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2 Sam. 5:20 – So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So, he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).

I love that David exclaims, “The Lord did it!” Yes, David had Breakthrough – Victory and Success – but only because he sought the Lord. Like the waters bursting through a dam, the Lord can suddenly and dramatically change what’s in front of you.

If you want a Breakthrough year, then you must begin by seeking God. I cannot find anyone in the Bible that had a Breakthrough that didn’t first seek God. David sought God, and God answered. Jehoshaphat sought God, proclaimed a fast, and God answered. When we prioritize seeking God, He shows up! He desires to be with us. But, He wants to be invited. Because He desires relationship with us!

The truth that we all must come to understand, is that no matter how hard we try, we are not self-sufficient. God in His love will allow us to attempt to live that way. But, most of us have found out the hard way just how flawed we really are. Jesus says in John 15:15, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” The truth is that we can do a lot of things on our own, but the impact and fruit of our efforts really will amount to “nothing”, unless Jesus empowers us.

Do you need a Breakthrough? Then Break Out! Break out of the norm and do something different! If you keep doing or giving the same thing, you’ll keep getting the same thing. Some people have been tipping God so long and have settled for a trickle of God in their lives, believing that’s normal. Breakout – by giving God the whole 10%. Others have become satisfied with a little 2% or 3% annual cost of living raise. Breakout –  do something different, start by giving God above and beyond the 10%, then you’ll see the God of the Breakthrough come in like a flood and defeat your enemies. Let your dissatisfaction motivate you to do something different. I believe God wants to make your life in 2017 a year of incredible Breakthrough. Breakout, step up in faith, by doing something different. Make this year – 2017 the year of distinguishable BREAKTHROUGH!

Pointing People to Jesus
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven”

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Luke 15:18- “I will go home to my father’s house and say, Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you.”

In Luke chapter 15 we find the story of the prodigal son asking his father for his inheritance. We find this son still in his father’s house with his older brother. But after the brothers received their inheritance, a restless spirit comes on the younger brother. Eventually he leaves the father’s house to spend all his money on riotous living.

When God blesses us, one of two things can happen. In Deut. 8:18 it reminds us to remember the Lord our God, for it is He who gives us the ability to get wealth (money). God must have realized that after being blessed it would be a temptation to run off and do our own thing. Some people can handle being blessed while others obviously cannot. When God blesses us, we are either drawn closer to Him and His House (church), or we are pulled away from where we are supposed to be and end up misusing the blessings of God. One of the enemy’s strategies is to pull us away from God’s House (church) because he knows that if he can get us out from God’s covering he can steal everything away from us. The enemy is after your life and your purpose. And if he can separate you from the church he’s separated you from your purpose. Always remember that the local church is the hope of the world. That was God’s idea, not man’s. In these last days, we need to have a made-up mind to STAY CONNECTED and in God’s house where there is love, peace, safety, and blessing, for our families and for us.

Many times, we can be faithful to God’s house, but unfaithful in coming under the authority of that house (the pastor). On the surface, we might be doing all the right things – and to everyone looking on, it looks like your all in. But if there are parts of your heart that are not fully surrendered to the leadership of the House (church), it’s like the prodigal son when he said, “I have sinned against both heaven and you.” The attitude of our heart is not always available for others to see, but God sees. And like it or not, no matter how much good you do, the un-surrendered heart has created a distance. A separation that will keep you from taking the next step in your ultimate purpose.

God places authorities in our lives to bless us and to help us fulfill His purposes in our lives. It’s sad that most people never get this, so they end up going their whole life defeated and without totally fulfilling the purpose of God. Today I encourage you to totally surrender your whole heart to God and the authorities that God has placed in your life. The Bible says that after the prodigal son came to his senses his heart returned home and he followed. After returning home there was a great celebration because he has now positioned himself for all that God had for him. Today if you’ve allowed something in your heart against God’s authorities in your life, get it right with Him then return to Father’s House with a pure heart. By doing that you will now experience a greater freedom in your purpose.

Pointing People to Jesus
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven”

Acts 9:9 – ” Paul was three days without sight, and neither ate or drank.”
So here is the scenario. Stephen had just finished preaching an anointed, convicting gospel message. After preaching Saul had him stoned and murdered. I must believe that the Holy Spirit that was all over Stephen to preach the message was convicting Saul. The reason that I believe that is because when Saul left the stoning, he was headed to Damascus to arrest and kill other Christians. On his way, he had a direct encounter with Jesus which knocked him off his feet (slain in the Spirit). After Saul is knocked to the ground, the first words out of his mouth are, “Who are You, LORD?” The Holy Spirit used Stephen’s last message to convict Saul and bring him to Christ and Saul ultimately becoming the greatest apostle of the Bible. You never know who your life is touching or influencing. It might be the next apostle to nations. Like Stephen, our lives are communicating the everlasting message of the Kingdom. As we said this past Sunday, your life has eternal, divine purpose that is effecting generations

After Saul has this encounter with Jesus and is converted, the very first thing that the Lord has him do is FAST and PRAY. This gives me great encouragement. Saul is a brand-new baby in the Lord, yet because of this encounter with Jesus he had the strength to fast.

Over the next three weeks as we are embarking on a new year and committing ourselves to Fasting and Praying to hear from God concerning His Will, direction, and purpose for this year, I want to encourage you to keep this portion of scripture handy, Acts 9. Refer to it often to energize and encourage your faith. There are a few very specific things that happened for Saul during this FAST. We should always have an expectation during our time of fasting and prayer to hear from God – as Saul did.

Though the Bible doesn’t say at what point, I believe that it was during this fast that Saul, the disciple of Gamaliel (Jewish Rabbi), received his new identity as Paul the apostle of Jesus Christ. I believe that during this time of drawing closer to the Lord, God will increase your awareness of your Identity in Christ. The old man (Saul) being passed away and your new identity being totally consumed with Christ. You are no longer a stranger to the covenant but you are now a SON or DAUGHTER, an heir of the Kingdom.

Through this fast, Paul received God’s vision for his life. God will do the same for you. Whether affirming what you might already know or giving greater clarity. God wants to communicate with you. As you seek God with your whole heart, He will faithfully meet with you to give you greater vision and direction for your life

Pointing People to Jesus
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven”

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Rom.8:5 – “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
In order to experience the presence of God in a greater way we must remove the presence of everything else! That happens most effectively through fasting and prayer. As we begin to take away power from our flesh, our spirit will gain stronger influence in our lives.
It’s time, 2017 can be the greatest year of your life. By conquering everything that has been standing between you and God – between you and the person that God has called you to be! Strong, Victorious, Overcoming, Healthy and Prosperous!


Jesus gives us a promise in Matt.6:18 – “that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees everything, will REWARD you openly.” When we devote ourselves to Him in prayer and fasting, He changes everything for us and makes it obvious.
In Joel 2 Jacob wrestled with God alone. When we commit ourselves to His presence through fasting and prayer He will never leave us in desperation. God tells Jacob in Joel 2:12 – “Turn to me NOW, while there is time. Give me your heart, with fasting.” Jacob fought fiercely, refusing to let go until he was blessed. God blessed Jacob and gave him FAVOR publicly!
Are you preparing to join us beginning Jan. 9th for our annual 21 day’s of Fasting and Prayer? Are you willing to make temporary sacrifice for your long – term gain? If you can push past your flesh through fasting, there are answers for you in His presence.
Pointing People to Jesus
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven”