BLACK PEARLS: Be Encouraged... Breakthrough is within Reach

By Doris Stokes-Knight

We often call ourselves waiting on a breakthrough from God, but what are YOU doing to encourage one to come?  Many of us want the Lord to come through for us in some area of our lives, be it finances, our marriages, jobs/employment situations, etc.  Do we really want a “breakthrough” or do we want God to just do everything for us without us having any real responsibility in any of it?  We do have a part to play Zion.

I think breakthrough is one of God’s areas of specialty, because there is always a lesson to be learned from it.  He loves to send a clear message to the Believer that He “has our backs” in any given situation we may find ourselves in.  For many of us, especially as Christians, an area we all could use some HELP in is the area of forgiveness and wanting revenge for wrongdoing.  I can think of at least 6 or 7 personal experiences of my own, where the Lord clearly told me to “get out of the way” and let Him handle things the way He saw fit.  It’s amazing how we can know the Word, read it, study it and then when we’re faced with a life situation, we immediately want to react by injecting our own policies of how we want to handle it!  God declares in Romans 12:19, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”    In this scripture, God literally is letting us know that He takes FULL ownership of vengeance; in fact, NONE OF US has a right to “get back” at anyone for any wrong doings.  Oh wow…I know I got the Saints going now…I mean, ALL OF US are guilty of at least wanting to throw the book at SOMEBODY who has done us wrong…right?  The last thing we want to hear when someone has wronged us is “Honey, just let the Lord deal with them; He’ll do it in His own time…” 

But know this and I speak from experience:  The Lord has a Heavenly system of repaying people for wrongfully attacking you like I’ve never witnessed!  He can do things you would NEVER have the power, authority, right or ability to do, without getting in trouble for it, because He knows them inside and out…He made them.  He knows how to deal with them in the most just way!   My prayer for all of you is to stay in peace, when faced with any situations of wrong-doing and just be still; watch God move on your behalf; but DON’T hinder your own future and blessings by retaliating.  Your breakthrough may be right around the corner or through the next open door!  He may be trying to give or bring into your life your next season of favor and/or deliverance!  You’ll cut it off or delay it by getting in “attack” mode.

Breakthrough comes when we voluntarily “STAND DOWN” from having our own way; meaning, we give precedence to Him having the choice to deal with things in His own timing and in His own way on your behalf.  Why is this important?  Because the Lord made us in His own image; He’s responsible for giving each of us a “will”, meaning we can pretty much do what we choose to do (with consequences of course), but we can.  He honors us, when we turn over OUR WILLS to Him, even when we could do what we want to.  God doesn’t forget what others do to us; often THEY DO, but when it comes to “pay back” time, then they can’t figure out why things aren’t going right in their lives, completely forgetting all about the havoc they caused in your life (and probably others)!

Now I know the next thing I’m about to say is going to really make some of you want to jump off the nearest cliff, but don’t get mad at me….it’s the Word of God speaking!  As if turning over our will of wanting to “get back” at those that have wronged us wasn’t enough, the Lord then instructs us to do what?.... “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matthew 5:44, and if that isn’t enough, He tells us in Romans 12:20 to: “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”   That’s when you REALLY know you’re growing children!  My God, it’s not enough we have to WAIT on Him to facilitate the appropriate punishment but we have to treat them right, pray for them and do right by them anyway?  LOL…that’s the Word Zion, that’s the Word!

Listen, I know it’s tight God’s people, but…it’s RIGHT! I’ve personally had to experience this, many times but what I learned was how to be humbled by the obedience of going through it. I never said it felt good or I did it without reservation, or because I necessarily wanted to….I said I did it out of obedience. Father God knows how hard it is in our flesh to let some things go, but He demands that we do in order to get to our next dimension.

The next time you’re faced with a decision in your life to take someone out by your own hand or to submit judgment on them by our own policies of justice, think about this: is the person or the situation REALLY important enough to risk you moving into your next dimension? There is too much work to be done in the Kingdom to give someone else that kind of power over you….don’t release your future, your blessings, and your vision into the hands of someone else that doesn’t’ deserve it. The only thing we’re REQUIRED to do is to love them and release them into the Hands of the Lord to deal with them on His terms and according to His time table.

Now, about that breakthrough…I want to encourage you to take whatever next steps are necessary for you to move into your next dimension in God, so do the following and WATCH God move in your life:

*Praise God every chance you get!  (i.e., at home, in your car, witnessing to others, etc.)
*Help meet the need of someone else; becoming a GIVER is so important…and MEAN IT!
*Keep a grateful heart toward the Lord and toward others who love you! Let them know you
  appreciate them being in your life.
*Stay obedient to God’s Word and His direction for your life.  READ THE WORD so you’ll know
  what to do.
*Pray for your enemies and those that curse you, try to hinder you, ignore you, etc.  Your future,
  your times ARE NOT in their hands, it’s in God’s hands!  (Psalm 31:15)
*STAND DOWN and allow the Lord to handle wrong-doings in His way and in His timing.
*Do YOUR part and watch the Lord MOVE on your behalf…for He loves AND honors
  obedience, graciousness and PRAISE!

Doris Stokes-Knight is President and CEO of Black Pearl Enterprises and Voice 1 Music Ministries. She is also an ordained kingdom pastor, author, psalmist, worship leader, worship arts workshop facilitator, recording artist, songwriter, and gospel stage play actress. For more information email

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