There are times in your life when God unveils a deeper understanding about something. It’s not that you didn’t already have a measure of understanding about the subject, it’s just that God shows you something deeper about a truth than you had before. You see “truth” is like a perfectly cut diamond that God presents to us. When put in the right light and with the right background (usually black) you see facets of the diamond you could not see before. A genuine diamond is not appreciated at face value. It is only when it is looked at closely that its real beauty is realized.
I have found this true concerning the subject of breakthrough in my own life. Jill and I came upon this “deeper” understanding as we prayed and talked through what is really necessary to see God move in our own lives and ministry. We need a breakthrough and my guess is most of you need the same thing in your own life. But do we understand the biblical process required for genuine breakthrough?
To be honest, in our minds breakthrough was always viewed first as a joyful time of success, and it is…but we have also learned the actual breakthrough itself is “chaotic”, “painful”, and full of “spiritual warfare”. Your greatest breakthroughs will be marked by your greatest times of struggle. That is the context of almost every breakthrough text in scripture. That is also why many will give-up in the midst of the struggle not realizing God is with them no matter what they are facing…or feeling.
One of the “classic” breakthrough passages is found in 1 Chronicles 14.
1 Chronicles 14:11 (NASB95)
11 So they came up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there; and David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore they named that place Baal-perazim.
In context David is fighting off the Philistines. God fought for him as he fought. The breakthrough did not just happen, it had to be fought for. There was an intense battle FOR the breakthrough which God brought at the hands of David. Don’t just read over those words without the picture of a violent battle taking place. The kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent ones take it by force. In other words, people have to be willing to fight in faith for what they know God wants. Passivity before the enemy will only bring defeat and bondage. The breakthrough will come only as we go through the process of righteous battle.
One of the truths in the NT says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The context in Philippines is one of apparent lack in the apostle Paul’s life since he is chained to a Roman soldier and has had his possessions taken from him. Yet he is determined there will be a “breakthrough” and that with God’s help.
The last thing I want to share with you is the word “breakthrough” literally means a “breaking forth” or a “breach” in the lines of the enemy. The picture is one of a water pipe coming under extreme pressure until the water breaches the pipe and comes rushing through. Oh, I could write for quiet a while on that one, but it is sufficient to say that the water of the Holy Spirit’s presence is simply building up on your behalf in the midst of the battle. The greater the importance of the battle, the greater the Lord’s presence is building up on your behalf. At just the right time, the anointing will break forth and the enemy will be soundly defeated.
Who does it? You or God? It is always both. The Lord’s vessel following the Lord’s leading will cause a breakthrough that is far more than just a good worship service…that’s really not breakthrough because we ought to be praising and worshipping God as an act of our will before the battle and during it, not simply afterward. Genuine breakthrough is when the battle, the painful spiritual warfare, is fought until the things of earth are altered for the sake of heaven. Breakthroughs are chaotic at times, but more than worth the fight.
New life is never birthed without a breakthrough of water and a painful process of pushing out what is within. The result of the breakthrough however is new life. Jesus promised we would have life and have it more abundantly…but it will never occur until we over come the one who comes to kill, steal and destroy.
May God grant us the favor of His breakthrough