Rejoicing Brings Breakthrough by Alice Haywood

Jul 11, 2010
Rejoicing Brings Breakthrough by Alice Haywood

By Alice Haywood, et al

Breakthrough happens when we rejoice! Rejoicing in the Lord and a heart of thankfulness in the midst of a trial helps bring the victory! See below several examples from the Bible of people who were in the midst of serious life circumstances, and it was their “rejoicing” that brought breakthrough.

1. Jesus was told that His good friend Lazarus had died. Jesus did cry because He loved His friend, but then He turned His attention to the Father and took His eyes off of the “dead” situation. Jesus said “Father I thank you that you have heard me-Lazarus come forth!” (John 11:41,42) And Lazarus walked out of the tomb!

2. Peter and John were shackled in a prison and it was their rejoicing that brought their freedom from bondage! Their chains fell right off and an Angel led them out to freedom. (Acts 12:1-11)

3. Paul and Silas also found themselves in prison. While they were praising God an earthquake came and  all of the jail cell doors opened. The jailer got saved and led them out of the prison. (Acts 16:25-34) Rejoicing affects your environment and the people around you too!

4. God had instructed the Israelites to take the city of Jericho by marching around the city while singing and praising God. After they did as God instructed, the walls of Jericho fell down and they were able to “take” the city. (Joshua 6:1-5,20)

Thankfulness is not just a “feeling”, we can give thanks to God at all times, whether we feel like it or not! Praise is a sacrifice we give to God and it should “cost” us something! And the cost is praising and thanking Him even when our body and minds are not “feelin it”. Praise Him until you feel that heaviness in your heart & soul lift and your joy and peace will return! This might require you to get out of your comfort zone and do some shoutin’!

The difficulty of thinking about rejoicing during turbulence times is a battle of it's own. When a person thinks about their current situation, "rejoicing" is not the word that comes to mind. Of course my own life has been tested with the very title of this topic, but what brings me into understanding is the stories before me in the word of God that shows me what key people did during "turbulent" times. It's stories like David, Daniel, Paul, Silas and countless others as we have mentioned, when things appeared to turn toward "defeat", their rejoicing brought them "BREAKTHROUGH". Maybe you are asking yourself “What do stories in the bible have to do with current situations in my life?” Well I am glad you asked! When you get laid off from work, when your husband declares "publicly" he is not fond of you or when you have given your children and family everything you have and for some reason "their appreciation is never seen"- you have a choice to make! Ask yourself another question "For every great person in the Bible before me, did they have to overcome something? Or did things just fall in their lap?” If you can ponder on these questions privately I believe you will come to a better understanding that every victory will have obstacles that will make your life appear to be going down fast. I ask you to reflect on your own struggles and attacks of the enemy and say.  “If I remain in this place of worry will things change?” “Do I want better for myself?” “Will my victory mark a place in the Kingdom for others?”

 Ladies you have EVERYTHING you need inside your heart to overcome turbulence and obstacles and you must know that on the other side is "BREAKTHROUGH". Think on the personal questions and answer each one by saying out loud "I refuse to stay in a place of defeat. I do want a better life and understanding of who I am. My obstacles and set backs will be over once I understand that as I rejoice through this small window of trials, "my breakthrough" will be a testimony for the Kingdom of God.

 Remember you were chosen by the Father and you are precious to God and he sees nothing but "breakthrough” for you in everything you face. Amen!

 Faith works by love (Galatians 5:6), but joy brings the victory & the breakthrough.

Praise be to God who gives us the victory (1 Cor 15:57).

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice! (Phil 4:4)

Rejoicing brings peace; a sense that everything will be all right. Rejoicing will put the bounce back in your step!

Scripture verses taken from the NKJV.

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