Day 21: Breakthrough In Our World

Acts 13:47
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’

My Breakthrough Thought:
The Bible says “In the beginning God…” Genesis 1:1 and it also says that God is “faithful to finish what He started.” Phil 1:6. God created mankind with the desire that mankind know him and have relationship with him. Through our sin that relationship is broken. But thankfully God is faithful to finish what he has started. The incredible thing is that he has invited us to join in that finishing process. God has called each individual to know him and respond to him and extend the kingdom of God. In our own lives, God will be faithful. In our families, our businesses and at church God will be faithful.

Let’s believe together and make choices that reflect what we believe. And that is, that God is faithful to finish what he started. Amen?!

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, we know that your Father loved this world so much that He sent You to come and die for all of humanity. We know it is the will of your Father, that through you, Jesus, that all of the nations would hear and respond to your Name. Lord, use us to do our part in touching the nations. Bring us the supernatural provision we need for our Global Family, College and Schools. Help us in planting more churches and sending more missionaries to share the good news. Breakthrough any barrier that is on our path. Amen.”

Psalm 2:8; Isaiah 45:22; Malachi 1:11; Mark 16:15-20

Day 20: Breakthrough In Our Nation

1 Timothy 2:1-4
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

My Breakthrough Thought:
It is the people in God’s house who hold the future of our nation, not the people in the White House. We are called to pray for those in authority but not to depend upon them for the healing of our nation.

God has been filled with grace and mercy toward a nation characterized by a lack of biblical truth. Believers know the truth, but it does no good if that truth doesn’t live fully within them and if it is not expressed in their everyday lives. Crisis in our nation will not be averted through an election but only because the people, who are called by His name, have humbled themselves and prayed, sought His face, and turned from their wicked ways (2 Chronicles 7:14).

If our dependence is on God, then we will continue to seek Him on behalf of our nation despite any election results. Perhaps the church has been impotent and silent before heaven, as well as within our culture. Perhaps, we have been relegated to the position of irrelevance. Perhaps we have not represented Him in the fight for biblical truth in our nation, and we are now reaping what we have sown.

But God …

If we, who are His people and who are called by His name, will truly humble ourselves and pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land. What an incredible promise.

We must not stop seeking the face of God until revival is poured out upon a repentant people and His kingdom is unmistakably established within our nation once again.

The future of our nation is teetering, and our response to this perilous moment in history id paramount. May our God find us faithfully about the work of earnest and focused intercession so that He will hear the prayers from His humble, broken people, pour out His merciful forgiveness, and heal our land.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
Jesus, we cry out to you for our nation. We are living in unprecedented times. We see the division, hatred, injustice, and immoral behavior. We recognize much of our nation has turned their back on you. Yet you have placed a fire in our hearts to fast and pray for this nation. Pour out on us! Breakthrough every stronghold and bring another great revival to our land. Amen.”

2 Chronicles 7:14; Proverbs 11:14; Ezekiel 38:23; Romans 13:1

Day 19: Breakthrough In Our City

Matthew 5:14-16
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

My Breakthrough Thought:
On twitter one girl posted that she wanted to read her bible more and added the obvious hashtag #bible and some others. Later that day another girl on the other side of the world commented and said “me too!” Then another girl saw it and replied “I do too!” More ladies across the world joined this conversation about wanting to know the bible better and one of them suggested that they create a bible reading plan, they could all do together and just casually added the hashtag #SheReadsTruth. This moment in 2012 was the birth of a moment and the seed of a business that would encourage women all over the world to engage with the word of God, and now has curriculums and reading plans for men and children too! #HeReadsTruth (2015) and #KidsReadTruth (2016)

What are you posting to your social media accounts that could have a great impact on your neighborhood, the greater community or even your city? God can use something as small and simple as a comment thread if you post it!

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, you have placed us in our city and desire us to be a light to this dark region of our nation. Breakthrough the darkness. Breakthrough the strongholds in our city. Open the heavens and come down. Fill our streets with Your presence. Fill every church in our city with people who are searching for you. As we shine your light through us, we will give you the glory! Amen.”

