The Keys to Breakthrough!
God desires to take us from blessing to blessing, from glory to glory, and from faith to faith. That’s why the new year will bring new situations that will stretch us. Some of us might even be carrying over challenges from the previous year.
Friends, keep pressing on, for you are on the verge of a breakthrough! By looking at King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20), we discover five keys for our breakthrough in this new year.
Key 1: Declaring who God is
Judah was facing a tremendous problem: a vast army was getting ready to attack. But instead of crumbling under the weight of the problem, notice King Jehoshaphat’s prayer language.
“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:6
We can react to challenging circumstances in many ways. But you and I can also choose to combat negativity and fear with faith. When we dare to declare God’s power and might, our words have the power to take us into our breakthrough!
Key 2: Fixing our eyes on God
Where our attention goes is where the power flows. When we fix our eyes on the giant, then we give the giants power. That’s why it’s so important to focus on God, despite whatever we may be going through.
Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. – 2 Chronicles 20:12
Declaration is one thing, but when we can see God for who He is, something begins to happen—hope rises, faith is built up and we find the strength to press through. When we enthrone God in His rightful place, we can hold fast to the truth so we will not be overcome. Let God be the source of your power today!
Key 3: Worshiping in every circumstance
Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. – 2 Chronicles 20:18
Worship is important because it creates the right atmosphere. When we learn to give God a sacrifice of praise, our environment of fear and hopelessness turns to an environment of hope and anticipation. We might be down, but we are not out because we know that our God is for us!
Key 4: Holding fast to God’s Word
Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” – 2 Chronicles 20:20
God always has a word for us, especially in times of crisis. In those days, His Word came through the prophets. For you and me, God’s Word comes from the Bible. If we want to activate breakthrough, it starts by hearing and holding on to the Word. In this new year, dare to invest more time internalizing in the logos Word, so that God can turn it into the rhema Word for every season and circumstance.
Key 5: Walking in simple obedience
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him…as they went out at the head of the army…” – 2 Chronicles 20:21
As strange as King Jehosaphat’s order was, simple obedience led to a great move of God. Suddenly the enemy forces were turning against each other! All Judah had to do was carry away the spoils of a battle (v22-24). Imagine what kind of breakthroughs God has in store for us! Today, dare to walk by faith and believe that God will clear our path. Friends, if you are at the point of breakdown, know that you are at the point of breakthrough. Press in, press on, and press through! Blessed 2020!