I wish I had a pound for every time I’ve heard the words ‘I could do with a bit of a breakthrough!’ You see there are a lot of people out there who are looking for a breakthrough in one way or another.
There are many battles in life that we have to face. But when you are going through the mill and things are looking a little desperate where do you turn to get a breakthrough?
Often in life we face difficult or even impossible situations. You may be feeling you are facing one right now! Perhaps you’re facing a major barrier and you feel stuck. It could be a relationship, an addiction, a lie you believe, a painful event that has happened to you, a horrendous financial crisis or a difficult work situation. Regardless of what it is, you feel you desperately need God to dramatically intervene in your life.
Many of us face what seem impossible situations where we need this kind of breakthrough in our lives. But it is interesting how we go about trying to get a breakthrough. You see most folk sit and wait for God to make it all happen, and then we sit and wonder why it is that we don’t experience breakthrough as often or as fast as we would like to.
However, what we need to know is that breakthrough is not something we should sit around and wait for. Breakthrough is more often about God waiting on us to respond in obedience to what He has already commanded and already promised.
Breakthrough tends to happen when we take the first offensive step against the barriers in our life. Breakthrough happens when we say, ‘I’m going to trust that God is going to supernaturally do the impossible.’
It is true that it is God who gives us the breakthrough, but we have to play our part as well. God is waiting for us to take that first step of faith. For a start we have to believe in God’s goodness, that God has already willed the breakthrough for our life. The truth is He wants to unleash His supernatural power to change our impossible situations in our homes, workplaces and relationships. And when we have done exactly what He has told us to do and everything we can – then we can fully stand on the promises of God and believe Him for a miraculous breakthrough. We are told in Ephesians 6:13-14 that we should only stand firm when we have ‘done all’. The key is to ensure we have done all, so God can then do His all!
In 2 Samuel 5:18-25, the Philistines went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. 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 the valley, 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 – the valley of giants. Therefore 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.
David was clearly in need of a breakthrough.
The first thing we see is David showing due-diligence and making the first move. That first move was to enquire of the Lord and then do exactly what God had told him to do. It was then and only then that He got his all important breakthrough.
In the victory, the first thing David did was to rename the valley Baal Perazim which means ‘the master or Lord of the breakthrough.’ David then describes his breakthrough like ‘the breakthrough of water’. He’s referring to how a woman’s water breaks before she gives birth. In doing so he is describing the breakthrough God gave him as swift and conclusive. Note how he also gave all the credit to the Lord. He knew it was only God who ultimately brought him his breakthrough.
So let me conclude this article by saying this, as a born again believer you have the sound of the eternal in you; the kingdom of God and the Lord of breakthrough. He is Baal Perazim, and if you are doing all you can and everything He has told you – then you can stand firm and believe for your breakthrough. So remain faithful – your breakthrough is on the way!