Psalm 122:6, 127:1; Proverbs 11:11; Jeremiah 29:7;  Isaiah 60:1-2, 62:6-7; Ephesians 1:15-21;

Day 18: Breakthrough In Our Church Family To Reach People Far From God

Mark 16:20
And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Lighting a single candle in a very dark space makes a difference. But if you light 20 or 30 candles, that difference becomes amazing. Likewise, when we join with others to share our faith story, the results can be profound

It is easy to become self-focused. We concern ourselves with our own personal cares. But part of love, real love, is concern for a person’s eternal destination. And if we want to see many people become part of God’s kingdom, there needs to be many people sharing their faith stories. God asks us to be an encouragement to other believers. To spur them on toward love and good works. Consider how you can be an encouragement to another believer today. How you can inspire them to shine their light wherever God has placed them.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, you have blessed us with a large church family, stretching to all corners of our globe. I know that if each of us had a renewed passion to share our faith, we could reach the nations for our inheritance. Lord, breathe upon us. Ignite our hearts with a burden for those who don’t know you. Fill our services and groups with people that need you. Bring revival to our church family. We believe today. Amen.”

Proverbs 11:30; Isaiah 6:8; Acts 3:1-10; Acts 14:8-10; Acts 20:24;

Day 17: Breakthrough And Bringing Prodigals Back Home

Luke 15:18-24
“Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” ’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Ask any parent, the story of the prodigal son is more than just a story in the Bible. For them, the journey begins with sleepless nights and unanswered questions, moves through grief and shame, and grips them with guilt, regret, and fear. What-ifs flood the mind. If you have experienced this, know here today you do not have to remain in the wilderness of tormenting thoughts. The Bible has life giving truths, thoughts, and prayers to help you deal with the feelings that surround you as you wait for your prodigal’s return. There is hope and healing, peace and confidence in a loving heavenly Father who writes the end of the story every time.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus my heart hurts today for all of those who knew you and have chosen to walk away from you. You desire for every one of them to be restored in a right relationship with you. Break through their hurts and pain. Break through any offense, bitterness or unforgiveness. Draw them home today. Amen.”

Jeremiah 31:16-17; Zechariah 3:4; Romans 8:38-39; Ephesians 2:1-9; Philippians 1:6; 3 John 1:4;

Day 16: Breakthrough In Our Relatives, Friends, Neighbors and Co-workers

Romans 10:14-15
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?

My Breakthrough Thought:
I believe the hardest part of evangelism is getting started. But once you get started, and once God starts speaking through you, it can be one of the most joyful things you have ever done. To think that God Almighty would speak through someone like you or me is indeed a great privilege. It is an honor to go and tell others about Jesus.

The gospel was not designed to be hoarded; it was designed to be shared. You were blessed to be a blessing. Therefore as you take in, you need to give out that message again so others can come into a relationship with God. One of the greatest joys you will ever experience, next to knowing the Lord himself, is when you have the privilege of praying with someone to accept Christ. You start seeing the radical, even visible, changes that will take place in your life. We are told in Proverbs 11:25, “Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” It is refreshing as you give back and help other people.

While it may be true that we are not all called to be evangelists, we are all called to evangelize. And the place to start is at the beginning. We reach the world with the gospel one person at a time.

You can personalize Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19) by going to your world. Go to your workplace… Go to your family… Go to your neighbors… You have a sphere of influence. You have a group of people who will listen to what you have to say. Go to that world—the world to which God has called you.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus I know that most all people that ever give their life to you, had a relationship with someone close to them. I realize you have placed many people around me that need you. I pray for my relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers today and that you would open their hearts to following you. Break off any spirit that binds their mind. Give me divine appointments to share the good news. Empower me with boldness. Amen.”

Isaiah 6:8; Romans 1:16; Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; 2 Timothy 2:15

Day 15: Breakthrough In My Heart For Those Who Need You

Mark 16:15
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

My Breakthrough Thought:
“My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.” (Romans 9:2–3)

The apostle Paul had something essential for effective evangelism: a God-given burden for those who did not know Jesus Christ. In his case, the burden was for his own people, the Jews. He cared. It burned inside him.

General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, once said that his desire, had it been possible, would be to dangle his evangelism trainees over hell for 24 hours. That way, they could see the reality that awaits those who do not know Jesus Christ.

That wouldn’t have been necessary for Paul, who spoke of his love and burning passion for unbelievers. I think it is there for us in Scripture so that we don’t become so obsessed with our own struggles and spiritual growth that we forget about people who need to know Christ.

