It is so easy to caught up in works, self-effort and in following methods and formula’s trying to get our breakthrough. I remember a time when I used to beg and plead with God and do everything in my own strength to make things happen. I thought that if I just prayed hard enough or believed hard enough then I might get my breakthrough. Instead, I was left feeling worn out, confused and discouraged. But praise God I soon discovered that the victory does not come by trying to get God to move or to do something for us because if you understand the finished work of the Cross you will realise that God has already moved and has already given us everything we need!
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness…2 Pet 1:3 (NIV)
For this reason, we need to come to a place where we get past our own ability and performance to receive from God because receiving from God isn’t about what we can or cannot do (or about what we have or have not done). God’s provision comes only by His glorious grace! And His grace has already come in the presence and person of Jesus! And the price that Jesus paid on the Cross was enough for you to walk in victory in every area of your life - it is a free gift available to ALL who believe in Him. So, if you are ‘trying your best’ to receive your breakthrough or to earn favour from God then you have the wrong focus. Instead, shift from works, methods and formula’s and from your performance to Jesus finished work and to His performance!
Renew your mind with this truth! The breakthrough you need isn’t going to be earned(from what you can or cannot do) but rather learned (by discovering what Jesus has already done).
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Hos 4:6(NIV)
Knowledge is an important element to faith because if we don’t know what is available then we may not be able to experience the breakthrough we need.
If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. Prov 29:18 (Msg)
I love what the Amplified Bible says of this Scripture….
Where there is no vision, no redemptive revelation of God, the people perish… Prov 29:18a (Amp)
When you both know and understand what God has already done for us through His son then you will realise that redemption is not just the payment for the forgiveness of our sins because what Jesus purchased was for every area of our lives. Jesus was the 2ndAdam who redeemed us from ALL that the 1st Adam brought upon us. And when you also know that what you do does not earn you anything then you will understand that praying, fasting, and declaring doesn’t earn BUT simply positions you to receive what has already been done!
I therefore, encourage you to stop focussing on your own performance to earn from God what you need and instead dig into God’s Word to learn what Jesus has already provided! Then when you have discovered the truth do as Paul says in Phil 4:9 (NIV):
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
The rest will be history!
If you would like to know more on how to position yourself in Jesus for your breakthrough check out my audio message “How to receive your breakthrough by Faith”. Or grab a copy of my new book www.itisfinishedbook.com
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