An Overused Word
I have always been one for shying away from buzzwords and overused expressions that many use amongst the Body. But I believe the use of the word “breakthrough” is more than just a buzzword because it is something that God is trying to release to His people.
A few of the dictionary definitions of the word “breakthrough” are: “an offensive thrust that penetrates and carries beyond a defensive line in warfare” and “the act or instance of breaking through an obstacle.”
• A Breakthrough of Water: The main idea for breakthrough comes from the breakthrough of water from 2 Samuel 5:20: So David went to Baal Perazim (which means “possessor of the breaches” that carries the idea of “the Lord who possesses the breach, or point of breakthrough”) and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” The breakthrough of water is like a crack in a dam that continues to grow wider and wider.
• A Troop and a Wall: The next illustration of breakthrough is from 2 Samuel 22:30: “For by you I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.”
• Breaking through City Gates: Another picture of breakthrough is when a walled city is under siege and the opposing army is breaking the gates down with a battering ram. A battering ram is thrust forward time after time until ultimately the gates burst open. The importunity of intercession can be likened to constant and continual calling out to God until the point when the answer comes. In days gone by, this was known as “praying through.”
• Mountain climb – Refusing to give up. In Galatians 6:9, we read, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
When I was a young man I climbed a 10,000 foot mountain with some friends of mine. Towards the top, it got very difficult and one of my friends turned back. He was unaware that we were only five minutes from the top. He missed out because he gave up too soon. Let’s not give up because we could be just moments from the point of our breakthrough.
Now, I’d like to share with you what I believe to be one of the most powerful aspects of the nature of breakthrough. It is what I call “Manifested Breakthrough.” Manifested breakthrough is not just God breaking into a situation from one direction, but it is God placing Himself in the very center of what needs to change and then manifesting His power, presence and glory. It truly is, “If God be for us and who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).
The word breakthrough comes from the Hebrew word “perets” which means “To break out.” In the areas that we are believing God for breakthrough in, we should also believe Him to break out from the very center of the situation. Zephaniah 3:17 declares “the Lord thy God in the midst of you is mighty.” In this verse the word midst means: the nearest part, that is, the center; the word mighty means: a powerful, warrior champion.
The Lord wants to come as a powerful, warrior champion to show Himself strong in the midst of all hindrances, obstacles and blockades that the enemy has erected to stop the flow of God’s purposes.
Just like in the epicenter of a nuclear bomb or the flashpoint of a volcano, resistance in every direction is obliterated. Whether it’s breakthrough in physical healing, financial provision, relationship issues or any number of areas, God’s desire is to bring manifested breakthrough.
• The Battle of Jericho: The victory in Jericho was not the result of an advancing army breaking into the gates of the city. It was as God’s people obeyed and followed His strategy that breakthrough came and the victory was won. Jericho had two walls, an inner and outer, with a combined thickness of 18 feet. I’m sure that the inhabitants of Jericho never imagined that these walls would be breached, let alone be destroyed altogether in a moment of time. Our God is well able to bring breakthrough in the midst of impossible situations.
• The Manifested Power of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit, the most powerful force in the universe, is very active on Planet Earth today. We often do not think of His power as being the exact same power that raised Jesus from the dead.
The declaration of Romans 8:11 is this: “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.” We need to believe God and ask Him for the release of Holy Spirit power – the power of the resurrection in our lives.
Scripture also says that the anointing breaks the yoke. Many Believers these days are walking around with heavy yolks of everything from religious expectations to orphaned thinking and condemnation. God’s desire is to manifest breakthrough to obliterate yolks by the anointing (Isaiah 10:27).
• Jesus Calming the Sea: There are times that the manifestation of breakthrough is going to come in the release of great peace into a situation.
In Mark 4, Jesus stood in the midst of a storm that the disciples thought was life threatening. In the midst of that storm He declared, “Peace, be still” (verse 39).
It’s interesting that the response of the storm was not to just ease up a bit, but the Bible says, “the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” I believe God wants to bring great calm into the many storms of life that we face. Even if the circumstances of that storm do not change immediately, we can still receive “a great calm” deep inside our hearts.
There are many other examples of manifested breakthrough in the Bible. It seems that God has always been about winning great victories for and through His people.
I believe in the days ahead we are not only going to see marked increases in the release of signs, wonders and miracles, but also manifested breakthrough in this sudden release of God’s power in impossible situations that need to change.
Let’s pray for this, let’s believe for this, and let’s contend for this.
Mike Bachelder, Director
Burning Heart Ministries
The Elijah List & Breaking Christian News