Webster’s Dictionary defines Breakthrough this way: “The act, result, or place of gaining by force against set resistance, as of a flood through a dike or of armed forces through a defense line.”
We are told in Isaiah 45:2-3: I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will BREAK in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by name, Am the God of Israel.
We have just completed another amazing weekend journey with 70 people who went through our March 12-14 Awake & Arise Conference in Bellingham. It is a massive privilege to facilitate and see God transform so many lives. He’s so interested in setting us free to be all He created us to be!!!
I just received an email this morning from a 49-year-old man who shared, “I came to Awake & Arise with a fair amount of skepticism and really an unbelief of how this could really help ME… I felt this was something for someone else. As the hours of the event turned to days… I found myself in stunned amazement… the examination took me places I never realized were there. Though I come from a broken past (broken home, neglect, street gangs, and drugs), I had been touched by God in a very supernatural way in 2004 and figured the healing was finished… but this was something new and wonderful. The feeling of wholeness & freedom that engulfed me was as a finger wrapped with a rubber band, then unwrapped after hours. Thanks for your work in this ministry – it’s something every Christian should do!”
Breakthrough was the theme that God spoke to us for this particular A&A weekend.
There is a man in Scripture whose name means “breakthrough.” Perez’ story is one of an unlikely breaking through into his destiny – being part of the genealogy of Christ (Matthew 1:3).
One of the things that amazes me in Scripture is the deep dysfunction of all of the peoples’ lives as they are recorded. Studying the geneology of Christ should convince any one of us that we definitely qualify for the ‘family of God.’ God seems to want to make it clear that it’s a ‘come as you are party!’
Perez’ family history is a scandalous story (recorded in Genesis 38). His father, Judah, slept with his mother, Tamar, when she disguised herself as a temple prostitute along the road he was journeying one day. Tamar became pregnant, and when her time for delivery came – surprise! – there were twin boys in her womb! One began to be born, sticking his little hand out, and the midwife put a scarlet thread on his finger, saying, “This one was born first.” And then he drew back his hand, and his brother was born first instead! The midwife said, “What a breaking forth you have made for yourself!”… so, his name was called Perez (meaning “breaking forth”). Then his brother, with the scarlet thread on his hand, came out and was called Zerah (meaning: “He will shine from the margin”).
So, what does your ‘name’ mean? Mine (Janet Beth) means “House full of God’s grace.” Way beyond what I knew of who I was created to be… God has worked diligently throughout my life – just because I’ve continued to say “yes” to Him – to make me into the substance of what He meant when He meant ME.
YOU are more than you have yet become. Keep saying YES to Him (because He needs your permission) and He will make of your life more than you asked and better than you dreamed!
It says in Ephesians 1 that You thought me up before the creation of the world. Huh? I haven’t lived like I matter THAT much to You or anyone else. I don’t even get it. What is ‘man’ that You are mindful of him or her?? (Psalm 8)
So, who did You actually mean when You meant ME? If there is more to who You made me to be than I have yet a clue… I hereby give You permission to work in my life to cause me to break through into the fullness of my destiny in Christ Jesus.
So, here’s my question: Who do You say that I am?
I am listening….
Your child, _____________________.