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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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