Breakthrough Requires Alignment

Author: 
Jill-Marie Evans

Anyone struggling in the valley of indecision knows there are two battles we face in any personal issue—first is to become free and second is to stay free. We have all seen people who have and perhaps personally have received a breakthrough but who did not maintain it. We need to understand that breakthrough must have follow through.

Let’s look at this in the life of David:

 

Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valey of Rephaim. So David inquired of the Lord saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” So David went to Baal Perazim and David defeated them there; and he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim. And they left their images there and David and his men carried them away. Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. Therefore David inquired of the Lord and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the Lord will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” And David did so as the Lord commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer [2Samuel 5:17-25]

History tells us that the Valley of Rephaim is one of the places populated by the sons of Anak, who were giants. When Moses sent out the spies to look over Canaan (Numbers 13), they brought back a bad report regarding this land.   “The people who live in the land are strong and we saw the sons of Anak”. (v. 28) ”These people are two strong for us! We are not able to go up agains them (v. 31). It is a land that devours its inhabitants, all the people we saw are men of great size. We saw the Nephalim (sons of Anak) and we become like grass-hoppers in our own sight.” (v. 32-33)


Today we often travel spiritually and emotionally to The Valley of Rephaim when we experience stubborn resistence, fear, intimidation, unbelief and poor self image (people pleasing, comparisons to one another).  By ruminating on our defeats, we end up camping out in the Valley along with our enemies – the giants. This is a place which represents the areas of our heart which are resistant to the grace of God. It is in these areas where we give way to sin.
 

Rephaim is symbolic for those areas where we think we have little or no control.  We need to remember however, that it is also a place where God has chosen for breakthrough!  Our thoughts can so easily be changed if we are willing to change our perspective!  Remember that in Numbers, there were two sets of spies that went to scope out the land—the same land—two different reports!

If we begin to think of those areas in our life where we are believing ‘the bad report’as actual physical territory, it can become an opportunity to believe that God will deliver us in the battle to overcome the enemy’s occupation.

Let us understand however, that we cannot take ground from the enemy if he has ground in us.  “The prince of this world has come but has nothing on me”…[John 14:30]; “Give no place to the devil….” [Eph 4:27]; “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you” [James 4:7].

Often Rephaim illustrates the life of believers who have stopped responding to the Lordship of Christ by believing the lies of the enemy that nothing will happen; nothing will change.  By doing so they become accustomed to living in the “land of unbelief” and fail to respond to the overtures of God.  If we are going to take ground and advance, we must fight unbelief and commit to a lifestyle based on trust and faith.

If we want God to enlarge our tent pegs (Isaiah 54:1-2), we must allow Him to increase our capacity to contain the fullness of what whe are contending for. As we study the nature of warfare, we can see that often it is one battle to take ground and another to hold that ground.  In Luke 19:13, Jesus said “Occupy until I come” when sharing the parable of a nobleman who went away and instructed his servants to do business in his absence. This is a story about being fully engaged and fully occupied with the matter at hand.  If we do not stay vigilent, we run the risk of the enemy returning to fulfill his own agenda.  Jesus must reside in our hearts completely to displace the enemy.

Something else we have learned is that battles have different objectives, strategies and tactics.  Notice in the first battle at Rephaim, the enemy controls the ground and there is a need for direct confrontation. In the second battle, however David controlled the ground and fought in a different way as the Lord led him.

Breakthrough means: a) force a passage through a barrier of restraint and b) to open a way for new developments to occur—a breaking out and a breaking in.  We break out of things that bind and hold us back and we push through areas of defeat and overcome.  In doing so we step into a lifestyle of victory and power.  Our relationship with God changes to a new level as we realize and develop our giftings and anointings that not only empower us but impact others.

Warfare, whether human or spiritual, is an opportunity to demonstrate the power of God and the supremacy of Jesus Christ. This is where we learn areas of weakness and how to develop into overcoming them. Many times the greatest outcomes are achieved in times of challenge, confrontatoin and contest.   The good news is that God would not commit us to a battle and not provide us the resources for the fight.

What we must understand however is that while we are betrothed to the King of Glory we must behave accordingly.  When we find ourselves in places of conflict (Rephaim), we must always turn to our source in God just as David did.

It is important to know and understand that just as each battle has different objectives, strategies and tactics, the weapons  we use must also be specific to the battle.  What are some of these weapons?  Sometimes simply rest and peace –not allowing ourselves to become anxious or worried.  Maybe it is worship, praise or joyous celebration—to be occupied with God in the face of the enemy.  In all instances, you can never lose by calling on the Spirit of Truth—the truth of who God is and what we are called to be as joint heirs. God loves to restore and rebuild and prove that He is with us.

As we achieve breakthrough and reclaim our personal territory we grow in the understanding that these are opportunities for us to further align with the purposes of the Kingdom to encourage and minister to others from a place of strength.

 

Adapted from: Coming into Alignment-The Way of the Warriorr by Graham Cooke