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Sunday School: Need a Breakthrough? Turn to God!

Have you ever felt lost? Lost like in a maze, where every direction you turn feels like the wrong one and you can’t seem to find the way out? I have.

I’ve been drifting kind of far from God lately. Like many times before, my life got busier and busier until I pretty much stopped spending time with God unless I was at church on Sunday or researching an article. At first, I didn’t realize I was drifting away, but eventually I did. Suddenly, the problem was that I really didn’t know where to start or how to find my way back.

Then last week at a prayer service, I heard God whisper softly to me, “Just come back.” Just come back? Like just turn around a take a step towards God? That sounds too simple. I mean, by this time, I felt lost and empty. Every time I would think about praying wholeheartedly or studying my Bible, I would get tired and feel overwhelmed.

How was I supposed to “just come back”? How could I even take that first step when my body felt like it was made of lead? I felt like it would take more strength and energy than I had to get back to God. I needed a breakthrough, but would God give me one?

David found himself in a similar situation shortly after he became king over Israel.

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they all marched up to find him. David heard this and went out to confront them. The Philistines had invaded and were plundering the Rephaim Valley. David asked God for advice: ‘Should I attack the Philistines, and will you hand them over to me?’ The Lord answered, ‘Attack them, and I’ll definitely hand them over to you.’ So they marched up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. ‘By my strength,’ David exclaimed, ‘God has burst out against my enemies, the way water bursts out’ (1 Chronicles 14:8, Common English Bible, CEB).

This is such a cool scripture! The name of the place where David fought the Philistines, Baal-perazim, means “master of outbursts” or “master of breakthrough.” David needed to know if God was going to break through his enemies, because if He wasn’t, then David wasn’t going to attack them.

The coolest part about this is how we can apply it to situations where we need breakthrough in our own lives. When something is attacking us or keeping us from God, we need to face it and attack that thing. The promise of God in those times is that He will give our defeated enemy into our hands. If we decide to fight the things that keep us from God, He promises that He will break through.

God is the “master of breakthrough.” He will use what little energy and strength we have to effect great changes in our lives…if we just use what little we have to take that return step in His direction. It might feel like an insurmountable effort, but in reality, it’s only a very small step. No matter how you’re feeling, you can make it.

Do you need God to break through something in your life?

When you call Me and come and pray to Me, I will listen to you. When you search for Me, yes, search for Me with all your heart, you will find Me (Jeremiah 29:12-13).

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  1. pipo_star

    Posted by pipo_star on May 17, 2013 at 19:41

    Yes! I need a breakthrough from condemnation… I read that there’s no condemnation in Christ, I need to stop feeling it though… I always try to make things right my way (to make it right what I did wrong) but I have to just believe in Jesus’ forgiveness.

    • Deeblves3

      Posted by Deeblves3 on May 30, 2013 at 17:09

      @Pipo_star I was literally at a point in my life when everything I felt was not enough for God. I still felt that way now but not as much as before, but your right. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ..” I tried to do whatever I can..but truthfully we can’t. There’s nothing we can do to measure up what Jesus did on the cross for us. Now, I learned we can just recieve his forgiveness..and move on. We can’t earn it, we already have it. Hope this helps!

  2. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on May 14, 2013 at 14:47

    Wow! This is incredible! Great message, Jenn! Thank you!

  3. Brittaaanyjadeee

    Posted by Brittaaanyjadeee on May 13, 2013 at 01:11

    This is so beautiful and very relevant to me right now. I am going through things fit now and sometimes feel lost but I know that God is always with me and I must turn to him, he will show me the way <3

  4. Posted by JennArman on May 12, 2013 at 20:57

    Girls, I’m so glad that this article ministered to you! I know it can feel so hard to return to God when we feel like we’ve wandered so far away. Remember you can never wander out of God’s sight and when you take the step back, God will close the distance between you and Him. Love you girls! 🙂

  5. AllisonGrace

    Posted by AllisonGrace on May 12, 2013 at 19:07

    I needed this. I haven’t read a Sunday School article before, but I’m so glad I did tonight. Beautifully written <3

  6. sha566

    Posted by sha566 on May 12, 2013 at 17:34

    Thank you so much!! Lately, I have been drifting from my faith and God!! :)) <333

  7. worship

    Posted by worship on May 12, 2013 at 17:30

    Same here @hlaluvzjesus, I have been feeling so lost!

  8. hlaluvzjesus

    Posted by hlaluvzjesus on May 12, 2013 at 15:48

    I am so glad you wrote this!! I needed this!! <3