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15 Days of Unstoppable Breakthrough

  1. 1. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Laid Up For This Hour 15 Breakthrough Principles that God wants you to know to be able to overcome any hurdle and fulfil the vision He has given you of your Destiny in Christ After Reading Feel Free To Visit Me at : http://quinsonthomas.org 1|Page
  2. 2. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. Some Scripture quotations are taken from the Amplified Bible. Copyright 1954, 1958 by the Locman Foundation, La Habra, California Laid Up For This Hour 15 Breakthrough Principles that God wants you to know to be able to overcome any hurdle and fulfil the vision He has given you of your Destiny in Christ Copyright 2009 by Quinson Thomas E-Published by Quinson Thomas Ministries Ballast Bay, Tortola British Virgin Islands 284-543-0989 2|Page
  3. 3. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Laid Up For This Hour 15 Breakthrough Principles that God wants you to know to be able to overcome any hurdle and fulfil the vision He has given you of your Destiny in Christ Table of Contents Foreword Preface Chapter 1 Breakthrough Principle #1 Chapter 2 Breakthrough Principle #2 Chapter 3 Breakthrough Principle #3 Chapter 4 Breakthrough Principle #4 Chapter 5 Breakthrough Principle #5 Chapter 6 Breakthrough Principle #6 3|Page
  4. 4. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Chapter 7 Breakthrough Principle #7 Chapter 8 Breakthrough Principle #8 Chapter 9 Breakthrough Principle #9 Chapter 10 Breakthrough Principle #10 Chapter 11 Breakthrough Principle #11 Chapter 12 Breakthrough Principle #12 Chapter 13 Breakthrough Principle #13 Chapter 14 Laid Up for This Hour Principle #14 Chapter 15 Breakthrough Principle #15 4|Page
  5. 5. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Introduction As a brief introduction to this book I want to share with you some powerful truths from the Word of God. If you're ever going to be successful, and if God's going to honor you, you must die to yourself. Up until now you probably have realized in your life that you know what needs to be done- you already have that word from the Holy Spirit as to what you need to be doing, but if you're like many, it's as if you can't get beyond the barriers that you find yourself in. Guess what? If you think that you're going to be able to do it alone, then you're mistaken. You can do nothing without Jesus! The reason why you go into seasons of despair and stretching is because God wants to put new wine into your vessel, but He'll do it when you surrender your all to Him. Remember the scripture in Matthew 9:16-17? Let's look at it here now. 16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Here in this passage of scripture Jesus was talking about fasting, but He was also talking about going from the old to the new. Here in the Scripture He was referring to the transition from the Old Testament to the New Testament, but He's 5|Page
  6. 6. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas also referring to, the stages of glory that we ascend to as believers from working out of the old life into the new life. It refers to coming out from under the shackles of the devil where as John 10:10 says the enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy... over into the life that Jesus died to give us where He says, but I have come that you may have life and life more abundantly. This book is about living in the fullness of your Born-again life. It is about everything you do prospering, just as the Lord originally intended it. Jesus says in Matthew 6:21, "Where your treasure is there your heart will be also." The question can be asked, why is this important... because if you're a salesman and your treasure is in the approval of men, you will fail. Because your treasure is on earth... but if you're a salesman and your treasure is in heaven, then you will succeed, because it doesn't matter how many upsets, or bad- talking, or disappointments you face, your heart, and your treasure is in heaven with Jesus, and you know who's approval you're seeking- God's! This is what it comes down to. Here me well... all of the powerful principles that I give you won't have half of the effective power in the Word, if you don't give your all over to the Lord and stop trying to hold on to your life here on earth. So the principles here should not be seen as simply principles, but principles that help you to die to yourself, so that the abundant life of Christ can be apparent in your life to His praise, glory and honor! I know how it feels to want to do great things for the Lord. That's the way you should feel all the 6|Page
  7. 7. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas time.Praise God, and you will do them to the honor and glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, but you've got to do one thing... and that's hate your life in this world. If you cling to your life here on earth, your reputation, your circumstances and all of that, you will loose your life, but if you cling to your life in Christ where it means that you die, so that Christ lives in and through you, you'll find your life. And the abundance of the Kingdom of God will be present in your life here and now to the Lord's glory! This book is about letting your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. It is indeed about you doing the good works that you were created in Christ Jesus to do(Ephesians 2:10), as a son of God through faith in Jesus Christ(Galatians 3:26), now living not for yourselves but for He(Jesus) who died and was raised again(2 Corinthians5:15) John12:24-26 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. God wants your life to be a praise offering to Him in the earth. Not just as a servant, and not just as a friend, but as a son through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 7|Page
  8. 8. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas 10 Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said: “ Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. 13 “Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name. Now, David praised the Lord by opening His mouth, God wants to take it even further than that... He wants your life, and everything that you do to be praise unto Him. Before in the Old Testament the people would open their mouths and praise God and then God would show up. – The Lord inhabits the praise of His people. But now... we are God's own people. He who pleases Him, He who magnifies Him, and He who blesses Him dwells within you at all times- The Holy Spirit. So guess what, when you are led by the Holy Spirit, your life is an offering or praise, so that people can see God in you. 8|Page
  9. 9. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Therefore let your light shine before men so that men may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. All that's required is for you to die, so that His praise that is now in you can flow out into all the earth, and draw all men, all people unto Himself. 1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. So what I'm saying is turn your life over to Jesus, and to your Heavenly Father, and let Him be your Father on earth just as He is in heaven. Then, watch what He does in your life -Quinson Thomas 9|Page
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  11. 11. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas "Say God, I honor you." A re you Stuck on Start with fulfilling your God-given destiny in Christ? Then, what I have to show you may have the answers that you’ve been seeking. Here’s “How To Stop The Never Ending Stuck Cycle And Get Things Done in Jesus’ Name” Warning: Hazardous to Procrastination, fear, and confusion Breakthrough Principle #1 Humility always proceeds promotion James 4:6 - But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. It never ceases to amaze me just how awesome God is. He is certainly not slack with His promises. And to start of Breakthrough Principle #1- “Humility always proceeds promotion” I want to share with you a brief account of what happened to me one day while I was away at school. My Troubled story I had been having a difficult time with my finances. The money that my mom had sent up to me didn’t arrive one time, and so I was really scraping for change. Anyhow, one evening, I decided to check to see if the money that my mom had sent up was deposited in my bank account. Sure enough, and to my excitement, the money was in my account. Excited and hungry at that time, I made haste to get the money out of the ATM and headed over to the nearest SUBWAY restaurant. I ordered a footlong and a cookie and a drink. I was totally surprised by what the Lord said after this. 11 | P a g e
  12. 12. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Now here’s where the meat of this Breakthrough Principle comes into play. Are you ready? Okay. Let’s go! On my way back to my apartment, the Lord gently tugged at my heart, and in my spirit, I sensed the Lord saying, “Keep Walking.. Keep going on.” This was strange. It didn’t fit into my logic, but I knew that it was the Lord speaking to me- it was undeniable. So right then and there, I made up my mind that I would listen and obey His leading. Matthew 23:12 - For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Listen and Obey Following the Holy Spirit’s direction, I crossed the street, and walked onto the next block. Sure enough, when I came to the end of that block, a lady stopped me. She asked me if I had any money so that she could get home! Now I know that you can imagine just how excited I was. Probably a half an hour ago, I wouldn’t have been out there, and secondly I wouldn’t have had the money! Going back to the story... So I gave her some money. And before leaving I told her that I had come there just for her. Matthew 18:4 - Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Humility in this story I chose to tell you this story to highlight this Breakthrough Principle. And I hope that you’ve gathered at least two things. They are: 1) Humility involves you laying down your life in order to obey God. 12 | P a g e
