It was a week ago, I told you that I woke up one morning and I felt the Holy Spirit drop this in my spirit, “I want you to breakthrough”. So I wrote about it in the recharge devotional along with some breakthrough prayer points. Today I want to continue talking about it and end with more strategic breakthrough prayer points.
Christ is the breaker anointing. “Break-through” is one of the titles given to Christ. God wants to bring each person into a breakthrough experience. He has provided something called a “breaker anointing” (Mica 2:13) that will shake loose everything that is holding back individuals, businesses, and families. Imagine Him as one who is conquering and leading the conquerors. Ultimately, someone has to overcome. Something has to be given to people. Christ goes before us and crushes the gates in our way in order to lead His people into a new open area. He breaks people out of prison houses to give them what is their destined heritage. There is no place where He does not invade and pull you out to new life and freedom. There is no obstacle too high or too hard for Him to destroy.
Learn to say, “Yes”. In reading the gospel accounts of Jesus, we see Jesus asking questions to what seems obvious. For example lets read, Matthew 9:27-28 (NKJV) When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" 28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord."
Now see this, Jesus is passing by and two blind men cry out and he doesn’t stop, but they keep following and crying out loud to him and finally when confronted in the house, Jesus says, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” Seems like a strange question, because if they didn’t believe why would they follow and cry out asking Jesus to have mercy on them. What is happening here is that in the spiritual realm, nothing happens unless you open your mouth, unless words are spoken. No wonder the Bible says, ‘ask’. God knows your needs, but nothing happens until you open your mouth. I want to say to you that God is initiating a breakthrough season and he wants us to open our mouth and say, “YES”.
“Yes” in our language and culture means ‘so be it’, as you say, let it be. It is used to express affirmation, agreement, positive confirmation, even believing, declaring, expecting, and commanding something to happen or come into existence. Yes is a biblical attitude of believing and declaring, “Yes, so be it.” God wants us to say YES to breakthrough in our lives.
YES to break into a new season…new birth…new beginnings.
Daniel 2:21 (NKJV) “And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding”
Each season of life has a unique challenge requiring breakthrough in an area that has not yet been entered. Breakthrough is a place of new birth and new beginnings, a place of breaking forth with sudden force. In the Hebrew language, the word for breakthrough carries a concept of an offensive move that drives past the enemy’s defensive line in warfare.
YES to Break off spiritual layers of bondage that limit you and have been shut up. Spiritual layers of bondage could be demonic powers, spiritual attachments, and mindsets (mindskins) that you do not even know have a hold on you.
We need to break off lids and limitation that restrict and confine us to fulfill God’s purpose and vision. It’s not just a promise, but God by the anointing of the Holy Spirit working through our life wants to break off and destroy all obstacles that hinder progress, cause you to advance beyond the limitations. Say ‘YES’ and let new life begin to flow like a geyser.
YES to Break through the gates and doors set before you
Revelation 3:8 (NKJV) “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name”
God is the great God who prepares a way of conquest for us. He goes in front of us to make a clear path to victory. We need the supernatural intervention of God to break through impenetrable gates in order to enter into new territories and new places.
King Jehoshaphat and the Keys to Breakthrough
In the Book of Second Chronicles we have the story of King Jehoshaphat which illustrates some great principles of breakthrough. Here we find that King Jehoshaphat is facing overwhelming opposition. In fact, he's just had a spiritual revival in his nation. Everything's going great and then, all it says that three enemy nations came against this king. In 2 Chronicles 20:1-4, it says this. “After this…” after what? After they'd had this big spiritual victory. You can always count on it when things are going good, behind every mountain top is a valley.
“After this, three enemies joined forces against Judah and some men told the king, ‘a vast army is coming against you…’” Now Judah is another name for the northern part of Israel. The Bible actually tells us the names of these enemy nations, it was the Ammonites, the Moabites, and the Meunites. Now King Jehoshaphat is clearly out-manned, out-maneuvered, outnumbered. Maybe you felt like that in life. It says after this.
