Encounter II Lesson 8

EXPERIENCING YOUR BREAKTHROUGH

LESSON 8

Introduction

As a Christians, we sometimes experience various challenges such as spiritual dryness and inadequacy, great hardships and suffering. We appear to be planting but never harvesting or harvesting way too little, hence consistently encountering continuous lack and dire need. Sometimes you feel like you have stayed in the tunnel for far too long without the joy of seeing light at the end of it, or attempting to climb a particular mountain way too many times without ever getting to the top of it.

  • What Is A Breakthrough?
  • ‘Its an act or instance of breaking through an obstacle’.
  • In warfare situation it is an ‘offensive thrust that penetrates and carries you beyond a defensive line’ (Webster).
  • In the context of the Safari, it is a deliberate act of intense engagement with God with a purpose of experiencing a divine victory.

Class Exercise

Take a few minutes and reflect over your life.

Are there specific areas in your life in which you have tried many times, without succeeding or progressing?

  1. Have you prayed for something and waited for ‘far too long’ without receiving an answer, yet your peers seem to be making it and advancing higher and higher by the day?
  2. List some of the very specific areas in your personal life that you feel you need a divine intervention.

The Safari Breakthrough Week/Weekend

The climax of this stage of the Safari is the Safari Breakthrough week or weekend.

This is a deliberate act of intense engagement with God with a purpose of experiencing a divine victory in the various aspects of our lives.

It is literally laying your life bare at the altar of God, and allowing him to carry you over into a fresh realm of experience and consistent victorious Christian living. This experience can be spread through a whole week or concentrated within a weekend.

  • Why Breakthrough Week/Weekend?

This is a time that is designed for us to deliberately take time to seek the Lord that we may have an encounter with him, like the children of Israel did at the foot of Mount Sinai.

Exodus 19:15 – 19

Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.” On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain…

…Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.

Essentially, the week/weekend is:

  • A time to break away from routine to solemnly seek the LORD.
  • A time to take stock of our Christian walk and relationship with God.
  • A time to draw closer to God through extended worship and prayer.
  • A time to wait on God and hear him.
  • A time to step up our level of faith in a God who knows no impossibilities.
  • A time to make petitions and requests to God.
  • A time to receive healing and restoration (emotional, psychological, and physical healing).
  • A time for deliverance from addictions and sinful habits.
  • A time for refreshment and revival.
  • A time to experience an overflow of God’s anointing and power of the Holy Spirit.
  • A time to be ministered to and minister to one another.
  1. a) Laying all the burdens at the altar.
  2. b) Pastors/ministers available to listen to and pray with you.
  3. c) Laying on of hands for spiritual impartation and healing.
  4. d) Anointing sessions for ministry and for healing.

James 5:14-15

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” NKJV

Joel 2:18-19

“Then the LORD will be zealous for His land, And pity His people. The LORD will answer and say to His people, “Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.” (NKJV)

Acts 3:19

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

What Should One Expect During A Breakthrough?

  1. Open heavens and affirmation from God of who we are

Matthew 3:16-17

“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (NKJV)

  1. Abundant refreshment and rest from the Lord.

We all get tired and bleak as we do things and relate with others in our Christian walk. Hence, we need a kind of revival from time to time.

Psalm 68:9-10

“You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance. Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.”

Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

  1.  Healing for the sick and restoration of broken hearts.

 

Psalms 147:3

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (NKJV)

Exodus 3:7-8

‘The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey….

  1. A time when bitter situations are turned into sweetness.

Exodus 15:25

“So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them,”

  1. A Time to be filled with

Matthew 5:6

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

  1. An opportunity to encounter a Pentecost experience.

We expect a great outpouring of the power of the Holy spirit during our congregational meetings.

Acts 2:1-4

‘When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

  1.  A moment to experience the presence and power of God.

Acts 4:29-31

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

  • Possible Hindrances To Your Breakthrough

Without the right disposition, a breakthrough week/weekend could just come and pass as any other church activity. We therefore need to appropriately align ourselves to the divine workings of God. Whereas God is fully committed to minister to us and intervene in our lives, breakthroughs in our lives could be hindered by various dispositions.

  1.  Lack of faith and full confidence in God

Unbelief is the main reason many prayers go unanswered.

God loves all his children and is willing to meet all their needs.

But one must ask believing that God is able.

Hebrews 11:6

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” NKJV

Mark 11:24

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” NKJV

  1.  Lifestyle of habitual

Just the way the presence of a worm is deadly to a huge piece of fresh meat, so is the presence of sin in our lives in our relationship with God.

Isaiah 59:1-3

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things.

Hebrews 10:26

“For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,” (NKJV)

Psalm 66:18

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear”. (NKJV)

James 5:16

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”.

