BREAKTHROUGH @ CHRISTMAS TIME

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Christmas time again!!!!

For many, a time of looking at advertising brochures (especially the children looking at the gifts they want), a time of spending more money than we intended, a time of eating more than we should (the main culprits usually been the Christmas mince pies, Christmas cake, Christmas puddings and the ever guilty Christmas lunch), and for some a time of rushing and working long and tiring hours.

But for us as Christians, our spiritual association of Christmas is with the Birth of Jesus

(forget about if it is the right or wrong date, that is not the debate here) (refer to my blog post: It is Christmas Time).

As Christians, during this season, we take time out to reflect on the Birth of Jesus as the Miracle of the Christmas.

Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus

See Luke 1:26-35

But as is true with the entire Bible, there are multiple revelations of one event, everyone revealing a new truth in God and His Word.

God recently showed me a revelational side of Christmas I had never in the 22 years of being saved, ever discovered.

This key can be found in Luke 1 v 34:

“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”

We have read this line so many times over the years of Christmas and never connected Christmas with the key to breakthrough in our lives.

We know Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, and in our minds, we immediately jump to v 35:

Luke 1 v 35

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

And we miss the importance of “how shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”

Having had a year where God told us we needed to “break every chain” in the Spirit, we’ve had to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us during every meeting, on every camp, for every conference, in every situation we found ourselves in to be able to find the Godly key to breaking that particular stronghold we found ourselves in at that time.

God told me many people are trusting God for a Breakthrough in certain areas of their lives. But they are looking in the natural as to where the door is going to open. Or more accurately, they are looking for the “right” person, or the “right” connection or the “right” network to open doors for them. And that their breakthrough is not going to come through the “right”. Jer 17 v 5 tells us if we are not looking to God to bring about our breakthrough, but we are looking to the “right” to bring about our breakthrough, we actually open ourselves to a curse.

Jer 17 v 5

5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his strength and whose heart departs from the LORD (NKJV)

Your breakthrough is only going to come through the “Godly solution” of “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee”

God is saying:

“Your breakthrough is only coming through My Spirit. I will open the doors for you in ways you have not been able to reason out. Be faithful and trust Me. I will bring the breakthrough you need by My Spirit”.

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Encouraging Scriptures

James 4 v 10

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Zec  4 v 6

6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.

Ps 75 v 6+7

6  For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south.

7  But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.

Is 43 v 19

19  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

We wish all of you a Wonderful Blessed Christmas and may your time with your Family and Friends be blessed!

Remember: It is the Goodness of God that leads people to repentance. So let’s share the goodness of God in this season that is focussed on the Birth of His Son.

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WOMAN OF GOD AFFECTING NATIONS: MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS

Well, Easter has come and gone, and what a great time it was! It’s the only time of the year where as Christians we, so to say, have Jesus’ Death in our faces!

But the death of my Jesus was not the only thing that died that day!

Watching, a woman’s whole future, her dream, her trust in her God, her trust in her personal prophetic word from God, her understanding of God also died, and for her it was worse, because it was her Son that was hanging there on the tree! Cursed!

When the angel visited Mary 33 years before that day, she was promised a Messiah whose throne would rule forever (Luke 1v33). How was she supposed to process and make sense of her Son’s death when she had a word from God’s Himself that He was to be called the Son Of God.

Mary was NEVER told that a death and a resurrection would all be needed to fulfil her prophetic word from God!

Through Jesus life, she kept all that Jesus did in her heart.
Every phase of Jesus life, Mary held on to that word whilst watching Jesus’ life unfold.

Mary kickstarted Jesus ministry by telling him to turn water into wine. Then she watched His ministry grow when He preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, when the healings started, when He fed the 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes.

In her mind the next order of steps was the throne of His father David, not the death on the cross!

Mary had been chosen by God after God’s Word had been silent on earth for over 450 years. Her favor lay in the fact that her family had continued to teach their descendants God’s Word which is reflected in her reply to Elizabeth – pure Word quoted!

Most of us start doubting God if God has not spoken to us for a week, let alone to have our offspring be found faithful after God not speaking to us for 450 years!

Even though Mary kept everything in her heart, she still did not understand Jesus teachings:
Jesus said “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone: but if it dies it produces much grain” (John 12v24)

Many of us are given personal words like Mary received. And we go through times where we doubt and most of all, we do not understand how God is going to make this word come to pass, but we need to understand God’s ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts.

Mary is the only person who witnessed the birth, the life, the death, the resurrection AND the ascension of Jesus.

Many times we are required to live through a crucfixion to qualify as a witness to the resurrection! Don’t give up after the death! Trust God to fulfill all He has promised!