  13. 13. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas It would have been an error on my part if I had disobeyed the Lord. Often times the Lord tells us to do crazy things (to us) and if we’re not humble, we can put of things off just to save our egos. “What would people say, “ “You know this is just ridiculous.” “I’ve got to mentally justify this.” These are just some of the thoughts that may keep you stuck; constantly avoiding the leadings of the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. By being humble, you say, “Lord, I don’t fully understand everything, but I’m going to do this based on Your Word.” 2) Humility opens the door for God to get something to you and through you. The lady who the Lord led me to that day, could have been praying to the Lord for help in getting home. I don’t know. But what I do know is that by my act of obedience to the Lord(who gave me the strength to do so), the Lord could have gotten through to her that He, the Lord Jesus Christ is the Way and the Truth and the Life. For they’ll know that we are His disciples by our love. Since that day forward, the Lord has been confirming and developing in me the assurance that I do hear His voice, and this has allowed me to minister more effectively in His Name- to His honor, praise and glory. So heres’ the End of Breakthrough Principle #1-“Humility always proceeds promotion.” Great Take Aways- 13 | P a g e
  14. 14. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas  Humility always proceeds promotion   Humility involves you laying down your life in order to obey God.  Humility opens the door for God to get something to you and through you.  By being humble to the Lord and His leadings in your life you get to go from faith to faith and from glory to glory, and success and promotion by the Lord are inevitable. 14 | P a g e
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  16. 16. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Breakthrough Principle #2 You can’t not succeed when you’ve got God’s Word and you abide in Him "Say God, I trust you!" There have been many times in my life, where I just didn’t know how God was going to do it. But, because He said it I knew that it was guaranteed to come to pass. I knew that God had something in store for me that I couldn’t see because I needed to step into what Jesus has promised me. I will never leave you or forsake you. Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you]. (1 Thessalonians 5:24) My story: I had been praying for God to move I had been praying and interceding for healings and miracles to break out in my home country. I spent minutes upon minutes praying in tongues, seeking God for His direction, reading and digesting His Word, and praying some more. Little did I know, God had already answered my prayers, and was waiting for me to abide in Him. One day something happened. I started abiding in His Word that by His stripes we were healed, and that we would heal the sick in His Name. A little boy in my class was under some incessant sneezing. It was right around the time that we were preparing to administer assessments to see how our students were doing. So there, I was listening to this boy in my class sneeze, and the Lord moved me to pray for him. I must admit, it was a struggle, but I submitted myself to God. 16 | P a g e
  17. 17. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.(2 Timoth 2:13) Oh, the Joys of Stepping out in Faith! I said to him, “Come here. Let teacher pray for you.” The little boy came over and I prayed for him. I put one hand on his chest, and the other on his back. And I prayed that the cold would leave him and the sneezing would stop so that he would be able to complete his assignments without this disturbing coughing. When I was finished praying, I sent him back to his seat. I knew that something happened there, but I waited to see. Achew! The boy sneezed. Achew! He sneezed again. And brothers and sisters in Christ, I’m pleased to say to the glory of God that was his last sneeze for the entire day. Glory to God! Praise Jesus! God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9) I mentioned this to you to highlight Breakthrough Principle#2- “You can’t not succeed when you’ve got God’s Word and abide in Him.” His Word, the bible says, shall not return unto Him void but shall prosper that for which it was sent. In fact, the Lord watches over His Word to perform it. 17 | P a g e
  18. 18. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas So many times, we get our eyes off the Truth, Jesus Christ. Let’s keep our eyes on Him and know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Yes, it may seem difficult(tell me about it!) But, as you remain faithful in doing what God has called you to do in and through His Son, Our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ, you will see the fruits of His Word in your life, and He will be glorified! Breakthrough Principle #3- A Poem 18 | P a g e
  19. 19. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Here’s is a poem the Lord inspired me to write. I pray that it will be a blessing to you in Jesus’ name. Amen. “Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield. (Psalm 33:20)” Oh soul why are you discouraged, and why are you perplexed along the way. Know ye not that the Lord, your God is with you, know ye not that He has the power to comfort and to encourage; the Power to make the crooked places straight and the dripping eyes still. Oh soul, why are you disquieted and running from the very Truth that will speak life to you. “Why run from Me? Run to Me; run into My everlasting arms and I will hold you, I will comfort you. I will give you peace. Be still. Be still and know that I am God, says the Lord. Do you hear Him? Do you hear the bells toll?“Enough My child, come into hiding with me. Those who abide in the secret Place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” “And I will not let your foot dash against a stone. I will lead you in paths of righteousness for my Name’s sake.” Take comfort in these words oh my soul. For the Lord is not slow to act in His Love towards you. Even now He prepares a table before you. Do you see it? Do you perceive it? “Hold fast to your profession of Faith in Me for I will heal you and deliver you.” 19 | P a g e
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  21. 21. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Breakthrough Principle #4 Do what God says and you’ll have surety in uncertainty "God, I trust your every Word." Are you well familiar of the account of the Lady with the issue of blood. You would have heard it some time or another in your lifetime because it is a remarkable story of a woman who through many of the struggles that she encountered in life pressed through, touched Jesus and received her miracle. This woman received her answer to years of this issue of blood. Where are you today? Do you find yourself battling the same issues over and over, not really reaching the place that you know God has called you to in Christ? What about that promotion, the vision of yourself that you see over and over? What about that deep desire to serve God that you've been praying about for so long for God to bring to pass but it seems as if you'll never get there? Well, I want to show you from the Word of God that it doesn't really matter how long it takes. You have a sure Foundation in Jesus Christ. And What He has promised to you shall come to pass. That's a given! You just have to believe it! Here's the Full Story. 21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands 21 | P a g e
  22. 22. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. 25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.(Mark 5:21-34)" Here's the First thing that we can see from this account. 1) She had the problem for Twelve years. I don't know how long you've been asking God to bring to pass what He has promised in your life. I don't know how long to you've been asking God to do something wonderful in your life to His honor and to His glory. But what I do know is that this account, if you've been waiting for a long time should be confirmation that it doesn't matter how long it has been, God is going to complete the work that He has begun in you. 22 | P a g e
  23. 23. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas This woman had this issue of blood for a long time. Twelve long years! Have you been waiting Twelve years? Have you been waiting 18 years? How about 2 months? Don't give up because God will show up. 2) She had suffered many things of many physicians and spent all that she had. I don't know about you, but there have been many times in my Christian walk where I felt drained- just simply tired of waiting. I would have done everything I could, but it seemed as if I just didn't have what it takes. And let me tell you- I don't. Jesus does!And it's the same with you- Jesus is the One that will make the difference! There are many who are around you who've probably said to you that you need to try it this way, or do things another way other than the way that God instructed you. And you've probably tried them, but you still know deep down that God has a specific and fail-proof, success-guaranteed way to do it. Well, you're right in thinking that. It's His Word. That's why In those times of uncertainty, don't separate yourself from the Body of Christ, because you need to keep on hearing about Jesus. This will build your faith. But equally important to hearing is doing! So when you hear, Go! This is so important. Don't wait, Go! And Find Him. 3) She Received her healing after she touched the hem of Jesus' garment. It's important to note here that it was a Word that drew her to Jesus to receive her healing. This actually illustrates to us the Truth that Faith comes 23 | P a g e
