“And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” (Isaiah 22:22 KJV)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)
God is forever extending an invitation to a personal relationship with him. He longs to make himself known to the heart that would receive Him. The purely religious mind would seek to alienate God from His creation by depicting him as an cosmic tyrant who can never be pleased. Religion places more importance on our constant effort than on accepting by faith what He has already done for us. Paul states, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT)."
Today step into the freedom that comes with this awesome relationship. Since “anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17 HCSB)" you have the unique opportunity to be closer to God than religion teaches is possible. This relationship is not about trying to get on God’s good side, but it is about allowing God to live inside of you. If God lives inside of you then you never have to worry about Him leaving you. Jesus declares to us, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends (Revelation 3:20 NLT)." Your worship of God will become more intimate as you realize that God is not a distant figure who has to be conjured up because the truth is that he never left.
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” (2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV)
When God makes you a promise then you can bank on the fact that it will most certainly happen. He has a reputation to protect and that’s why the scripture states, “God is no mere human! He doesn’t tell lies or change his mind. God always keeps his promises(Numbers 23:19 CEV)." Through Isaiah God says, “That’s how it is with my words. They don’t return to me without doing everything I send them to do (Isaiah 55:11 CEV)." God is the ultimate promise keeper. We’ve all had experiences with people that have made us promises, but haven’t kept them. God proves himself trustworthy - no matter what.
Peter tells us that, “God made great and marvelous promises, so that his nature would become part of us. Then we could escape our evil desires and the corrupt influences of this world (2 Peter 1:4 CEV)." God didn’t make us these promises for his own sake, but he had our best interests at heart when he made these divine decrees long ago. He promised us healing because contrary to what religious people say, our infirmities don’t bring any glory to God. His reputation is better among unbelievers when we experience the manifested promise of divine health and healing. He promised us divine provision because contrary to what is being taught in some groups, there is no such thing as the spiritual gift of poverty. I don’t need the Holy Spirit to be impoverished and poverty is no badge of super-spirituality. God loves it when we can pay our bills and finance ministry ventures.
Jesus said “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32 ESV)." We are not part of a tyrant’s kingdom where the only one doing well is the king. We learn from the scriptures that Jesus is the King of Kings and through Jesus we are destined to reign in this life as kings according to Romans 5:17. God’s promises help us to become who we are destined to be in Christ. Each step of the way God is assisting us, “For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue)(2 Peter 1:3 AMP)." God has not only given us a destination to reach, but He has also given us the tools to make it there successfully. Today, have faith for the fulfillment of God’s promises because I can guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed.
“So David inquired of the LORD, saying,“Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”” (1 Samuel 30:8, NKJV)
What have you lost during your lifetime? Well, God wants to empower you to recover all because today is your day. Remember in a past entry I wrote about being redeemed and one of the meanings which the words redeemed and recover share is the idea of something being rescued. I like this because it brings to my mind the image of a superhero coming on the scene to save you from trouble. That makes Paul’s declaration to the Galatians more exciting because he told them, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”) (Galatians 3:13)" So Jesus Christ rescued us from the effects of the curse of sickness, from the curse of poverty and from the curse of spiritual death.
What was his purpose in doing this? So “that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith(Galatians 3:14.)" Within the blessing of Abraham is the ability to experience the justice of our God. I believe that’s why in describing the justice of God Isaiah says, “Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs. “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant (Isaiah 61:7-8)." God loves justice that’s why you can expect for divine recovery to erase the pain of your suffering and to bring with it “double honor.” You need to let this though take you over and begin to decree to yourself, “Today is my day of justice and I shall recover all that has been stolen from me. According to Proverbs 6:31 the thief has been caught and now he must repay me seven times what has been taken from my life.”
“The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.”(Micah 2:13)
Many people have been waiting for a long time and I sense that now is the time when the Lord will release breakthrough for his people in exactly the area that they need it most. This morning as I prepared to start my day the Lord spoke to my spirit the word “breakthrough.” Prior to this I didn’t exactly know what I was to write about today, but God just had me in an attitude of expectancy that he would speak a rhema that would cause faith to arise in the hearts of his people.
When God breaks through he will foil the sabotage that tried to prevent you from receiving his promise. He will bring you into divine health and healing. He will open up the windows of heaven for you and cause you to walk in overflow. He will destroy the strongholds that limited you in life and bring you into that wealthy place (place of enlargement and abundance). He will save your loved ones that you’ve been praying for. He will cause your dreams to come true. He’ll give you clear vision for that next phase in your life. When the breaker breaks through you know everything will be alright. So have faith in God today and recognize that breakthrough is not only on the way, but it is here. Have Faith For the Breakthrough!
Steve Tolbert is an emerging revivalist who is passionate about drawing people closer to God.