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Bring The Breakthrough

  • Our God, will you not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that comes against us; neither know we what to do: but out eyes are on you. All Judah stood before Yahweh, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 2 Chronicles 20:12 WEB

    While under the reign of Jehoshaphat, Judah began to have a small revival and returned to the Lord for a season. Then the Ammonites and Moabites, who came from Lot's incest with his daughters (Gen. 19:36), invaded Judah with a great army. Jehoshaphat was scared, began to seek the Lord and declared a fast throughout Judah.

    As everyone gathered before the Lord at the temple, the Spirit of God came on Jahaziel and he declared, this battle is the Lord's. The Lord told them to not be afraid nor dismayed, that they should go out against them tomorrow for He would be with them (20:17). The following morning, the people marched out to face the giant army as God had told them to. Jehoshaphat encouraged the people with:

    'Hear me, Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: believe in Yahweh your God, so shall you be established; believe his prophets, so shall you prosper' (2 Chronicles 20:20).

    Then Jehoshaphat set the praise team in front of the army, and they began to sing praise songs to the Lord: "Give thanks to the Lord for His loving kindness endures forever". When they began to sing, the enemy army turned on each other and began to fight amongst themselves. They completely wiped each other out and by the time that Judah got to the battle, there were only dead bodies and treasure to be found. None had escaped.

    When Judah arrived, they found an abundance of riches and precious jewels, more than they could even carry. It took three days to loot all the spoil because it was so much. What a breakthrough! On the fourth day the people held a gathering in the valley and blessed the Lord, for He had caused them to rejoice over their enemies (2 Chronicles 20:26).

    Here is a summary of what happened:

    1) There was a small revival stirring in Judah.

    2) Their enemies were then stirred up against them and invaded.

    3) Judah sought the Lord with prayer, praise, and fasting.

    4) The Lord told them not to fear, but go face their enemy and they obeyed.

    5) The Lord made their battle His, and destroyed the enemy armies.

    6) Judah looted an abundance of treasure, much more than any army should be carrying with them.

    7) They gave thanks to God for the amazing breakthrough.

    When you begin to seek God in a deeper way, opposition will certainly come against you. Do not turn back in fear, for this is when you need to press into God even more as they did, until He makes the battle His own. Give Him no rest. God did not take His people around the problem. He had them face it and took them straight through it. God still commanded them to go out to the battle, though it was His. While they were marching out and began to sing praises, He fought the battle for them. If they had cowered in fear in the their walled city, it is very doubtful that God would have done anything. That is why fear is so destructive. It stops you from taking that tiny step of faith, the one that would be so life-changing for you.

    We are working hand in hand with God. A problem comes, we seek the Lord. Often He will give us something to do, we obey Him, He fights for us, and we overcome. When we do, there is a immense blessing and increase bestowed on our life and we respond by being thankful. Think of it as faith in action. Welcome to walking with God.

