Breakthrough is a word we hear quite a bit in Christian circles.
I checked twelve different translations and found breakthrough only appears in the Message Bible and not in the context of contemporary usage.
According to dictionary.com breakthrough is defined as:
“a military movement or advance all the way through and beyond an enemy's front-line defense; an act or instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction; the overcoming of a stalemate.”
The dictionary definition is more in line with how we use the word breakthrough.
Now let me share with you the Herring Life Experiences definition of breakthrough. It is a:
“Sudden burst of revelation that enthusiastically moves you beyond all previous points of past resistance bringing you to a new level of success.”
In other words, you. . .nobody else but you . . . will make a decision to move beyond the boundaries that societal inertia or attacks of the enemy have taken you.
If you’ve ever prayed for a breakthrough and it hasn’t happened yet . . . get ready for the revelation in this teaching tonight.
With our definition of breakthrough in mind. . .let’s look at seven keys to your financial breakthrough.
1. Have A Plan
Without question, the necessity of a plan for your future, for your success, is a revelation to some and a definite reminder to others.
1Timothy 4:15 in the New Living Translation says:
“Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.”
God has always been big on plans. He had a plan for creating planet earth. He spoke it into existence.
God pays attention to the details. When we follow His plans. . .we will be commended for our obedience to His instructions.
Genesis 6:22 in the New King James Version says:
“Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.”
In reading the story of Noah it becomes very clear that God wants us to understand that Noah did what He was told to do. God wants no less from each of us. . .which is why a verse is repeated.
Genesis 7:5 in the New King James Version says:
“And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. “
God might be a little impressed when people start goals. . .but He is fully impressed when we complete them as He has directed.
If you want to have a breakthrough in your finances or any other area. . .you need a workable plan for your future.
A plan that is measurable with specific timelines and follow-up procedures.
If your previous plans didn’t work. . .they still won’t unless you make God-directed changes.
2. Stand on the Word
No matter where you are in life. . .living the dream or dreaming of a life worth living. . . you’ll find the direction, encouragement, comfort, peace, strength and power you need in the Word.
Acts 15:31 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And when they read it, the people rejoiced at the consolation and encouragement [it brought them].
Reading the Word will provide you with inside information about the plans and appointment God made for you.
Standing on the Word. . .will direct you when all else seemingly fails.
When what you thought was going to work. . .didn’t.
When the raise you thought you were going to get. . .didn’t happen.
What do you do?
Stand on the Word.
Ephesians 6:13-17 in the Message Bible says:
“Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. 14 Truth, righteousness, 15 peace, 16 faith, 17 and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon.”
If you’re headed for a breakthrough. . .doesn’t it make good sense to stand on an indispensable weapon. . .the Word of God.
3. Obey the Word
Luke 11:28 in the Amplified Bible says:
“But He said, Blessed (happy and to be envied) rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey and practice it!”
To obey the Word. . .you must make sure that you understand the Word even as you obey it.
Here are four questions to ask yourself as you obey the Word.
1. What does the verse say?
2. What does the verse mean?
3. What does the verse have to do with me?
4. How can I apply this new understanding in my life?
Proverbs 8:32 in the Message Bible offers some great advice when it says:
"So, my dear friends, listen carefully; those who embrace these my ways are most blessed. Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don't squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day's work. When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God's good pleasure. . ."
4. Speak faith out of your mouth.
Being positive comes easy to some people. . .to others it doesn’t. The latter group will often blame everybody else as to why they’re so negative.
However, once we reach the age of accountability. . .once we know Jesus as the Lord of our lives. . .then we choose whether or not to speak the pure, the positive and the powerful from the Word of God.
Matthew 12:36-37 says:
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
According to Strong’s Concordance. . .the phrase Every idle word means non-productive; lazy and one who shuns labor.
Idle words don’t build faith. . .they erode it. . .destroying it little by little.
Luke 6:45 in the Amplified Bible says:
“The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Speaking words of faith builds your future. . .positions you for continual breakthroughs whereas idle words erodes your faith.
5. Be careful what you say
Tomorrow our youngest son is flying from Fort Worth for a visit.
If I were to say. . .
“I’m dying to see our Son.” I’ve just given the enemy a foothold by the words coming out of my mouth. I’m not dying. . .so why would I say such a thing. . .simply because we’ve picked it up conversationally from other folks.
“If I don’t get that new promotion. . .I’ll just kill myself.”
You know the person doesn’t believe it when the say it. . .but it’s a dangerous game of Spiritual Roulette being played with the devil.
Mark 11:22-24 in the New Living Translation says:
“22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
Your mountain is whatever area you need a breakthrough in. Speak to it. . .believe it. . .don’t doubt it. . .and it will be yours.
Can somebody say Hallelujah?
6. Continually sow toward your miracle
If you’re believing God for a financial breakthrough. . .you must sow toward your miracle.
And yes, not only sow. . .but sow continually.
2 Corinthians 9:6 in the Amplified Bible says:
“[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.”
Simply said, the proportion with which you sow. . .is the proportion to which you will reap.
Sowing is not a one-time action where you wait for your harvest before sowing again.
Sow sparingly and grudgingly. . .means you’re an infrequent sower which further means you will never move into God’s blessing flow.
Too many believers sow one time and wait for the harvest. Biblical sowing and reaping were meant to create a blessing flow.
When the remainder of 2 Corinthians 9:6 in the Amplified Bible says:
“. . . and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.”
If you need a money miracle. . .sow generously. . .sow continuously expecting financial breakthrough.