I think Paul makes an amazing statement in Romans 9 when he says, in essence, “If it were possible, I would give up my hope of eternal life so that others who do not know could come to faith.” That’s a pretty dramatic statement.

As believers, you and I have a responsibility to those outside the church—those outside the faith. If God’s love is really working in our lives, it should motivate us to do something for Him.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus I am forever grateful that you gave your life for me. You paid the price for my sins and as a result, you have redeemed me, and have given me the incredible privilege of having a personal, everlasting relationship with you. Forgive me for not sharing your love with all those around me. Let my heart be filled with a passion to share the good news with all you put in my path. Breakthrough my fears, insecurity, complacency and lack of obedience to your Word. Help me to break through today. Amen!”

Matthew 9:37; John 3:16; Romans 10:10; 1 Corinthians 9:22; 1 Peter 3:15

Day 14: Breakthrough In Strengthening Relationships In My Church Family

Acts 2:42-47
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

My Breakthrough Thought:
If you have followed the history of the church, you find that God ordained the idea of a community gathering to worship Him. What started out in a single tent became a single temple and eventually became a movement of people. The call to build the church was never intended to stay just a Jewish thing. It was meant to point to be for all people.

There is nothing more beautiful and more enduring than the local church. What makes the church special isn’t the building it meets in, but rather the community of hope that Jesus is building. You are a part of what Jesus is building. Peter, the one Jesus commissioned to initiate the church, understood exactly what Jesus was building. He declared this about Jesus’ church:

“you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

We are the building blocks of the church today. Every facility that is built and every ministry that is created is simply a tool to reaching more people with the Gospel. Not only are we called to build the church, but we are called to BE the church. That means we share in building God’s House. This is not just in honoring God with our tithe and talents, but it’s a call to share our hope with friends, neighbors, classmates, and those around us.

The only thing that will last for all eternity will be the investment you are making in the church. The greatest treasure you will find is knowing that God is using you to impact someone else’s eternity! That’s what we are called to build.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, you have placed me into my spiritual family. I am grateful to be a part of the Mannahouse family and do pray that you would cover our entire family with your grace, mercy and love. Please unite us together. Strengthen us. Protect us. Guide us. Empower us. Bless us. Let us become all that you have destined us to be; a church for the journey.

Psalm 133:1-3; Matthew 18:20; Romans 12:9-21; 1 Corinthians 1:10, 12:25-27; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Thessalonians 5:14;

Day 13: Breakthrough In My Family

Acts 16:31-34
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Do you recall the physics principle of inertia? A refresher: An object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion, until a force acts on it sufficient to move or stop it. In other words, if you’re stuck in neutral, it can be hard to get going. Gravity and friction are conspiring against you.

This is acutely true for parents, and spouses. Many of whom have said to us, “I just don’t know where to start.” They want to be engaged and active. They’re just stuck.

If this is you, take heart. The forces acting against you can be easily overcome. The big secret: Begin.

I know, that’s an amazing insight. You’re welcome.

You just need to start. Somewhere. Anywhere. Right where you are. God promises to give us His Holy Spirit to guide us along all of life’s path.

Let’s say, for example, you want to become a more engaged dad, but your history of ambivalence is hanging around your neck like a millstone. You’ve given in to thoughts like these:

“I’d love to pray for my kids, but I’ve never done it before. I’m afraid they’ll think it’s weird.”

“I’d like to be more engaged in their lives, but I’ve been so disconnected in the past. If I start prying into their lives, they’ll push back.”

“I want to lead my children spiritually, but I’m no Bible genius. They’ll quickly find my soft spots and unmask me as a fraud.”

You know what? All these might be true. They might wonder, resist, or point out how sorry your feeble efforts are. That could happen.

But the beautiful part – when they do – and you welcome their skepticism or critique – it actually opens their hearts even more.

Our family members don’t need us to be flawless. They just need us to be authentic. They need us to make an honest effort. They will see right through any fake façade. But they may also warm right up to any genuine attempt to lead.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, the most important relationships I have other than you, is my family. I ask that you would cover my entire family today and protect them from anything that might keep them from serving your with their whole heart. Jesus, break through anything that currently hinders them, and I ask that you draw them to you today. Amen!”

