Are you in the darkest season?
If I said the “9th of Av,” most of you may not understand what I mean. But let me explain something. This day which in the Jewish calendar varies every year is the darkest day in Jewish history. It all started as the day when the twelve spies came back and ten gave the bad report of the Land, causing the Children of Israel to wonder through the wilderness for Forty Years.
In our life you may notice patterns too. The enemy hates you and has sought to kill, steal and destroy. So, I wanted to share a little bit of my testimony and what has been going on over the last number of months. I am grateful that He is the Lord of the Breakingthrough. David got his breakthrough when he finally realized who he was in the Lord, a king. In Second Samuel chapter five we see David is anointed king over Israel, but it was only part of Israel.
Maybe you like me have gone through a tough winter that as Paul wrote, “that we were burdened beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life,” (2 Corinthians 1: 8b).
The mighty Paul came to a place where it was so difficult he despaired or thought “maybe my time is over.” It is hard to imagine. Maybe that is where you are at? It has been so difficult and challenging and you have despaired? Is the enemy laughing at you and seeking to convince you it is all over for you? Oh, I have been there and will go into part of it later. If you go back to Second Samuel chapter five you will see David went to war again against the Philistines. It seems like we are fighting the same battle again and again and we never fully get our breakthrough. You become exhausted fighting the same battle again and again. All those around you give up on you because they see you once again fighting the same old battle!
In this account David once again inquires of the Lord and that is what we must do. The purpose of the enemy’s attacks is to steal your affections from the Lord, such that He no longer occupies the throne of your affection and the throne of your memories. Paul wrote…
“You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections.”
2 Corinthians 6: 12
The word affections here mean your “bowels.” It referred to your inner man where your mercy, affection and love comes from. It was a Jewish term used in the Word. The enemy bombards you until the throne of your affection is occupied by your hurt and pain. As a result, He no longer sits on this throne and you don’t act with His mercy and flow in His love.
But if we can keep Him enthroned a change in season comes. Remember He declared that all seasons must change! David heard from the Lord and so can you. You have a Lord God Who has ears to hear and eyes to see. He is a Lord God Who answers and delivers His people. He seeks to show Himself strong on those whose hearts are fully His. Today, He calls to you and says, “the seasons are about to change.” You are about to say goodbye to the mountain you have walked around for too long. You are about to discover He is the Lord of the Breakthrough just like David did that day. But how did it start?
“And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel…”
2 Samuel 5: 12
David got it through his head, the Lord has kept His Word and made me king. Now he was not fully king, but there is a place like where Abraham also found that he was the father of many nations even before having a son. You know that you know! Not because it has anything to do with you! Not because you made it happen or even could make it happen. In fact, the enemy was seeking to finally destroy you but the Lord in the darkest hour stepped in and delivered you. Listen to what Paul wrote in the same letter I quoted from earlier…
For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4: 17, 18
Paul stated that even though he was in such a terrible place, he did not loose heart but got hold of the spirit of faith, seeing what He said was true and not what his circumstances were saying. The throne of his affection belonged to King Jesus and as a result He allows leads us in triumphant. As we hear His Word it is planted in us and grows up to bear fruit. In other words while Paul’s circumstances declared to Paul your time is coming to an end and you will be utterly defeated, the Lord was saying “keep running the race with endurance as it is not over yet.”
So today let us return to Him and give Him the throne of our affections and memories. Let us rejoice before Him and love Him with all our being. It sounds like the hardest thing to do, but we must rejoice before the Lord of our breakthrough. Paul finished Second Corinthians by stating, “Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace, and the God of love and peace be with you,’ (2 Corinthians 13: 11).
So, just take time and love on Him like you have never done before! Surrender to the wonderful Lord Jesus and trust Him completely! You can’t do it, so why not finally let go and watch what He can do!