  24. 24. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas by hearing and hearing by the Word of God(Romans 10:17) Up until that point she had been hearing about Jesus. The signs and wonders and healings that He performed, and the teachings that He gave were probably among the list of things she heard from the people. The scripture isn't explicitly clear on what the crowds told her or what she heard about Jesus, but this is what we know- whatever she heard sparked faith in her to go and touch him to receive her healing! 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.( Mark 5:28) And this is what will take you to the next level my brother. This is what will take you to the next level my sister. FAITH. And it comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God(Romans 10:17) Here's a powerful secret that I want to share with you. There are different members of the Body of Christ, each given a grace to fulfil their God-given purpose in the Body. The Body is meant by the Lord Jesus Christ to build itself up. What does this mean? If you want to know about Faith, find a ministry that focuses on Faith. If you want to learn about Kingdom Finances, find a ministry, a member in the Body that ministers on Kingdom Finances. They've been placed in the Body for you to bless them, and for them to bless you! 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith 24 | P a g e
  25. 25. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.(Ephesians 4:11-16) You aren't in this alone. Now here's what you do after you receive from the members of the Body of Christ- You seek Jesus for yourself. In doing this, you will take away something for Jesus that He wants to download into His Body. Yes... you are a member of the Body of Christ and someone will come to you to be edified in love! As you grow up into Christ, into the place that God has promised you and fulfil your desires that God has given to you bring glory to Him, God will bless you to be a blessing. Hear me well on this. This is how you're going to fulfil your calling. This is how you're going to rise up. By Giving! By Sowing! By Giving into God's work with all that is within you! How? Through the Kingdom Principle of Sowing and Reaping. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.( Genesis 8:22) 25 | P a g e
  26. 26. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:6-10) Let's look at that heading again shall we... Do what God says and you’ll have surety in uncertainty It doesn't matter as we've just seen how difficult, or how impossible your circumstances or situation may look.( that woman tried everything in the world, but when she came to Jesus her request was answered.) What does this mean for you? Just keep on Sowing God's Word, ie, keep on Sowing to the Spirit. Because you will reap everlasting life. And indeed you will see the blessing of God come upon you so strongly that the Word you've sown will indeed be the Word you'll reap! Again, What this means is that you should keep on sowing the Word that God has given you concerning your destiny, keep on sowing it by being a blessing to others, and especially the Body of Christ based on that Word of who and where God has called you to be. And remember whatsoever a man sows... that shall He also reap. So sow out of what God has given to you... it 26 | P a g e
  27. 27. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas doesn't matter how small or insignificant that you think it may be, so it, and let God be glorified as you bless others. He will in turn watch over His Word that you too will reap the blessings you've sown so that you can be an even greater blessing to others in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. So sow the Word in the time that you give, in the words that you speak, help a brother or sister along the way. Give to the work of the Lord. Give of your time to prayer and fasting(powerful)! Support a brother or sister who's having a difficult time doing what you do best. This is a really good place to say this- Draw nigh to God and He will draw night to you! Keep on Sowing that Word! The woman persisted and she got her answer from Jesus- "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague." That will be the Lord's Answer to you, for your frustrations will be ended as your faithfulness and persistence in love will be answered by wholeness and peace as you enter into what God has promised to you. Do what God says (Keep on Sowing His Word) and you’ll have surety in uncertainty(The Sure Hope of Reaping What He has Promised in His Word) 27 | P a g e
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  29. 29. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Breakthrough Principle #5 Jesus will never leave you or forsake you "God, your mercies are new every morning. I just have to get up in Jesus' name and start again." Today is a new day. A new day. A new day. A new day! I made sure to mention “A new day” emphatically because very often we get stuck on the past worrying about what we could havd done better, and what we would have done better had we been given another chance, another shot at it. Do you remember what Jesus told the man who wanted to follow Him? This man wanted to follow the King of kings and the Lord of lords but He was still worrying about what was in the country. The man was worrying about what he had where he was. This man was still concerned with the things of this world. But he was going to follow the King of kings; had he known who he was following he would have forsaken the things worrying about what he had in the country. He would have forsaken everything to follow Jesus because then he would have known that Jesus had all the power and authority to provide all his needs, just as Jesus had fed and filled the five thousand men excluding women and children. This man would have known that Jesus had the power to cure every disease and sickness just as He had been doing all throughout Israel. This man would have know that Jesus could provide the finances needed to fulfil God’s will and purpose for his life on earth. Jesus had already proven this as He gave directions to Peter to go and find the fish which had the gold coin in its mouth. Peter used it to pay the taxes of both Jesus and himself. Had this man known who Jesus is he 29 | P a g e
  30. 30. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas would have left everything and followed Him with out any hesitation. But he didn’t know The Truth. And so Jesus had to tell him something. Do you remember what that was? Let’s look at it here: “18 And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. 19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead. (Matthew 8:18-22)” In other words, Jesus was saying, come follow Me. In Me there is Life. I have come to give you life, and life more abundantly. When you follow Jesus and believe in Him, He’ll take you out of the darkness into the Light. He’ll take you places that the dead can never go. You’ll know the truth and the truth will make you free. You’ll lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. I know that I’ve said it before, but you’ll have life and life more abundantly. With Jesus you’ll have joy. Going through a hardship? Is Jesus with you? Have you accepted Him as Lord and Saviour of your life? Do you have the Spirit of Christ within you? Then you’re going to be going places that the dead can’t go. Need money to buy food or pay the rent, or start a new ministry? You have Jesus. Dont’ look at what you don’t have. Instead focus on God, your Father. Our Father owns all the cattle on a thousand hills. 30 | P a g e
  31. 31. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas The bible declares that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Because of what Our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in coming into this world, dying on the cross to save us from our sins, taking the keys of death, hell and the devil, resurrecting Himself to life from the dead, ascending to the right hand of God Our Father, interceding on our behalf, and in His name giving us the power and authority to advance the cause of the Kingdom of God and fulfil the great commission, we have absolutely nothing to worry about. With Faith in God through Jesus Christ our Lord we have the power to be victorious in every area of our lives. I’m reminded of that classic hymn that many of us have grown to become fond of. Here it is. Just read those words. To God be the glory, great things He has done; So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, And opened the life gate that all may go in. Refrain Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice! O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son, And give Him the glory, great things He has done. Now, The question that many ask, and probably what that man that wanted to follow Jesus was asking, is how do I get all my needs met, and how do I live the life that You came to give me Jesus? 31 | P a g e
  32. 32. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Put another way, we may be asking God, How do I live the worry-free and abundant life that Jesus came to give us? Jesus answers that when He says, ““Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25-34)” Today, you don’t have to worry. Don’t worry about what’s apparently going wrong in your life. God knows. Don’t worry about how your family will stay afloat during times of high gas prices, and high food prices. God knows. He can provide a way when there is no way. Don’t worry about how your ministry is going to stay afloat? God knows. 32 | P a g e
  33. 33. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” So here’s the end of Breakthrough Principle #6: “Jesus will never leave you or forsake you.” Great Take Aways:  Today is a new day in the Lord.  Jesus is with you always  In Jesus there is life and life abundantly  You don’t have to worry and try to get all your needs met at once. He will meet your needs as you follow Him. There is beauty in the process as you go from faith to faith and from glory to glory in Him.  “Be confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” 33 | P a g e
