Yesterday, I woke up with a word in my spirit, “BREAKTHROUGH”. Now I’ve preached about it many times and prayed it often in my life, but this time around, I felt God taking the initiative and saying, “I want you to break through”. All day, I’ve been mediating on it, and today as I send out the “Recharge” Devotional, I felt I should extend this to everyone that we relate to. Also the picture that is being used as icon for the title is sent by Patti Walden. She had no idea that I was writing on breakthrough, so I felt I was on the right track writing this.
Now, what is a breakthrough? Well, according to the dictionary, a breakthrough is a sudden dramatic and important advance, a sudden, dramatic and important advance. Science has breakthroughs, technology has breakthroughs. Medicine has breakthroughs, a sudden, dramatic important advance.
“Breakthrough” is also a military concept. When one army is able to weaken its enemy’s forces to the point of collapse, a breakthrough occurs allowing that army to invade and take its enemy’s territory.
But in war a breakthrough only really matters if it occurs at a strategic location. And the evidence that a location is strategic is almost always revealed by the amount of enemy forces amassed to protect it. An enemy led by skilled generals plans to ferociously protect what it prizes highly.
This means that an invading army can expect its attempt to achieve a breakthrough to be met by a barrier of fierce enemy opposition. Increasingly intense fighting always precedes strategic breakthroughs. Strategic ground is not yielded easily.
I want to tell you that our God is a God of Breakthroughs. He goes before us and leads the way. "The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, And the LORD at their head." Micah 2:13 (NASB77) Prayer, especially breakthrough prayer, doesn’t begin with man, it’s begins with God. We can be assured of breakthrough when God initiates and leads. “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ's victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere” 2 Corinthians 2:14 (AMP)
We can believe and pray for breakthrough in our health. In our finances. In our relationships. In our career. Now, the opposite of a breakthrough is a setback. If you're not moving forward, then you are either stalled and that could be the opposite of a breakthrough. You're at an impasse or at a dead end. You're at a deadlock. You're stalemated.
You say, I'm not making any progress in my life. I'm not making any progress in my marriage. I'm not making any progress in my career. I need a breakthrough. You could've had a setback and you say, I need to move forward. Now, we can have personal and spiritual breakthroughs too. I've had many in my life. I've had moments of clarity in my life when all of a sudden, I go, "Aha!" God worked in my life and I took a whole new direction.
You may need a breakthrough at school. You may need a breakthrough at work. You may need a new idea, a breakthrough idea for your business. You may need a breakthrough with your kids.
Now, I have been in ministry for about 20 years. What I've learned is that breakthroughs happen generally when you seek them. They don't just happen spontaneously. You get a breakthrough in your life when you seek a breakthrough. So many people that I talk to who were stuck in certain positions. In order to get that breakthrough, they had to do some certain things to actually seek it. I see in the scriptures that breakthroughs typically happen when you seek them. Bible says in Psalm 77:2, "When I was in distress, [that's pain,] I sought the Lord; [I'm seeking a breakthrough.] Every night I stretched out my hands in prayer to Him."
We must keep praying and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). Just like in any large-scale war, there are many battles. Some breakthroughs are achieved relatively quickly; others require long, persevering endurance. But either way, breakthroughs require a determination to keep up the assault.
So if you’re praying for a breakthrough and not seeing it, and in fact experiencing more temptations to discouragement, frustration, weariness, doubt, and cynicism than before, do not give up. Increasingly intense fighting always precedes strategic breakthroughs. Remember Strategic ground is not yielded easily. You’re up against more than you know. But “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). He has overcome the world (John 16:33) and he will give you justice (Luke 18:8). Don’t lose heart. Grow determined. There’s a breakthrough ahead.
Keep in mind that
Breakthrough Prayers are our agreement prayers—we pray these together. Pray with your spouse, or have a family prayer. Call up some friends and meet up for prayer.
Breakthrough Prayers are specific—we ask God to take us beyond a precise ministry threshold God wants us to reach in His time and in His way.
Breakthrough prayers are persistent—we keep on asking, every day, all the time, throughout the year.
Breakthrough prayers involve fasting—setup some times to fast. Maby you can fast from morning to evening, some day try it for three days. Fast together as a family.
When talking about Breakthrough we have to talk about David. David's probably the most famous king in the Bible. He was king of Israel at its pinnacle of power. He had united all of the 12 tribes together. Yet, he had a great thing going and always after something good happens, there is always a downside to it. With every mountain top, there's a valley. After every victory, there's a test.
David had just got elected, chosen king of Israel. This is a big deal. The moment he gets chosen as king, all hell breaks loose. That often happens in your life when something really good happens, you get a promotion or something, right after that, somebody doesn't like it and it starts to crumble.
1 Chronicles chapter 14:8-11 says, "When the Philistines learned that David had been made king of Israel. [Now, the Philistines are the enemy and they've got a big, big army, bigger than Israel's.] They mobilized all of their forces against him, [against David] to attack and enslave him… Now, you may have felt this in your life, you may be felt like the forces were mobilizing against you and that you're under attack. Something or someone or some habit is trying to enslave you. They're being mobilized to come against David.
“… but David heard the news, and he moved to his fortified place.” Now, that's a good thing. You ought to have a fortified place. Do you have one? When you're under attack and times are tough, when you don't know which way to turn, when you feel like everything's against you, what's your fortified place? If you are plugged into a local church, then you should have relationships that you recognize are God given in your life that walk with you, protect you, pray for you, and help you fight. In our church, we encourage people to join Life Groups. Life Groups are small groups of people who connect with each other during the week and build healthy relationships around God’s purposes. So Church becomes a fortified place of safety!
Now, it says this, “…Then, the Philistine army moved in and spread out across the entire valley. [They're pretty much encircling him. They're trying to get him so he has no escape. What does David do?] So David sought the Lord in prayer”. That’s praying breakthrough prayersJ
He asked, ‘Should I go fight these Philistines? Will you give them over to me?’" Now, here's an important lesson in life. Never fight a battle without asking God first. A legal battle, a financial battle, a relational battle, a battle at work, never, ever fight a battle without asking God first. If you don't ask God, you're on your own; but if you do what David did, he sought the Lord in prayer and said, "Should I even make an issue of this at work?" Should I make an issue of this with my wife, with my husband, with my boss? Should I… never fight a battle without asking God first? He'll tell you. The Lord replied, "Yes, go ahead. You can certainly count on me to give you the victory. So David went out and he defeated them. [He defeats the enemy.] Then David said, ‘I watched the Lord break through. I watched the Lord break through my enemies like a mighty flood.’ So he named the place, ‘The Lord Broke Through!’” (I Chr 14)
Yesterday morning when I woke up and felt God drop this word in my spirit, I knew that God is initiative a time of breakthrough not only in my life but over IFC and the people that are connected to it. I want you take this seriously and for next three weeks, pray with me for breakthrough.
Some say that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit or to form a new one. I believe this same principle can apply to overcoming obstacles and achieving personal breakthroughs. What I’m going to do today is so layout seven areas to pray with me for breakthrough starting with our church and then will leads you to personal things, then next 14 days. So for three Wednesday starting today, I’m going to write a ‘Recharge’ devotional on breakthrough to encourage you through scriptures, and remember when we Seek a breakthrough, we tend to find it.
For this week, here are seven areas we can pray breakthrough for. You can pray all seven in a day for the next seven days, or take each one and throughout the day for seven days and hopefully some days add fasting, and call up some people and meet together for prayer for pray breakthroughs...
Day 1 – God, give us Breakthrough in Physical Healing
1. Pray that God opens the eyes of the Spirit
I Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
2. Pray that the Holy Spirit release the miracles that have been hidden, delayed or resisted.
3. Pray for a Sickness-Free ZONE. An environment where miracles are welcomed, encouraged and received.
4. Pray that The Holy Spirit creates a fresh hunger and desire for our people to move into the supernatural.
5. Pray that people will be open to the Holy Spirit to be channels of divine power into other people’s
Matthew 10:7 And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
6, Pray for the greater release of the gifts of the Holy Spirit of I Corinthians 12.
