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Get ready for your breakthrough

“Before she was in labour, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child.” Isaiah 66:7 (NKJV)

Do you need a breakthrough in your life, and wonder when it will come? It’s time to stop wondering. Get ready, your breakthrough will come!

When you’re not where you want to be

Have you have ever experienced that dreadful moment when suddenly you realise, you’re getting older and you are nowhere near where you want to be? Where you should be – by now? That you are called for something else – but are nowhere near it? I have.

I wrote this post a few years ago, right at such a moment (but I never published it!). The Holy Spirit encouraged me through these words in Isaiah 66:7, that my breakthrough would come and how I should get ready for it. A few years later my breakthrough came! And it came exactly as I had felt in my spirit when writing these lines.

God breaks through – suddenly…

Isaiah 66:7 describes a pregnant woman who is waiting to give birth. Like every mother-to-be, she doesn’t know which day or hour she will go into labour. Then suddenly, before she even feels the slightest hint of labour pain, she has delivered her child.

This is exactly how you can experience a breakthrough in your life. God can turn situations around swiftly! You might be waiting and waiting, not knowing when your breakthrough will come. Then suddenly, it is there.

…substantially and irreversibly

Breakthroughs really are like a birth. I suppose that is where the word originates from. So we would do well to learn from natural births and apply it to spiritual ones!

Consider just how different a woman’s life before and after childbirth is: she is thrown into something entirely new. She has lost her independence, her priorities have shifted dramatically and her new situation is entirely irreversible – there is no going back!

Breakthrough without striving

In Isaiah’s picture, this dramatic change in circumstance comes about without labour – without pain, without struggling, without agony.

Whatever situation you find yourself in, if you feel stuck or feel left on a side-track – God can turn your situation around, from one moment to another, without strife or frustration. When the appointed time comes, God will lift you to a new level; throw you into something entirely new.

Meanwhile… get ready!

In the meantime, like a pregnant woman, be patient and prepare for your “baby” – your breakthrough. Nurture your dream, your calling, whatever it is that you believe God for.

  1. Acquire the skills you need

If you’re waiting for your dream job: acquire the skills you need for it. If it involves a degree – get that degree!

If you hope to have a family of your own: develop your character (iron sharpens iron!), your social skills, and start setting money aside to provide for your family.

  1. Get experience

Start takings small steps in the right direction.

If you feel called into the mission field: learn how to engage with non-believers in the mission field outside your front door!

If you want to become an author, start blogging.

You will become more confident in yourself and in your skills, learn to be humble (God can’t stand our imaginary ‘grandeur’) and show him that you are serious about it.

“Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” Proverbs 22:29 (ESV)

Did you read that? Developing your skills will lead you before the “kings” – decision makers, CEOs, people in leadership position. Mediocre people will only meet mediocre people.

  1. Stay connected to God

Instead of complaining about your situation to everyone around you, pour your heart out to Him! How much can your best friend help you after all? God hears you and He will inspire and empower you to move forward. It is God’s desire that you thrive.

  1. Have the right priorities

Does what you are after actually glorify God? Is your desire birthed out of wrong, selfish motives?

Do you desire God more than anything (anyone) else?

God wants us to be happy, and lead a fulfilled life. But he is a jealous God. He wants to come first in our life. In every area of our life. So check if you pursue God more than you pursue your dreams.

Don’t despise the day of small beginnings

Building a foundation can be boring and tedious – but it is absolutely necessary. You don’t want your breakthrough to take by surprise – when you’re totally unprepared! So start with the basics, take small steps, then build on them and continue going forward until the time comes.

There is one thing we should always remember: we can never ever make our “baby” grow faster or force it come at the time we choose. Likewise, we cannot force our breakthrough. We patiently have to wait for God’s appointed time.
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Get ready for your breakthrough

Don't despise the day of small beginnings. Zechariah 4:10

16 thoughts on “Get ready for your breakthrough”

  1. Don’t despise the day of small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10) is a verse the Lord has used to encourage me through the ‘beginning’ of His plans for me, too. I think we tend to jump ship if we don’t see the ‘fruit’ of our efforts in our timing because we wonder if we heard Him right. Thank you for this very encouraging post. It blessed me this morning … ❤

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  2. I think the reward is often greater when we can start small and watch our efforts through the hills and valleys. This is a great reminder to keep going and keep trusting God through them discouraging valleys.

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  3. This is a timely post for me. My husband and I have been praying for a breakthrough for years. I have been hoping that it will come suddenly just like you talked about! You have filled me with hope again!

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  4. Great reminder that there are things we can do to prepare, but God is the power behind our breakthrough. I really love that verse you shared to not despise small beginnings. That is a great reminder that it is okay if we start small. Small steps lead to big things.

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  5. I love this! I’ve been working toward some goals I have, but sometimes I find myself getting upset when things aren’t going as smoothly or moving along as I’d like. I really appreciate the advice you shared here!

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  6. I read this post in God’s perfect timing, thank you! I am ready for my breakthrough. I appreciate the 4 “Get Ready” stances you stated. Great advise. Great wisdom! Beautiful blog too. God bless your ministries!

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  7. Thanks for the fiery encouragement! I especially love your point about not despising the small beginnings. There’s so much that we learn while building our foundation that prepares us for the breakthrough. Without small beginnings, we may never reach our goal!

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  8. Over the years I have learned to savor the days of small beginnings! I often feel like I’m in one breakthrough loop or another – at one of the stages you described above. I’ve learned to love this process as well, although some part of it I would still like to hurry along, lol.

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  9. When it comes to breakthrough, I don’t think many people get that we have to prepare for it. Your article really helps to put things into a healthy perspective and provides truly helpful guidance. I especially like number four!

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