We cannot see just how close we are to the breakthrough that we have been believing for.

break of wallIf your response on reading the title of this post was, “What breakthrough? What is he talking about?” or “How could he possibly know whether my breakthrough is close or not?“, then the chances are this post is not for you. Having said that however, keep reading and if you are open, God will speak to you. For those of you who felt faith rise up in you when you read the title, take this post as  a word from God for you. It is a word to encourage you not to quit, to keep going until you see the manifestation of what you are believing for. One of the problems we have is that we cannot usually see what is going on in the spiritual realm, which means that we cannot see just how close we are to the breakthrough that we have been believing for. There have probably been times in the past when we have become discouraged and let go of our faith, just before we would have received our breakthrough. Let’s not make that mistake again!

We need to remain steadfast in our faith.

cursebalaam-640x360One example of seeing into the spiritual realm is found in Numbers 22. The angel of the Lord is standing in front of Balaam, who is riding his donkey. The angel has his sword drawn and God has given the donkey the ability to look into the spiritual realm and see the angel. Naturally, the donkey refuses to walk any closer to the very imposing looking angel, but Balaam cannot see the angel and begins hitting the donkey. Another example is found in 2 Kings chapter 6, where Elisha’s servant becomes scared when he sees that the Syrian army has surrounded the city, looking for Elisha. Elisha prays for his servants eyes to be opened to the spiritual realm (although he doesn’t use those words) and God grants Elisha’s request: “The Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and the servant saw the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire” (2 Kings 6:17, Easy to Read Version). Instances of people seeing visions of angels continue today and are not particularly rare. However I am not aware of any recorded instance in the Bible where someone was actually able to see just how close their breakthrough was. Therefore we need to remain steadfast in our faith and not loosen our grip on whatever we are believing for. We need to see with the eye of faith.

They held onto their faith.

palestinepostastateisbornHebrews 6:12 in the Holman Christian Standard Bible says, “Be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance“, so let’s take a look at some of the people that we should be imitating. Noah was told that God was going to flood the Earth, and that he should build an ark. Noah spent decades building the ark, what if Noah had become discouraged? What if he’d thought, “This is ridiculous! Why am I wasting my time building this ark? There’s never even the remotest danger of anything flooding. Never has been and most likely never will be. I thought that I heard God, but that was a long time ago and I probably got it wrong, I quit!“? Or what about the Jewish people? What if during the years between the destruction of the temple in 70 AD and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, they’d starting saying, “Yes, we know that God promised that He would gather us back to our land, but its been seven hundred years…….if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now. Let’s just intermingle with the people around us, all we’re getting from maintaining Judaism is persecution, we quit!” But Noah didn’t quit, the Jewish people didn’t quit; they knew that if God said something, it would come to pass – provided they didn’t let go of what God had promised. They held onto their faith and the passage of time was not able to dissuade them, and sure enough, because they did not give up, what God had said was fulfilled.

You can often sense when your breakthrough is about to happen.

I said earlier that we cannot see how close our breakthrough is in the spiritual realm. Often though there are clues as to when the breakthrough we are believing for is imminent. There is a saying, ‘Its always darkest, just before the dawn’. Now this saying is not from the Bible, neither is it entirely true, but we can learn something from it. One of the clues that a breakthrough is close, is when the devil seems to have stepped up his attacks. I am not saying that things have to get really really dark in order for you to receive a breakthrough, but it is not usual for the devil to use various negative circumstances in an attempt to discourage you and cause you to let go of what you’re believing for, just as you are about to receive it. Another clue. is that in the same way that a pregnant woman knows when the birth of her child is imminent, you can often sense when your breakthrough is about to happen.

We do not have to listen to Satan’s lies.

o-white-flag-surrender-facebookSatan does not want God’s plan to come to pass in your life, he does not want you to receive God’s best, he wants you to live a defeated life rather than a victorious life. Because of this, he will try to put negative thoughts into your head, thoughts of doubt and unbelief. Let’s get real here, sometimes those thoughts can seem overwhelming. Sometimes it can seem that everything is going wrong and nothing is going right. What God has promised can seem like a fantasy that is never going to happen and the temptation to give up can be extremely strong.

No matter how strong the temptation is to throw your hands up in defeat and wave the white flag of surrender, you can resist that temptation. 2 Corinthians 10:13 makes our ability to resist even the strongest temptations abundantly clear, “God can be trusted not to allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear” (Complete Jewish Bible). We need to take an aggressive stance towards those thoughts of doubt, 2 Corinthians 10:5 exhorts us to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. We do not have to listen to Satan’s lies. Every time doubts concerning what you are believing for come into your mind, refuse to accept them. Cast those unbelieving thoughts down. As I have written about before, take hold of whatever you are believing for with bull dog faith that absolutely refuses to let go. Determine that you will keep persevering, until you receive the manifestation of what you are believing for. If you want God’s best, you have to fight for it. Don’t be passive, that just leads to defeat; instead refuse to be discouraged and take what is yours by force.

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