This is the second part of a message I shared with our church on Sunday entitled “Go Get Your Breakthrough.”  If you haven’t yet, you can check out Part 1 here.

4) Fasting – In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus’ disciples tried to cast out a demon but could not.  Jesus did, and the disciples later asked him why.  He said, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:28-29, NKJV).  It sounds like there are some things in this world that are stubborn!  Sometimes it may require the more dedicated focus of fasting combined with prayer to get through them.

Fasting focuses our mind, body and spirit on the Lord.  Its a holistic approach, by its very nature.  My father-in-law gave me a great book on fasting called The Miracle Results of Fasting, written by Dave Williams.  I’d recommend you pick it up, especially if you’ve never done much fasting before.

5) Knowledge – Ever received new knowledge that helped you break through a challenge?  It happens all the time!  I see this a lot in Financial Peace University classes I lead or when coaching with individuals on their finances.  A little bit of new knowledge can completely change the game and help someone achieve breakthrough.

Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me…” (emphasis added)  God has the answers!  We just need to seek them out.  This might be in your finances, health, relationships, spiritual warfare, or whatever you’re facing.  Go get into a class, a small group, or a study on that topic so you can get some breakthrough!

6) Worship – Folks in our church know that worship brings breakthrough, because many have experienced it.  Worship takes the focus off of you and your situation and puts it onto God, and he responds to that.  I wouldn’t say this if there weren’t biblical precedent for this.  What were Paul and Silas doing in the prison when an earthquake shook the place and their chains fell off?  Worshiping and praising God.

Also check out the story in II Chronicles 20.  King Jehoshaphat sent worshipers out before the army, and God caused the enemy to start attacking itself!

7) Humility – This one is probably the least enjoyable, right along there with repentance.  Scripture is clear, in word and practice: God favors, gives grace to, loves, and responds to humility.  He opposes, puts down, and hates pride.  (1 Peter 5:5-6).

If we look at the story of Job, breakthrough came very late in that book after Job had suffered for some time.  He and his “friends” had reached an impasse, and nothing was coming of their discussions while Job was still suffering.  Breakthrough came after God himself spoke to Job, and job humbled himself in chapter 42.

Whereas Job was originally willing to stand before God and defend himself against accusations, he said, “I take back everything I said,  and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”  That’s a very humble position.  It brought breakthrough, as Job came out of that season of testing and God restored more than Job ever had before.

So which key is THE key to breakthrough for you?  I have no idea, but I tend to take an “all of the above” approach.  Be faithful to do them all when you’re running up against something that is keeping you from moving forward.  Believe in faith that breakthrough will happen, and then watch God move.

When is a time that God brought breakthrough to you?  Comment below and share a story!