3 STEPS TO A BREAKTHROUGH
At some point in our lives, we will go through slumps on the road and long seasons of dryness. Every follower of Christ will face a time in the wilderness when trials come or when suffering is apparent. The situations that we all face in life will have the chance to knock us down and keep us on the ground.
When most Christians come to this point of their lives, they either battle it out and rise or they fall even harder and stay there. The Latter is most true of what we see today in the lives of Christ-followers.
What if there was another way to break out of the seemingly bleak circumstances around us? Given the chance to rise up after falling into temptation, stumbling into sin, or going through a tough season of trials or waiting, will you take it?
Will you be able to take a step towards a breakthrough when you see it? The truth is, we often wait for a breakthrough to happen without even preparing for one! We just coast through the Christian journey without even considering that a breakthrough has much to do with how we respond to our situations than it does with the actual circumstance.
From Scripture we see the truth and wisdom of how to step up for a breakthrough in our own Christian lives. Take note, it is not a cookie-cutter method for everyone but these principles will surely be helpful to anyone in need of a spiritual boost in their faith. Here are three steps towards your own personal breakthrough:
- Stepping into Divine Power
2 Peter 1: 3 exhorts us in this truth, “His DIVINE POWERhas granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (emphasis mine). The first thing we have to realize is that we’ve been granted a power that’s beyond us for the actual breakthrough. We won’t churn it out or force it with our own human strength. The only source of a true breakthrough is when it comes directly from the God who provides the strength, endurance, and perseverance to do so.
Not only that, in the same chapter in verses 5-8, it continues:
“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- Stepping Up for a Breakthrough
We not only have to depend on God’s divine power but in conjunction to that, we also have to do our part in making sure that we are growing in the areas mentioned above. We need to “make every effort” possible in stepping up for a breakthrough.
In other words, we can always be waiting on God for a breakthrough but we must remember to do our part in increasing these qualities in us so that when the time comes for the breakthrough, we would have best learned our lessons well.
- Keeping in step with the Spirit
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also KEEP IN STEP with the Spirit” (emphasis mine) Galatians 5: 25. The true importance of a breakthrough is not when one gets what he or she has been praying for or not even with a convergence of circumstances. It is considered a breakthrough when one keeps in step with the Holy Spirit.
When we depend on God and commune with His Spirit in us, it makes any situation—no matter how desperate or dark—seem worthwhile. Why? The Spirit of God is the one who brings breakthrough in our lives by the way we respond to what happens to us or what doesn’t happen to us. This is how we keep our head above the waters and have our hope intact.
If you are in a season of darkness, desperation, dryness, or delay, don’t worry and take heart, for your God gives you the unlimited source of divine power, the chance to exert effort into your character, and guides you personally with His Holy Spirit in whatever situation you find yourself in. Breakthrough might just be around the corner and you best get ready for it.
Writer’s Bio: Mike Yap is first and foremost a slave of the Lord Jesus—redeemed as a wretched sinner by grace—and called as a wordsmith, speaker, visionary, and creativist for His Church. You may follow more of his Blog at http://thetub-thumper.blogspot.com/