough
1. Run to God…not to substitutes
Where you run to in your time of conflict is important
………bottle?, substitutes, work, relationships, fantasy, some form of escape.
Where you run in conflict is important….impacts the final outcome of your life
Jephthae ran to the land of Tob
Tob= to make good! To realign.
Easy to run for comfort, quick fix…must run to Jesus in time of trouble and not substitutes
Where we run in adversity influences us and the outcome….dont run to fantasy and escape
Run to His presence! Shadow of his wings! House of God…don't run away!
Don't run from God but run to him and His word….let God influence you and your decisions when you are in a time of distress
2. Remember who you are in Christ
Remember….to hold firmly and clearly in your mind
Jephthae= breakthrough! One who breaks out
He was surrounded with conflict turmoil and shame but chose to reach out to God.
He is acknowledged in Heb11: as a man of faith…trusted God
What is shaping your life and identity….circumstances? Pressures? People? God?
What you make your focus you open your life up to…what is your focus?
God had predetermined a destiny for Jephthae…planned before he was conceived.
People need someone who will breakthrough for them….give them hope for their change
Decisions you make today will shape your life. Don't identify with the pain and distress…they do
not define who you are
Focus on God, who He says you are, what He says you can do. In Him you have what it takes
Take time to meditate in what. God says about you…eg Ps.139
Others are waiting for you to breakthrough…they are looking for hope
3. Remember the Promises in God’s Word
Remember….to hold firmly and clearly in your mind
Gilead= place and a person, who and where he came from
Breakthrough doesn't just happen….requires a determined alignment
Gilead= monument of testimony! Standing stones
Stones were erected to witness an agreement between a person and God…reminder and testimony
Stones were erected as a reminder of covenant
E.g. Jacob, Moses, Israel, Joshua,…all erected stones as reminder of Gods covenant promises
Remind God of the covenant and promises that He has made with you.
OT. Person had a revelation of God…erected a reminder
NT 1Pet2:4‐5 Jesus is the cornerstone….rejected by men but chosen by God and precious.
We are living stones….built up in Christ….no more put to shame!...covenant in his blood
Stand on the Word and remind God of the covenant God made with us in Christ
Hold fast to the Word of God…believe and confess it and act on it
Remind God of His Word and promises to you….speak them out and declare them boldly
We can choose to live out of circumstances and feelings or live out of what God has to say about us
We have the Holy Spirit to bring breakthrough in our lives
Greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world!
1. What has the Holy Spirit being saying to you through this message?
What personal response will you make to this?
2. What do you run to when you are in a time of pain or stress?
What are you looking for? Do you find it?
What hinders you turning to Jesus in your time of difficulty?
What could you do about this.
3. What does Gods word have to say about your new identity in Christ?
How would believing this change how you respond to painful rejection?
4. What does Gods word say about your difficulties?
How could you use Gods word to strengthen you in difficulties?
What part do you think forgiveness played in Jepthaes emerging as a leader?