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Breakthrough - The First Step to Breakthrough, Part 1

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March 4, 2021 5:00 am

Breakthrough - The First Step to Breakthrough, Part 1

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March 4, 2021 5:00 am

What situation in your life looks insurmountable right now? A marriage heading for the rocks? A child breaking your heart? A doctor’s report with the word “Cancer” written on it? What circumstance in your life is so big, so overwhelming, so difficult that it looks impossible to conquer? Chip helps us discover how to unleash God’s power into our impossible situations.

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What circumstance in your life is so big, so overwhelming, so difficult that it looks impossible to conquer God wants you to know that you can experience his power like never before, that there is a breakthrough in situations as you learn to trust him. Hope for healing today begin a journey how to unleash God's supernatural power into your impossible situation stay with welcome to this Edition of Living on the Edge with children Living on the Edges and international discipleship ministry featuring the Bible teaching as we begin this new series called through it might help if you take a second to identify something in your life you like to see change you listening to Living on the Edge today by accident but if you're tired of the junk and hopelessness that bog down. This series is to provide direction you've been looking for open your Bible if you will. If you have one to Mark chapter 1. Let's join Chip now for his message. The first step to breakthrough, I was in a town in West Virginia where my wife grew and I won't mention the tenant town in case you ever hear this course never know who it is. But it it's a place it. You know, in its prime was maybe 300 people in the minutes down the 50 people and probably 90% of the people unemployed and there's house and shack and it is just it is the most depressing place I've ever been in my life. There's so much junk and they seen it so long they don't even notice it anymore and so we can talk about breakthrough. God wants to on leash power into your impossible situation. There is five specific questions that I begin to ask and answer about how you understand breakthrough happened where it begins. What's the first step. Now question number one, you know you gonna have to start with the basics is so what is a breakthrough in God is speaking to me on thinking I literally looked it up in the dictionary what you mean by the term. Three key definitions number one, it's an offensive thrust that penetrates and carries beyond a defensive line in warfare. See what I've thought about breakthrough. Honestly, I often keep thinking you know I've read about in church history, and I've seen it in the Bible. Some days some way God and we see these amazing things happen in more than a watch a breakthrough and sort us like we wait for it to happen. Breakthroughs are not something you sit around and wait for its offensive strike through enemy lines.

God doesn't. But he's already commanded it he already wanted to happen.

A breakthrough is when you take an all fences step and say I'm going to act on what I believe is true. And then on to trust God's supernatural you to do the impossible. The second is it's an act or instance of breaking through a barrier, a breakthrough is that there's a barrier stock and it could be a relationship and addiction allied a false belief it could be what you been through, it could be an environment at work, but isn't it interesting that Jesus said I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

What was he saying he says the church is moving authentically and winning hit barriers. Here's the promise I will be with you always, and all powers given to me you believe you trust will breakthrough so we know this is on God's heart.

The third definition that was interesting. It's a sudden advance.

There's a process and will walk through the process and there's investment and there's prayer involved in.

There's people involved in. There's thinking involved in the some steps that you take, but as those things culminate. There's change there's differences failure in relationships and addictions God moves in powerful ways and what people experience gloom. There's a breakthrough there's a sudden advance that happens in individuals, relationships, organizations and churches, and sometimes God does it, in whole societies and cultures. I love the quote by George Mueller.

He said remember today that you can never bring about the supernatural through natural means.

Don't even try, and then Mueller who never made his needs known and supply the needs of literally thousands and thousands of orphans daily wrote faith doesn't operate in the realm of the possible.

There is no glory for God and that which man can do. Faith begins were man's power ends and so part of what working to talk about is how does that happen. How do you unleash God's super natural power in your life and in your home and in your relationships, and in your neighborhood and in your work and what and how does God release that the church lets what breakthrough is question number two. Is there a biblical pattern for breakthrough. Another words, these are coming interesting ideas about about you on sort of committed to Scripture, is there a biblical pattern and so what I did and by the way, I will spare you.

I'm go through it I found myself on a plane asking that question and I started about three hours earlier and I started writing from memory from Genesis all the way through revelation of breakthroughs that I saw breakthrough that I saw breakthrough that I saw and I started even with you.