Exodus 20:16; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 5:22-33; 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 5:8

Day 12: Breakthrough In Building Right Relationships

1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Have you ever seen that one movie where the guy who has special abilities starts to listen to the villain, and he ends up betraying the good guys to become the ultimate villain in the plot? You know the one,  Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vadar in Starwars. Though the story is fiction the plot is nothing new to humanity, and in fact most of today’s entertainment highlights the influence that people have on our own decision making skills, whether it’s for romance, acceptance or success. The biggest breakthrough we could receive is understanding that when we spend time with the Holy Spirit and read the bible, we learn God’s thoughts about us and his plans for us. We begin to reflect the design that our creator intended.

Yes, we are called to be a light in this dark world, but we aren’t called to turn the light off so others aren’t inconvenienced or because life is hard. Sometimes we must change the status of a relationship and keep it that way so that we can be who we were truly meant to be.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, I understand how easily I can be influenced by others beliefs and their behaviors. I know that I ultimately become like those who are around me. Help me to choose my relationships wisely. Let me be an influence to those that need you, and protect me from those who might influence me in an un-Christlike manner. If there be any relationships I need to step away from, give me the strength and wisdom to do so. Amen!”

Psalm 1:1, 26:4-5; Proverbs 13:20; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 2 Corinthians 6:14-15;

Day 11: Breakthrough In Loving Others

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Love is our greatest mandate; to love God first and our neighbors as ourselves are the greatest commandments. In fact, Matthew 22 says that the law hinges on this very mandate.

When we commit to love others–to show them brotherly affection–we are doing one of the most important things we can be doing on this earth. It’s not an afterthought or something meant only for those closest to us; love is your highest calling.

In fact, Romans says you should outdo one another in showing kindness. Imagine if everyone aimed to go above and beyond in loving each other. Imagine how transformed the body of Christ would be if this one principle was implemented.

Make it a point to show love to your spouse, your family, your coworkers, your friends, and the people you come in contact with at church. If you can do this–if you can be a carrier of God’s love–then you’ll be a catalyst for unity.

Unity is incredibly desired by God, for His people. He longs to see His children live out humility, gentleness, patience, and love among each other and in a broken world. Begin to take steps in growing in these areas and living them out, and you’ll certainly honor Him.

Seek unity in your relationships, among other believers, and in your church, and watch as they flourish in ways you’ve never witnessed before. Unity is very important, so be a carrier of it today. Bring unity into your world!

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, you showed me what love is, by loving me while I was still a sinner. You unconditionally love me; despite me. Help me to love all people, regardless of the race, gender, age, beliefs and even behavior. Breakthrough any attitudes, criticism, critical thoughts or judgments. Let your love shine in me and through me in every connection with people today. Amen!”

Matthew 7:12; John 15:13; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Colossian 3:14

Day 10: Breakthrough In Offense, Bitterness Or Unforgiveness

Ephesians 4:31-32
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Eight words. If all you get from today’s post is to really internalize these eight simple words, it will be worth it. Many of us have heard them but not fully experienced or lived them daily.

The eight words are found in John 8:36: “Who the Son sets free is free indeed.”

We all have people in our lives who have hurt us verbally, emotionally, physically, and/or even spiritually. And that hurt forms a grudge in us—we relive it over and over when we think of the pain or experience it again. In an ideal world, the offender would come to us and ask for forgiveness, but that may never happen.

In order to break the bondage of this pain in our lives, we need to release ideas of getting even, whether that manifests in our thought life, the words we say, or in our actions. The power of the Gospel we share comes from knowing that every offense—mine and others—has been paid. So, we hand the hurt, the grudges, and the person involved over to God and trust Him for justice and mercy.

Forgiveness is the first step to living free because God’s priority is your heart. When your heart is right, then the “living free” life will follow.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, today I choose to put away all offense, bitterness and unforgiveness. I know this is impossible in my own strength, but I know in Christ I can overcome all things. Give me continued strength as I move forward in my journey to no longer allow any of these situations affect me, my relationships or my future. Amen!”

Proverbs 10:12; Ecclesiastes 7:9; Matthew 6:14-15; Hebrews 12:15; James 1:19-20

Day 9: Breakthrough In Unresolved Conflict

Ephesians 4:26-27
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Show me an angry person and I’ll show you a hurt person. And I guarantee you that person is hurt because something has been taken. Somebody owes them something.

