“So David and his men went up to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand.” So that place was called Baal Perazim. 2 Samuel 5:20 and 1 Chronicles 14:11”.
David is explaining the immense force of flooding. When water overflows from its banks, it possesses incredible power, washing away everything in its path. David compares this power to the might of God, as nothing can resist it when He unleashes His strength.
The reason this location was named after Baal, a god of the Philistines, instead of the Lord, is because the enemy believed it was the most robust. Therefore, David called it Baal Perazim, which means God broke through the enemy’s stronghold. God desires to grant you a breakthrough in the areas of your life where the enemy is the most powerful.
A breakthrough is a dramatic development, a sudden shift, a move beyond an obstacle. It’s the “yes” you hear after a year of hearing a chorus of “no’s.” It’s the answer to a prayer you have been praying consistently. It can be any prayer; the prayer over tragedy, sickness, temptations, sins, children, alcoholism, unwanted thoughts, or hurt by a person.
In order to understand why David required a breakthrough, let’s revisit a few previous chapters. The Philistines were relentlessly pursuing David with the intention of taking his life. Their animosity towards him had been ongoing since he defeated their leader, Goliath, as a young child. David’s survival relied on him receiving a breakthrough. There have been countless instances in our lives where it appears as though we are being attacked from all angles, with our backs against the wall, and everything seems to be going against us. During these moments, we yearn for relief and wish for God to intervene and provide us with a breakthrough that will help us overcome these obstacles. Our God is Baal-Perazim, the Master of Breakthrough, and He is skilled in sudden and dramatic transformations. He is known as the God of “just like that.”
Let’s take a look at what David did to achieve a breakthrough in his life.
When David was being pursued by the Philistines, he sought the Lord’s guidance as his first course of action. Have you also sought the Lord’s guidance for the situation you are facing? What instructions have you received from the Lord?
David carried out the Lord’s command to attack the Philistines with obedience. Our obedience is crucial to achieving our breakthroughs. If we desire a sudden shift in our circumstances, we must remain obedient in our prayers.
David’s victory over Goliath of the Philistines using a stone and a slingshot was a remarkable feat. However, even after his initial success, David continued to seek the Lord’s advice in every situation. It’s important not to get too comfortable with God’s methods, as he doesn’t always move in the same way. Instead, we should approach him every time, whether the situation is familiar or unfamiliar, and wait for specific guidance before acting.
David’s obedience and respect for God’s supremacy were evident in his willingness to inquire of the Lord and submit to his will. By carrying out God’s instructions, he opened the door for God to work miracles and provide the breakthrough he needed.
So if you are reading this and looking for a breakthrough in your life, never lose hope. A mountain can’t be moved in a day. Build your faith in Jesus and be patient. Give your worries to him as he cares for you. Jesus says in Matthew 11: 28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
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