Now, that's a reason to worry. It says “Alarmed and afraid, [that's a natural first reaction when you are under attack.] Alarmed and afraid, King Jehoshaphat resolved to seek the Lord.” Now, we're going to come back to this but notice, he doesn't stay afraid and instead he switches from being focused on his worries to focusing on the Lord. It's a resolution. It's a choice. He immediately switches his mind to seek the Lord. He takes his vision off the bad things, then puts his vision on God, all right
When you get chance take time read the entire chapter and the Holy Spirit bring speak to you. As I was reading, I saws Seven things that I want to highlight I believe if we take heed to these seven things, it will help us breakthrough in life, in any area, relational, physical, mental, spiritual whatever.
First thing, instead of worrying, Refocus on God.
2 Chronicles 20:3 (AMP) “Then Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself [determinedly, as his vital need] to seek the Lord; he proclaimed a fast in all Judah.”
Set your heart to seek the Lord through prayer. We find that Jehoshaphat tunes in to get God’s help and together with the people prays. There were three parts to his prayer.
A) Remember who God is - In verse 6 notice that he reminded himself of who God is. And in the midst of an impossible situation when we think there is no hope, we need to do what Jehoshaphat did. He said, ''O Lord God of our fathers, art thou not God in heaven?' We need to remember who God is. That God is sovereign, that God is on His throne, that our problems haven't overwhelmed God, amen? Our problems may be overwhelming to us, but with God all things are possible.
B) He reminded himself of what God has done. He said, ''Lord aren't you the God that
helped us in the past? Aren't you the God that drove the enemy out when we came into this land? God, aren't you the God who did all those mighty things?
C) And then the third thing he did is he asked God to do it again. He said, God how about a repeat performance of your mighty power. God how about doing for us now what you did for us way back then?
Second, add fasting.
He actually called for a national fast because the whole nation was under attack. The whole nation said, we're going to go without food. It’s saying, God we're serious about this. We mean business. We want your input on this and then, it says all of the people joined together to seek God through prayer. The result was a miraculous victory.
Third, use the power of partnership & agreement.
2 Chronicles 20:4 (NKJV) “So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD”
Some things only only breakthrough when you get partnership and agreement in prayer. Some breakthroughs will only come when Husband and Wife pray together. Some only when family prays together. Some when brothers prayer. Some only when whole church prays together.
Fourth, Welcome the Prophetic
2 Chronicles 20:14-17 (AMP)
14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 He said, Hearken, all Judah, you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you King Jehoshaphat. The Lord says this to you: Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. 16 Tomorrow go down to them. Behold, they will come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the ravine before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord [Who is] with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.
2 Chronicles 20:20 (AMP)
And they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established; believe and remain steadfast to His prophets and you shall prosper.
Be open to hearing the voice of God through people. God uses people to speak into our lives. God used the prophet Jahaziel to bring a word to Jehoshaphat that gave them encouragement, instruction, and help them overcome fear.
Fifth, Re-state the covenant.
Remind God of His promises. 2 Chronicles 20:8-9 (AMP) “They dwelt in it and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your Name, saying, 9 If evil comes upon us, the sword of judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You—for Your Name [and the symbol of Your presence] is in this house—and cry to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save”
They reminded God of His promises and that God’s name in upon the house that they dwell in. We are commanded in scriptures in “Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted.”(Isa 43:26) We are to re-state the words of promises given to us. “‘I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth’” (Isaiah 62:6–7).
Six, Learn to Thank God in Advance.
2 Chronicles 20:21-22 (AMP) When he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the army, saying, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! 22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come against Judah, and they were [self-] slaughtered;
Jesus said this in Mark chapter 11:24, “Anytime you ask for anything in prayer, believe that you have received it, and you will receive it.” Now I really want you to get this. Notice the change in tense here. Believe that you have received it, that's past tense, and you will receive it, that's future tense. You say, "Wait a minute, I've got to believe I've got it in order to get it?" Yep. That's called faith. I believe that I've got it already, in order to get it. Now this is the difference between gratitude and faith. Both of them are important in prayer, keep this in mind…
Thanking God after he gives something is gratitude.
Thanking God before he gives it is called faith.