God could have spoke one word and family would have all creation he made. He can do it anyway he wants. But even how God did creation gives us insight about his heart and what he wants to do because when we get creation in the beginning he doesn't just tell us how it all happened.

He creates he says the earth is formless and void is a very interesting Hebrew words that mean lifeless dad later there used in places where there's chaos, lack of life and what happened. He speaks when he speaks. Let there be light.

It's good, let there be plants. It's good he speaks, he speaks, he speaks it's good it's good it's good it's good it's good it's good and that he creates us it's very good. He breaks through darkness. There's a reason he tells us because that's the pattern. Everything in life.

Mark this every single thing in life is either broken and deteriorating and moving toward chaos or it's moving toward health and restoration and healing. Everything in the eyes of the Lord are going to and fro throughout the whole earth that he could find a man or woman, or a student whose heart is fully his so that he could strongly support you just where you're at right where you live with the IQ and the gifts in the background and experiences both good and bad you presently possess, so that he could use you as an agent of breakthrough to stop the darkness and the chaos and the corruption and the wickedness and to bring light and healing and love. That's the game plan. While I I went through the acts of the whole Bible. And I wrote for three hours.

Here's what I can tell you just in terms of does God unleash supernatural power to overcome impossible once you get beyond the amazing story of creation, and then you see the drift.

The idolatry the evil wickedness than one man finds favor in Noah and is an agent of breakthrough and God protects intervenes and then he after the human race begins. The rebuilt he finds Abraham in the process of Abraham becoming the beginning of a nation that would be the jewel that God would demonstrate his power and his goodness and his his plan. As always, I love people I love people I love people I love people.

He wanted to be with us in the garden and walk with us in the garden she forgave Adam and Eve and over and over and over, but the hearts of men. We just bend and drift away from God and we end up corrupt and greedy and selfish and hurting one another Morris have always been with us and God keeps intervening and so with Abraham is 100 years old, living off a promise that he's can have an air Monday and so is 90-year-old babe has a baby to breakthrough would you say that's unleashing God's power into the impossible and after Abraham you find that there's desolation and famine and difficulty, and so he a Hebrew slave becomes the most powerful man in the world under Pharaoh to do what breakthrough and deliver the people, 430 years later. Now there in bondage and slavery. And there's I don't every corner in Egypt and what happens he brings Moses to do the impossible 10 supernatural acts, each one declaring Yahweh, the God of Israel more powerful than the gods of Egypt and there's a breakthrough at the Red Sea and there's a breakthrough with the man and then as a breakthrough with water out of the rock is a breakthrough where his presence is with them and then Joshua comes along in your urine. This is a land I've already given it to you. You possess it. I'm good. I love you out. You have vines you didn't plan well that you didn't dig in houses. You have to build your my people. I love you and I want to bless you and express that to you but there's a lot of big guys over there and there's this big walled city and so impossibility the walls fall down and we go all the way through Scripture to the cycles. Here's the cycles that you see because it becomes very clear and judges and all the way through the Old Testament later through the New Testament a new church history is there is great need and the great need is caused by great sin. So, people are hurting people were discouraged. People have problems. The great sin brings about bondage. People were in slavery and sometimes it's whole nations or sometimes as individuals the slaves to their sin slave to corrupt government slavery and bondage. The sex trade. I mean you can go all through history. This pattern, and then this God who created us and loves you and loves these people as far away as anyone is ever been up from God.

He still loves them.