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  35. 35. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Breakthrough Principle #6 Pre-occupy your self with what God says instead of what man says, or will say. "God, you always have the first and final say in my life, so I'll always go with you." I can’t tell you how many times I’ve remained stuck in the same position because I was too busy being preoccupied with man says and what I thought they would say instead of being preoccupied with what God says and will say. It’s so easy at times to let your desire for acceptance be diverted in the wrong way- to receive that from man instead of from God. It’s so easy to seek the praise of man instead of the praise of God. The Bible says that he who is friends with the world is an enemy of God. God has a great and powerful plan for your life, overflowing with the satisfying of His perfect will for your life and your desires. Jesus says, 9"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” You see the Lord Jesus Christ wants to complete your joy. He wants you to have life and life more abundantly. But you’ve got to abide in Him, and you’ve got to trust Him to make good of His promises because He will. He always does. I was for some time unemployed. 35 | P a g e
  36. 36. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas I wanted so badly to make people like me that I had to restrain myself many times from going out and getting a job. It wasn’t God’s timing. I finally got a job. I got the okay. While there I was given a very important job to do. Things began to fall apart. I learned a very important lesson- in order to do what God has called you to do- you’ve got to be able to stand up and be grounded in the foundation that He has given you, the only foundation that can be laid- Jesus Christ! Jesus defies the norm to establish God’s will and purpose in the earth. If you don’t intend to shake things up, then this isn’t for you. If you don’t intend to glorify God by letting your light shine then this isn’t for you. But if you do, then here are some of the things that I want you to pay close attention to from this Breakthrough Principle: Pre-occupy your self with what God says instead of what man says, or will say. 36 | P a g e
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  38. 38. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Breakthrough Principle #7 You’ve got to let go and Let God and when You do, you'll see the vision that He has given to you for your life come to pass in Jesus' Name. "God, I trust you. Work out your good and perfect will in my life." My name is Quinson Thomas(duh). And I am a Christian. I love the Lord Jesus Christ with everything that is within me, and I have been so for most of my life. But there came a point in my life where I knew that this love had to be poured out and expressed in ways that I could hardly imagine. And in pouring out this love, I’m talking about fulfilling your God-given destiny, your calling in Christ. My beginnings My story begins not with the white picket fence or the mowed lawn, but with the Word of God. I knew that God had called me to do something special, to shine my light for all to see my good works and glorify my Father in heaven, but the way that God presented it to me was not the way that I wanted. You see, I’ve always wanted to be a doctor. I can clearly remember kneeling down at a table that held my older brother’s school books and saying that I wanted to be doctor. And that’s what I pursued. I had great grades all through school; even up to the first two years of Community College. Then, the time came to send out applications to schools abroad. I had been focusing on applying to schools in the UK and so I used the UCAS application system. 38 | P a g e
  39. 39. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas But, along the way something really unexpected happened! I missed the application deadlines. I mean, I had been there searching the pages, and I believed that I had the right date, but as I later discovered that wasn’t it! I was annoyed, disturbed and frustrated. But while perplexed, I was not without hope. I had the LORD- He is my Hope. Around this time the Lord began speaking to me even more clearly about what He had called me to do in Christ. But, I didn’t want to listen. Nosiree! The Lord was calling me to full-time ministry. I thought, I can’t be a pastor. Woah, Lord. To much responsibility. Little did I know at the time... the Lord wasn’t calling me to just be a pastor.. He had much more than that for me. Three times, the Lord called to me through the words of men of God on TBN, but I didn’t listen. I knew that they were speaking to me, because every time I turned on the television, the Holy Spirit used them to call out to me. But, I was stubborn. And so the Story Continues... So, I applied to a very prestigious school in the USA and was accepted. I thought, maybe it wasn’t God that I was hearing. But I was wrong. Every turn since then has been hard and trying. It was as if my steps were not being prospered by the Lord. My good grades, went from good to mediocre to abysmal. And I sought the Lord earnestly day and night. And in the night-watches the Lord would remind me that this was not His best for my life. I had to go back home to the place that He had called me. And so after many tears and frustration and questions I returned home to fulfil the ministry and 39 | P a g e
  40. 40. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas calling that He had upon my life. And here I am today, talking to you. What does my story have to do with anything? I’ll tell you! There is a new breed of destiny chasers in town. These are people who don’t take mediocrity for an answer. These are those who want their light to shine to bring glory to God our Father through our Lord Jesus Christ! These are people have been pushed down, and upset, and frustrated, but are still pressing on because they know that the Lord had called them to do something special. The Lord had to take me out of the world system and set me apart because there is a company of mighty warriors that will transform this world in ways that we can hardly imagine. The scope and the impact of these mighty warriors, these destiny chasers was to great for the Lord to leave me to do what I wanted. The Lord had to bring me to the place of realizing that there was much at stake. And glory to God, I’m glad that He did. And this book that has taken about 2 years of experience and the Lord’s impartation and training to develop is finally here. This is book is what I call a breakthrough book. But before I introduce the book, let me speak to you. And if you’ve read this far, I believe you’re a member of this new breed of Destiny chasers in the Body of Christ. You are not crazy! I can’t tell you how many times I have been told that I’ve lost a screw or that what God has promised me is impossible or that I should 40 | P a g e
  41. 41. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas continue to do things the way that everyone else has been doing things. And the most frustrating part of it all is that these words of disappointment and disapproval have been coming from those closest to me- my immediate family and friends. But, can I tell you the truth? Jesus Christ is Lord! And everything that God has promised you shall come to pass as you abide in Him. I want to comfort you of the truth that the Lord revealed to me in His Word, 34 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn " 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - 36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'[e] 37 "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew10: 34-39) You see if you’re ever going to go up higher, you’ve got to be able to trust in the Lord completely. You have to let go and let God. Even your family and friends at times won’t understand what the Lord has for you because 41 | P a g e
  42. 42. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas they’ve only seen the you that you’ve been in the past. They can’t accept the you that God says that you will be. And so when the Lord Jesus says that He came to send a sword... He’s talking there about the Word of God that sets you apart from those around you, so that you can soar to the heights that God intends for you. In other words, in order to do what God created you in Christ Jesus to do, you must be fully committed to the cause of Christ, and in so doing, those around you who later on see your light will know that it is God who promoted you. So to second this... you’re not crazy! God’s word is Truth, and it shall come to pass! I don’t know exactly what God has called you to do, but I do know that it will bring Him lots and lots of glory! And I do know that along the way, you’ve probably become frustrated concerning the length of time concerning it. I must comfort you and tell you that it will not all come at once, but little by little, and step by step. There’s a transformative work that God has to bring you through to be able to reach that place of promise. But, be encouraged in this: as you let go and let God you will begin to see small victories that will prepare you and keep you motivated as you run the race onto the bigger and greater things in the Lord. This is the scripture that the Lord has been highlighting to me in the course of writing this book... You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you 42 | P a g e
