Are you waiting for breakthrough? Or maybe lots of them? It can come as suddenly as flood waters bursting through a dam, or it may come as a slow trickle as you watch everything start to change. But be assured of this: it will come.
…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…
Philippians 1:6 (NKJV, emphasis mine)
It seems like I’ve been waiting for one breakthrough in particular for a long time. For a while, I saw nothing. Then little by little, things began to change. I’m watching as God does this amazing thing I felt like I had to bring about myself. He’s transforming me right before my very eyes. And it’s all in His timing.
We have a tendency to want to rush our progress. We see glimpses of where we’re headed, and we want it to change right now. Who wants to wait to see this awesome shift within themselves?
Of course, some changes are sudden. We may feel like a new person overnight after first accepting Christ or participating in a life-altering conference. But other changes take time.
“God, this thing I’m dealing with just seemed to fall right off of someone else who was struggling with it. Why is it taking so long for it to completely leave me?”
I don’t have all the answers, but can I submit what I do know about waiting for breakthrough to you today?
God is an excellent heart and brain surgeon.
God as Our Surgeon
Let’s pretend we have a tumor in our brain. Obviously, a tumor isn’t something that’s part of us but has grown there abnormally. It may even be harming our healthy brain tissue and causing some disorder in our body.
Our physician schedules a surgery for us to have it removed. Depending on how deep the tumor is within the brain, the surgery may take a while. We wouldn’t expect our doctor to quickly split us open and yank it out. It’s delicate work. Of course we would want him to take his time, making sure not to damage any of the healthy tissue.
This is a picture of God operating on issues set deep within our hearts and minds. He’s so gentle and takes great care with removing our mental “tumors.” When something has its roots deep within us (like lies from the enemy that began in our childhood), it may take longer for us to see it completely leave us.
Here are some of the steps I’ve noticed along the way as God does surgery on me (Note: these can occur in different order or even simultaneously and can each be done more than once):
Saturation in His Love
This is the super big one.
We have access to a steady flow of His continuous, unchanging and unfailing love for us. And we need it all the time.
I was having a particularly difficult morning a while back, and I began to pray to God. It was more like begging. I wasn’t “feeling” His love for me, and I really needed an extra dose of it that day. I remember saying, make Your love pour down on me like rain. Saturate me with it!
God instantly gave me a picture in my mind. It was me, holding an umbrella. Then I heard Him say, Just lay it down, and dance in the rain.
See, His love for us never stops. It’s always pouring out, ready to soak us 24/7. It’s our choice to allow it to. Whether we just get busy or we hold it off by not feeling worthy of it, we can prevent our hearts from accepting the love He freely gives.
Not feeling His love? Take down your umbrella and dance in the rain.
Renewing of the Mind
Like being saturated in the love of God, renewing our minds is always important. It’s like weeding a garden and then watering all of the good stuff left behind. Renewing our minds uproots lies of the enemy and replaces them with what God says. It waters the seeds of truth in our hearts.
We can do this by listening to awesome messages or reading Christian books and articles that inspire us. But the best way to renew our minds is, of course, going straight to the Source. One of the best things we can do for ourselves is getting in the Word and staying there.
Set out to read a book of the Bible over the next month or two (if you don’t know where to start, I recommend the gospel of John or one of the letters written by Paul).
Write out encouraging verses on note cards and put them in places where you’ll see them throughout the day. Pick out verses that speak directly into your situation, and meditate on them daily. Do just one verse a day, and really chew on it. Say it to yourself over and over. Think about it from every angle. The more its in your mind, the easier it is to get it down in your heart.
I also created a 30-Day Soul Detox Challenge centered around renewing our minds. To learn more, visit this link:
Healing Open Wounds
In this step, God sutures up our bleeding places and fills any hole. If we’re walking around, still bleeding from recent or past experiences, our souls (minds, will, and emotions) aren’t whole. We’re going to operate out of that place of hurt instead of our new spiritual position of victory. God loves you too much to leave you broken. Allow Him to heal any open wounds today.
He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)
Words, Words, and More Words
In other words, edification. Words are spoken into our lives that remind us of the gold God has deposited within us. They can be spoken over us directly or delivered in a sermon or other message that ministers to those deep places within us personally. Either way, they’re important.
Just a side note: we should always be careful about what words we accept into our hearts. The Word tells us to test the spirits (1 John 4). A gift given to us by the Spirit of God is discernment. It’s important that we use it to avoid being led astray by those who are listening to the wrong spiritual influences.
Personal Revelation & Illumination
Here, our head knowledge becomes heart knowledge and affects our everyday lives. All of the information we’ve taken in from renewing our minds, meditating on the Word, and the things spoken over us sinks down into our hearts. We go from just having knowledge of it to REALLY knowing it in our core.
I can hear something at least 10 times and know it logically. Then I hear it again from someone else who says it a different way, and then suddenly it clicks. Or it happens when I read a certain scripture in my alone time or the Holy Spirit illuminates something to me as I’m going about my day. In that moment, it’s taken from something that I know about to something that’s personal for me.
This can really take time. All revelation comes from God. He breathes on the Word and makes it come alive to us. So if there’s something you’re struggling with and feel like you need more revelation on it:
- definitely go to passages of scripture that talk about it, but
- know that it may not be the right timing yet.
God brings everything together and what seemed so far off just starts to click. Waiting for breakthrough is over, and now we get to see it in our everyday lives. It may come suddenly or in bits and pieces. But when it does take a while, I pray we remember to celebrate the little victories along the way.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:10-11 (NKJV)
The words He’s spoken to you won’t return to Him empty. They always go forth to do exactly what He intended for them to accomplish. So be encouraged: He’s not finished with you yet!
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