In my department, we receive many prayer requests for breakthrough in finances, health, and ministry. When we begin to pray, we always ask God how He wants to pray for the individual or group. I have noticed many times lately, that I have been given a similar picture. The outside looks different based on the need, but the inside looks like the answer is already inside the person. My prayer then has been directed towards the individual remembering or coming to recognize who they are. And even better than that, WHO is in them.
Today I heard a speaker share about hope. He stated that biblical hope is based on the character and promises of God and that the Hebrew definition of hope is: "expectation yoked with desire and assurance".
Alexander Graham Bell said, "What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it." Napoleon Hill said, "The starting point of all achievement is desire." Abraham Lincoln said, "You can have anything you want - if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose."
So I recognize that desire is the starting point of a life of breakthrough. What I would like to learn (and then master) is how NOT to get distracted from the things I desire, and develop a breakthrough focus that not only directs me through difficult situations but draws to me, like a magnet, the desires of my heart-especially in the areas of finances, health, and ministry.
What Graham Cooke said might be a key:
"Pay attention to who Jesus is for you because that is where your freedom lies."
What I believe this means is that, self-focus will not acquire what we desire but leave us feeling small. However, focusing on the magnitude of Jesus (in us), the resurrected person we commune with, and His enormous love for us, will more than lift us above any obstacle and draw to us those things we desire.
One of the names of God is Baal Perazim (God of Breakthrough). 2 Samuel 5:20 "So David came to Baal-perazim and defeated them there; and he said, 'The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters.' Therefore he named that place Baal-perazim." I am pretty sure David's focus towards God was with expectation, desire, and assurance. This is how I want to increase my breakthrough focus.
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