Breakthrough is a good word. It has a positive, “going forwards” feel about it. It is an important word to me. When I think of the word breakthrough I picture a spearhead or an arrow.
To me, spearhead and breakthrough are not only about going forward, but, knowing who we are in God. It is for me being willing to take the lead. To go where others have not gone, or broken through into new territories, etc. It is about winning where others have not. It is about appropriating the victories of Jesus Christ (and all that He did for us), and demonstrating the power and reality of that victory by living our lives daily to the glory of Jesus and His finished work.
Dictionary authority defines breakthrough as an important discovery or event that helps to improve a situation or provide an answer to a problem:
My Sunday scripture comes from Ephesians 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
In Christian circles, a spiritual breakthrough can be defined as a time when a person is saved, gains a deeper understanding of biblical truth, receives an answer to prayer, or wins the victory over a besetting sin. Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus could be considered a spiritual breakthrough. He saw for the first time who Jesus really is (Acts 9).
Peter’s experience on the rooftop in Joppa could be considered a spiritual breakthrough, as he learned that the gospel was for all people, Gentiles included (Acts 10). The conversion of Lydia on the outskirts of Philippi could be seen as a spiritual breakthrough, as she was the first person saved on European soil (Acts 16). The idea of a “breakthrough” suggests a preceding struggle that finally peaks and finds resolution.
We are a new generation hungry for a breakthrough
We are a new generation arising in the church and we can feel something radical stirring inside us. As we read the Bible the passion of the apostolic leaders of the New Testament church burns in our hearts.
As a generation we are duty bound to confront sin and the demons that hold souls captive. Our God is the one who can change a nation and lead the people of Jesus Christ out of captivity and into an advancing, invading force.
It was our God who led Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. He did not enter into agreement with the Canaanites but utterly cut off the enemy and took their possessions (see Ex. 23:23).
This is a gate-crashing, wall-breaking, obstacle-removing God. He is the originator of every power and principality, as well as the victor over them through Jesus’ death and resurrection (see Col. 2:10).
The God of this new generation is described in Micah 2:13: “‘The one who breaks open will come up before them; they will break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it; their king will pass before them, with the Lord at their head'” (NKJV). No way is impenetrable to Him.
This God is our God. He will break open any route He has ordained for us to go through, even if it seems blocked. God the breaker goes up before us.
God gives us the power to breakthrough
This is not an ordinary person on our side. It is the King who will pass through before us.
In Old Testament times, invading forces used battering rams to break through gates (see Ezek. 21:22). Because God is at the head, up front, He is the battering ram who breaks open the way.
The term “breaker” is foreign to most Christians. According to Barnes’ Notes, the “Breaker-Through” is one of the titles given to Christ.
The image here in Micah is one of conquering and deliverance. Something has to be broken through; and something has to be overcome.
The breaker crashes a gate in order to move the Israelites into the open place where they are not confined as they were in prison. The gate of the prison that held them was burst open to set them free.
This is the same image found in Isaiah 43:6 when God said through Isaiah, “‘I will say to the north, “Give them up!” And to the south, “Do not keep them back.”‘”
Breakthrough is something we cannot do by ourselves
Breakthrough is something that we cannot do by ourselves. It requires divine intervention. God has given apostolic people territories to take and adversity to overcome, and they cannot be victorious alone.
The story of the Exodus is God saying to Moses, “I will do it.” God is leading the church today in the same way He led Moses and broke open the way in those days.
At the right time, God released His intervention and power. But Moses had to believe God and initiate bold action.
Moses had to go before Pharaoh and confront him. Yet God is the one who broke through for Israel (see Is. 52:11-12).
Breakthrough occurred when the Israelites were released from captivity in Babylon and returned home to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and re-establish their land (see Is. 48:20). They had to break through forces exerted by people such as Sanballat and Tobiah, who did not want them to repossess what had been theirs (see Neh. 2:19).
God is raising up a new generation
God is raising up a people who will reclaim lost land and inheritances, both naturally and spiritually. We will face an enemy who does not want us to have what is rightfully ours, but the Breaker is going before us to give us what is our destined heritage.
In another passage in Isaiah, we can see the spiritual meaning of deliverance from prison brought about through the work of our coming redeemer, Christ: “‘I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house'” (42:6-7).
I declare and decree, a breakthrough in everything that has limited your progress thus far. Be it in health, or finances. May you receive your breakthrough before this 2016, is over in the name of Jesus Christ.