7. Be patient
Delay tactics are a favorite deception of the enemy because he seeks to trip us up by filling us with doubt. . .about the inevitability of our financial breakthrough.
The enemy wants us to believe that deliverance from debt will never manifest in our lives. . .but that’s not what the Word says.
The enemy wants us to think the job market is hopeless and we’ll never get another job. . .but that’s not what the Word says.
The enemy wants us to think financial breakthroughs only happen to other people. . .but that’s not what the Word says.
The enemy wants us to think that the Lord is not interested in our needs or in fulfilling the promises that He makes to each of us in the Word of God.
2 Peter 3:9 in the Amplified Bible says:
“The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people's conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.”
This scripture is often quoted as a verse to give hope to those who believe for a loved one to be saved. However, I think there is much more at work in this verse.
“The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises. . .”
If you’ve been going through the fire. . .if you feel like you’ve been to hell and back, then you need to hold onto the first part of this verse.
You’ve got to know. . .your breakthrough is on the way. Hold on to the promises of God.
As I was finishing this teaching, I was reminded on a Rich Thoughts For Breakfast teaching I did eight or nine years ago. It was entitled “7 Keys To An Immediate Breakthrough.”
I was directed to briefly share those seven points with you.
First, make an immediate decision to follow Jesus.
The greatest life-changing decision you’ll ever make is to follow Jesus.
Following Him will immediately turn you from a sinner to a saint.
Matthew 4:22 in the New International Version says:
“and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.”
Once you experience the immediate transition to eternal and abundant life. . .you have a responsibility to tell others about the saving grace of Jesus.
Acts 9:20 in the New Living Translation says:
“And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!”
I’m not necessarily talking about a pulpit ministry. . .but you are to become a testimony of what God has done for you to those who are in your circle of influence. Because if He did something for you. . .He’ll do it for everybody else.
Second, when you reach out in faith. . .healing virtue flows.
In studying the scriptures, I found twelve scriptures where healing was immediately manifested by faith and personal contact with Jesus.
I’m only going to use a couple of the scriptures in this key point and thus encourage you to go to haroldherring.com and search for “7 Keys To Your Financial Healing.”
Luke 5:13 in the New International Version says:
“Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him.”
Time after time in the scripture. . .when someone exercised their faith and reached out to Jesus. . .they were healed.
Luke 5:25-26 in The Living Bible says:
“And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped to his feet, picked up his mat and went home praising God! 26 Everyone present was gripped with awe and fear. And they praised God, remarking over and over again, "We have seen strange things today."
Third, when you follow Him. . .time, space and distance are of no consequence.
It’s important to understand that when the scripture says immediately it means right now.
According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for immediately means:
“straightway, immediately, forthwith”
According to dictionary.com straightway means “at once” and forthwith means “without delay.” So. it’s fair to say that immediately literally means right now. . .at this very moment.
John 6:21 in The Living Bible says:
“Then they were willing to let him in, and immediately the boat was where they were going!”
As I was typing this I was reminded of Acts 8:39 in the Amplified Bible which says:
“And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord [suddenly] caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and he went on his way rejoicing.”
Fourth, when God directs you to do something. . .don’t delay. . .do it right then.
If God directs you to pray for someone. . .do it right then. I’ve heard people say, “I’ll pray for you” but walk away and you hope they remember it later.
If you’re going to pray. . .pray right now. Why wait?
God is ready to move anytime, anywhere. You can pray in the grocery store or in front of the gas pump as easily as you can pray by the side of your bed. God’s still there.
Luke 4:39 in The Living Bible says:
“Standing at her bedside he spoke to the fever, rebuking it, and immediately her temperature returned to normal, and she got up and prepared a meal for them!”
One more thing. . .when God gives you an immediate breakthrough. . .always immediately stop and give Him the praise, glory, honor and recognition that He so richly deserves.
Fifth, disobedience can bring immediate judgment.
Just as surely as you’re blessed when you honor God. . .there are consequences if you fail to give Him the glory He so richly deserves.
Acts 12:23 says:
“And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.”
Likewise, when you and I fail to heed his instructions. . .we may face dire consequences, so why take the chance?
Sixth, acknowledging God brings manifestation even in seemingly impossible circumstances.
When you find yourself imprisoned. . .and I’m not necessarily meaning incarceration with walls. . .there is only one place to turn for your release from captivity.
Acts 16:26 says:
“And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.”
Your deliverance is always preceded by praising, obeying and acknowledging God even in stressful situations.
Acts 16:25 says:
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”
Not only did the prisoners hear Paul and Silas but so did God and the host of heaven. The best way to break out of whatever is holding you captive is to look to God for divine instructions.
Praying and praising Him are the keys to breaking out of everything that would have you bound.
Seventh, Jesus will deliver you RIGHT NOW from every adversity.
In our lives. . .we all face moments where we take our eyes off the Word and begin to look at our circumstances.
Peter did just that. . .He was walking on the water until he started observing the wind and the waves. . .focusing on circumstances will make you sink just like Peter.
“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
The very good news is that God always has a grip on those He loves and those who love, honor and obey Him. . .even though we may slip from time to time.
There may be times in our lives when we’re treated unfairly. . .falsely accused. . .left to feel all alone. . .but we must never forget that we’re never alone and that God can and will deliver us.
We must exercise our faith especially in moments when there is no visible solution to our problems. We must always remember that God’s greatest desire is to do an immediate work in all our lives . . . so extend your faith with expectation.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS