One Final Key to BT!
One final key for how to receive dramatic breakthroughs is fasting. All great men and women in the faith practiced regular times of fasting to bring the flesh under control of the Holy Spirit and to draw closer to God. Fasting is helpful to obtain freedom from addictions, to solve problems, make decisions, win people to Christ, for physical and emotional healing, and for deliverance from demonic strongholds.
This February two sisters in the Lord gave me the two books listed below (another remarkable Holy Spirit provision for this message). These books were answer to my prayer to learn more about recieving BT. I was reminded that God answer prayers when his children combine prayer with fasting. In our busy, modern life we are so used to instant gratification, instant results and instant solutions. Fasting is God's way of slowing us down and enabling us to bring our flesh under the submission of the Holy Spirit. We desperately need to hear more clearly what the the Spirit wants to say to us and what He wants us to do on a daily basis--- just like we learned in 2 Samuel 5 with David hiding in the Cave of Adullum.
I highly recommend both these books for gaining further insight and the encouragement to add fasting to your spiritual disciplines. There is much to be gained as we draw closer to God and put Him first in our life. Mahesh Chavda wrote, “The key to defeating dark strongholds is twofold. First, we must tap the power of the Spirit through the combination of prayer and fasting. Second, we will overcome in the largest battles only when we pray and fast together and unleash the incredible power of the the Body of Christ on its' knees” (p.92).
Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough- Elmer Towns.
The Hidden Power of Prayer & Fasting- Mahesh Chavda.
The River of Life
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Rivers are a source of life and energy. The River of Life, Jesus Christ, not only wants to abide in you, but He wants to flow out of your heart as you share God's Word and His love to others. The purpose of the Presence of God in our church services is so the River of Life can flow through and produce miracles, signs and wonders.
Back at the beginning of this message, I told you how the Lord told me to pray for breakthrough on the way to church one morning. That's the day the Holy Spirit launched me on this quest for truth. On the following Sunday the pastor opened the floor for testimonies. Several people stood to share what was on their heart from the Lord. Then I went up front to deliver a prophetic word. The Lord gave me a picture of the dam at Lake James and the four locks thru which the water flows along the Catawba River. When all the locks are open the water flows abundantly down stream bringing new life and energy. When only one lock is open, there is a restricted flow of water, gentle and steady.
The Lord wanted to open all four locks for that church on that day. He wanted to release a powerful flow of His Spirit in that place. The Lord wants the River of Life to flow through through us and through our church services. He wants to bring a mighty BT so that we are enabled to experience miracles, healing, deliverance, souls saved, saints brought into maturity and released into their destiny.
People don't need better programs or new, improved contemporary worship. They need to experience a supernatural God when they come to church. Our society is desperate for more of God and to find personal signifcance in this life. People are searching in all the wrong places. Churches which can provide breakthrough ministry to the hurting, the depressed, people with addictions, all the people in a dreadful bondage to some sinful lifestyle-- will make a difference in this world. Not only will they will introduce others to the Lord Jesus Christ, but they will teach them to become mature sons of God who are submitted to and led by the Holy Spirit.
The Anointing & Gifts
David was anointed by God as both a worshiper and a warrior. These gifts and skills enabled him to be a great leader and to fulfill his destiny in the kingdom of God. When God gave David his BT against the Philistines, he went from hiding from his enemies…to destroying them. From being a victim... to being a victorious overcomer. From being stuck in a desperate situation... to fulfilling his destiny on Mt. Zion. From living in a cave in the desert…to living in the King's palace in Jerusalem! And so can we! With God's help, we can over come all the power of the enemy and fulfill our destiny in the kingdom of God today. Can you shout, “Hallelujah!”
A Proclamation to Declare
“Father God, we declare that you are Lord over all the battles in our life. We ask you to forgive us for how we've missed the mark and not obeyed Your Word. We ask you to give us victory over all works of the flesh and over all our enemies. We ask You to empower us like David with a double anointing to be worshipers and warriors for God.
