If you need a breakthrough in your life, are you actually preparing for it? Instead of waiting and wondering, when your breakthrough will come – get ready. Because if it suddenly comes, you don’t want to be taken by surprise.
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 during such a time (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 prepare for it.
“Before she was in labour, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child.” Isaiah 66:7 (NKJV)
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. (Read also: Turning a crisis into an opportunity)
…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.
Four steps to prepare for your breakthrough
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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