If you’re standing at an open door, but lack the discipline to walk through, are you a prisoner? Maybe it’s not that you lack discipline, maybe it’s fear holding you back. Perhaps it is just your reluctance to change. What if your life depends on making that change . . . walking through that open door?

 

In this message I recount a story of Raynald III, a fourteenth century duke, who was literally a prisoner of his own appetite. If you have a moment, listen. It’s a remarkable story.

 

Do you need a breakthrough? Then break out! Break out of the norm and do something different! If you keep doing the same thing, you’ll keep getting the same thing. But I believe God wants to mark your life with incredible breakthrough.

 

Whatever battle you are facing, God can turn into victory.

 

“So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, ‘As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.’ So that place was called Baal Perazim” (2 Samuel 5:20).  

 

Let’s make 2017 a year of victories, a year of breakthrough! Let’s do something different to get something different. I love that Samuel said, “the Lord has broken out.” Yes, Samuel had breakthrough—victory and success—but only because the Lord broke out! Like the waters bursting through a dam, the Lord can suddenly and dramatically change what’s in front of you.

 

Here’s the obstacle. It requires action on your part. It’s not enough to want change. You must be willing to make change!

 

If you want to have a breakthrough year, then begin by seeking God. No one I can find in the Bible ever had breakthrough without first seeking God. David sought God, and God answered. Jehoshaphat sought God, proclaimed a fast, and God answered. When you seek God through fasting and prayer, He’ll show up. He desires to be in your presence, He desires to be invited, He desires to be in relationship with you!

 

 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).

 

Are you a prisoner of your own appetite? Are you so chained to your ways that you’re not willing to let go and pursue something greater? Are you held hostage by your own fears? God is the healer of broken dreams. He is the restorer of lost years. God reconciles families and reconciles His people back to Him. But I believe He’s asking you to make a move. Will you walk through that door?

 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).