Thanking God after he's given you something, that's just gratitude. "Lord I appreciate what you've done. Thank you for this. Thank you for that. Thank you for all these things."
When you thank God in advance, before he's actually given it, you say, "I know I've asked for it, you've promised to give it to me, so I'm thanking you in advance." That's called faith. This is faith filled thanksgiving and praise. They are not just singing songs and giving thanks. This is faith in action through the music and words of songs.
Seventh, expect the Supernatural.
2 Chronicles 20:22 (AMP) “…the Lord set ambushments against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come against Judah, and they were [self-] slaughtered”
God sent His angels and set ambushments and destroyed their enemies. Whenever you follow God’s way expect supernatural intervention.
We find that God gave Jehoshaphat and the whole nation a breakthrough that was supernatural. The place that was meant to be a valley of death was now turned into a place of blessing. They renamed their place. I believe you need to start renaming things as God breakthroughs for you. It tells us in 2 Chronicles 20:26 ''On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, where they praised the LORD. This is why it is called the Valley of Beracah to this day.''
They renamed the valley. And they renamed it the valley of Berachah which means: ''the valley of blessing'' or praise. From that day forward it was a reminder to them of the power and love of God. Every time someone passed that valley, they were reminded of what God had done. Every time they passed by with their children and their grandchildren they told them the story.
They had such a breakthrough into Blessing that it took them days to gather up the provision. Now understand they didn’t fight for provision. They were fighting to stay alive and provision was just a bonus. II Chronicles 20:25 tells us ''So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.'' EXPECT BONUSES!
I want to close by giving SEVEN more breakthrough prayer points to prayer through for the next seven days.
DAY 8- To walk in the Fear of the Lord & Humility
Father, I come to you in Jesus name. Teach me the fear of the Lord. Help me to choose and live in awe and honor of you. Unite my heart to your Word and cause me to delight in the fear of God. Proverbs 1:29-30, "For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD…” Psalms 34:11, "Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”
Holy Spirit help me to walk in humility in my attitudes, speech, and actions. Give me wisdom on how to carry my heart in humility. Take My yoke…and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart… (Mt. 11:29)
DAY 9- To have Endurance and a Love-Walk
Father, strengthen my spirit with endurance by your Word that I may live out your purpose and fulfill your will. I will not quit pursuing the deep things of God. Impart endurance for fasting. “Being strengthened with all power…may have great endurance and patience…” (Col. 1:11 NIV)
Holy Spirit pour out the love of the Father into my heart, give me revelation of Divine Love that it may overflow back to You and to others. Cause me to grow in the height, depth, width and length of divine love. The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit... (Rom. 5:5)
DAY 10 – To have hunger for God’s Presence and Power:
Holy Spirit let me encounter the ‘glory realm’ of your presence. Encounter me Holy Spirit through dreams, visions, angelic visitations, manifest as You gave to Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel and John. Give me a passionate desire for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to operate in my life.
Holy Spirit give me insight into Your Word, will, and ways. Give me wisdom on how to live before You that I may walk in intimacy (union) with You. “Ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord… (Col. 1:9-10)
DAY 11 - Live with Focus and walk worthy of God’s Call
Holy Spirit strengthen me to maintain a life in Your word with desire for it. Alert me when I need to recommit my schedule and priorities to live as a person of one thing who regularly sits at Your feet, as Mary of Bethany did. Align my hearts desires to yours. “..one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part…” (Lk. 10:42)
Holy Spirit strengthen me to walk in a way that You would consider me worthy to walk in my highest calling and escape all compromise that I might stand before You victorious in full obedience.
We pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power… (2 Thes. 1:11)
DAY 12 - Fruitfulness in your Finances
Ge 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of The LORD it shall be provided."
I Kings 8:56 “Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.”
DAY 13 - Fruitfulness in your Family (Spouse, Children) (Psalm 127-18)
1Pe 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
Psalm 144:12 (AMP)
12 When our sons shall be as plants grown large in their youth and our daughters as sculptured corner pillars hewn like those of a palace;
DAY 14 – Renewed Spiritual Power for Spiritual Warfare
1Pe 5:8 ¶ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;