Everyone has an area in their life where they need a breakthrough. Most of us tend to make things more difficult than they need to be. However, in the Bible, God has a tendency to make things very simple for us. The number one step to a breakthrough is:
1 Chronicles 14:8 – Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them. (Verse 9) Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim. (Verse 10) And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.”
(Verse 11) So they went up to Baal Perazinm, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of the place Baal Perazim. (Verse 12) And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.
Notice, immediately when David’s enemies came against him, he inquired of God. David was a great warrior and understood battle plans and defeated so many of Israel’s enemies through God’s wisdom. But here is his secret – he prayed! David withdrew from al the others and went into his tent and prayed.
Luke 5:16 – So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
It’s so frustrating when something is locked and we don’t have the key to open it. It’s frustrating when we have a situation and don’t know how to get a breakthrough so things will start flowing again. We just read: God has the keys to all the openings and breakthroughs we need – prayer! God can open doors that no man can shut. He also can shut doors that no man can open. This happens when we pray. Here’s the second step we take when needing a breakthrough:
1 Chronicles 14:13 – Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley. (Verse 14) Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. (Verse 15) “And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” (Verse 16) So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer.
With every situation, we pray and ask. When the enemy came at David again, David didn’t take the attitude that he already knew how to do this. He immediately goes to God again. Just because the situation may look the same, we still need to pray. God may have a different way of getting us out of it this time. Always keep in mind, His ways are not our ways, they are far above.
However, with the prayer, there is something else that needs to be done on our part – obey. If we don’t do what God tells us to do, that breakthrough is not going to happen. Can you imagine what some of the younger soldiers were thinking when David told them they were going to wait until they heard “marching in the tops of the mulberry trees?” Nowhere is it recorded that anyone questioned him.
The Lord went before David because David obeyed! He prayed and then he obeyed. David named this place of battle Baal Perazim. Most people believe that Perazim means “breakthrough.” That’s close but not quit. Baal is the Philistine god. It sounds like “This is where Baal had a breakthrough.” So why didn’t David name it “Johova Perazim?” After all, this is where God broke through for Israel.
Here is why: Perazim doesn’t really mean breakthrough, it means “broken through.” So here is what David was really saying, “I want all of my enemies to know, ‘This is where Baal was broken through!’ ” It was the valley of the giants, Rephaim, but it had a mountain at the end of the valley called “mount Baal.” The enemy had camped there because they thought that was their stronghold. It was the place of their worship to their gods. They thought they’d be protected there.
The place in your life where the enemy thinks he has the strongest hold is the place where God will give you the breakthrough! There is not a place where our God cannot breakthrough!