Sunday at my church, the sermon was about breakthrough. Here are some reflections I’ve had when meditating on that.
Ever notice it’s not called “breakaround? Circumnavigating the challenges and obstacles between us and victory doesn’t work. Strongholds remain alive and well when we avoid them, and they will simply continue to do their job when left unattended. The only way to take back what God intended for us is to battle through them.
I can’t help think about D-Day, June 6, 1944. The best way to get the number of boots on the ground and equipment necessary to take back France and other occupied territories was to storm fortified beaches along France’s northern coast. The Nazis were not going to just step aside and let the allies waltz in and seize the land they thought they had conquered. Operation Overlord, as it was code named, took just under a month before the mission was considered complete and successful. It took planning, full commitment, and an unquenchable resolve to see it through.
Your breakthrough is not going to come without resistance. That resistance is protecting “land” the enemy thinks belongs to him, and he understands its value.
You will know you’re pursuing something of value when you meet resistance. The absence of difficulty should make you wary that perhaps what you’re pursuing is of no consequence to the enemy and value to you.
Remember, prayer weakens the enemy. Don’t go into battle before inflicting damage through prayer. Then, you must decide you’re willing to storm that beach, take on the fire, and advance no matter the cost. All the while, be unrelenting in prayer. That “land” belongs to God, and He has great things in store for you when you take it back!
The following words are in red letters, spoken by Jesus, and found in Matthew 11:12,
“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”