  43. 43. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas No one probably expected me at the age of 19 to host my own ministry broadcast on the most listened to radio station in the British Virgin Islands. I could barely make ends meet. Sure, I paid off the first 3 or so broadcasts on time, but without a job it would seem impossible to do so, but I did so through Christ who strengthened me. Then when I got a job, even though the hassles weren’t over I was able to use the Wisdom and the Faith that the Lord had equipped me with to make greater strides in Him. No one expected me to have an online ministry, but it was what God had called me to, and He equips His children as they abide in Him! So, here’s what I’m saying to you... Let go and let God be in control of your life. He has great plans for you. (Jeremiah 29:11) I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord; plans for your good and not for your evil; to give you a future with an expected end. I didn’t get here over night. That’s not the way that God works. He does things step upon step; precept upon precept so that when you get to the place He has promised you that you’ll be able to stand in the full weight and authority of that position and say, Look what my God has done. The ‘secret’ (so to speak) is to trust in God and obey! You have to Let go and let God! 43 | P a g e
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  46. 46. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Breakthrough Principle #8 Gather by Labour and You Shall Increase! "God, you've promised to never leave me or forsake me." This chapter is going to be short but powerful, so pay close attention I’d like to share with you a quick story and then I’m going to really bring this breakthrough principle home. Is that okay with you? Good. Let’s imagine this for a moment. You’re a movie producer. You’re a Christian movie producer. And up until the time that the Lord sent you into Hollywood, there have been no movies or productions on the level or scale that you’ve been producing. No other movie, presents the Gospel message boldly and without reproach but yours. You’ve had two of these brilliant movies, and lives have been, changed. Hearts have been touched. Many have received the gift of God-salvation. You’ve been announcing your new release since January. It’s now 5:00pm Saturday morning in April. People all over the world are wondering why you haven’t produced the film that they had been praying about. People all over the world are wondering why you haven’t produced the film that they were planning to bring their unsaved loved ones to watch. People all over the world are wondering why you haven’t put your film into theatres when you’ve promised to do so in February, 2 months ago. People all over the world don’t know how they’re going to tell their grandchildren when they ask about the movie that the whole family was going to watch. 46 | P a g e
  47. 47. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas But you’re in your office complaining about what should have happened. You’re in your office praying to God when He’s already told you that He’ll handle it, and that you need to work to bring things through. You’re in your office thinking about what you could do had you been given the chance. And the thing is: you do! You have that chance right now. But you don’t want to do the work that God has called you to do. You say, “Sit down and right a book?” That’s too much Lord. Just send someone with the money. The Lord says, You said you wanted me to use you. I do Lord but send the money. And the Lord replies and says “Seek first My Kingdom and my righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you as well.” And you say, “Let’s try something else.” The problem in the Church today The problem in the Church today is not that people don’t have enough faith for things. The problem is, their faith is dead. Because they’re not willing to work for the things that they have faith for. Ask any successful Christian. It doesn’t matter what they do. It doesn’t matter if they’re a business coach, apostle, healing evangelist, public speaker or janitor. They’ll all tell you this- Faith without works is dead. Even miracles have to be worked. Yes, God gives you the power to do it, but you’ve got to apply the power to the place that God has called you to apply it through labour as His Holy Spirit leads you, through work in order to receive it. No one 47 | P a g e
  48. 48. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas pays attention to the healing evangelist when he/she has to get the conference hall booked, and the pressure that goes along with that. No one sees her she has to work and earn a living to afford the things that she needs. And no one sees the hours of prayer, and acting in faith that she has to do every night before during and after the healing conference or crusade. No one sees the struggle. But we look on the television, and we see the healing evangelist and we say, that looks good. I would love to have a ministry like that.” You can. Ask for it and it shall be yours in Jesus Name. But are you willing to put your hand to the plough and never look back. Are you willing to face the demonic spirits that will try to shut down your work in the Lord when you go out on stage every night? Are you willing to work to earn the money that is needed. Sure brother, I hear you. But people give donations to the work of the Lord. Oh yes they do. And I’m not counting that out. But you have to do work if you’re going to add something to advance the Kingdom of God in all the earth. If you’re not willing to do the work, what will others add money to? If you’re not giving of that which God has given to you in the way that He tells you, then how can the Lord add to your slothfulness, and laziness? If you’re not doing the work that God has called you to do, then you’re not seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and the other things that will help you to fulfil your call won’t be added unto you because you’ve not been doing what God has called you to do. And until you do, the promises that He has given to you will not be apparent in your life to the benefit of others. 48 | P a g e
  49. 49. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas For it is only when you shine your light before men that they’ll be able to see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. The Church today is full of a lot of slothful thinking that sounds right, but it is far from what God has said in His word. There are those who say that if God wants it to happen it will. And the answer is yes. It will. He’s sovereign, but He will move upon the hearts of men to do so. The talent was taken from the slothful, lazy man to the one who had 10 talents- the one who sought first the Kingdom of his Lord and to be in right standing with him. God’s purpose will prevail, but He co-labours with His people. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.(1 Corinthians 3:7-9) You have a part to play. You have to start ploughing the fields in prayer. You have to start getting things rolling. If you look at all the miracles and healings that Jesus did, you would notice that none of them were done for people who didn’t add works to their faith or add works to their faith on behalf of someone else. You see God didn’t give you His Holy Spirit, for nothing. The problem is: too many in the Church are living as if it's not going to take work, sweat and possibly some tears to get there. But, nothing could be further from the truth! 49 | P a g e
  50. 50. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas It’s going to take work on your part. Jesus says in Matthew 6:33 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you This means that if you seek His Kingdom, if you seek to be in righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit(Romans 14:17) and with that you seek to be in right relationship with Him, doing as He says, and being led by Him, then the "all these things" will be added to you. This means that you don't start and then stop. It means that you should seek, and not just look. It means that you get involved with Him and what He has going for your life, and He'll get involved in your life. So if you see a brother or sister getting along well, don't just bless them, join them in their hard work, because it is hard and diligent work, led by the Holy Spirit that will bring you to that place that God has been showing you all the time. Let me end with this... stop just looking... and start seeking. Do the work! Gather by Labour and You Shall Increase! 11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase. (Proverbs 13:11) 50 | P a g e
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  52. 52. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas "God, I know you know what's best for me, so I'll listen, and go where you lead me. Thank you Jesus." Breakthrough Principle #9- Live by God’s Word and not by feelings and false beliefs. Too often what holds us back are false thoughts and beliefs that the devil has tried to keep us victim to in order to steal, kill and destroy God’s plan and purpose for our lives in Christ. But, I’ve got great news. Jesus came that you may have life and life more abundantly. So for this Breakthrough Principle I want us to take a look at how destructive false beliefs can be to fulfilling the call that God has on your life. Then we’ll be looking at some common false beliefs that limit growth in the Lord so as to replace them with the Word of God. To jumpstart our look at Breakthrough Principle let’s look at the life of Moses. 1 1) Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.’(Exodus 4:1)” Have you ever taken the time out to sit down and wonder whether or not people would believe you when you tell them that God sent you to preach His Word, or sing, or heal the sick, or write a book? Well, if you’re like I was and how many people are, you think about this often. Maybe you think about how many people will believe you all the time. Do you get the feeling that they’ll just think that you’re joking, or you’re not good enough for God to send you? 52 | P a g e
