This past Sunday, we officially wrapped up our 40 Days of Breakthrough series. Whether you were with us the whole time or jumped in partway through, this was a rich series that we encourage you to revisit in the months to come! As Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert said, breakthrough is not an experience. It is a lifestyle that we daily choose and live.
Here is a quick recap from the areas of breakthrough we covered each week.
WEEK 1: Relationship with God
“The God of the breakthrough has a name, and His name is Jesus. He is the answer to everything, and He loves us.
More than anything else, our relationships with God takes first priority. This shouldn’t be a surprise to us. Whether we choose to acknowledge Him or not or place Him first in our lives, Jesus is central. If this is not anchored in us – the importance of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection – we are cutting ourselves off from the relationship God has given us access to. This relationship is not only the most important but also should take first place above anything else. Even good things, like spouses, kids, or calling, cannot replace a relationship with God. Like Jimmy said, breakthrough has a name, and His name is Jesus. Are you pursuing the breakthrough? Or the one who gives the breakthrough? Does He have your first love?
WEEK 2: Sin
“I no longer identify as a slave, but I identify as a son. Therefore, I have victory over sin.”
It can be easy for us to believe, especially if we have been caught in habitual sin, that our lot in life currently is our lot in life permanently. We know that is a lie however, because Jesus came to give us life and life to the fullest (John 10:10). Freedom from sin is not a formula, but there are steps we can take to placing ourselves before God and others to find the breakthrough we are looking for. One way to do this is to realize that desperation trumps information. When you read the Gospels, Jesus is always inviting people to draw near and listen if they are hungry. Are you desperate enough that you are willing to press in even in the midst of your sin? And if you really want to get free, you need to stop hiding. We think that keeping things in the dark protect ourselves and protect those around us. In reality, it is protecting the very sin we want to get free from. Another challenge is to take one radical step of obedience. Too often, we get stuck thinking about getting free instead of taking a radical step. What one step do you know you need to take?
WEEK 3: Emotions
“The people who have the greatest ministry on the earth are those who have been the most broken because they have found Jesus to be faithful in the middle of their brokenness and proclaimed His goodness in the midst of their pain and it sets captives free.”
Think of a time when your emotions were very high and maybe even got the best of you. It could be a while ago or perhaps very recent. If we are honest with ourselves, our emotions can get us into trouble, and then we shape our theology around that in order to explain it. However, that was never the way that it was supposed to go. First, you need to resolve your theology, what you think about God, His goodness, faithfulness, etc. Then when we encounter trouble, it does not shatter us because we have already resolved the character of God, and so while our emotions may be impacted, they no longer are the driving force. God is the one meant to lead us, not our emotions.
WEEK 4: Relationships
“Your ability to see the flow of the river of God in life and relationship is directly blocked if you will not forgive and bless people in your life.”
If you are harboring unforgiveness and offense towards the people in your life, you may think that you are justified or in the right, but in truth, you are blocking the flow of God and what He wants to pour out in your life. Is that something that you really want to do? Letting go of unforgiveness and offense starts with prayer. Daily prayer, because we are hurt and offended daily, and if we are not faithful to attend to little wounds, they very quickly can become big. As you pray, receive and hold onto the promises of God and know that they are not just true for you but also for the person who hurt or offended you. Forgiveness is not just for us to receive, it is also meant to be given, and as we fill ourselves with the Word of God, we no longer live by the words of the world. While this transformative work is going on inside of us, we need to continue to engage with people. People are not the problem; sin is. Even as hurt happens and there needs to be forgiveness, remember that we are given a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). If we are isolating ourselves from people or withholding forgiveness, we are not allowing ourselves or others to receive reconciliation. Who do you need to extend forgiveness to today? Are you spending time in the Word of God to allow it to transform you from the inside out?
WEEK 5: Finances
“It is not about having money or not. It is who is God over your life.”
Who do you spend more time thinking about? God? Or money? What you think about becomes your focus, and what you focus on can become what you serve. To keep it short, live simply, work diligently and give generously. You weren’t put on this earth to make money; you are uniquely made and placed in this time to bring glory to God. By remembering to live simply, you remove yourself from trying to keep up with the Jones’s, not allowing comparison, competition and jealousy into your heart. Can you live with an attitude of gratitude? As you work diligently, this is not about performance. It is partnership with God even as we trust Him to provide. One test to see how tightly you are holding your money is to see how hard it is for you when you give it away. Are you giving out of obedience or because it is a joy for you to give? By giving generously, we are inviting God into our finances as we relinquish control and remember not just to believe that everything is God’s but to live like it.
WEEK 6: Calling
“We all have assignments, but we have one calling. That is to be a surrendered people to the living God and to do all for the glory of God.”
Calling is more than assignments or vocation. It is about trusting God with all of our lives, from the big picture to every small moment. Do you genuinely believe that you can trust God with your life? If not, it may take revisiting other breakthrough areas such as finances or relationships because if we can’t trust God in those “smaller” areas, can we trust Him with the entirety of our life calling? Trust is essential. And as we trust God, we realize that it is not about us. We are created by the Creator; we know we are invaluable to Him because of the price Jesus was willing to pay, and we are nothing short of miraculous. But still, our calling is not about us. It is about glorifying God, living surrendered lives and giving ourselves fully to whatever assignment God has for us in the present. It is about living Proverbs 3:5-6, trusting God with all of our hearts, not trusting our own understanding and trusting and acknowledging Him. When you read that verse, are you able to live each component? What area can you revisit to continue to build your trust in God as you surrender your calling?