At the point of your breakthrough
by dumi nkomo
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You are about to make it but something goes terribly wrong. The tides seemed to be favouring you but all of a sudden they rise against you. Does this sound familiar? If it does, you are at the point of your breakthrough. I'll show you why I am saying so.
Israel had undergone 430 years of oppressive labour so cruel that it took the lives of countless numbers of innocent boys, so painful that parents grieved at the news that a male child had been born. As the oppression grew worse the nation of Israel sought the LORD and He came through for them in the movie epic entitled "The Life and Adventures of Moses in Pharaoh and,” much like "Alice in Wonderland."
Ten plagues finally forced Pharaoh to issue an order for Israel to leave immediately as the full wrath of God had seared through his heart. This saw the mass exodus of slavery weary Israelites eager and expectant to see the land beyond the sea, the land their ancestors had talked about and that they everyday dreamt about. The command of Pharaoh was the breakthrough that may people had longed for. That day Israel trudged out, possessions and all, on that long walk to freedom. But as the sun was setting, there arose in the distance clouds of dust as regretful Egyptians pursued the recent converts to freedom. Was this the breakthrough they had all been looking forward to? How could God bring them so close to freedom and like the morning dew evaporate it from their very eyes?
Maybe you have been there too. Things had been moving so bad for you and suddenly you hit a good patch. And you were beginning to make it and then those tormenting demons returned to haunt you, much as the Egyptians realised that loosing the Israelites was as good as becoming slaves in their stead. That is the scenario of breakthroughs as opposition quickly follows your triumphs and seeks to shut you out completely. The point of breakthrough is the place where attitudes have to remain consistent because a sudden shift in the belief system can transform your world negatively.
Israel stopped looking at the cloud that had led them thus far. They could no longer realise that I Am was with them, the slow march out of Egypt quickly turned into a military quick march as panic gripped the fear ridden nation. At the point of your breakthrough fear and panic will come and force you to take your eyes off Jesus and the thing He has promised you. A classic example is Peter. Jesus was walking on water and He clearly gave Peter the instruction to walk towards Him. Peter took the first couple of steps believing in Jesus with a gaze fixed directly on his master. But as soon as he got a grip of things, his focus shifted and he looked at the circumstances around him. We all know what happened thereafter. Even though Scripture does not mention it, I believe with all my heart that Jesus and Peter walked back to the boat on the same storm that had threatened to drown Peter. Peter got his breakthrough and right as one of two men who walked on water.
Maybe it doesn't make sense to you yet, but at the point of your breakthrough you're bound to face resistance. It's how you respond and react that will determine your success or failure. Israel complained to Moses, "How could God bring us out of our comfort zone to destroy us en masse? Are there going to be enough graves to bury us in?" Strange how people at the point of breakthrough could complain about dying and buried instead of asking the LORD of the breakthrough how He intended to resolve the mess they were now in.
When opposition comes, the first guest to the party is fear, often uninvited and always intent on spoiling the party. Israel was afraid and funny enough how for the past couple of days their faith in God was at peak point. That's what the point of breakthrough can do to you. It can make or break you.
Several weeks later Israel came to the border to the Promised Land. 10 spies were sent to inspect the land and bring word of their ability to take the land. When Moses sent them out he had the intention that they would bring word of which land to take and not the word that returned to say it was impossible. 8 brought back a negative report while 2 concurred that they could take the land with ease because they saw things from God's perspective. They seemed to have caught the spirit of the assignment that was to spy out the richness of the land to be taken. They were at the point of breakthrough but the majority voted against pursuing the breakthrough to the full. The result: 40 years of aimless wandering while a stubborn generation died away.
Coming back to you, realise that at the point of your breakthrough you can choose to believe in giants and locusts or you can choose to trust in God. Israel belittled herself at the point of her breakthrough and spent 40 more years looking at her breakthrough rather than enjoying the same breakthrough.
Back at the Red Sea, the response was delicate and somewhat different. The nation turned to Moses and asked for the way forward. He in turn took the case to God and a series of event took place:
• The cloud of fire and leading angel retreated to the rear where the enemy was. The cloud brought light to Israel and darkness to Egypt.
• Moses stretched his hand over the sea all night and it parted
• The same troubled nation crossed over on dry ground. When Egypt tried to do the same, they were all drowned.
God is able to take us through the point of breakthrough. When we look at how it was done in Exodus 14, we see three keys to going through our point of breakthrough:
1. Don't be afraid. Stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today (v13).
2. The LORD will fight for you. You need only be still (v14).
3. Tell the Israelites to move forward (v15).
When you get to the point of your breakthrough you need to exercise these three dynamics and get to your breakthrough. Fear not because the God who brought you to this stage will see you through to the end. Don't give up at the point of your breakthrough; push on get to the end of the line.
By now I believe you will understand why a pregnant woman has no option to give up. Once she is pregnant, she has to see her baby through to full delivery. When get to the point of your breakthrough the best thing to do is to call unto God to make the way through the Red Sea.
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