How do we get a breakthrough into our next season or into our ‘promised land’? Here are a few things I’ve noticed over the years:
1. Hear from God
We can spend ages going round in circles using our own reasoning. But if we are trying to find God’s direction and leading, we need to hear from him. Everything of value, including creation, begins with a word from God.
The good news is, he is speaking and you can hear him. He said his sheep would know his voice.
“And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” – John 10:4
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27
2. How do we hear from God?
It is not with our ears or running about listening to this person and that person, it is listening directly to the Spirit which we do with our heart, not with our head.
“Today, if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts …” – Hebrews 3:7, 8
3. The crossing of the Jordan is a key lesson in breakthrough.
The Jordan represents the last obstacle to the promise of God.
Notice that it is not enough to hear from God about what to do, we must seek his guidance as to timing. Joshua camped out for three days before crossing the Jordan.
“Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over. So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp;” – Joshua 3:1-2
God’s vision for your life has an appointed time.
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time.” Habakkuk 2:3
Next we must let God lead – don’t rush ahead of him. Trust his covenant.
“and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.” – Joshua 3:3
The ark of the covenant represents the presence of God. When we see God begin to move, then we should follow. When it comes to God, we are followers not leaders. Don’t rush ahead.
Don’t assume this breakthrough will be like the previous one.
“… for you have not passed this way before.” – Joshua 3:4
Trust God to do his stuff, don’t assume you have to do everything.
“And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” – Joshua 3:5
When the time comes – act! Step into, and across, the Jordan. The first book after the gospels is not called ‘The excuses/ policies/ procedures/ theories of the Apostles’ – No. ‘The Acts.’ Do something!
All significant breakthroughs have a Jordan to cross. Why did Jesus not start ministry at 25? Because that was not God’s appointed time. But when the time came, even Jesus had to cross the Jordan.
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him… 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.” – Matthew 3:13-17
What is your Jordan? What is the obstacle standing in the way of you entering your promised land today?