God recently reminded me about a teaching I did a few years ago and wanted me to remind you; when breakthrough comes, and it is coming…. don’t let your guard down.
The Message Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 8:2; ‘Remember every road that God led you on for those forty years in the wilderness, pushing you to your limits, testing you so that He would know what you were made of, whether you would keep His commandments or not.’
Have you ever been in a place where you were pressing and pressing and pressing for the things of God, and suddenly felt like you were making progress? Suddenly you could begin to feel faith arise and expand. Suddenly you could hear God’s voice clearer? Suddenly you could see the light at the end of the tunnel, even though you were still in the tunnel?
It’s exciting when you begin to see and feel that you are going to make it. But this is the place where many, many make a mistake.
When things begin to look like they are getting better, easier or perhaps you get a glimpse of a small amount of the breakthrough you have been crying out for. Your heart leaps as you believe breakthrough is here!
When this happens, we often make the mistake of letting our guard down. Many years ago, a very wise woman said to me, ‘be careful when your breakthrough comes that you don’t let your guard down.’
As she spoke those words to me, I remember thinking it was the oddest thing. What went through my mind was, ‘when my breakthrough comes, my first instinct will be to celebrate.’
When breakthrough begins, the first instinct is to lay down our sword, put our war manual away and take a vacation, thinking victory is here. This is not wisdom and it is something I had to learn the hard way.
At the beginning of this week I was having wonderful times with God during my prayer and worship time. I could literally feel Him drawing close to me. I could feel breakthrough coming closer, I felt the end of the battle was near. What did I do? I relaxed my grip. I took a breath. Now, I am not saying that there is never a time to take a break, of course there is. I am saying that for me this wasn’t the time.
I was beginning to see prayers answered and things happen that I had specifically prayed for, so I relaxed. I relaxed my grip. What should I have done? I would compare it to the thing many runners call the ‘second wind.’ That’s what I should have done; I should have gotten my second wind and ran a little faster, prayed a little more, pressed in a little harder.
What happens when you loosen your grip and lose your focus? The enemy can come in and bring all kind of distractions and before you know it you are losing momentum.
He is afraid of those times when you begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. He is afraid of that second wind. He is afraid because he knows how close you are to your promise being manifested and fulfilled, so he distracts you and whispers in your ear ‘see it’s coming, you can relax now.’
It’s not over until we see the FULL manifestation of all you have been praying for.
If you are beginning to see God answer prayers, don’t let up. If you are beginning to see change in your family, increase your prayer time. If you are beginning to see small amounts of your breakthrough in finances trickle in, don’t let up, press in more. Allow the Lord to take you to your very limits to show you exactly what you are made of. I promise you that you are tougher than you think. You may be tired one minute, but one small breath of God will have you up and running faster than before.
We all have times of testing, don’t give up until you reach the fullness of the blessing of God. Don’t let up until you have seen everything you prayed for. Never settle for less than you asked for. Never settle for less when your heart is crying out for more.
If you are praying for a 5-bedroom house, don’t dare settle for anything smaller. If you are praying for the salvation of all your family, don’t dare settle for just a few getting saved. If you are praying to get out of debt, don’t dare stop when you are half way there, press on to the promise. Let nothing stop you short of the promises of God, let nothing stop you short of the abundant life that Jesus died to give you. Press on, friend, press on.
My prayer today for you is that God will breathe upon you a fresh anointing to run faster than ever, pray more than before, refuse to settle for less and press on until you have everything He has promised you and more. God is faithful, and He won’t quit short of His word, that is, if you refuse to quit short of His word. Press on to total victory, extreme overcoming and full manifestation, settle for NOTHING less.