When we find ourselves at a breaking point in our lives, we find God has a breakthrough for us. God uses what might appear to break us by putting us in a place of helplessness for His anointing to break out with new intensity.
When everything around us seems to be falling apart, including ourselves, the only place to go is the feet of Jesus. In that place of surrendering everything to Him and pouring out our hearts, He removes whatever it is in us that could be keeping His life from flowing out of our hearts. We are closest to our breakthrough when we feel the farthest away from it. The greatest breakthrough is not the bill that has been paid, the relationship that now works or whatever material need that has been met.
The greatest breakthrough is the breaking forth of Christ’s life in and through us as it transforms us and gives us freedom. As a result, the trials we are in and what surrounds us changes. When chains are broken inwardly, there can no longer be chains outwardly. In Christ, we are constantly stepping forward even when we might think we are stepping backwards.
The Lord gave thanks, broke the bread, and distributed it. When we experience brokenness, we give thanks unto the Lord for preparing us to be vessels He distributes His life through, from glory to glory!
Mark 8:6 “So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.”
When the children of Israel were trapped at the Red Sea with their enemies behind them and no breakthrough in sight, they were told by God to go forward. It’s as they went forward obeying God’s instructions that the Red Sea parted. In our walk of faith there are some steps we need to take for our breakthroughs to come.
It’s difficult to go forward when some things are pursuing us and there is no clear way ahead of us. We don’t have the rod Moses had, but we have the authority in the name of Jesus to command obstacles to move, seas to part, and everything to come into subjection to the ruling of our King. Jesus is with us to bring the impossible. The only way we can go forward is by experiencing the reality of the presence of the Lord. He is alive and He is with us. We don’t have to fear what’s coming after us because His presence has gone ahead to make every crooked place straight. Going forward doesn’t always make sense when there is no visible way and the enemy is applying pressure.
Even after we take the first step and go forward, we need to continue to go forward step-by-step, without questioning what is to come but trusting the way will be made clear. The children of Israel must have been wondering if the water was going to stay parted. They had to stay focused on the dry ground, and walk forward in their breakthrough. Let us go forward, one step at a time, from glory to glory!
Exodus 14:15-16 And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
The indwelling presence and power of the Spirit of God in our hearts is our guarantee of our new birth in Christ, even when we go through fleshy things in our humanity. When we are confident of His indwelling, it helps us stand and trust our breakthroughs will manifest.
It may be difficult to believe that the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us when our flesh reacts to the circumstances we face. Thoughts of guilt and condemnation may try to attack us, but the Spirit within us rises up and overcomes our human frailty. Our faith works and when we are our weakest, His power increases in amazing ways. We know we belong to Him because of our awareness of His Spirit indwelling us, and even when we feel unworthy of His presence, we realize He remains. He breaks forth and not only enables us to break through; He touches those around us so they too encounter the reality of the risen Lord.
When our flesh gets in the way, let’s remember it is not the flesh that defines us, but the Spirit because the Spirit of God dwells in us. We walk in the Spirit as vessels surrendered to His indwelling. There is power in walking in who we are in Christ, by faith, shaking the dust off our feet and rejoicing and praising God for His indwelling power, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:9-11 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Our God can defeat the enemy no matter where, how or when he attacks. It’s often at unexpected times, from unexpected directions and in unexpected ways. We trust our God to deliver us out of difficulties in due time and enable us to stand in the meantime.
Our God enables us to run against a troop and leap over a wall, but we have to be careful not to try to run against a wall and leap over a troop. Directions from the Lord are clear and specific. To run against the troops coming against us means to break through them. It’s prevailing. We go to them and break them in pieces in the name of Jesus before they come to us. We are on the offensive, enforcing the victory Jesus won on the cross. He disarmed principalities and powers, triumphed over them, and made a show of them openly. To leap over a wall means to subdue fortified places. We take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. When our cupboards are empty, we believe God will supply all our needs. When war breaks out on every side, we break through in Jesus name!
By faith, through Christ, we overcome. God is our refuge and our strength so we fear no foe. We meet adversity with courage, not looking at the troop or the wall; but looking to God, through whom we can do all things, from glory to glory!
Psalms 18:29 “For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall.”