“And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. And David enquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? and wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand. And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it, and went out against them. So they came up to Baal–perazim; and David smote them there. Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters: therefore they called the name of that place Baal–perazim.”
1 Chronicles 14:8-11
• David asked God’s permission, he asked the Lord if he would have victory.
• Your faith can act as gas or breaks for God. Your level of expectancy is the difference in knowing that God can do something and believing that God will do something.
• Take the breaks off God! Could it be that the only thing holding God back is your level of expectancy? He doesn’t need your faith in order to move but He choses to use it.
• In this passage, David took the breaks off of God.
• When you carry presence into purpose, you will be opposed. Your anointing attracts attacks. The enemy will come after you not because you are out of the will of God but because of the anointing on your life.
• Don’t be surprised when trials come! (1 Peter 4:12)
• Leaders, we never outgrow a war or a fight. We should rise up and still lead the fight just as David did.
• Rephaim, the place where the Philistines spread themselves, means “valley of trouble” or “valley of giants!” This was a vulnerable place for David and his army because this was not territory that they had overtaken.
• The enemy knows how to hit you where you are vulnerable. We should be aware of the enemy’s attacks and know that it is coming. Don’t be surprised.
• Could your breakthrough be tied up in your last act of disobedience? Partial obedience is disobedience.
• Because of the victory, the name of Rephaim was changed to Baal–perazim. There are names in your life that God wants to change. He allowed you to be the way you were in the past so that he could take your personality, change your heart and use it for His glory. He wants to change shame to freedom, depression to joy, anxious to peaceful, empty to whole, hurt to healed, lost to found, blind to having sight, deaf to hearing. God wants to show up on your scene and change your name.
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”
• God inhabits the praise of His people. To inhabit is to sit down and reside among.
“And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjath–jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the Lord, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it.”
1 Chronicles 13:6
• David and his men had to pass through Praise (Judah) to get to breakthrough (Perazim).
• Judah means praise. Perazim means breakthrough. On the map, you could see that one would have to travel through Judah to get to Perazim. This would mean that you would have to travel through Praise to get to Breakthrough!
“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brethren; And Judah begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;”
• The genealogy of Jesus shows us that Judah (which means praise) begot Phares (derived from Perez/Perazim which in earlier passages, the place meant breakthrough). Notice that Judah’s son was named Perez. In other words, Praise is breakthrough’s daddy!
• What you know and and what you feel don’t always line up. When you don’t know what else to do, do what you know to do: PRAISE HIM!
• Praise births breakthrough.
• Praise does a few things:
1. Prepares a seat.
2. Takes our eyes off us and gets our eyes on who He is.
3 Praise paves the way to breakthrough. Praise births breakthrough!
• Breakthrough is within your reach. God is very big, He is very close, and He is very good!
• When you are squeezed in life, what is in you comes out. Let praise come out.
• The more you are in His presence, the more you get to know who He is. The more you know Him, the more you can praise Him.
• Praise is acknowledging who God is.