We all know people whose anger could be verbalized in one of the following ways: “You took my reputation.” “You stole my family.” “You took the best years of my life.” “You stole my first marriage.” “You robbed me of my teenage years.” “You robbed me of my purity.” “You owe me a raise.” “You owe me an opportunity to try.” “You owe me a second chance.” “You owe me affection.”

The root of anger is the perception that something has been taken. Something is owed you. And now a debt-to-debtor relationship has been established.

How about you? What debt is causing the anger you feel?

How long are you going to allow the people who have hurt you to control your life? Another month? Another year? Another season of your life? How long? I’d like to propose that today should be the day when you quit holding on to the hurt!

While it’s true that you can’t undo what’s been done, it’s equally true that you don’t have to let the past control your future. In Ephesians 4, we’re commanded to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger.” We do that by “forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

The remedy for anger is forgiveness. If we hold out waiting to be paid back for the wrongs done to us, we will be the ones who pay. If, on the other hand, we cancel the debts owed to us, we will be set free.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, I no longer can accept the unresolved conflict that has separated me from those that I love. Breakthrough today! Please help me to own any of the conflict I have created and let me forgive and move past any conflict that has come against me. Amen!”

Matthew 5:9, 38-39; Luke 17:3-4; Romans 12:17-18; Colossians 3:13; 1 John 1:9;

Day 8: Breakthrough In Broken Relationships

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

My Breakthrough Thought:
We seem to be on a cosmic quest to establish our value—to prove it, earn it, deserve it. And once we find what we’re looking for, we relax—but only momentarily. Eventually the people we are pleasing—whether a parent, a spouse, a friend, an advisory board, or an audience—quit sending us love messages. Ultimately we find ourselves back on our endless quest. And that unfulfilling quest makes it nearly impossible to love like Jesus. Why? Because we can’t give grace to others when we aren’t receiving it ourselves. When we’re busy earning acceptance from God, we start to think everyone else should earn it too. Judgmentalism creeps in. Self-righteousness appears.

If you want to be a better grace-giver, you’ve got to continually and consciously receive the grace God gives you. “Whoever has been forgiven only a little,” Jesus said, “loves only a little.” The more grace we receive, the more love we give. When we aren’t cognizant of God’s unconditional acceptance in our own lives, we can’t give it to others. Judgmentalism sees to that.

Here’s the truth: God’s grace is received, not achieved. Grace does not depend on what we have done for God but rather what God has done for us. And continually receiving God’s grace—in the deepest and most central parts of our beings—is the only true and lasting remedy to ugly judgments and holier-than-thou attitudes. “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable,” said C. S. Lewis, “because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

Love is not the cause of grace. It’s the proof of it. When we are conscious of God’s grace in our own lives, we are automatically more loving and accepting of others. I’m not naive about our judgments. I don’t think it’s possible to live a life where we never judge anyone, ever. But once you embrace God’s grace, once you raise your consciousness around this gift you are continually given, you get immeasurably closer to loving like Jesus.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, I come to you broken-hearted regarding broken relationships in my life. I desire that all relationships in my life would be healthy. Jesus, you are the one that breaks through. Break through the brokenness and heal my relationships today. Amen!”

Proverbs 17:17; Ephesians 4:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Peter 4:8;

Day 7: Break Free From Passivity & Procrastination

Proverbs 24:30-34
I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

My Breakthrough Thought:
We want our lives to matter. We want these few days we spend here to mean something. We want some sort of impact. Well, friend, if we really want impact, we’ve got to allow the amplifying power of the Holy Spirit to work through us—by being willing to act in faith. When we act alone (as we so often do), we do so with our own strength. But when we act in faith, our actions are amplified by the strength of a great and powerful God. Men and women acting in faith have “stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight” (Hebrews 11:33-34).

The surprising thing about acting in faith is that—unlike when we act alone—it’s not our skill, nor our cleverness, that determines the magnitude of impact. When the Apostle Paul worked to start the church in Corinth, he spoke “in weakness and in fear,” lacking “plausible words of wisdom” (1 Corinthians 2:3-4). He must have doubted whether he’d had any impact at all. But the church was established nonetheless. “God’s Spirit and God’s power did it,” through Paul’s seemingly unimpressive actions, taken in faith (1 Corinthians 2:3-5 MSG).

