Breakthrough – What exactly does that mean? Prophetically speaking

Breakthrough…I woke up the other day and saw that word right before my spiritual eyes.

Breakthrough!!!

Later that morning, I looked up the definition.

Breakthrough

  • Sudden increase in knowledge, understanding, etc.
  • An important discovery that happens after trying for a long time to understand or explain something.
  • A sudden advance, especially of knowledge or technique.
  • An act of sudden breaking.
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Snowy Range Road, Wyoming

I wanted to know its meaning because in the current round of prophetic words, it seems that words like breakthrough, new, or revival have become a bit cliché and overused. What is God saying through the word ‘breakthrough”? Are we making assumptions when we hear about breakthrough?

Breakthrough brings me UP, going from glory to glory and faith to faith. Up into a heavenly reality of being in Christ, seated in heavenly places. Going up signifies that I am in the world but not of the world. While living as a spiritual being, I still encounter trials of various kinds. Breakthrough never promises a life that is on coast mode without struggle. Breakthrough takes us up into a greater revelation of Christ in me and I walk in the earth realm with a heavenly mindset and perspective. I’ll never escape the reality of suffering. Let’s make that clear.

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy 1 Peter 4:12-13 

I am breaking into greater revelation of Christ Jesus – His person, His purpose, my identity in Christ…

That may not always change outward circumstances immediately because breakthrough implies breaking through………some thing. What hinders me from seeing Christ in my current circumstances, as hard as they may be? Or as Graham Cooke says, “Where is my upgrade in what I am facing?” Sometimes breakthrough is slow and steady because God is more concerned with a life well lived rather than to pull us out of trying circumstances. Ouch! How often is that preached? Yet how many of us are going through hard times. Many, as far as I can see.

In my life right now, I sometimes feel bored and restless which can escalate into frustration or even anger. And I am in the midst of breakthrough. A breakthrough in spiritual vision to see Him in greater ways, a breakthrough in spiritual hearing to hear clearly, and a breakthrough to know Him more intimately. Some things around me in the natural are changing slowly while others are changing quicker but it’s all breakthrough into a greater dimension of a life lived to the glory of Jesus Christ.

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Seminole Lake, Wyoming

So when prophetic words promise breakthrough, let’s respond in faith to accept the breakthrough rather than emotionally extend ourselves to think that all our problems will suddenly disappear. That’s not always how it goes, does it?

Break through to move ahead in spite of resistance, to worship despite trials and to praise despite anxiety or worry. Break through into living as a mature son and daughter accepting that His ways are higher but Father knows best.

Dreams will be fulfilled. Promises will be realized. All this flows supernaturally in Christ as we simply keep our eyes on Him at all times despite what we are facing. We are breaking through day by day as we grow in Christ. It’s not a destination. He’s the destination and we are completely and perfectly in Him. I have arrived. Breakthrough is the journey in Christ. So, enjoy the journey!

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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Now You See Him, Now You Don’t – Faith and Imagination

7711866066_9ffdaf3078_zFaith infused with imagination is essential to my life in Christ. How do I engage with Scripture in a deeper way? Faith and Imagination.

I remember one time being so frustrated while reading the Bible that I literally threw it on the floor, laid out flat, and put my forehead right on top of the verse that I was reading. I not only wanted to read the word, I wanted to live and experience the word. I am still that way. I want to live, move and have by being in the living Word of God, Jesus Christ.

I personally engage with Scripture on many levels.

When I study, I learn context, word meanings, and cultural background. This is a solid foundation.

When I meditate, it’s an entirely different thing. I enter an open door of faith with imagination empowered by Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit opens a door to revelation, vision, and experience. I see, hear, and experience the Word in unique ways.

The Bible is not irrelevant, archaic and obscure. As a preacher/speaker I choose words of spirit and life to stir the heart and touch the imagination so that my listeners want more and more and more. From what I can see about my life, this is true for when we minister in prophetic preaching, I see lives touched and transformed.

That is my journey, to creatively express the depth and beauty of the Living Word, Jesus Christ.

Let me give you an example as quickly as I can. Please don’t opt out. Follow me in this okay?

This morning, as I was in prayer and worship, God dealt with some issues of shame in my life. At the end of this session of praying in tongues and listening to Holy Spirit, I entered a new place of freedom. God loosed my heart after years of struggling with this. Then God spoke to my heart.

“Much of who you ARE is still tied to the past. I will reveal what was lost as to redeem the time NOW and in the FUTURE. We will walk together out of this past into the future. I am going to reveal a new way of walking with Me.”

During this time, I immediately thought of the disciples on the Road to Emmaus.

I Drove A Lonely RoadThe Road to Emmaus

That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was.

He asked, “What’s this you’re discussing so intently as you walk along?” They just stood there, long–faced, like they had lost their best friend. Then one of them, his name was Cleopas, said, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard what’s happened during the last few days?”

He said, “What has happened?” They said, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene. He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened. But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.”

Then he said to them, “So thick–headed! So slow–hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him.

