Celebrating 2016: 5 Defining Breakthroughs
As I look back to the past 12 months, it has been a year of pain, heartbreaks, and process. But it’s also been year of thankfulness, courage and abundance of life. As I ponder what transpired, my only response is celebration.
I celebrate what the Lord has done and I celebrate the breakthroughs I’ve gained.
It’s been prophesied that this year will be a year of significant breakthrough.
There’s nothing more I would want than to give you hope and encouragement with these 5 defining breakthroughs to help you get your own significant breakthrough this year.
May it bless you.
5 Defining Breakthroughs
1. Resurrection is just around the corner.
Going through pain is not pretty. It’s messy and well, painful. However, pain has a way of becoming the greatest of teachers.
Going through pain seems like going through a dying process. Much like a seed falling to the ground. Before it can ever see the life above the ground, the seed actually has to die below the ground.
If processed correctly, pain has a way of growing you in ways that you never thought possible and in such a short amount of time. Letting the Lord embrace you and speak kindly to you knowing you’re not alone in your pain brings massive healing to your heart. Because even in the midst of heart breaks resurrection is actually taking place.
So know that pain is a form of death; but it’s only an invitation of life on the other side of it.
Pain, hopelessness, discouragement, barrenness is not the end of your story. Let the Lord breathe over you because resurrection is just around the corner.
2. Loving yourself well empowers you to honor your personhood and celebrate your uniqueness.
How do you love yourself well even while going through pain?
You learn how to hold on the word of Lord over your life. You learn to stand firm to the truth He has said.
Without learning how to love yourself well, you won’t ever learn how to honor the person God created you to be. In this case, the uniqueness you carry will be undermined.
Honor comes when you begin to see the value God placed in your life. It allows you to be free to be who you are and in turn allow others to be free to be who they are.
Let what you are going through become the opportunity you use to fight for yourself as you stand on the word of the Lord over your life.
3. Confidence realized is conviction embraced.
Conviction means to be fully convinced. When you become so convinced of who the Lord calls you to be, confidence becomes the by-product.
When you see people around you so full of confidence and you are left feeling divided;
When you feel so distracted like you don’t know where you are supposed to be;
When you feel like your being tossed and fro;
When you feel like you don’t have direction;
When you don’t feel like you don’t really believe in what you carry;
The people who tend to have more confidence are actually the ones who has more conviction. You don’t have to worry about getting more confidence. Practice your conviction. Meditate on His word and watch your confidence grow.
4. Character produces enduring hope
Romans 5 says that perseverance produces character and character produces hope.
This truth says that the level hope one carries is actually determined by the level of character one has or lack thereof.
Which makes James 1 all the more clear when he said, “Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Hopefulness, then, is the fruit of your testing. That’s something to get excited about.
So know that
In your circumstance,
in your struggles,
in your discouragement,
in your trials,
Hope can be received to a degree but enduring hope can only be produced through the building of your character. That’s what you want; a hope that lasts even in the midst of chaos, whirlwind and uncertainty.
5. Living in the comfort of your own skin is one of the foundational elements of living with a pure heart.
If you watch a child, there’s some about them that displays purity and innocence. You see that they are completely comfortable being in their own skin. Their mind hasn’t been tainted of people’s opinion of who they should or should not be. The only thing that matters to them is what their parents think of them. But once the child starts to weigh the opinion of others, the less the voice of the parents matter. They begin to question the skin they’re living in.
You realize this has been the issue this whole time. The lack of hope, the lack of confidence, the lack of love towards yourself; you’ve forgotten to live in the comfort of your own skin and in so doing forgot to really see God.
Jesus said that, “the pure in heart will see God.” It’s interesting to me that He connects purity of heart to seeing God.
It’s as if He’s saying, “if you want to see God, you have to become like a child again. You have to come to the place where you give more weight to the voice of the The Father, and less on the opinion of others. You have to come back to living in the comfort of your own skin.”
Jesus paid the price for you to come back to right relationship with the Father. The cross doesn’t change God’s mind about you, the cross invites you to change your mind about you.
When Jesus died on the cross, He revealed your true value.
Your worth His blood. Believe it!