  53. 53. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Moses, got similar thoughts. He didn’t think that people would believe him, or pay him any attention. Moses probably thought that people would dismiss him as outright crazy. But before you think that Moses’ thoughts had no backing, I want you to think about what actually took place when Moses went out and did what God had called Him to do. But as with Moses God will never you leave nor forsake you. God doesn’t want you to keep things on hold. Don’t doubt Him. Have Faith in Him, because He will bring it to pass. That’s why the Holy Spirit is here with you and in you. Praise The Lord Jesus Christ. He’s here to comfort you and to empower you to burst through the barriers of limitations that you and others have put on you, and show forth the praises of God who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. As you’ll soon see, God will not leave you powerless! Back to Moses- Exodus 4:1-5 1 Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.’” 2 So the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” 3 And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), 5 “that they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 53 | P a g e
  54. 54. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Glory to God! In the earlier part of the passage we see Moses trying to get all the sureties out of the way. But, look at what the Lord said to him- What is in your hand? God didn’t look at things the way Moses did. Moses was looking at what he didn’t have. God looked at what He had given to Moses, and what He could do with what Moses had been given. Then we see the Lord telling Moses to cast it to the ground. When Moses cast it to the ground it became a serpent. We see two things here: a) Moses first had to cast the rod to the ground. This is the time when many pack up and say, this is crazy! But, God wants you to know that you will never go there alone, you’ve got Him to back you up. So Yes, Moses had to swallow his pride so to speak, and cast a lowly, old, tired rod to the ground. No power in the rod. By the sights of things, things don’t look to promising, but adding the power of God by His Spoken word, the harmless rod, becomes a serpent. b) God will use the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ! Thinking back on all the things that The Lord has brought me through, my spirit leaps with joy and expectancy in writing this for it is when we’re weak that we’re made strong. For without Him we can do nothing. But with Jesus, in Jesus and through Jesus Christ we can do all things for He strengthens us! Moses had to throw the rod on the ground. That’s the foolish thing. You starting that business that the Lord has been talking to you about in a world- wide recession- that’s the foolish thing. You- 54 | P a g e
  55. 55. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas laying hands on the sick for them to recover- that’s the foolish thing. You- shouting out the name of Jesus in a busy market-square- that’s the foolish thing. You believing that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you – the world sees this as foolish. But we know different! Moses threw down the rod and it became a serpent. When you trust in the Lord and throw down your rod it will become like that serpent, able to strike fear in the hearts of the enemy- the devil- and witness to the fact that the Lord is with you. God’s not only going to give you His Word, but He’s going to confirm His Word with power. So instead of worrying about whether or not people will receive you or believe you, focus your eyes on Jesus knowing that He will never leave you or forsake you; knowing that He will empower you to go forth and shine your light for people to see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. I’m reminded by the Lord of a powerful verse of scripture. I’ll leave you to meditate on these words as we continue on our look at this principle. Here it is: “20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.(1Corinthians 4:20) Here are some false beliefs that we should dispel right now. Ready? 1) If I do what God asked me to do then those around me will forsake me. -NOT TRUE- The Lord may move upon their hearts or they may fall away, but always think “but 55 | P a g e
  56. 56. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” You house includes all those that you come in contact with. Your conviction should be all of us- all my friends, co-workers, and family will serve the Lord. And it may very well start with you stepping out and shining your light for men to see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. You may not be a pulpit preacher but with the vision that God has given to you for your life you can be sure of this- You'll be a making a significant and lasting impact on the lives of others to the honor and glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2) If people don’t like everything that I do, then I’m failing God. -NOT TRUE- Serve God, and He’ll take care of the rest. He who wants to be the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven must be the servant of all. Very often as you serve, the darkness will put up a fight, but it has no match for the Light, for the Light will always overcome darkness. Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. Read what our Lord and Saviour says. 18 "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.'[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. 23He who hates me hates my Father as well. 24If I had not done among them what no one else did, they 56 | P a g e
  57. 57. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: 'They hated me without reason. (John15:18-25) If I fail then I fail all together. -NOT TRUE- God has the final say. You know it’s not easy trying to do everything in your own power- actually you can do NOTHING in your own power. But as you let Jesus take over, and let Him be the captain of your ship, let Him calm the stormy seas, let Him be LORD and KING of your life, then the difficulty will subside. You may fall down, but He’ll pick you back up again. Jesus is there to comfort you and to empower you to do the impossible. Even what may seem as failure in man’s eyes, God looks at it, as a stepping block for He makes all things work together for the good of them who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Remember Philippians 4:13. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. What people say determine how good I’ve done in ministry -NOT TRUE- It’s what God says. Can darkness dictate what light is supposed to be? Of course not! But can LIGHT, dictate what light is supposed to be? Of course! In the same way it is God, our Father, who is the Father of lights (1James17-18), that should be the One that you aim to please. And you do this by exercising the Faith that He has given you in the Love that He has shed abroad in your hearts by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Why would you doubt God when He speaks to you? You know it, because it’s the same voice that called you to Him. 57 | P a g e
  58. 58. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas At times, we are faced with difficult situations, situations that seem to want to arrest our whole attention. But we must know that we have not been called to bondage to the things of this world, for where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty(2Corinthinas 3:17). The Spirit of the Lord, the Holy Spirit is within you, making sure that you walk in the peace and liberty that Jesus died and rose to give you. He does this by speaking to you, declaring what belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ to you, guiding you into all truth. And it is in these times that the storms of life arise that God says, “Peace be still. I am with you.” That’s all we need to know. The Lord is with us. Come hail or high water, sun or rain, the Lord is with us! AND He’ll never ever leave us or forsake us. Why doubt the Lord Jesus Christ, when going through trials when the going gets tough? The same way you have received Him- by grace through faith, is the same way that you receive Him to take control of your life’s situations and to bring you out safely on the other side. Did we have to prove ourselves worthy before God in order to receive salvation? No! We simply had to receive the gift that the Lord had called us to. We don’t have to work, and strive and get ourselves all worked up to receive from God, all we’ve got to do is exactly what He has called us to do- nothing more and nothing less. This is to say that you don't work, but God works in and through you by His grace 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me (1 Corinthians 15:10) 58 | P a g e
  59. 59. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas That’s why Our Lord Jesus Christ says, seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. It’s because as we seek the righteousness, and joy and peace in the Holy Spirit, in whose presence there’s liberty (2 Corinthians3:17), we’ll have the deep assurance and hope that the Lord has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness. “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”(2 Peter 1:3) When we receive of God by grace through faith we eliminate the need to strive for things that He has not called us to and we come to know what the psalmist David knew when inspired by the Holy Spirit said, ” 25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. (Psalm37:25) 59 | P a g e
  60. 60. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Breakthrough Principle #10 Breakthrough Principle#10 You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. "Jesus I will trust you. You'll never leave me or forsake me" Let's talk about someone you should know- the Apostle Paul Who was the Apostle Paul? The Apostle Paul is the man who by the inspiration of God was led by the Holy Spirit to write about two-thirds of our New Testament. So, many of the books that you see in the Word of God have been written by the inspiration of God, by Apostle Paul. Now Paul didn’t come to this place of being a great teacher, or of being a great apostle without going through his own struggles, without going through his difficulties, without going through tough and testing times just as you do. Question What is your greatest struggle today? _________________________________________ _________________________________________ ______________________________________ 60 | P a g e
