The Deeper Walk series was a special churchwide call for renewal of the heart, soul, and mind. This series provides instruction and encouragement as you seek to deepen your walk with God. We hope that you will have opportunity to listen to these lessons often and that they will continue to encourage you in your walk with the Lord.
We have all gone through times when we wondered if we could make it even one more hour. We have all been on the verge of a breakdown, but where did you seek refuge? Did you withdraw and suffer alone? Did you turn to a friend or loved one for help? Join Pastor Al Pittman as he sheds light on how we can experience a breakthrough in the midst of a breakdown by relying on our faith in the Lord, being broken before Him, and having intimate times prayer and fellowship with Him. Through His presence in the life of every believer, He has already given us all that we need to successfully transition from breakdown to breakthrough.
Everyone will experience a time in life when nothing comes together and a breakdown seems imminent. This is when we need to look to God for a breakthrough. In 2 Kings4 we read of a woman on the verge of a breakdown and there is much we can learn from her story. Standing on the verge of a breakdown can occur regardless of who we are, how much Scripture we might know, or where we might be in our walk with the Lord. Often we will wonder where the Lord is in the midst of our turmoil and we will ask why we have to experience this pain. Realized that God uses times of turmoil to teach and refine us. We often look for a way out of the situation while the Holy Spirit is looking for a way to put something in to us. This is when our faith transitions from being a convenience to being genuine. This is when we learn to trust that the arms of the Lord are there to support us.
There are three things that can help us when we feel we are on the verge of a breakdown.
1. Faith. In our text we see that the first thing Elisha did was direct the womanÂ's attention from her circumstances to her faith. When on the verge of a breakdown, we need to be drawn back to what we already possess. The Lord has already placed within us all that we need, His presence. Unbelief will keep us walking back and forth, never able to see the solution that is right before us. In 1 Corinthians 3:21 we read that God has given all things to believers, we do not need to run to somebody else to supply our need. God wants us to submit all that we have to Him so that He can use it to deliver us. Deliverance is within reach, but we must exercise our faith. Feeling that we have nothing is giving in to a lie Â– we have the presence of God. Realize that we are the very temple of God and spend time in fellowship with Him.
Faith is not only believing, but faith is also acting on what we believe. To act on what we believe requires faith that is totally dependent upon God. His provision will be more than we could ever have imagined. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that God is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him. We need to position ourselves for deliverance by acting on our faith. Faith is positioning ourselves in a place where God can bless us. Do not let go of fellowship, prayer, and time in the Word. That is what the enemy wants us to do. If we remove ourselves from the flow of GodÂ's presence, we cannot expect to receive all that He has for us. The enemy wants us to act defeated, to doubt, to be fearful, which results in our being out of position and unable to receive GodÂ's provision. Remain obedient to God, remain in prayer, and keep connected to the body of Christ. Pray, fellowship, study His Word, and trust that He will bless.
2. Brokenness. When on the verge of a breakdown, it is important to empty ourselves of self so that we can experience His presence. Pour out self so that we can receive the fullness of His presence. We cannot be filled with the fullness of God if we are filled with the fullness of self. Self is in opposition with the will of God in the life of the believer. We cannot negotiate terms with God -- we can only come to Him in brokenness. We read that brokenness is an act of surrender in John 3:30. Self is often our greatest deterrent to spiritual breakthrough. We give ourselves more trouble than anyone else we know. Psalm 51:17 tells us to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, broken in spirit, and realizing we are nothing without Him. God is looking for empty vessels.
3. Intimacy. That which is significant in the kingdom of God always happens behind closed doors, in the intimacy of our own prayer life and devotion to God. The presence of God in our life, His filling, happens in private. He wants us to have an intimacy with Him. Matthew 6:6 further emphasizes the importance of this point. Intimacy with God will be obvious to everyone because what He pours into us privately always flows over and is seen publicly. The only real thing we have to offer the world is that which overflows from our prayer closet. It is also important to note that intimacy with God cannot be accomplished by someone else on our behalf. We must seek this intimacy with Him on our own. Psalm 107:9 tells us that only He can satisfy the hungry soul.
The lessons that we can learn from this portion of Scripture include:
Keywords: Lord's, supper, past, present, future, accomplished, status, covenant, complacent, affirm, represent, believe, declare, sanctification, glorification, warning
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God
Is Your Well Deep?
I. Son of God – The Object of our Devotions
II. Sanctuary – The setting for our Devotions
1. As you go about your day
2. When you get up and before you go to bed
3. Once every week or two
4. Extended periods less frequently
C. Posture -- It's the posture of your heart that determines the posture of your flesh
III. Sabbath – The Disciplined Grace of Devotions
C. Spiritual Disciplines
1. Inward Disciplines
1) Not like Eastern Meditation or Transcendental Meditation
2) Genesis 24:63, Psalm 63:6, Psalm 119:148, Psalm 1:2
3) Christian Meditation is an emptying in order to be filled or renewed
a) Find a quiet place and posture yourself receptively to the Spirit of
b) Take walks through God's creation in your mind's eye, noticing and
relishing the beauty
c) Put yourself in the midst of a narrative or parable from Jesus'
teachings, involve all 5 senses
d) Create in your mind images that describe great biblical truths, like
grace, sin, forgiveness
e) Rewind the recent past in your mind and relive decisions, choices,
priorities that you set
f) Use breathing exercises as a physical manifestation of a biblical
process: Breath out fear breath in trust in God
b. Prayer - Eight Forms of Prayer: From Matthew 6:9-13 and Kenneth Boa's
Handbook for Prayer
8) Closing Prayer
c. Fasting - Abstaining from food for Spiritual Reasons
If you desire to fast, do your research
d. Study –
1) Four steps
2) To Study the Bible
a) Observation - Read the text
b) Interpretation - Dig out the meaning of the text. Look at language,
context, audience etc…
c) Application - let the understanding affect your life
2. Outward Disciplines
3. Corporate Disciplines
Spiritual Graces + Spiritual Disciplines = Spiritual Fruit and Growth
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God
Is Your Well Deep?
It Can Be.
Topic: Spiritual Gifts