    Prayer: Father, I pray that You lead me into all that You have for me. Give me a clear vision and lead me into triumph. Bring the breakthrough Lord in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Great Message, and boy do I need a breakthrough! Pastor, you keep writing as the Lord leads you to write, the people will follow. We need a leader, someone who we can depend on to bring us God's truth. We need someone who will stand in the gap for us and pray for us on our behalf. There will always be someone who complains, somene who does not like this or that, this way or that way. You are a man of God, you can not be persuaded by the few who do not want to take time to read what you have written. Those who have ears let them hear. Thank you for speaking truth, thank you for spending time in prayer and fasting. You have blessed my life and I am thankful you are apart of it.
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer I pray this in Jesus name, amen.
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell I think there is a stirring in God's people here in the USA, what we truly need is a Prophet who can hear clearly and speak only what he hears. I see the world closing in and it is time for revival!
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro AMEN
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Retta Morgan
Retta Morgan Thank you pastor , This word has encouraged me  I'm going through something so hard and I need a breakthrough  So now I know the battle is the Lord's I declare victory over this situation in Jesus MIGHTY name .
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Deleted Member Amen, I stand in agreement with you Retta, for a breakthrough in Jesus Name.
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Praying with you that our Lord has claimed victory over your situation & brings much peace to you.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome I am able for God is my go to always amen
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Deleted Member Amen, we surely can always go to Him, He stands with arms open wide.
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Amen! Now, I just need to know where to step..... 
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Deleted Member Amen, me too, Mary Pat, I am waiting for that next step too.
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, great message Pastor Dion.
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Albert Chau
Albert Chauedited: September 11, 2015 "5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous" Joshua 1:5-6. These verses encourage me to face my fear and challenges in life just like in today's devotion.
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Deleted Member Amen, thank you so much for sharing these scriptures, I sure needed to be reminded. God bless you.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield God is so good and can give us all the breakthrough we're looking for. All we have to do is ask, and have faith!
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edward lewis
edward lewis Thank for this word of encouragement. So often we forget that in our weakness GOD is strong. 
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Deleted Member Amen, what encourage words, thank you for sharing.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!  When I am heavy burdened,  I envision myself bringing all my problems before the Cross of Jesus. I lay them there and then I walk away from them. I fully give them over to the Lord for Him to bring before my Abba Father.  Then I can have that peace which passeth all understanding as Jesus intercedes for me.         
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Deleted Member Amen, I am so thankful that Jesus stands in the gap for me so many times, when I didn't know which step to take or to stand still, He never let me down and as I am waiting on a divine directions from The Lord, I know in His time, it will come. 
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! 
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Yes, love visualization!
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Mary Luter
Mary Luter God helps me through each day. Thank you Pastor for everything you do! What you hear is what we want to hear! I will read my devotional every day no matter how long or short it is!!  Thank you again RHM!  
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Deleted Member Amen, Let God send whatever He wants us to hear, we are here, waiting and ready to listen. 
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza I read your devotional message everyday. Though I am not a constant comment posting person I read all the comments for they all relate to me. Please keep on doing what you are doong Pastor. You are helping me how put prayers into my heart. Thank you doing this all for the GLORY OF GOD
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Alane Grosz
Alane Grosz I count on your message from God.  Keep them coming and I will keep praying.  You are a blessing  
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Deleted Member Amen, preach it, just like Jesus wants you to. We have our hearts and minds, ready and waiting to hear. God bless you Pastor Dion.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!
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Deleted Member Amen,  God is so good.
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen, keep postin Pastor Todd , it blesses my life everyday 
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo So I went to the polls link and saw Dions message but there wasn't a place to leave a message. Do we just leave them here in these comments, I don't see any others though, I'm a knuklehead, please let me know where to leave a message for the polls:)
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Dion Todd
Dion Toddedited: September 11, 2015 When you are on that page, click the title of the poll and it will take you to the actual voting page: http://www.refreshinghope.org/polls/view/1/daily-word-length
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Cheryl Corn
Cheryl Corn I love beginning my day with your devotionals.  It is the first thing I read in the morning.  Some are longer than others, but they inspire me to be a better person as I go through my day.  Please keep going forward, and don't worry about our time.  
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Deleted Member Amen, God is dealing with my heart in a special way, Lord I pray for Your Provisions in this area. 
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you for these words of encouragement. Fear can be crippling and it helps so much to know that our God is standing by our side when we face huge challenges. Prayer, praise and fasting were also the key to God's help during this crisis for Judah.I enjoy all your devotionals no matter what length they are.Thank you for this wonderful Ministry.
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Blessings to you!  I so agree with you.
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Natalie Stidham
Natalie Stidham Our Lord speaks through your devotions and touches our lives in a way no other can.  Thank you for posting His word so I may hear and heed His direction.  Thank you God in your son's name Christ Jesus.  Amen.
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord bring the breakthrough in my life!
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Angela Woodward
Angela Woodward Thank you for this word! I've had this same scripture twice this week and it addresses how I need to handle some problems in that they aren't mine to handle but God's. 
September 12, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Love 2chronicles 20: Prayer & Praise takes down the enemy!!  The way you listed the happenings are also helpful.  Watching the sequence in the way God worked was neat.  Praying for our needs & needs of others is vital.  Our prayer journal for my husband & I always gets another name added.  We like writing down the answers with dates.  It is watching God move or in action!  
September 13, 2015