Question: I prayed, fasted and believed but I did not receive (or have still not received) my breakthrough. Does this mean that I don’t have enough Faith?
Answer: I used to feel this way too! That was until the Lord showed me that this thinking is not the right focus because our breakthrough is not based on our own ability or performance but on Jesus’ ability and on His performance!
What is Faith?
Many have the wrong idea of what faith is. Their whole concept of faith is based upon their own actions so they get caught up in works and self-effort trying to please God or to get Him to respond to their need. But Faith is simple! Faith is trusting that Jesus’ sacrifice was enough – knowing that our works or self-effort will not earn righteousness, favour or anything else from God.
Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ. Rom 10:17
Faith comes and grows from hearing about who Jesus is and resting in what He has done!
Our faith in Jesus is enough because when we believed in Him we received everything we needed to live a victorious and blessed life – one that’s worth living! And you know what else? We don’t need to keep hearing the Word to get more faith. Instead, we need to keep hearing so we can discover what we already have!
Faith is not based on Works but on Rest!
It is easy to get caught up in works and self-effort and doing everything we know to get our breakthrough. We have prayer vigils, we fast, we declare the word, and do everything in our own strength to make things happen. However, we can only keep this going for so long, so we end up worn out, burnt out, confused, and discouraged.
If our breakthrough is dependent on ‘our faith’ (on our ability to believe) or on our performance by praying or doing the right things to make something happen, then we need to constantly maintain it. But think about this: if we had to do a whole bunch of stuff to receive then the end result would not be based on a free gift but on our ability to perform. Salvation comes ONLY as a free gift and is received by believing in Jesus! Seeing the fullness of what we have inherited upon salvation outworking in our lives comes the same way.
Praise God for Jesus! He has already paid the price, by redeeming you and giving you everything you need for your victory. Instead of striving to receive, rest and believe in what you’ve already received!
For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his worksas God did from His. Heb 4:10
The only striving the Christian needs to do is to labour to remain in a position of resting in Jesus (Heb 4:4). This comes when what God’s Word says regarding your situation becomes ‘living and active’ – alive and real to you personally. You have spent the time meditating on God’s truth until your thinking has been transformed so regardless of circumstances you are seeing yourself with the breakthrough rather than without it. However, if you are struggling in trying to obtain your breakthrough or if you are in a place of striving, feeling desperate, hopeless or discouraged then you are not at rest. It’s time to stop ‘doing’ and start ‘being’. In other words, stop ‘doing healing’ by working towards healing, instead meditate on Jesus finished work until you ARE healed! That way your focus and actions are no longer ‘working towards’ healing (or your breakthrough) but rather ‘walking in’ healing – where you are experiencing the breakthrough you need!
Copyright 2010 It is Finished – transforming your life through the finished work of the Cross by Nerida Walker