Why Breakthrough Matters in Your Life

Why Breakthrough Matters in Your Life

You probably have an inclination that "breakthrough" is something interesting.

You may have a curiosity about it.

You might even have, in your still, quiet moments, an inkling that you actually need a breakthrough.

As you know (from the YouVersion reading plan), I have grounded this teaching in the story of David found in 1 Chronicles‬ ‭14:8, 11-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬.

He said, “As waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand.” 

My (ongoing) story

I, not too long ago, felt as if I had literally had enemies.

David describes the Philistines as "they went up in full force to search for him." The key words was "full force."

In the Psalms, David cries out: "Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me."

I don't know if you have ever felt that way. I hope you never do if I haven't.

Corporate America can be very challenging. Conflicts happen. Sometimes these become intensely interpersonal. In retrospect, because of my own blindspots, I found myself in a situation that was stressful, ultimately resulting in my leaving.

And even though the event is past, the residuals of that "corporate trauma" persisted in my life.

These persisting shadows of death are the real enemies.

Once I tugged on that string of what happened and how I continued to feel wounded afterwards, I realized there needs to be a deeper change.

That change has to be rooted in Christ's work in me.

While saving grace is freely given, wonderful, and amazing -- it's also just the beginning of our maturing in Christ when we live in a fallen world.

I needed, and still need, a breakthrough.

Why I realized I needed a breakthrough (and you may, too)

If you, as I have, ever though to yourself, "Why does this keep happening?" you are, for lack of a better word, stuck.

I often find myself thinking this.

When one is stuck, one needs a breakthrough.

When David calls upon God, he is in a valley. The image to keep in mind, then, is David is in a valley, surrounded by mountains, with the Philistines coming upon him in "full force."

The victory over his enemies is described this way:

God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a breakthrough of waters.

"Like a breakthrough of waters."

This is such a graphic, powerful vision of water breaking through the dry valley. Have you seen a powerful wave strike the edge of rocks? Have you heard the roaring sound of a huge wave as it strikes again the shore?

I'm writing this from the edge of the ocean. I am fifty feet away and hear the crashing waves and see the ocean spray.

The sound breaks the monotony of life. The water quenches my dry spirit.

Do you relate to that at all? That desire for breakthrough?

I kicked this off by sharing a personal story of why this teaching was important to me. As with all my teaching, it is never because I have mastered anything.

It's because I need the teaching and the Word of God. Writing it down, teaching it, sharing it with other people is my way of allowing Scripture to cut through myself as a double-edged sword.

But I can't help but wonder if other people experience the same thing.

Why would you need breakthrough?

Sharing your answers directly will help you get clarity!

Question 1: Which areas in your life need breakthrough?

Question 2: If you could define breakthrough in your life, what would it look like?

Question 3: What are ways you have tried on your own strength to have a breakthrough? And how did that turn out?

I pray the following for you: "God, if there are areas in my friend, my reader's life, that needs your breakthrough, please reveal it with grace and truth."