Happy New Year!! A new year of breakthrough into victory! Breakthrough can be defined as: a series of divine moments; the intervention of heaven into situations where something that is bound breaks, where things promised or hoped for come to fruition, where something new is released. It is the sons and daughters of Zion walking into a new realm of their authority and destiny. It is literally the body of Christ walking in victory!
Deep Calls Out to Deep
In many ways 2018 felt like a year where the Lord was doing so much deep, foundational "heart work". As we listen to messages from around the world, and talk to family and friends, we're beginning to think that this wasn't just something we were personally experiencing, but rather a trend many noticed last year. Did you experience this also? Of course, we are always growing and learning with the Lord, but some seasons truly feel like deep calling out to deep. I find it fascinating that there are also deep shifts going on in our physical world at the moment. There's something strange going on with the earth's north magnetic pole right now. It is not unusual for the pole to wander, but the rapid rate at which it is changing, along with other shifts deep inside the planet, have scientists a little skittish. For a fascinating read, click on the magnetic motion picture.
All this to say, the Lord loves to work deep in our hearts, though we don't always know where it may be leading us. It will take trust on our behalf. It will require persistence to keep leaning into Him, and intentionality to add His truth to where He's pointing out a shaky foundation. How do you do this?
The revelation knowledge God gives us is an invitation to pursue. It’s like a ticket into his presence, and it comes complete with the grace to demonstrate what he just showed you. Bible study without bible experience is pointless. Psalm 139:23-24 in The Passion translation says, "God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways— the path that brings me back to you".
Remember the Victories
Where have you seen Him move? How has He broken through in the past? He wants us to remember the victories He has already won. Then when we come up against another challenge, we won't be nervous and start our thought patterns with what we don't have, but who is on our side! "Thanks be to Christ who always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere" (2 Cor 2:14 AMPC).
Share the Victories
Testimonies are powerful! They stir hope and release blessing. You've seen the Lord move, you've been given gifts, blessings and provision. What are you going to do with them? Psalm 40 in The Passion translation says, 'I don’t keep it a secret or hide the truth. I preach of your faithfulness and kindness, proclaiming your extravagant love to the largest crowd I can find!'. Your breakthroughs become other people's breakthrough and declaring them sets you up with expectation of victory for the future.
Co-Labour with Him
Father God is looking to raise up sons and daughters who will function like Jesus. Heirs who are comfortable in their own skin, because they realise the authority and dominion they have been given. No one is as qualified to be you as you are! Sometimes we are waiting for the sudden invasion of destiny when it should be about: what has He put in your hands now? What can you be faithful with right where you are? Ask Him how you can co-labour with Him to bring increase for the kingdom in your sphere of influence. Many times it will look like, 1) a decree (telling any lies or mountains to move and speaking out God's truth) and 2) obedience (something the Lord tells you to do to put it into action).
You are an intrepid explorer: gallantly moving into un-chartered territory with the Lord.It takes intentional work, hand in hand with Papa, to form new habits and bravely go where you've never been before! May you smash down the walls of fear together and break through into victory: the fullness of all you were created to be!!
You've got this!