Okay, so what do we do?

Just do something. Choose something practical, something that fits within the great commandments (Matthew 22:36-39), and something that’s too big. Go ahead and get in over-your-head. Tackle the problem that’s been on your heart. Tell someone about your faith. Help that person who’s hard to love. Things might not turn out as you expect, of course—or with the timing you’d like. Trust, though, if you do act, you’ll begin to have the impact for which you’re meant.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus grant me the strength to move forward in the journey you have set before me. Break off the tendencies to procrastinate. I no longer choose to be passive, uncertain or unstable in my ways. In your name, I breakthrough today and toward all that you have in store for me. Amen!”

Joshua 1:9, 23:6; Psalm 27:14; Proverbs 6:6-8; Proverbs 20:4; Hebrews 4:16, 13:16;

Day 6: Break Free From Sexual Impurities

1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

My Breakthrough Thought:
It’s always a good idea to pray that the Lord will protect us from temptation (Matthew 6:13). But prayer by itself is often not enough. At least not where sexual purity and marital fidelity are concerned. Once we’ve made our request known to our Father in heaven, we also have to make up our minds to stay vigilant and keep up our guard.

If we don’t, we can easily be thrown off balance and taken by surprise. We can be led astray by the schemes of the devil or seduced by our own subconscious lusts and desires (James 1:14). Why? Because “the flesh is weak.”

If you really want to avoid sexual impurities, you have to embrace every aspect of the defense system the Lord has placed at your disposal. Ask for His protection. Make up your mind to stand firm in faith but flee from the sin (literally). And keep your eyes peeled for unexpected traps and snares.

This is particularly important if you are unusually prone to sexual temptation. Were you promiscuous as a teen or young adult? Is there something in your family background that might make you especially vulnerable – a divorce, for example, or an affair, or abuse or neglect of some kind? Do you struggle with feelings of insecurity or low self-esteem?

Do you and your spouse find it hard to talk about your deepest thoughts and emotions? In marriage, the bottom line is always communication. Couples who can learn to be open, honest, and caring in the way they express their wants, needs, desires, and concerns to one another are the ones who have the best chance of safeguarding their relationship. These are the couples who usually end up going the distance in marriage.

If you’re battling temptation, it can also be helpful to seek the guidance and support of a larger community. Find a way to make yourself accountable to others who can hold you to a high standard of morality and sexual purity.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus today I rely on the power of your name to break off any lustful or immoral thoughts or behaviors that have plagued me. I rebuke lust, perversion, promiscuity, pornography, fornication, adultery, fantasy, and all sexual impurities from my life. Help me to glorify you! Amen!”

Genesis 39:12-14; Proverbs 2:16-19; Proverbs 5:3-15; Romans 6:12-14; Philippians 4:8; 2 Timothy 2:22

Day 5: Break Free from A Painful Past

Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Our tears and pain were never part of God’s original plan for us, nor will they be part of eternity. However, we live in a sort of parenthesis in the timeline of the universe, a “present age” (see Mark 10:30) between the garden (see Genesis 2:8) and the new heaven and new earth (see Revelation 21:1).

At the end of time, God will wipe away every tear (see Revelation 21:4). We will not experience this suffering forever. But during these present times, we see the results of sin’s contamination of the world: death, mourning and pain. We fail and let ourselves and others down. Others do the same. Instead of denying these negative aspects of our present life, we need to accept and deal with them in preparation for the time when God ends all the suffering. The Bible teaches us three keys that can help: forgiveness (see Ephesians 4:32), grief (see James 4:9) and healing (see Psalm 30:2). We must arm ourselves with these three things. They will help us grow, recover and move past the difficult times. The good news is that the pain is not the end of the story. God will give us current healing and future paradise. Our job is to be involved in the journey with him.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus I am grateful that you are the one that can erase the pains of my past. Help me to break through the painful memories of yesteryear and press on toward all you have in store for me on the journey ahead. My best days are yet to come. Amen!”

