I want you to get in your heart: it's time for ME to break out this year, break out of the limitations, the restraints, to break free of the things held me back, and begin to start to have a greater impact with my life. Mica 2:13: The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it; Their king will pass before them, the Lord at their head.
I'd like you just to have a quick look in a verse in Mica, Chapter 2 and Verse 13. Sometimes I get messages God will give me a couple of weeks out, sometimes I get them the beginning of the week, sometimes during the week, sometimes on Friday, sometimes on Saturday, occasionally on Sunday. [Laughs] I hate the ones I get on Sunday. I find that quite stressful, but on the other hand I've found that listening to God and flowing with Him gets you the best results.
When I woke up this morning, it's like I woke up, and suddenly it's almost like I heard a voice shouting in my head. It was the Holy Ghost, and what He spoke to me was this: It's time to break out. If there's anything that you get out of this message today, I want you to get in your heart: it's time for ME to break out this year, time for me to break out of the limitations, time for me to break out of the restraints, time for me to break free of the things held me back, and begin to start to have a greater impact with my life. We'll just read in Mica, Chapter 2 and it's not the scripture we're going to stay in. There's one in the Old Testament that the Lord spoke to me about, but look at this verse here, and it says in Verse 13: the one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it; Their king will pass before them, the Lord at their head.
So what it's talking about, the people of God, and it refers to Jesus Christ, and it calls Him the Breaker, the one who breaks out, the one who demolishes limitations, the one who breaks, bursts out into new territory, the one who breaks out of current ways of thinking, and in every way that you look at Jesus, He was definitely a breaker. He broke the culture, He broke the customs, He broke the traditions, He broke almost every kind of formal thing that would have restrained God's people. The word there to break, is exactly the word that has followed it, when it says: they will break out, so when we determine in our hearts to follow Jesus and begin to live our life to honour and please Him, then He wants us as a result of that to break out, to break out and have influence with our life.
Christianity is about an army advancing a kingdom, and so often what we do, we get to like our experience with God and don't realise, actually it's all about breaking into new territory, breaking into new areas, breaking open new things, and just staying comfortable is found nowhere in the Bible, not at all, not at all. The Great Commission, the last word Jesus gave to the church, I'll just say it, you know it: Go! That means break out. What could be simpler? Break out of your limitations, break out of your mentalities, break out of the confinement, break through your fears, break out, go and make disciples, make people into followers of Christ. So that is what Jesus commanded the church. He commanded the church to break out and invade new territory, and like all churches, it didn't respond so quickly.
Let's have a look quickly in Acts, Chapter 1. I want you to have a look about the baptism in the Holy Ghost. Baptism in the Holy Ghost's wonderful - if you're not baptised in the spirit speaking tongues, it's a great experience, it's an essential experience to live in the spirit. But notice what it's for; so Jesus told him: I want you to wait until the Holy Ghost be poured out, so what He says here in Verse 8: You shall receive power when the Holy Ghost comes upon you; then you shall have meetings where you'll laugh and fall over, and great things will happen. You'll see visions, have dreams, see angels. You'll be so impressed with the angels, have all these things happen - that's what'll happen. Well He didn't mention that, but that's just the side bit that happens, actually as a result of understanding what baptism in the spirit's about. Baptism in the spirit is a gateway experience into the realm of the spirit and the supernatural, that is accompanied by the mission or the purpose of God being performed. In other words you shall be witnesses unto Me.