The other day, our oldest son Kedar was reminiscing about his undefeated Little League football season last year. It was his first time playing and it was a lot tougher than he might have imagined. Kedar pulled a muscle during practice before the season ever got started, which made it difficult to run. But he soldiered on and didn’t quit.
Initially, he wasn’t accustomed to being a defensive player. So he didn’t know how to break through the opposing team’s line to sack the quarterback. Kedar knew that if he could manage to wrestle the offensive thrower to the ground before he could throw a forward pass, Kedar could effectively prevent the other team from scoring.
Kedar didn’t know he could do it, until one day, suddenly, he did. He got a breakthrough! “The first time I broke through the line, I was so shocked,” Kedar recalled. He then added, “If you’re not expecting to break through, when you do, you have no clue what to do.”
What he said struck me and stayed with me because I think it applies to our spiritual walk, too. I’ll repeat what he said: “If you’re not expecting to break through, when you do, you have no clue what to do.”
Let that soak in for a moment.
Friend, if you don’t get your faith and sense of expectation up, when your day of breakthrough arrives, you’ll be clueless. You won’t be prepared. You won’t be ready or positioned to lay hold of God’s promises when they manifest. When you have been stuck in the same position for a long time and it has looked like there is no way out, I get how easy it is to stop expecting anything good at all. But things are changing for the better. You have to believe.
Don't be like the five foolish virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. They didn’t know when the bridegroom was coming and they didn’t buy oil for their lamps. So they had to go out and purchase the oil. When they left, the bridegroom came. Their breakthrough showed up and they weren’t ready. They weren’t in position. They should have been on heightened alert in advance and got everything prepared. But they failed to do that and got locked out of the door they should have been walking into.
Although this particular parable teaches us about the suddenness and the unexpectedness of the second coming of the Lord, and reminds us to be ready for Him whenever He comes, we can apply the lesson to other areas of life. This sermon from Jesus helps us focus on the importance of preparedness in general so we can take advantage of every divine blessing and opportunity God wants to give us.
In 2 Kings 4, we see a poor widowed woman who, after her husband’s passing, was saddled with debt. Creditors were coming to take her sons as slaves. They would have to work off the debt, which was legal and allowable back then. This widow, whose husband had been a prophet before his death, cried out to Elisha for help. So Elisha told her to borrow as many sizeable empty jars from her neighbors as she could and pour oil in them. Well, she did it. She poured and poured, and the oil never ran out until all the empty jars were filled up.
After she had a bunch of olive oil, she didn’t know what to do next. The prophet told her in verse 7, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.” She got an unexpected breakthrough that day, but she had no clue what to do. The prophet instructed her to go into business for herself, pay off all her debt, and then live comfortably off the rest of the profits.
She didn’t know that an instant turnaround was coming her way. She went from poor to debt free, from insufficient funds to overwhelming profits, from devastating loss, to life-transforming gains.
If God gave that woman overflow, He can do it for you. Things may not be going very well at the moment, but I’m here to prophesy to you and let you know, you are going to get a breakthrough. You won’t be stuck in this season for ever. But if you don’t anticipate supernatural advancement, when God brings you out of your struggle, you won’t be ready to maximize the opportunity in front of you. If you want to be ready, start believing now. Begin expecting a miracle. Make plans for what you’re going to do when God gets you over this hurdle, because you’re coming out on top.
When you believe something is going to happen, you move differently. You start getting things together. It’s time that you do that. Are you prepared for your breakthrough? If not, get ready, because it’s coming. Start praising now for what’s about to happen next. Expect to have every need met, every void filled, and everything you’ve lost, that God intends for you to have, restored.
To help you expect God to bless you, I’m stirring Philippians 4:19 ESV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, know that every need is already met. The breakthrough already belongs to you. The door is already opened. Your body is already healed. The shackles are already loosed.
Live like you believe that so you’ll prepared for what God is about to do in your life.
Now let’s pray.
God, I have been feeling overwhelmed by trouble and I don’t see any way out. But instead of focusing on what is going on now, I am looking ahead to my future and expecting great things. I will speak faith and not fear; I will worship and not worry; I will prepare for what’s next despite what’s happening today. I rejoice for my breakthrough. It is mine. I declare it to be so by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you desire prayer, please allow me, along with my intercessory prayer team, to stand in faith with you for breakthrough. We would be so honored. We have seen God work over and over again. There is power in agreement. Click here to request prayer now.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!