That is compassionate and judgment occurs, in my judgment. What I mean. Consequences come to help us understand you know what, how were living is not the way to live is in the great kindness and love of God that the velvet device begins to come on nations, at times in the past and it and it comes on people and judgment of things don't work and then he raises up a deliverer who breaks through a deliverer who is like a Samson or a Gideon or a Deborah and then later a Samuel and cycle after cycle to cycle right here happens at least six times in the book of Judges and I would tell you that it happens the rest of the Old Testament, New Testament in church history, but the impossible happens, walls fall down and each time with Gideon, the impossible happens 300 men defeat a whole army and then the story goes on and what is it it's the story of the supernatural power of God reminding you that the walls that you have can come down the giants that you face the un-leaching of God's power like with David, they can fall just like they fell for him and then you have a series of horrendous times were all these kings turn away from God and yet then Josiah pops up and Hezekiah pops up and Asa pops up and they start reforms and every time there's reform there's a breakthrough in there's prosperity and there's love in this fellowship in God is worship and then people drift away again and we get 400 years of silence, the greatest judgment in all the world when you can hear God's voice and more, and then the ultimate breakthrough were talking about the pattern were you look at the pathway and part of the pathway. There are certain seasons were God prepares people in certain seasons where he prepares organizations in certain seasons were he prepares the entire world for major breakthroughs and what we have in Jesus is the greatest breakthrough God's supernatural power unleashed open your Bible with you. Will Mark chapter 1 what I will encourage you to do is read. I'm to give you sort of mountain peaks, and walked to some mountain peaks because here's what I want to see. So often we start reading and many listening Christians for a lot of years and this is Jesus, and this is what he said.

And sometimes we we missed the whole point. The very first verse of the book of Mark, this is the beginning of the good news the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's about God's goodness, it's about God's not down on people, the word good news. It wasn't a Bible term. It was borrowed from the day I when the king would go to battle and win a victory that would make an announcement good news it would have a gospel announcement are King defeated that other group and all the people would celebrate were free. The gospel is an announcement now is what I want to do I'm going to walk you through a little journey and skip around a lot because what I really want you to see is how did Jesus ready for this. How did Jesus teach his disciples to experience breakthrough if you're taking notes. The first question was, what is breakthrough the second question was is there a biblical pattern of breakthrough. And I think we demonstrated that the third question, how did Jesus teach the disciples to experience and the agents of breakthrough. Now you'll notice of already quoted the very first verse.

This is the beginning of the gospel is written to the Romans you need understand the Roman mindset. Their powerful their proud. They respect action power. So this gospel writer doesn't spend a lot of time in genealogies not a lot of time of quoting you know Hebrew fulfillment. I mean, he comes out of the gates. Jesus the man of action, and so in a relatively few verses we have his introduction, his baptism and his temptation and then notice as you pick up verse 14. After John was put in prison.

Jesus went into Galilee's ministry starts notice what he does. This is what Jesus candidate. He did not come to get people to live moral lives. He did not come to give him a philosophy or worldview or to become a good religion on the salad bar of other religions. He came to proclaim the good news of God became to make an announcement.

The God who made you, loves you. He wants to bless you keys for you.

He wants intimate fellowship and relationship.

The time has come. He said the kingdom of God is near and then there's a command's twofold repent and believe the good news, repent meta-Noya means with your mind.

Have a change of mind think differently about God think differently about yourself and start thinking about it the way God thinks about it and believe the good news believe that God's for you believe that he loves you and live out of the freedom and the reality of the gospel is not what can I do for God. How can I earn his favor gospel is good news. This is what God has already done for you receive it. Believe it, let it fill you up and then out of Thanksgiving and love express that same kind of love to others.

Now with that said, how do you teach his disciples. When you think about it, the creator of all of life decides to inhabit a teenage girl supernaturally lived a perfect life begins his ministry and this is the message this announcement. So what does he do, and here's what I want you to see as I want things through.

He wanted to teach these good Jewish religious boys that he didn't come to change the culture he came for people to move out of their stock religion and the wickedness of the day and to have a relationship with the living God. And so he announced what it was and then as you look at the book of Mark, what I want you see his goodness, his goodness, his kindness and his kind and good to people in that day that religious people would say don't deserve anything the religious system of Judaism, and especially the Pharisees as we earn our favor were more righteous.

In fact they were just self-righteous.

So you pick it up.

Notice okay. You can announce the good news skip down if you will to verse 21.

They went to Capernaum and the Sabbath came and Jesus went to the synagogue and begin to teach in. The people were amazed at his teaching because he taught them as one who had authority not of the teachers of the law and there was a man in the synagogue was possessed by an evil spirit what you want to do with me. The first thing he does is eradicate evil is quote in the church of their day and there's a guy demon possessed, cast out the demon. So this sort of some authentication will who just got the next thing he does is you skim look at verse 29 he goes over to Peter's mother-in-law's house and she said, and people are wondering wow. Who is this guy and he heals her and then if you skim down a little bit after that what you find is there's a real buzz here and he spends almost all night and the whole town comes out.