  61. 61. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas What’s the difficulty or problem that you go to bed thinking about? _________________________________________ _________________________________________ ______________________________________ What’s that one thing that makes you feel boxed in and helpless? _________________________________________ _________________________________________ ______________________________________ (It’s very important that you answer these questions . These will help you grab a hold of what’s contained in the following passages.) ________________________________________ Now, what was Paul’s background? Let’s see Paul’s background. Paul as we know was among the religious people there in the time. He was one of the people that were persecuting the church. (at this time he was also called Saul) He was a persecutor of the very thing that God had called him to later on in his life. Those who were with him, do you think that they thought much of Paul? Well, yes and no. Yes in terms of what he could do in the religious society and those who at that time were not being led by the Spirit of God. Yes, in the world system. Yes, he could move like everyone else in the group. Yes, he could persecute. Yes, he could tackle the Christians like every one else in the group. 61 | P a g e
  62. 62. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas They probably thought that he would always be like them in the world’s system. They probably saw him to be in their comfort zone- somebody that they could associate with. Even though Paul was a very learned man, Paul was a part of that system. They probably didn’t believe that he would encourage them or provoke them to do good works through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and glorify God. They probably thought that he would continue with them in persecuting the church-in persecuting those who are acting by faith to do the will of God. They probably thought that he would rather be like them, that he would forever persecute the church and persecute those who were going after what God had called them to do. Have you ever been thought of like this? These men who were Paul's peers probably though that the man would continually be like them and not glorify God, not launch-out by faith and not do something different. They probably thought that he would stay in their mould- that he would stay in their comfort zone. That’s probably what they thought. But like we all have, Paul had the Damascus road experience that changed everything. After the scales fell off from his eyes, we see Paul go out and do something different. We see Paul go out and glorify God. The question is, have your scales falling off your eyes? I believe so. You are here reading this book. 62 | P a g e
  63. 63. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas I believe that God has called you and I know that you know that God has called you. You are going to face struggles and you are going to face tough times, but know this, that you shall overcome in Jesus' Name. Now, knowing that you shall overcome; knowing and seeing with your eyes open and your scales off, what will you do about that? What will you do with the call and purpose of God for your life through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? What did Paul do? He went about preaching the gospel. He went about being a fisher of men. He went about preaching and healing the sick. He went about doing the things that God had called him to do. Was he faced with opposition? Did he have struggles like you and I? Yes, he did. I want you to see one of the struggles that Paul had to face. And it’s a struggle that many of us can relate it to. It's that struggle where we feel almost as if we're in a box and we can't get out. In this box, we try so hard to break through but with the little release, after a while everything seems to fall down flat and we're in the prison of this box of limitations. It is as if everything that we do seems to be ineffective. Things seem as though they're not working, but Paul in his life reveals to us the "formula" to our breakthrough. The Word of God in Paul's account shows us a missing leg to the victory to the problems that we face. Yes, our victory is through faith, but then there is something that builds faith. 63 | P a g e
  64. 64. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas There is something that builds faith and when we come in to that communion and that relationship with God our faith is built. When we come to the place that Paul came to, where we are feeling as if we are in a box and we can’t get out, God has given us a solution and we will see it in the Word today. And so to do that I want you to turn with me to Acts chapter 16. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!" (Acts 16:25-28) We see two things here- Prayer and Praise. Prayer and Praise- two things that the religious people in the society don’t do, because it causes a shaking, it causes a rumbling, it causes a stirring up, it causes a revealing of the power of God. But most importantly, fervent prayer and praise indicate Who You Trust, and who's hands you have placed your life into. When we pray and when we praise, the bible says here that the prisoners heard them. The bible says that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). We know that some demons only come out by prayer and fasting and so what I want tell to you, is that if you are in a place where you you feel boxed in, pray. Pray fervently and couple that with praise 64 | P a g e
  65. 65. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas and you will see a rumbling, you will see a shaking of the very things that are trying to keep you bound. And the Bible says in Acts 16 starting at verse 26, "And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken.” The very things that kept you bound and the very things that were trying to hold you down are those things that are going to be shaken- the foundations of those things. This means, the root of the problem will be set on shaky ground. When you pray and praise, the prison doors that have kept you bound, and the gates that have kept you bound, or the prison walls that have kept you bound will be opened in Jesus' name. Acts 16:26, "And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.” You see, Paul's and Silas' prayers and praise to God resulted in the loosing of the bands that kept others in bondage. You see, when God calls you there is a release that takes place for others. There is a release of strong holds that many have been bound to that takes place- there is a breaking of those bonds. When you pray and praise God, with everything that is within you, you will see those things go. You will start to see them being broken off others who God has called you to serve, and the chains will also be broken off you. You will see the very foundations of that prison shake. You will see it shake in Jesus' name. 65 | P a g e
  66. 66. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Let's pray, right now. Father, I thank you for your Word. I thank you for those who are reading. And Father I pray even now that those things that have kept them bound will be broken off of them now in Jesus name, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Father, I thank you for your goodness and I thank for your power. Father even now I send the Word, I send the Word right now and Father I pray that they would receive it now in Jesus name, that all things are possible for him who believes, and that they can do all things through Jesus Christ strengthens them. Father, I break the prison from over them and I break the bands of fear from over their lives. Father, I break every demonic strong hold that has kept them in prison in Jesus name. Thank You, Father. Thank You Father and Father I pray even now that Your will will be done in their lives. I pray Lord that their faith will be strengthened and Father I pray they would go forth in power in Jesus name. Amen. God bless you. God bless you. God bless you. 66 | P a g e
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  68. 68. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Breakthrough Principle #11: Look Through Eyes of Faith! "God, Help Me to See Things the way that You see them." But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come to me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. In a dog-eat-dog world it is very often not easy to find those who will help you when you’re down. It at times seems unbearable when you don’t have the answers to a problem because many times people are glad for your misfortune. But God in His Wisdom and providence placed His children in the world to bring about the culture of heaven on the earth. “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” So what are Christians called to do? Are we supposed to sit by when our friends and co- workers, and strangers we meet flounder about without any help to get over the hurdles they have faced in life? Are we supposed to sit by idle as a drunken man in or midst robs a store and is sentenced to prison? Should we just say to ourselves, “Well, he do it. That isn’t any of my business. I ain’t got nothing to do with that. I just have to make sure that my children ain’ get themselves into that mess that those people got themselves into”? The answer to that is No. We should be binding up the broken-hearted, preaching deliverance to those in bondage, and opening blind eyes both spiritually and physically. And to do this, we need to be loving, kind and gentle. 68 | P a g e
  69. 69. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Do you remember the story that our Lord Jesus told about the good Samaritan. Let’s just take a look at it here. 25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” 27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[h] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[i] 28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” 29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed,[j] he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”(Luke 10:25-37) 69 | P a g e
