This is the fourth article in a series. God continues to speak, so I continue to write. In the first post, “Lights…Camera…Action” I urged you to Act! Move! Get up! Go! Take up your bed and walk! I reminded you that faith is an action word. Those with true faith move towards their vision.
In the second, “Walk (T)His Way“, we discussed how to walk as Jesus walked. Jesus told the man at the pool of Bethesda, to take up his bed and WALK! The Bible is full of instruction on how we, as Jesus followers, are to walk. The result is that of victory and fulfillment of purpose.
Next, in “You’re Closer Than You Think!”, we talked about this last, strong push by the devil to prevent you from receiving your breakthrough. I gave you 3 steps to combat the enemy.
And now, we are going to discuss what could be blocking your breakthrough. We all know that breakthrough is right around the corner or the devil would not be pressing so hard. So we as Christ followers need to make sure that we are ready for breakthrough and that we are not the cause for delay. We must examine ourselves and make sure we have done all we know to do to prepare ourselves for breakthrough!
Let’s look at 3 things that could hinder your breakthrough.
(1) Unconfessed sin – Do a checkup! Check yourself to see if there is any unconfessed sin in your life. Sin breaks fellowship. Without fellowship you cannot hear the voice of God when He is guiding and directing you into your purpose. Confess your sin, repent of it, and get back on track with God. Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace.” If the devil is telling you that you can’t have blessing because of the sins you’ve committed, you put the Word of God right back in his face and tell him, according to Romans 8:1-11, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.” v 11 “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you. He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Life here means abundant life! Abundant life includes fulfilling purpose, being physically, as well as spiritually healthy, being prosperous, having healthy relationships… All of the areas you are waiting on breakthrough in! 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Don’t let unconfessed sin prevent your breakthrough!
(2) Unforgiveness – Are you holding unforgiveness in your heart towards someone? According to Ephesians 4:30 -32 unforgiveness grieves the Holy Spirit. Unforgiveness blocks you from fulfilling your purpose in Christ. Joyce Meyer states that “holding unforgiveness is like taking poison and hoping your enemy will die”. Romans 1:28 – 32 states that those who are unforgiving are deserving of death. The Word of God states that we will be forgiven in the same measure that we forgive. Matthew 6:12, “and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Matthew 6:14, 15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Holding unforgiveness blocks God from acting on your behalf. Until you purge your heart of all unforgiveness, you will never experience breakthrough. Don’t let Satan keep you in his trap of offense, preventing you from obtaining your promise from God. Let it go! Give it to God! He is big enough to take care of it! Don’t let unforgiveness prevent your breakthrough!
(3) Disobedience – Have you failed to do what God has instructed you to do? Deuteronomy 28 says that obedience brings blessings and disobedience brings cursings. As you read that chapter, remember the key to blessings is in verse 1 and 2, “Now it shall come to pass if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments, which I command you today that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” Obeying the voice of the Lord causes Him to open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings upon us. But verse 15, tells us that if “you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.” And then every curse you could fathom is listed. As you see, obedience is the key to victory. Obedience is the key to breakthrough! By being obedient to the Word of the Lord to you, you release God’s blessings into your life. When we are obedient, God’s mercy pours out upon us and we being justified by His grace become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3) The subject of obedience vs disobedience is amply stated in the Bible. Your disobedience ties the hands of God so that He cannot act on your behalf. Repent of any disobedience and move forward in obedience to the Word of the Lord to you! Your breakthrough is waiting! Don’t let disobedience prevent your breakthrough!
If you have carefully examined your heart, and you do not recognize or sense any of these three obstacles, you must then consider that God is allowing this hardship to strengthen and mature you for the purpose ahead.
If you recall the story of Peter (Luke 22:31 – 32), Satan asked God for Peter that he may sift him as wheat. What Satan meant to destroy Peter with, Jesus purposed to strengthen him . Jesus’ reaction was, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Jesus did not pray that Peter would not go through this trial but that his faith should not fail so when his breakthrough came, that he could fulfill his purpose, which was to strengthen his brethren. Peter became one of the leading disciples of the Gospel. There was a sifting process that he needed to go through to remove the impurities that was in his life so that he could fulfill his calling. Sometimes, the purposes for which God has created us is so big that we have to go through a sifting process to remove the undesirable characteristics that would prevent us from fulfilling it. God uses these difficulties to strengthen our character, to purify us, and remove things from our life that is not pleasing to Him; things that hinder us from fulfilling our God-given purposes.
In 1 Peter 1:6, 7 and in Isaiah 48:10, God talks about refining us as gold in the furnace of affliction. If you feel like you have been put through the fire as of late, remember the testing by fire purifies us and removes the impurities that have become part of our makeup. Just like purifying gold, when put in the fire, the impurities rise to the top so they can be removed. This results in becoming pliable and moldable like pure gold so that God can make us into the vessel that He can use.
What Satan means to destroy us with, God has allowed to ready us for breakthrough! Don’t let Satan prevent your breakthrough!
Keep your eyes focused. That which God has promised will come to pass. I am determined that I am
Breaking through to Breakthrough!
How about you?