03 Feb The God Of The Breakthrough
Your Breakthrough (and the Holy Spirit)
We want to know how to experience breakthroughs. We want to understand how to be godly agents for breakthroughs in other people’s lives. Similarly, God wants us to achieve these breakthroughs too. However, He wants this to be achieved as we are conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ, in both character and power. It’s His desire that we walk with Him, experience breakthroughs, stand in victories, and demonstrate God’s power whilst giving Him all the glory.
David experienced God’s power in his life in many ways. As a young man, he experienced this power in the killing of the lion and the bear, before slaying the Philistine giant, Goliath. It’s unsurprising that, as an adult, David had a firm confidence in God for victories.
2 Samuel 5:19-25 (NKJV)
‘So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore, he called the name of that place Baal Perazim. And they left their images there, and David and his men carried them away. Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. So David inquired of the LORD, and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the LORD will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” And David did so, as the LORD commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.’
1 Chronicles 14:11-13 (NKJV)
‘So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore, they called the name of that place Baal Perazim. And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire. Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley.’
The choices we make determine the outcomes of our lives. Those choices are made based upon the knowledge at work in our minds. When facing Goliath, why didn’t David consider the natural odds against himself? David interpreted his seemingly formidable situation in light of his intimacy with God. He knew God and understood his own identity in relation to Him. In addition, He also understood that activating his faith releases God’s power into his situation. As a result, David could place the enemy where he belonged.
In addition to activating his faith, David understood the power of anointing. He had also already been anointed king over Israel. The anointing of God in our lives plays a major role in deciding which influence will dominate our thoughts. We need to understand what God’s role is, as our father; as Jesus, His son; and that of the Holy Spirit, that lives inside us. Then we need to know ourselves: the role we must play, and how to function under God for breakthroughs to manifest in our lives. Of course we need to know who the enemy is, and his tactics. He attempts to invoke fear, knowing he has no authority over us. Finally, we need to see our circumstances as opportunities for God to advance His purposes in our lives.
Many New Testament believers today, do not know this, but the power to kill our giants has already been released by God, our Heavenly Father. What we need is for the realities of the realm of the Spirit to be revealed to us in our souls.
Ephesians 1:15-23 (NKJV)
Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
‘Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.’
The same power that raised our Lord Jesus from the dead, that same power is at work towards us who believe in Him. Our eyes of understanding need to enlightened, that we may know, amongst other things, the power at work towards us. We need revelation knowledge. Praying this prayer in the book of Ephesians is quite necessary if we are going to walk in revelation knowledge.
The power of this kind of knowledge and its actual contents are vital to experiencing the breakthroughs that are ours in the light of the finished work of Calvary that Jesus Christ accomplished for us. Peter had such encounter and had a revelation of who Jesus is. He was told that the content of the revelation he got is the foundation upon which the victorious church of Christ is built.
Matthew 16:16-19 (NKJV)
‘Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
1 John 5:4-5 (NKJV)
‘For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?’
Knowing God our Father, knowing our Lord Jesus Christ and knowing about the Spirit of God within us, all constitute a journey of a lifetime. We will not come to an end in the pursuit of the knowledge of God. This includes knowing about the angelic hosts in heaven.
Numbers 23:19-20 (NKJV)
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.’
John 4:24 (NKJV)
‘God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)
‘But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Our Lord Jesus paid the eternal sacrifice for our salvation.
Hebrews 9:26-28 (NKJV)
‘He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.’
Read Isaiah 53
The Holy Spirit is God’s power house in us.
Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” God wants us to go and disciple nations. His power is designed to fulfil His purposes in and through us.’
Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)
‘And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
1 Timothy 2:1-6 (NKJV)
Pray for All Men
‘Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,’
The Holy Spirit is God’s presence in our lives and His power agent in and through us. The angelic host of heaven are known to respond to our prayers amongst everything else that they do. The Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers.
Peter was released through the work of angels when prayers were offered for his release from prison.
Acts 12:5-11 (NKJV)
Peter Freed from Prison
‘Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”
There are many more examples of breakthroughs in the book of Acts. God’s power is known to be manifested when faith is exercised. Read Acts 3:4-16
Our faith, our prayer life, our relationship with the Holy Spirit, yielding in obedience to the Word of God and the prompting of the Holy Spirit in us, all have major roles to play in our lives if we shall experience breakthroughs in our lives. We must know who we are in Christ, what power and authority has been delegated to us and the results God wants for us. In doing so, we cooperate with God to see His will done in our situation and in the lives of others who we have the privilege to experience God’s power.
Steps to Your Breakthrough
Understand what your challenges are and learn to make adjustments.
What lessons can you learn from your experiences? This is so that as much as lies within you, you will not make the same mistakes.
What seeds did you plant in your life to reap this harvest that you are experiencing today? You may be planting (wrong) seeds unknowingly, through thoughts, words and actions. Purpose in your heart what you want in your life. Prayerfully cancel every wrong seed and start planting the right ones.
Pray for divine intervention. Your breakthrough should involve God’s power intervening for you. You become a better person and you influence others with the gospel of Christ.
As we round up our studies in experiencing the breakthroughs God has for us, let us remind ourselves of God’s overall plan for us so we can cooperate with Him to see His will done in our lives and on earth.
Romans 8:28-30 (NKJV)
‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.’
John 14:12-14 (NKJV)
The Answered Prayer
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.’
May the God of the breakthroughs grant you breakthroughs in every aspect of your life where you need one. Amen.