  1. Unforgiveness in the heart.

This can lead to bitterness, anger, resentfulness and hatred which are hard to deal with when fully grown and become a hindrance to answered prayer.

Mark 11:24-26

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (NKJV)

  1. Unhealthy relationships with significant people in your life.

These could be those in authority, those serving under you and family members.

Romans 13:1

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exists are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves.”

1 Peter 3:7

“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” NKJV

Ephesians 6:1-3

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”-which is the first commandment with a promise— “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

  1. Feelings of rejection and low self esteem.

Perhaps someone may have rejected you or failed to love you in the past. Or someone may have knowingly or unknowingly denied you an opportunity that you deserved. Do not be tempted into believing that God does not love or care about you. So do not hesitate to seek him or delay to respond to him when he moves in your direction.

1 John 4:18-19

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” (NKJV)

Hebrews 4:16

‘Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need’.

  1. Lack of patience and understanding about divine timings.

Whereas, God can and actually does answer some of our prayers instantly, there are situations that demand our patience and persistent ‘waiting on God’ for some things to come to pass at the appointed time.

Isaiah 40:31

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” NKJV

1 Thessalonians 5:17

 Pray without ceasing (KJV).

Genesis 18:14

“Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” NKJV

  1. 7. Failing to ask or asking with wrong motives.

The Christian walk is a continuous relationship with God, and hence there is need to develop a consistent prayer life instead of just sitting back and assuming that things ‘will just happen’. And even as we ask, we need to always examine our motives of wanting to have whatever we ask from God

Matthew 7:7,11

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…. If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

James 4:3

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures”.

How Do You Prepare for a Breakthrough?

  1. Confess any known and unknown sin before God and ask for his forgiveness
  1. Forgive yourself and people who hurt you in the past

Ask for God’s help to forgive and let go of those who have wronged you one by one. Explore scriptures on Assurance of God’s forgiveness and God’s love.

  1.  Identify your areas of need and how the needs/problem has affected your life.

 

If they are many list them down.

  1. Be vulnerable and desperate before God.

Ask God to deal with the problems that you may be experiencing. Don’t fear to mention the issues before God, because he is fully aware and He can conclusively deal with any situation!

Be like Jabez:

1 Chronicles 4:9-10;

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

Note:

Where desirable, you may also need to be vulnerable and talk to a trusted person regarding the need or issue causing pain. Talking is beginning of healing and God promises to hear when two people agree and pray regarding a matter.

James 5:16

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” NKJV

  1.  Wait patiently in the presence of God.

More often than not, we engage in prayer within a very limited time and quickly move away when that time ends. Yet, there is great virtue in allow God’s healing to freely flow in our lives and anticipating to hear him speak to us like Jacob, wrestle with him until he blesses you.

  1. Allow God to fight your enemies on your behalf.

Many of the forces that stand against us might be too great for us to even attempt to face them by ourselves. Hence the need to just run to God and let him arise against our enemies.

2 Kings 19:15-19

“And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “O Lord, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God. “It is true, O Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands

They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by men’s hands. Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God.”

  1.  Engage in prayer and fasting.

Matthew 17:20-21

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” NKJV

  1. Be thankful to God and give praise to Him.

Your prayers should not be just full of petitions. Thank God for his love, for what he has already done for you this far, and for his promise to answer your prayers.

Philippians 4:6

‘Do not be anxious about anything,

 but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God’.

How Do You Maintain a Lifestyle of Breakthroughs?

God desires that we remain connected with him and enjoy a victorious life throughout. Thus, the breakthrough week/weekend is not just an event but a springboard to a lifestyle of breakthroughs in our lives by pursuing divine connections. These connections include:

  1. Daily quiet time with God

In order to develop and maintain a close relationship with God, we need to interact with him consistently.

Psalms 91:1-2

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” NKJV

John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”.

  1. Not harboring anger in your heart.

Ephesians 4:25-27

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Hebrews 12:14-15

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;” NKJV

  1. Engaging in regular and diligent service to the Lord.

There is a way in which a sincere commitment to diligent ministry involvement draws you closer to God,

as you seek him daily for strength and guidance.

John 15:1-4

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me”.

Hebrews 12:12-13

“Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” NKJV

  1.  Daily casting your cares to the Lord.

Do not bear unnecessary burdens. Always lay them before God. At the same time, do not assume that just because ‘God already knows your need’ he will therefore always supply without you asking. Yes, he does know what you need but he still requires you to take time and ask. In asking and receiving, we deepen our relationship with God.

1 Peter 5:6-7

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Philippians 4:6-7

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” NKJV

Conclusion

It is time to tune-in with God and experience times of refreshment and victory in our lives. The door into this victory is wide open, if you only decide to arise and enter in. It does not matter how deep the situation might be, God is committed to give us a lasting breakthrough as he did to the children of Israel.

(Leviticus 26:3-13)