7. Pray that people will learn to make wise decision in eating healthy food and nurture discipline to take responsibility for their body.
DAY 2 God, give us a breakthrough in Evangelism!
a. Pray for God to send conviction (Acts 2:37)
b. Pray for God to send enlightenment (Acts 26:18)
c. Pray for God to call and draw them. (John 6:44)
d. Pray for God to destroy mental strongholds. (2 Cor 10:5 (MSG)
e. Pray for God to break through spiritual bondages. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Holy Spirit empower us, as you’ve promised to do, to be faithful in sharing our own faith stories and the life-changing story of to our friends, families, colleagues at work, and with our divine connections. Lord we want to believe that every week we will see people born into the Kingdom and added to the local church.
DAY 3 - God, give us a breakthrough our vision and ministry for the Kids and Youth.
We need pastor to pastor the children’s ministry for ages 5-12. As of now, we don’t have anyone to head this.
We need a pastor to head the ministry towards youth, ages 13-19. As of now we don’t have anyone to head this.
We need to pray for ways that the youth can be integrated into the whole life of the church and for how youth can continue being faith leaders to this whole community
We need to pray for our youth to be established in God and that they will not backslide.
Wisdom in how to connect and help the youth to grow, serve and connect.
DAY 4 God, give us a breakthrough in IFC experiencing and enjoying your presence through Worship.
A people who hunger and thirst for God’s Presence
A people who desire to hide and abide in the secret place
A people who taste the awe-inspiring presence of God
A people who prepare themselves for entering into God’s Presence
A People who by faith receive from God’s presence
For those that helps us worship thru music we pray for a
¨Spirit of dedication like Caleb–Josh 14:14 “Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb….unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.”
¨Prophetic anointing to be released - I Chronicle 25:1 “Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals..”
¨Skill and Discipline for excellence – Each person will take the time to sharpen themselves to serve with spirit of excellence.
¨Servant’s Heart - I Chronicles 25:2 “..which prophesied according to the order of the king.”
¨Teachable and submissive spirit - I Chronicles 25:6 “All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king's order to Asaph”
¨Commitment to the House of God
¨Instruction in the Song of the Lord - I Chronicles 25:7 “So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD…”
DAY 5- God, give us a breakthrough in our vision!
God, break our hearts for what breaks yours. Cause us to see our community, and our City through your eyes. Help us focus on the vision and not just the process. Increase our desire to see massive movements of people, drawing other people along in following Jesus! Forgive us for small or self-centered thinking. Help us to think bigger and pray kingdom-oriented prayers. Help us see our part in the Vision of IFC of Daniel 11:32. Make us people who know and Pursue God. People who Live Strong and prepare leaders, and people who are doing exploits for the kingdom and Pilot God’s purpose in everything that we set to do with the help and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
DAY 6 – God, give us a breakthrough is Leadership Development
God, help us to grow big people who have a heart to serve you and serve people in the love of Jesus and power of the Holy Spirit. We pray that you help us identify people who we can pour into and raise up be pillars in this house. Help us to see people as you see them and cultivate character, competency, potential, and personal value in their lives.
DAY 7 – God give us a breakthrough in our church finances
God, we trust you to provide for your work entirely, but we know that you often choose to provide for your work by raising up givers. God, bring financial peace and healing to people trapped under the burden of debt and release people to give and invest joyfully into the growth of your kingdom. God has given us a word about having ‘Divine Provision, Miracle Supply and Zero Balance in Debt”. We are praying that Church Mortgage of $330,000 will be paid off and we will have abundance.
Pray that each person learns to hear God’s voice in sowing and develop a heart of generosity.
¨become conscious of giving opportunities (II Cor. 8:12-15, Col. 4:3-5),
¨obedient in tithing (Mal. 3:10),
¨compassionate for those who are in need (Prov. 19:17).
¨Develop an attitude of cheerfulness when giving
People, we are in a season of Breakthrough! Expect it, Believe it, See it!
Nicky S. Raiborde