Genesis 50:4; Songs 2:11-12; Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Peter 2:10;

Day 4: Break Free From Cycles Of Failure &  Defeat

Galatians 3:13-14
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Failure can be the result of others’ actions, circumstances beyond our control, our own actions, or a combination of all three. While failure is no fun, it can benefit us in the long run. When mourning our mistakes compels us to make ourselves right with God and others, God comforts us and our relationships improve.

For those who struggle with perfectionism, grieving humbles us and puts us in touch with our humanity. Anxiety-driven striving alienates us from our emotions. Allowing ourselves to feel unadulterated sadness dispels this anxiety and the stress that comes with it.

Feeling sadness is uncomfortable. Without the emotional blessing of sadness, however, we would probably never muster the guts to admit our mistakes. But when we do admit mistakes, we may be surprised how often people are ready to forgive us. If we make a mistake with a colleague, student, customer, employee, or other person, we can admit it, ask their pardon, and commit to learning from our mistakes.

Of course, we must also deal with our failures in prayer. We can ask for forgiveness first, and then for the wisdom, courage, and perseverance to meet future challenges. Failure teaches us that we must depend on God’s living power. Faith in Christ enables us to do through God’s power what we could not otherwise.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, I am in need of you today to help me from living a cycle of failure and defeat. You have paid the price, once and for all for all my past sins and mistakes and I choose today to stand firm in my faith that my journey ahead will be filled with victory. Amen!”

Ezekiel 34:26; Psalm 65:4; Joel 2:22-23; Matthew 12:29; Romans 4:7; 2 Corinthians 6:15;

Day 3: Break Free From Unbelief & Doubt

Matthew 13:58
And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Throughout the teaching of Jesus, and the whole Bible for that matter, we are encouraged to believe not just in our heads but also in our hearts.

We are invited to believe these powerful truths not only as the right answers but also as a way of life. When we do, everything is possible.

The journey of belief actually begins with the confession of unbelief. As you turn the page and peer into the key beliefs, practices, and virtues of the Christian faith, turn to God with a willingness to be honest with him. Like the man in Mark 9, tell him where you are in the form of a prayer request: “I do believe some things, Lord, but would you help me overcome what I am struggling to believe?” If you do, he will.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus forgive me for my doubt and unbelief. I will no longer allow my circumstances, others, or the enemy to derail me from believing in your promises. Jesus help me breakthrough today. Amen!”

Matthew 8:10, 9:29; Romans 4:20, 10:17; 2 Corinthians 1:21; Hebrews 11:27-30; James 1:6

Day 2: Break Free From Sinful Behaviors Or Addictions

Galatians 5:19-24
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God took care of the big issue where sin is concerned. Thanks to Him, those who put their faith in Jesus don’t have to be afraid of dying because we know that we will spend eternity with our Heavenly Father.

It’s the daily stuff that we have to concern ourselves with. While spiritual rebirth is instant the moment that we put our faith in Jesus for salvation, transformation into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit takes a lifetime and requires our cooperation.

Salvation is about rescue, but Christianity is about obedience, a daily—sometimes momentary—choice to live the kind of life that God intended for us to live by the power of Jesus’ Holy Spirit inside us, walking away from the sin that once enslaved us and embracing the freedom His death and resurrection afforded us.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, today I confess my need of you. It is only in you, that I can breakthrough  the sinful behaviors and addictions that have held me back. Today, I breakthrough by your power, and choose to never look back. Amen!”

Proverbs 23:21; Luke 21:34; Romans 13:13;

Day 1: Break Free From Any Strongholds

Matthew 17:20-21
“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

My Breakthrough Thought:
Wow! What an incredible verse! God’s promise to us that nothing will be impossible for those who engage their faith. I don’t know about you, but there are few things more discouraging than being stuck. Something blocking our path and preventing us from stepping in to all God has for us. Well, take heart, there is one beautiful phrase we read in Matthew 17:20-21. “…and it will move,”. YES! It will move. In other words. We can be free from whatever mountain, barrier, or stronghold blocking our path.

Our part is simple – have faith – and say to the mountain. Step into the measure of faith you have right right now, in this season, and break free from your struggle and your stronghold.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
“Jesus, I come to you as the Breaker of all strongholds and ask you to remove any strongholds that hold me back and command them to yield to the power of God, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!”

Exodus 14:13; Deuteronomy 20:19; 2 Samuel 5:7;  Judges 1:19; Matthew 19:26; 2 Corinthians 6:2;