We choose this day to forget those things which are behind and reach toward those things which are ahead. We choose to press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. We proclaim that you alone are the God of our destiny and the Master of our breakthroughs! Amen!”
Now it is time to be DOERS of the Word and not just hearers only. Let's go back to Principle #1 where we began this message. First, there has to be a “breakdown” of the current way of doing something before God can bring about a “breakthrough.” There has to be an end to the works of the flesh before we can press on toward the high calling in Christ.
Some of you reading this article are stuck in the break down stage and are having difficulty even getting into the Secret Place to hear God speak to you. Others of you have become stagnant in your spiritual development. It's like you aren't growing in the Lord and making any spiritual progress. Both groups are experiencing hindrances to BT listed earlier which are robbing you of the anointing and your destiny in Christ.
If you are stuck, you are holding on to discouragement, disappointment, fear, anger, resentment or other negative emotion that is interfering with you getting a BT in a situation or relationship. If you are stagnant, you've been convicted by the Holy Spirit of negative beliefs which are hindering your spiritual maturity; such as doubt, unbelief, passivity, not spending time with the Lord, or not being baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Matt. 15: 18, “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man unclean. For out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man unclean.”
All the hindrances to BT are stored in your own heart. These negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions are what the enemy feeds on in you. But you have a choice now. Do you want to hold on to those negative beliefs and emotions and remain as you are? OR do you want to release them out of your heart and experience victory?
So if you're STUCK or STAGNANT or can identity some other issues and would like to experience a personal breakthrough in your life and ministry, I invite you to pray the prayer below from the depths of your heart. It might also be helpful to go to someone you trust and who is spiritually mature in the Lord and ask them to pray with you.
Prayer to Release the Hindrances
Father God, I ask you to forgive me for holding on to these negative issues. I ask you to forgive me for any way I hurt someone else or sinned against them. I choose right now to repent of the hindrances stored in my heart and strive for breakthrough in my walk with you.
I release __________ from my heart. I speak to my heart now and tell it to “Let it go. It's time to move on.” I release the anointing and blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse my heart. I choose to impart peace, trust, love (the opposite of what you just released). I choose to love God and obey His Word.
Lord, Jesus, I ask you to fulfill your covenant promise in Ezekial 11:20 and Hebrews 8. I give to You my heart of stone and I ask You to give me a tender, loving heart that desires to follow after You and obey your Word.Thank you, Lord, for helping me recieve a supernatural BT today so that I can walk in freedom and victory. Amen!
A Psalm to Celebrate Your Victory!
Psalm 91:1-2. If you know the melody and can sing it, use this song to celebrate your new found victory over the hindrances to BT. If you would like the music to sing with, follow the link below to a wonderful Hosanna Integrity version on Youtube.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (repeat)
And I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge... and my fortress;
My God, in Him will I trust.” (repeat ) (repeat 2 more x)
Link to the CD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzGFCr1p7kk#aid=P-qFu4Hp0bA
May the Lord bless you with His Presence today like never before. May your heart be cleansed and purified so that the Spirit of Christ is manifested in your life and character. May you be blessed with supernatural breakthroughs so that the River of Life flows through you and out to others. May you be blessed with healing and deliverance so you discover your destiny in the Kingdom of God!
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Tommy and Pat James are founders of Tree of Life Ministries, a Christian counseling ministry located in Morganton, North Carolina. After they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1975, they were called into the ministry. Tommy received a MA in Theology from Liberty Bible College in Pensacola, Florida in 1985. From 1991 until 2013 they were ordained with Christian International Network of Ministers (CINM). They were affiliated with the Healing House Network providing Restoring the Foundations ministry for over 10 years where they were seminar leaders and trainers. Pat received a MA in Human Services Counseling from Regent University in 2008. Their primary focus is on providing discipleship, pastoral counseling, inner healing and deliverance for the body of Christ.