They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open–eyed, wide–eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared. Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us (Luke 24:13-32 Message)

Like these guys, I am out walking my life, believing in things through a faulty paradigm. Then Jesus shows up and proceeds to walk with me. Rather than force Himself on me, He is the master of intriguing questions. “What’s up?” He says.

Looking at Him quizzically, I think, “Is this guy out to lunch? Where has He been?” Then I begin to tell it to Him straight from how I perceive it all.

Then He begins to tell it to me straight, destroying my false narrative of defeat, fear and shame. He then expounds Himself to me in the power of Holy Spirit. Speaking words of truth and life, He confronts me with my own misinterpretation of who I believe He really is.

Then we come to a point in the road where it seems He is going to go on but I grab Him and ask Him to stay and eat.

“Let’s sit at the table.” I say. That’s all it takes. A few moments of intimacy and the word comes alive to heal and restore. The Word is alive. My eyes are opened to see and my heart burns within me. His word to me is confirmed.

“I am going to reveal a new walk of walking with me.” Faith infused with informed imagination heals, restores and sets free.

I get it.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra

Rivers of Eden Ministry

By Accident or Intelligent Design?

cross“By accident or by intelligent design?”

When I awoke out of sleep the other night, I heard this question resounding in my spirit. I love questions from God. He also loves questioning me. I am never too quick to answer or lean into my own wisdom. Nighttime is perfect for this. I am not quite awake yet with my own thoughts.

There are always layers to questions. They are not always quite what they appear to be. What does this one mean?

This question summoned me to come apart to spend time with Him. At first I tossed and turned. I started to get up and lay back down. I tossed and turned some more. Finally, I went into my office, began to pray and waited on God with a journal close by.

Do I believe that I was born and placed in time by accident or intelligent design? It makes a difference in how I live my life. I believe I was born into time for such a time as this. I believe in my salvation in Christ, my eternal life in Christ now.

Yet, if that is true, and it is, then why am I so out of sync with life at times and even with myself – my feelings, my desires, my promises? Why do words such as breakthrough and destiny flow from my lips even when I feel out of sync saying them for I know inside of me are fears of all kinds? Why do I feel as if I wander at times, randomly waiting for life to take hold of me and suddenly push me in the right direction of my promise or breakthrough?

As a human being, I can feel fragmented and separated from my authentic self. Who exactly is my authentic self? It’s quite simple and the older I get, the simpler it becomes. I look no further than He who lives His life in and through me.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NKJVS)

I am in Christ. His life is in me. I died and now live in resurrection power in Christ. Some days that plays out better than other days when life sends its challenges and I surely forget this. When that happens, I run back into truth to recapture the revelation of the finished work of the cross of Christ. I stand in that place as I remember and Christ re-members me in His truth.

Every time that life seems to pull me in many different directions to where I don’t even know myself, He is there, reminding me that I am whole in Him. Nothing overpowers me. He is my life. I have died in Christ to live in the purity of resurrection life. That is truth – a truth that is imparted to me over and over again. In the worst of situations, His grace is sufficient for me. In my weakness, He is strong.

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. (Romans 6:4-5 NKJVS)

Soaring EagleI am joined to Christ in the power of the cross and the power of the resurrection. That is the glory of intelligent design. I live in Christ. Nothing can separate me from that – not fear, not worry, not depression, not anxiety…not anything. I am not an accident randomly placed in time to wander amidst uncertainty and apprehension, separated from my authentic self, drowning in a false image that the world at large tries to shove down my throat. I am made by His intelligent design. The breath of God courses through my life.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them (Psalms 139:14-16 NKJVS)

How can anything separate me from the love of Christ? How can anything separate me from Christ in me, my union in Christ? It can’t but it does try to create an illusion or a fog that causes me to look outside myself at circumstances, situations or any life challenge.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39 NKJVS)

I am not randomly moving in time, wandering, and wondering. My life is in Christ and in Christ there is grace to empower me to live as a child of God. Wandering through life, without rhyme or reason, is not my lifestyle. To randomly wander in life is to be separate from this truth. I am not here by accident. I am created by intelligent design, the God of the universe who sent His Son, Jesus Christ for me so that I may live life in Him through the power of Holy Spirit.

I will end with this. There is a pressure to have answers, tie up loose ends, get to the heart of the matter and provide a solution. So many people want a way out and it is simply not possible. Again, life is about process and every step along the way; it is in the journey that we discover the heart of God. This Christian life is all about relationship and we don’t take our cues from the world in how to walk this out and how to live our life. Our life is in Christ, not the world. There is so very much to say on this as time goes on.

Debra 2In Christ,
Debra

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Prophetic Focus in New Covenant Reality

Writing about prophetic transformation and the need for the prophetic to focus on Christ alone. In doing this, I am waiting, meditating and thinking. I took a week ‘blog breather’ to focus on what I sense God is speaking to me. I don’t want my words to come across as self-righteous. I want to speak what God is showing me, even when it cuts across the grain of prophetic words that I see “out there” – on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Even when it cuts across the grain of what established prophetic ministers are currently speaking.

