Lord Of The Breakthrough

As I was praying on Sunday morning the phrase "Lord of the Breakthrough" kept going around my head. I wasn't sure where the phrase came from so I looked it up. It turns out that it is from the Bible:

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went out to meet them. 9 Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valley of Rephaim; so David inquired of God: “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”

The LORD answered him, “Go, I will deliver them into your hands.”

So David and his men went up to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand.” So that place was called Baal Perazim. The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, and David gave orders to burn them in the fire.

1 Chronicles 14:8-12

God is the God who bursts through or breaks out at a time when things seem most dire.

Each of us faces situations from time to time that seem intractable. We do everything we can but nothing seems to change.

It might be a family or relationship issue, a prayer that needs answering, the need to find a tradesman to finish a job. The list is endless.

But God is the God who bursts through. Just when we are tempted to give up on a hopeless situation he turns it around.

The key is to persist in prayer. We must not give up, but rather cling to what we know is right.

If God has given you a promise, don't give up. Keep on praying.

You will see the breakthrough.

Of course that's not quite the end of the story. After David had his breakthrough, the Philistines came back to try and recapture the ground.

Once more the Philistines raided the valley; so David inquired of God again, and God answered him, “Do not go directly after them, but circle around them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” So David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army, all the way from Gibeon to Gezer. 

So David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the LORD made all the nations fear him.

1 Chronicles 14:13-17

Even after David got his breakthrough the Philistines came back. You can be sure that when you get your breakthrough satan will try to win back your prize. There will be more attacks, but hang on.

Note David's wisdom here. He asked God what to do. He listens and obeyed God.

When the Philistines come to you seeking to overturn the breakthrough you receive from the hand of the Lord, seek God and obey Him.

God will hand us many breakthroughs as long as we keep listening to him, praying and persisting.