In order for us to contend and then receive our breakthrough, we must learn to be more like David…
To gain our breakthrough we must learn to persevere, meaning we stand firm on the promises of God, standing in faith against any and all odds; we must also repent of our “stinking thinking” (often the result of old injuries and wounds from our past) – we do this by using the shield of faith, in our spiritual armor – in order to block the fiery darts that the devil is forever aiming at our minds, causing us to doubt and to fear; and we must also put on the mind of Christ daily (Php 2:6). . .
“Pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God; and bringing EVERY thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ!” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Listen to what Paul said to the Ephesians church, in how we should ALL respond to those struggles we are facing in our lives; and let us make this prayer our own:
16-17 Paul speaking: I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you wisdom to see clearly and really understand who Christ is and all that He has done for you.
18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future he has called you to share (read Jer 29:11).
I want you to realize that God has been made rich because we who are Christ’s have been given to him!
19 I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him.
It is that same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in heaven, 21 far, far above any other king or ruler or dictator or leader.
Yes, His honor is far more glorious than that of anyone else either in this world or in the world to come.
First of all, let us remember that the Battle belongs to the Lord (whatever it is we’re facing – and anything that’s coming at us must first go through Him) because He alone is our Good Shepherd, the Aleph and the Tav of our faith.
What does that mean?
Aleph/Tav = את (in Hebrew)
The first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, an aleph on the right (an ‘A’) and a tav on the left (this would be like a ‘Z’ in English.)
Aleph א – Tav ת
Is found in Genesis 1:1
Remember that Hebrew reads from right to left.
Notice the circled letters in Genesis 1:1.
Behold – an aleph-tav!
And there’s another one two words later.
This is Jesus, the Messiah, hiding in plain sight in the first verse of the Bible!
So what does this tell us?
Here is an amazing point that we need to understand.
In classic (ancient) Paleo-Hebrew, every letter is a picture.
THE ALEPH was an ox, indicating strength, and is one of the silent Hebrew letters.
It’s kind of a breath. It can also represent God since He is number one, first and strong.
THE TAV was a slanted ‘t’. It looked like an ‘x’, or a cross. The letters aleph-tav picture the silent strength of the cross and the God of the cross.
IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, those same letters would be an alpha and omega, the beginning and end of the Greek alphabet.
That would mean if Jesus is in the Old Testament like He is in the New, He is also the Aleph and Tav, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, which also corresponds to the first and last of the Greek.
In Revelation 1:8 He is called the Alpha and Omega
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
The 1st letter in the Greek (New Testament written in Greek) Alpha α & the last letter is the Omega Ω.
Could that mean that the Aleph and Tav (in the Old Testament) and the Alpha and Omega (in the New Testament) both represent Jesus – Savior and Messiah?
The answer to that question is yes!
This is the same Jesus that in the New Testament promises to never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5b) and also He promises to complete the work that He has begun in each one of our lives (Php 1:6)!
by Inspiration Ministries
“’God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like the breakthrough of waters.’ Therefore they named that place Baal-perazim.”
— 1 Chronicles 14:11
David had been anointed king, and the Philistines were concerned. They knew he had defeated their champion, Goliath, and led Israel’s armies to other victories.
They were determined to search for him and silence him.
David was ready to confront these enemies. But before taking any action, he sought God’s direction.
God responded, “Go up, for I will hand them over to you” (v. 10).
When Israel followed God’s lead, they won a great victory.
David realized that this had been a “breakthrough.” He had broken through his enemies like water rushing through a blockage, “like a bursting flood.”
David was aware that they had faced a massive problem, but God delivered them. He knew that God shattered the walls that stood before him.
He tore open a hole in the enemy line that led to great victory.
It was such a powerful moment that he changed the name of the place where the battle had been fought.
It became “Baal-perazim,” the “possessor of breaches.”
David wanted everyone to remember that God had given him this breakthrough.
He could give them breakthroughs, too.
We face many types of problems. We can feel overwhelmed and outnumbered, afraid and discouraged.
We can be filled with doubt and worry.
Remember what David learned:
“God is the God of breakthroughs.”
He can give you victory in any situation, even when defeat seems inevitable.
Believe Him for your breakthrough today!
Father, I commit these problems to You: _______.
I believe You can provide breakthroughs. Thank You for Your blessing.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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