The internal process and tension within me to shed this wineskin that forms my paradigm is becoming apparent to me day by day. I simply can’t go back into the old. At the same time, I feel as a pioneer in grace. Along with many others, I am walking into the new without actually seeing everything. I know that a sure foundation is being laid under our feet in Christ in the reality of the finished work of the cross. I am learning and in process.

This tension will be apparent as I continue to write and blog, mainly speaking to myself and the way I want my life in Christ to flow from this point forward. My heart desires to mentor prophetic people. Through the years, I see that this kind of mentoring is caught more than taught – Jesus being the perfect example with His own disciples.

There is a simplicity of focus needed in the prophetic at-large – the simplicity of Christ. For me to prophesy in the Spirit I feel that I must shift to a grace centered; finished work prophetic language that focuses on present truth in the New Covenant. In other words, I don’t want to hear the same things over and over and over that point to mixture of the two covenants.

For instance, why would I desire the mantle of Elijah when I am a daughter of God, Christ in me, the hope of glory? And, why would I feel the necessity to run to catch an anointing when the Spirit of God in me is all I need to teach, lead and direct me into an ever-expanding revelation of Christ? And, why would I hunger and cry out for an open heaven when the heavens have already been opened, the veil has been rent and I am seated in heavenly places?

I will blog more about this and much else over the next few weeks. My ‘blog breather’ was mainly to call to task the fear I felt of going against the grain and hitting at sacred cows. I should have done this awhile back but there is no better time than the present.

Over the past week, I filled my journal with thoughts that challenged me and filled me with hope and enthusiasm. Despite the current mundane condition of the church at large, God IS moving in ways that cannot be perceived through an old wineskin or through an old lens.

Mantles? New anointing? Open heavens? These, along with many other things are prophesied as entities in and of themselves, often devoid of focus on Christ in New Covenant reality. I am not judging or criticizing the prophetic but I see its need to change its focus and language reflecting this New Covenant reality. Perhaps others have tackled this before but for me, the path is opening for me to walk forward right now. Many prophetic terms are centered on Old Covenant principles, as if they are the focus of we who are now in a New Covenant reality. I want to stress that my own focus is a love of the supernatural gifts of the Spirit. I love the miraculous and life in the Spirit. But, I need to align my focus in Christ alone and prophesy from this position.

I guess the best place to start is to show something about the differences between the Old and New Covenant and then along will come the next blog. Let’s get this foundation right. Here are just a few examples for you to consider.

Law/Grace
Sinners/Saints
Slaves to sin/ Slaves to righteousness
Need to ask forgiveness/ Already forgiven
Self-sacrifice; human work/ Rest in Jesus work and sacrifice
Do Work – have to/ Do work – get to
Crying out for ‘More”/ Have everything we need
Hunger and Thirst for Him/ Satisfied in Him
Go to temples/ Are His temple; perfect union
Searching for open heaven/ Living under an open heaven
Searching for revival/ Live in revival
Destroys sinners on account of sin/ Destroyed sin in the body of Jesus
Follow signs & wonders/ Signs and wonders follow us
Performs these randomly/ Perform through His power in us
God is in a bad mood/ God is outrageously in a good mood

In Christ
Debra Westbrook

Debra NapaRivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to live a prophetic life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference.  Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in August in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information if you would like us to minister in grace and glory.

Creative Expression – Prophecy!

In seasons past, we all saw the mistakes and all the crap in the prophetic, and it may cause many to harden their hearts to this gift today. If not that, it may cause people to disregard it as non-essential to a walk in grace. The Holy Spirit reveals Christ and flows in the gifts in our lives. His gifts are beautiful and exciting! The prophetic, on a whole, needs to get focused again and then flow, flow, flow!

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Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:1 NKJV)

Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:39-40 NKJVS)

When prophecy is given ‘off focus’ from the centrality of Jesus Christ, then its effect is diluted or somewhat distorted. Prophecy, tongues and all the gifts should be in effect today through believers as an integral part of their lives.

The testimony of Jesus infuses and saturates the prophetic. Jesus is central. I prophesy. I speak in tongues all the times. It is all glorious in my life.

When I minister in my day, on the streets, in Walmart, in places ‘out there” I keep Christ central in focus and strength. Then you prophesy life in Christ. You prophesy Jesus. You get words of knowledge and discernment. You receive visions and dreams. Stripping the Body of Christ from these glorious gifts – not a good thing. We are all in process.

I don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. We are all on a learning curve and God is able to correct, encourage, admonish, rebuke, give us grace and mercy and love us through it all. In years past I went to so many prophetic conferences, so many altar calls, so much prophecy – and saw so much good stuff and a lot of crap, to put it mildly. Yet, I desire to equip people into the excellency of these giftings, whch, when used in humility in grace, advance and build up the Body of Christ. There is so much to learn. We step out. We take risks. We prophecy on the streets. We interpret dreams. We get words of knowledge. We make mistakes. But, we keep on walking and we keep on speaking.