Have you ever thought about what it takes to get breakthrough in an area of your life? I think I’ve always thought of breakthrough being catalyzed by an event, a word, or supernatural encounter. But my perspective has begun to change. I’ve realized that breakthrough isn’t something that will just happen to me, I need to fight for it. It isn’t an event, it’s a process.
During our recent Ablaze Missions Conference the atmosphere was very closed and heavy and I found it very difficult to lead worship. I told a few people, “I feel like I’m contending, pushing, pushing, pushing.” And yet, I wasn’t seeing the things that I was contending for.
In one of the sessions the speaker was talking about the victory we have in Jesus and how the devil is under our feet, and as he was speaking God gave me a picture. He showed me a fist pushing against a wall and He told me there are only two things that can happen: the fist will deflect from the wall, or it will push through it.
When we are contending for something, we will either get discouraged by the lack of breakthrough and turn away or we will stay in that place of applying pressure until there is breakthrough.
Too often we think of breakthrough as the moment the fist breaks through the wall and we don’t see the period of pushing, fighting, constantly choosing to not deflect.
Mike Massa, one of my teachers at Christ for the Nations, once taught that when we pray it’s like we are hitting a rock with a hammer. The first 21 times nothing happens, but on the 22nd time the rock begins to crack. Even though the first 21 times seem unfruitful, they were necessary for the 22nd hit to produce fruit. Stop on the 21st hit and you won’t ever get the results you expected.
How often in our life do we deflect one prayer, one decision, one step, one day before God is about to bring the shift, the healing, the victory we are contending for?
Since that moment at Ablaze when God spoke to me, He has been reminding me over and over again that I’m not a deflector, I’m a fighter. It’s not my nature to turn away before I get all the revelation that He wants to give me or before I see the fruit of His promises in my life. Yet, there have been many areas in my life where I haven’t realized that I need to push through for the victory, instead I’ve been waiting for victory to happen.
I need to contend to see breakthrough for my family, for my village outreach, for my personal life, for my ministry, for my dreams and visions. I need to make my decision and take my posture to push until the breakthrough comes and not accept deflection (or defeat) as an option!
Too often we sit around waiting for things to happen to us when God is just waiting for us to stand up and take authority over our lives and take responsibility for our own breakthrough. He’s calling us to walk in the characteristics that He’s already given us, to not accept deflection or complacency but tenacity and perseverance.
You have the same power in you that rose Jesus from the dead- which means you are a fighter, a victor, a contender! I believe once you have set it in your mind that turning away isn’t an option and you decide to push toward the things you’ve been wanting to see in your life, you will experience great breakthrough!
“So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”
Luke 18:7-8 MSG