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.
Mountains in Wyoming

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.

Seminole Lake

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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Pursue Spiritual Realities

Peace in ChristSeated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, my paradigm of life shifts, giving me clear spiritual vision. My position in heavenly places changes my earthly perspective. I learn to see a greater reality in the spirit than what I see with my natural eyes. In the midst of the world’s chaos, I live in the spirit, Holy Spirit. Spiritual realities contradict the world’s chaos. Where there is confusion, I have peace. Where there is fear, I have faith. Where there is anxiety and worry, I have hope – in Christ. I live from this place each moment of my life.

Live by impulses of the spirit – motivated to pursue spiritual realties. Romans 8:5 (Passion Translation)

Spiritual realities form the foundation of a life, flowing and living in the spirit – in the world but not of the world. Knowing that I am a spiritual being in Christ, my identity, purpose and destiny forms in another kingdom where Christ is King and Lord. I live, move and have my being in Him, outside of time and space, in the Spirit. Infused with life in Christ, I live in the earth, bringing His life and light to flow in my life while I am physically here. Eternal realities flow in and through me in Christ.

GlassesI am an eternal being in Christ. My life is hidden in Him. From that spiritual reality, I see with a new lens of spiritual sight. I am in time for such a time as this. I don’t escape the darkness of the world but I am not captured by its journey into deeper realms of chaos. My spiritual life is a way in Christ that I live, move and have my being right in the midst of it all.

Now, how does one pursue spiritual realities?

  • Listen to the voice of God. Above all, know that as a child of God, you can hear your Father speak to you. He sets your course in life. He takes you higher into purpose and destiny. His voice is right here, even in all the noise. Learn to listen.
  • Know that Christians are spiritual beings in Christ. Be aware and fully present in that reality, discerning not only the times but also the times in your day. Discern the spirits that are not Holy Spirit – fear, anxiety, or worry to name a few.
  • Live in the light of revelation and learn to discern the darkness so that when it attacks you know where it is coming from whether that is at work, at home or out and about in your day. Learn to pick up on what is going on in the spiritual realm at all times.
  • Ask Holy Spirit to fine-tune your spiritual senses. Talk to God. Pray in tongues. Learn to listen to Him as you are moving about your day so that you can move in prophesy, words of wisdom or knowledge. Be alert to know how to respond to people with words of hope and love. Also be alert to situations where darkness may escalate right before your eyes. The Spirit may quietly tell you to pray, to leave, or to take some sort of action.
  • Spend time with the Lord, times of worship and prayer. From these times of intimacy, glory saturates your life so that the light shines so bright that when moving throughout your day, the light of Christ penetrates the darkness and always overcomes it.
  • Discern, watch, and always listen with spiritual eyes and ears. Be contrary and contradictory in your Christian walk. How? Flow in an opposing spirit of humility, grace and love no matter what you face. This flow will bring down strongholds and barriers that present themselves along your path each day. The darkness cannot comprehend this type of heavenly strength and will flee, confused and dismantled.
  • Grow in wisdom and knowledge in the Lord through reading His word.

These are just a few thoughts for today. As a Christian,  learn to walk in a greater spiritual reality in Christ. Holy Spirit will teach you.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
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Truth Staggers Down The Street

Truth is lost in the midst of cultural noise and political correctness. Words blast their way into the atmosphere on a daily basis. They continually try to change our minds and destroy our thought processes from seeking what is real, what is true. Words are a vehicle by which truth is moved along so if you distort words, trying to change their meaning from what is originally intended, it is easier to control people through deception, dilution and distortion.

Words Words WordsThis is not a new thing. If fact it is an old thing and I only need look at a verse in the OT to speak truth into this very problem.

Justice is beaten back, Righteousness is banished to the sidelines, Truth staggers down the street, Honesty is nowhere to be found. (Isaiah 59:14 Message)

Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter. (Isaiah 59:14 NKJVS)

There is an attack on truth through the use of words that seem to be ever changing, evolving to bolster man’s political agenda or partisan way of life. Look around if you can and find truth in the midst of chaos. It is lost amidst word mixtures and word distortions.

The only way to navigate the treacherous waters ahead is through the only truth that exists to be found. Christ Jesus.

Jesus said to him, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6 NKJV)

Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. (John 14:6 Message)

Truth in Christ is true in any matter, under all circumstances in perfect reality. If one does not know Christ, one cannot comprehend truth. Truth in Christ in me is a life renewed with an excellent mind, able to perceive truth in the midst of deception. I am in union with Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit and in my life there is a perfect expression of Truth as I live, move and have my being in Him.

Many see Jesus as a lunatic for saying this pretentious statement in John 14:6. Listen to what C.S. Lewis says below.

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity.

Truth Will Set You FreeA battle rages for truth. People desperately desire truth. Truth is in Christ. Truth is Christ Jesus. Truth is found in Christ and the outflow of His teachings, His person, and His oneness in the Father. That forms the simplicity of my life, the way this blog will flow and the prophetic nature of speaking forth hope into a chaotic future that exists in the world apart from Christ.

Prophetically speaking I would say that confusion rules the atmosphere in this present day. Yet that is not a reality for those hidden in Christ Jesus. We are able to see and to hear beyond what is being shown us and far beyond what is being said. We hear truth beyond words that seem to bolster political agendas or foster partisan belief. There is a sound behind the sound when one is discerning to truly hear. God will reveal His heart to us and through us in Christ.

Look no further than the simplicity that is found in Christ for the coming days will toss us back and forth on the winds of change if we are not anchored in the truth of the divine words of Scripture. Make no mistake, we desire to see hope restored and peace reign in our midst but this is an impossibility apart from Christ ruling and reigning in the power of His kingdom that dwells first in the heart of His people and flows out in its necessary power…..now and in the days ahead.

Hope is restored. Peace is maintained. Lives are lived contrary to the prevailing atmosphere of humanistic logic and wisdom. How can one find this? How can one live in direct opposition to fear, distress, and hopelessness? In Christ. Rise up and live above in heavenly places, where we are seated in Christ Jesus.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 NKJVS)

This is a simple way to start the New Year prophetically speaking. We must disregard the extraneous things pulling on our lives on a daily basis.  They only seek to take us into a reality bound by fear and distress. There is a better way, a more excellent way and those who seek Him will find Him. The promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus. He never leaves us or forsakes us.

Start today. Spend time alone with the Lord. Learn to hear His voice and respond to His overtures of love to you. In this time set apart we will develop a hearing ear and discerning eyes to follow Him in the midst of the coming storms. We will walk in peace and hope and love despite anything that tries to come against us, uproot us or destroy us.

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 13For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:1-3, 7, 13-14, 23-24 NKJVS)

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra
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Light Always Overcomes Darkness

It is a miracle season. In fact, it is always a miracle season – Christ in us, the hope of glory. Sunday morning at Glory of Zion, testimonies of miracles declared the beauty, the glory, the majesty of God, increasing my expectancy, my faith and my anticipation in 2016. Chaos abounds, darkness encroaches – this is all true but He who created the heavens, who set the stars in place, who knows us intimately through and through asks each of us to believe……miracles abound to those who simply open eyes to see. It is going to be a glorious year of light.

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And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5 NKJV)

26 Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
(Isaiah 40:26-31 NKJV)

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Merry Christmas!

Debra & Marvin Westbrook

Peace On Earth

Peace on Earth

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
(John 14:27 NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NKJV)

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.  (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)

Merry Christmas!  Debra & Marvin Westbrook

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