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God’s Ultimate Breakthrough

BreakThrough-Project-1The following is a quote from Joel Osteen’s I Declare which is floating around Facebook:

Day 18 – I DECLARE breakthroughs are coming in my life, sudden bursts of God’s goodness. Not a trickle. Not a stream. But a flood of God’s power. A flood of healing. A flood of wisdom. A flood of favor. I am a breakthrough person and I choose to live breakthrough minded. I am expecting God to overwhelm me with His goodness and amaze me with His favor. This is my declaration.

Osteen, Joel (2012-09-18). I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life (p. 99). FaithWords. Kindle Edition.

On the surface this sounds great. However, if you really thing about the theological implication of this quote in light of Biblical Theology you quickly begin to see the vicious cycle of never ending heart ache to which such a dangerous premise like this will lead you.

The problem with this statement is that it causes you to focus on your circumstances rather than God. With this statement Mr. Osteen sets you up for failure. What happens when you declare your breakthroughs, in the context intended in Mr. Osteen’s statement, and you do not get them. In this statement Mr. Osteen has defined God’s goodness and favor in light of “positive” circumstances in life. Let me express this another way. In my mind this is akin to someone making the statement that God has shown His mercy, grace, and favor in my life by healing my relative from their disease. What happens if God does not “heal” the relative from their disease and the relative dies? Does this mean that God has withheld His mercy, grace, and favor from your life?

The problem with Mr. Osteen’s reasoning is that people have come to believe that God’s blessing is linked merely with a stress free, sickness free, financially abundant life. Nothing could be further from the truth. The call to Christianity is often a call to walk the hard path. Sometimes God calls people to be faithful even unto death (see Rev. 2 & 3).

Believer’s you need to understand that God has already given you the greatest breakthrough He could have ever given you when He crushed His Son on the Cross under the weight of His wrath against your sin. In that one act He gave you the opportunity to experience the greatest breakthrough you could ever experience if you will repent of your sin and trust Jesus Christ as the propitiation for your sin and savior of your life. All of us deserve to die in our sin and suffer the eternal wrath of God in the lake of fire call Hell. However, thanks to God’s grace and mercy in Christ Jesus that does not have to be our plight. When one repents of their sin and places their face in Christ Jesus they are declared not guilty. They are declared justified in Christ. This, my friends, is the ultimate breakthrough. If God never does anything else for you in your life He has already done more for you than you deserve.

Until you rest in Him in light of this you will always be chasing another breakthrough. We must come to realize that our hope is in Him in spite of our circumstances. Let us follow the example of the Apostle Paul. Let us praise Him when we are abased and let us praise Him when we abound. Let us understand that the circumstances of life do not dictate the countenance of our soul. Let us declare with Paul not to “speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Php 4.11-13 KJV). Let us declare with the Apostle Paul that “to live is Christ, but to die is gain” (Php 1.21 KJV).

I implore you all, please quit listening to the false doctrines of the health and wealth preachers like Joel Osteen, Rod Parsley, and the like. I implore you to get in God’s Word and learn to rest in Christ and you will be able to rest in the glory of Christ in spite of you circumstance and declare as the Psalmist; “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Ps 23 KJV).

Soli Deo Gloria,

Ronnie