He casts out demons and heals cast out demons and heals cast out demons and healed.

I mean it is like a rock concert starts and he is like and people coming from everywhere, and then he gets up really early the next morning to pray to stay focused and the disciples say Jesus last night, a super hit everyone's talking about you this is going to be awesome. Come on back braces known and unknown, mission.

As many other villages and places I need to go so he teaches the disciples, it can't be about them. It can't be about us. It can't be about just now it's fulfilling what God wants you listening to part one of chips message. Step two breakthrough from a series breakthrough publishing God's power into impossible situations when you need a supernatural intervention. This series is a powerful resource that will help you find the direction you're looking for from the first step to a new normal breakthrough is a life-changing series. Not to be missed to get all the messages and really dig in. There are both audio and video options for you including online streaming with the study guide for previews and ordering details, check out breakthrough@livingontheedge.org special offers on the chipping remap or give us a call at 8883336003 that's AAA 333-6003 will now here's chip. I'll be right back in just a minute but I want to know that breakthroughs don't just happen and there's a few tools that have been absolutely critical, at least in my own personal life and in the lives of people I know for breakthroughs 01 of those for me is having a reference point understanding what is God doing in my life being able to look back in and process things. It helps me abide in Christ. It helps me to get thoughts that are confusing out of my head and it gets them very clear and this tool is called a journal and I know for some people it's like oh a journal. I have got a want to keep a diary or write my whole day.

None on the no journal has many purposes, but what I want you to know is that it allows you to jot down just a few thoughts. This is where God spoke to me or this is what I'm going to do application, or writing a very specific prayer request or writing down. This is what God is speaking to me about and you don't want to forget that as I've kept journals. What I want you to know is that when I get deeply discouraged.

I go back and I read them. I see the hand of God in the work of God and so Living on the Edge our creative team has put together a really beautiful journal and have a little portion. There were I talk about how I do it. And then there's lyrics and inspirational words from historic Christian figures and and maybe a lyric from a him and so it's it's done in such a way that keeps you moving along and there's plenty of room for you to write and then at the very end I has a place for very specific prayer request and prayer answers. What I want you to know is that if you don't have some discipline where you can note this is where I'm at. This is what God is doing in my life and this is where I'm headed.

If there's not a place that you can document those things you will lose perspective.

We would love to help you and Dave Skinner tell you how you can get this beautiful 200 page journal to help you in your breakthrough will it's easy to be excited about our new prayer journals because there's so well done. Your beautifully bound in a couple of different colors with embossed gold or silver trimmings and inside it's even better chips given you a few of his journaling tips. There's a dedication page.

If you want to send it as a gift and there's tons of room for you to do your own personal journaling for a limited time, our brand-new prayer journals are discounted you hope you'll check about today, you'll find all the details@livingontheedge.org app listeners will find them when you tap special offers and for more information just give us a call.

Electrical 83336003 will know your strip with a final thought as we close today's program.

Here's what I know everybody wants and needs a breakthrough in some area of their life and so here's what I want you all want you to just think in your mind and your heart.

What do you long to see God do in your life. I mean instead of the status quo. The way it's always been certain things that you've accepted there just going to be the way they're going to be what one area if God would choose to pour out super natural dynamic power that would literally change things impossible things, what would that one thing be and all I want you to do today is to identify it and then I want you to sort of in your minds eye, bring it to God and say Lord. Maybe I don't even have enough faith to believe that you could act in this area, but I want to go on this journey and I'm get ask you, would you increase my faith and then let me encourage you be with this for our next broadcast. And if you happen to miss. Get online and and stay with me this whole series. I think God's gonna do something special in your life. As we rub up today's program. Just a quick but important thoughts Living on the Edge depends on listeners like you to help us continue programming right here in your area. Would you consider partnering with us on a monthly basis so people around you will continue to benefit from the ministry of Chip Avenue Living on the Edge of a set of a recurring donation, call us at AAA 83336003.

Tap the donate button or go to LivingontheEdge.org and thanks in advance for doing whatever God leads you to do will be with us again next time when ship continues a series breakthrough until then for everyone here. This is Dave Drewry saying thanks for listening to this Edition of Living on the Edge


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