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Prevailing in Times of Transition - Part One - Penetrating the Barrier - Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche

Any time you experience change, you are experiencing transition. During times of transition, there are moments, hours, and days when you feel uncomfortable. This is because you are journeying through a dimension or a realm that you have never been to before. It is unfamiliar to you, and if you are not careful, you will yield yourself to the lies and suggestions of the enemy.

You will begin to hear such thoughts as, “If you were doing what God wanted you to do, why do you feel like this? Why are you experiencing this?” The pressures of these thoughts will attempt to overcome you. Therefore, you need to learn how to prevail in times of transition. You need to learn how to receive your miracle!

2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Matthew 11:2-6

John the Baptist had come to a place in ministry where he was about to be promoted. He was going to experience change. This was the same John who said, “I must decrease so that He might increase.” 1

John knew exactly what he believed. This was the same John who leaped for joy in his mother’s womb when the anointing of God came upon him! 2 This was the same John who heard the Father say, “The One upon whom you see the Spirit descend is He.” 3 This was the same prophet who said, “Behold, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” 4 He said, “I am not worthy to untie his sandals. He is mightier than I. He is coming after me. I am baptizing you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” 5, 6, 7

This was the same John who recognized Jesus when he saw Him and was positive about his convictions. He didn’t have a doubt. He said, “I didn’t know Him before, but when I saw the dove descend upon Him, I knew He was the Christ.” 8

What Happens After Faith Comes

The Bible says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. 9 But how many of you know that after faith comes, the devil comes? The devil doesn’t come before faith comes. The devil doesn’t come before the Truth is spoken. The devil always comes after the Truth, because he has nothing to say unless it is in opposition to the Truth!

In other words, the devil is not a creative being. He doesn’t have a thing to say. He can only take the Truth and twist it. Therefore, until the Truth is spoken, the devil is silent. You don’t hear the devil talking in the Garden of Eden before God said, “Don’t eat of the fruit of the tree.” You don’t hear him tempting man before God said, “The day you eat of it, you will surely die.” But once God had said, “You will surely die,” the devil said, “You will not die.” 10

The Bible also calls the devil “the tempter.” 11 In other words, he tempts. The Bible also calls him “the thief.” 12 In other words, he steals. But in order for him to steal, there must be something for him to steal. He cannot come to take what you have unless God has given you something.

The moment you hear the Gospel — the Good News — and you believe it, you get the faith to perform what you heard. That’s the Good News. The bad news is, the devil knows you received the Good News, and he knows there is a possibility you might act upon it. Therefore, he begins to put pressure on you. 13 That is why you need to know how to prevail in times of transition; times that seem foreign to you. These are the times when you say, “Lord, what in the world is going on? I don’t understand. Why haven’t I received my miracle?”

Penetrating the Barrier

When you fly a jet that is built to break the sound barrier into a higher level and speed, the closer you get to the sound barrier, the greater the resistance becomes. Things start shaking, and it seems as if you are going the wrong way. This is what happens to you in times of transition. Your mind says, “This thing is going to break up! Don’t push the throttle any more. This thing was not designed for that. It’s going to fall apart!”

That’s exactly how you are in the Kingdom of God. When you begin to soar with the Lord and put the Word to work, the closer you get to the place of breaking the barriers of the enemy — that realm of resistance and shaking where it feels as if every bone in your spiritual being is going to fall apart — you don’t understand what is happening. You’ve never been there before.

But the Good News is, don’t pull back on the throttle. The Good News is, you are about to penetrate that barrier, and once you break it, you are going to get to the other side, you will receive your miracle, and it’s going to be smooth flying, in Jesus’ mighty Name!

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