  70. 70. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas You see, there were many that were in a position to help the man that was stripped, beaten, robbed and left for dead. But those men missed the boat. They didn’t truly understand what it meant to love their neighbour. You may be saying to yourself, “But, I haven’t met anyone who was stripped, beaten, robbed and left for dead.” But the truth is you have. Jesus says that the devil, the thief comes only to steal, kill and to destroy (John 10:10a). Have you seen anyone being a slave to sin? Have you seen someone that time after time is being plagued with sickness? Have you ever seen someone that no matter what they do they’re always in a state of worry? Have you ever met someone who is not saved; someone who has not received the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of their lives? Then you have seen someone stripped, beaten, robbed and left for dead, because that’s what the devil, the thief, does. But before we go on, let’s read the other half of that verse. Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John10:10b) Those who do not have Jesus don not have life, and in addition to that they’re plagued and controlled by the devil and his tactics. They’ve been told lies, robbed of their God-given purpose and destiny, and they’ve been left there to die by the devil. However, there is good news. Jesus sends good Samaritans their way. There is a good Samaritan that is on his/her way; on his/her way with oil and wine to soothe and heal those wounds. Jesus sends, “good 70 | P a g e
  71. 71. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Samaritans” to hurt and abandoned people to speak the truth- to tell them that there is One who loves and cares for them. He has sent them in His Name to bind up the broken hearted, sick, worrisome and abandoned, and to lead them to Him. Jesus sends “good Samaritans” on their way with the good news of peace for those who have been lied to, stolen from, beaten, stripped, and left to die. You- the born again Christian- go on your way in His Name, carrying His Holy Spirit with you wherever you go. You can lead them to Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. In His Name you are sent out as His ambassador to reconcile every one, to God by accepting and receiving the gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. Praise God! “15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.(2Corinthians5:15)” Glory to God! Today, look not at those that are troubled as the priest and the Levite did in the parable of the Good. But, instead look at those who have been lied to, robbed, beaten, stripped and left for dead as Jesus encourages us to- like the Good Samaritan. Reach down in love, kindness and gentleness and pick up your neighbour. Bind up his wounds. As the Holy Spirit leads, pray for him. Let the Lord Jesus heal that person’s body, heal their soul and awaken to life their spirit. 71 | P a g e
  72. 72. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Lead that one to the Lord Jesus Christ to receive of Him that which you have received. Share with them, The Way and The Truth and The Life, Jesus Christ! Do it in love, kindness and gentleness giving all glory to whom it is due, Jesus Christ, our God and Saviour. Breakthrough Principle 12 72 | P a g e
  73. 73. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Breakthrough Principle #12 Sow the Word and You’ll Reap the Word "God, I'm working in the family's vineyard. What should I do now?" The Lord gave me a word concerning the Church and I shared it with my brothers and sisters in Christ a while back. I want to share it with you. As we talk about Sowing and Reaping, I want you to find in your Bible all the passages of scripture that point to this in the Kingdom of God. When you’re done that, read on to find out what the Lord shared with me in Jesus’ Name. My people have forgotten the art of sowing and reaping and so I’ve got to restore this to them. Too many give up after 1 day of sowing 1 seed. And yet they are calling me to put them before kings and nations. I will do so, and I will get the glory. That’s why it’s taken so long. It’s because they want to sow the seed 1 time and expect to feed a nation or nations of people. I will give them whatever they ask Me in My Name, and I will equip them to walk in it. But a single light that appears dim can’t bring much glory to me in a room of nations so I’m going to have you sow the same seed many times and in many areas. When you’re tired and worn I’ll give you a seed, My word, that will comfort and strengthen you in this row or season of sowing and 73 | P a g e
  74. 74. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas it will provide you with a more brilliant light for the time that I’ve shown you. You’ve asked me for much. And it has been given! But remember, for whom much is given, much is required. What I have shown you in dreams and visions shall come to pass. And you will shine more brilliantly because of the word that abides in you, and you in that word. Sow on my child, sow on in the things that I have called you to do. Some may be big and yet others small. As you abide in Me as my words abide in you then you will have before you what you’ve asked for. The Lord shared with me that there has been a lot of teaching out on the intial and final stages of sowing and reaping, but there is little or no understanding about the stages that come in between. So what I’m going to do for you is briefly tell you about sowing, and reaping, and then by God’s grace I’m going to give you some understanding concerning the whole process. Is that okay with you? Okay. Good. 74 | P a g e
  75. 75. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Watering Do you know when it’s the best time to water the seed? *This will help you tremendously with overcoming procrastination and stubborn fear. The best time to water the seed (the Word(rhema) that the Lord has spoken to you) is right after it is planted. That’s right- you water that seed with the Holy Spirit led support of the Word of God(logos). This is where you take out your Bible from in your pocket and find scriptures that will help you to water the Word for strong and steady growth. It becomes even easier when you know the scriptures by heart because you’d be able to water that seed even before it goes into the ground  75 | P a g e
  76. 76. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas GROWING What does growing involve? Growing involves a whole list of things, but the most prevalent, and the most powerful parts of the growth stage is Faith working through Love. If you’re going through a period of heavy shaking, and storms because you’ve believed the Word of God(good for you!) then you’re in the growing stage. This is the point where you’re testing will, well... Let’s look at growing some more below. 76 | P a g e
  77. 77. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas We first start out with a seed, the word of God The seed bursts open, and the roots go down into the soil. There in the soil, they must first jut down into the firm foundation, - the only foundation that can be laid- The Word of God Himself- Jesus Christ. The more that the roots go into the soil( The more we learn about Jesus, and God’s plan in our lives, the more we spread our roots. This is the point where we want more of Jesus. There comes a time when the root system expands- this is when you know who you are and who you’re meant to become, the word, the seed given to you, begins to open up, and you begin to grow, as what’s in the soil, which is in the foundation goes in through the roots and more life, more abundant life is birthed in the seedling. The higher you grow the more you have to embed and ground yourself in the Word of God- Jesus Christ. T his is why in the growing stage, I said that Faith working through Love is important. It’s because as the scripture says, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (rhema). Faith is what causes you to grow, and this faith works through Love in Christ. It’s when you’re faith is being tested that you gain a deeper understanding of the Love of God in Christ. Yes, you’ll never make it to be the great fruit bearer for the Kingdom in music, song, literature, athletics or any other ministry without growing up! It is only when you’re tested that your Faith really grows and set in motion, bring nutrients to help you grow in the Lord and harvest the fruits of your labour in growing. 77 | P a g e
  78. 78. Laid Up For This Hour Quinson Thomas Guess what happens to the seedling when Faith is tested or when it’s growth is being hampered by the strong winds, and the hail, and the storms- it sends it roots further down into the soil and as a result into the strong foundation, the only foundation that can be laid- our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This is why James 1:2-4 says this: 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”(bold font is my emphasis) Glory to God, in testing you count it all joy because nothing shall separate you from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus. In fact, the more that you undergo testing, it is the more that you spread your roots in Jesus Who sends you His Word(rhema) that brings the nutrients(spiritual blessings in Christ)you need to grow. Hey- it’s from Him that you’ll get access to every spiritual blessing talked about in Ephesians. They’re in Him. Here’s the twist! The more that you get tested on account of the Word, the more that you abide in Him, the more you tap into the nutrients that you need to grow(ie- every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1)) and the more that you move and grow in Faith, because you are in Him, and He is in you! The devil can’t hold you! You’re going to grow in Faith regardless. And this is what you’ll discover from this period of growing, especially when it gets to be extremely intense. 78 | P a g e