The word “breakthrough” is one I like to call a “Christianese” word. Words that we say as Christians, but do we really think about what they mean? The Dictionary defines breakthrough as, “Advance all the way through and beyond an enemy’s front-line defense.” Think about breaking through in the situation you currently face. Your job is to advance all the way through. This means you cannot stop, give up, or give in! You must go beyond the enemy’s front line! Who is the enemy? Satan and all his cohorts are your enemy. Your enemy is not the person you are having a disagreement with or your financial situation. The Word of God tells us, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12). That word “wrestle” means warfare between the saints (you) and spirit rebels who are against God. Not against whomever our disagreement or frustration is with. No matter what situation you are facing, the root of it is the enemy who is trying to steal, kill, and destroy you. You my friend have the choice, you can choose to fight back by going ahead to the enemies front line and advancing all the way through. Or you can choose to stand and allow him to fully overtake you. You must not give in or the enemy will gain ground. If you do not trust your Heavenly Father and all He has given you to battle the enemy with, then you are handing Satan an advantage.
How do you keep advancing against the enemy? To win your battle, whether it is sickness, despair, loneliness, depression, financial, other people, NO matter what it is; Jesus has already won the victory for you! That’s what the cross and rising out of the grave were all about! Your responsibility is to spend time in prayer, worship, and in your Bible! These 3 steps are sure fire ways to advance against the enemy. However, you must know you are in a battle. The enemy has waged war on you and you have the choice whether or not to fight. The Father knew you would have battles so He already provided you the equipment you need to win! (The following is an excerpt from my new book; “Help! I’m Alone With My Mind! A Guide To Having Victory Over Your Thoughts”) –
Your Heavenly Father has already equipped you with the right “equipment” you need to face any battle you come up against. He has given you your armor, but you must put this armor on according to Ephesians 6:11 when Paul plainly says, “Put on all of God’s armor…” Why? “… so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” This tells you, you must put on this powerful armor in order to be left standing at the end of the battle. “Battle??!!!” I hear some screaming, “I did not sign up for a battle!!!” Well you my friend are in a battle every single day. We battle many things in our lives but let’s not forget the biggest battlefield is our own mind! And to win the war over your thoughts, you must use every piece of equipment provided to you. Notice you have been given your list of weapons right there in Ephesians 6. You are to put on your belt of truth, your breastplate of righteousness, your Gospel shoes, your shield of faith, your helmet of Salvation, and your sword of the Spirit! Once you are spiritually dressed for success you are able to use these valuable pieces to win the battle which rages between your ears and in your life! You are to use these weapons of mass destruction and cut off those thoughts which are contrary to the Word of God! I want you to see a few valuable points about the armor of God you are wearing.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18). Congratulations you are dressed and ready to battle against the enemy and stand against his attacks. I know you may be standing, but also you may begin to get weary sometimes when the battle is long and hard. This is where your thoughts must line up with the Word of God, which you are allowing to dwell in you richly. What so often happens is you have allowed the enemy to have a playground with your mind, and therefore you feel you cannot stand. But this passage of scripture instructs you when you have stood then what – you stand some more! But how do you stand? You are to stand with the full armor on and ready, then use your armor for specific purposes. Verse 16 says you take up the shield of faith, and with your faith, you extinguish the fiery darts of the enemy. Your faith is your shield. Faith is so important to God, that when you are not standing in faith, you are not pleasing the Father (Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God”). Therefore, it is your faith which is the shield to stop the darts of the enemy. Do you see that? God does not hand you a shield, but He says your faith will make a shield. In other words, like a blacksmith pounds metal into the shape of a shield for protection, you use your faith and grow it. As you do, you are pounding the shape into a shield for your protection. Your faith is your shield! It is vitally important to grow up your faith with the Word of God, or your shield is going to be very small and frail, or maybe even non existent! Can you imagine a warrior without a shield to protect him in battle? Remember those movies of old, which have the warriors out fighting on the fields with their sword and shield, riding on the brave strong horse? Then when the opposing army shoots millions of arrows through the air, the defending army kneels down and puts their large shield over their head to protect their entire body from the enemy’s arrows. You must have your shield large and strong to fight the enemy and his arrows! His arrows are the fiery darts which come into your mind, and it is your responsibility to use your faith (not what you can see, but what you know the Word says will happen) and to extinguish those fiery darts invading your mind!
Now let’s look at verse 17 – Paul’s says you are to take the Sword of the Spirit (that is the Word of God) and you are to “wield” it, the amplified translation says. The word “wield” means to handle a weapon or tool with skill and ease. However, it also means to exercise authority or influence effectively. Oh you are missing what I am trying to teach you here! You are to take the Word of God and exercise your authority which Jesus has already given you! And when you use this authority, mixed with speaking or “wielding” the Word of God, it says you will use it effectively! Using the Word of God against whatever is invading your mind, will effectively rid it of intruders as long as you use it and wield it. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you grab your sword and attack the thought with the truth, which states Jesus is your rock and your salvation! When doubt tries to invade you, disprove the thought by declaring Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
The Sword of the Spirit is a dual weapon. It is both an offensive and a defensive weapon. Think about football offense and defense teams. When you are on the offensive team your one goal is to get as close to the end zone as possible – that’s how you win the game! The defensive team’s job is to keep the offensive team as far away from the goal as possible. Now, when using the Sword of the Spirit (remember this is the Word of God) against the enemy, while you are on the offensive team you speak out the Word of God to cause you to win the game. Speak scriptures which declare you are the winner! When you are on the defensive team, you use the Word of God to keep the enemy from scoring a touchdown so to speak. Speak out the Word which tells the enemy to stop!
Another great aspect of the Sword of the Spirit is it is considered a two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). The Greek translation reads it is a two-mouthed sword. It is vital you speak out the Word of God. You must not just pray it in your head. Look at all Jesus did in His life here on earth, however, He spoke out loud and then things happened. You too must speak out loud the Word of God. Now notice – the Greek I said means two-mouthed sword, this means it is God speaking on one side and you speaking on the other! If you are not jumping you need to read that again! God speaks out His Word and commands over your life as you speak the Word of God out! Wield your sword and speak it out!
Another great piece of your armor in the fight against your thoughts is the helmet of Salvation. This helmet means it covers depression, worry, wrong thoughts, and things which invade your mind, because this helmet of Salvation is who you are in Christ and the authority given to you! Jeremiah states, “Our heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9). How true it is, and because your flesh wants to lead you in the wrong direction, you must be careful or you might end up on the wrong side. Therefore, you have to be ready and always keep your thoughts in line with the Word of God. You have to be prepared for action by preparing your mind, wearing all of your armor, and bracing up your mind with the Word. The enemy always shows up in your mind. He knows if he can get your thoughts on the problem versus what the Word of God says, he will destroy you. 1 Peter 1:13 tells you to, “Gird up the loins of your mind.” In other words, you are to guard your mind with the truth of God. The word “gird” means to encircle, to fasten or secure, to surround, to equip or endow, (and my favorite) to prepare oneself for action. You are to prepare yourself for action, dressed in your mighty armor! Now that’s something worth thinking about!
Your breakthrough comes as you wear your armor, pray, praise, speak out the Word of God over your situation, and keep advancing through the enemy lines until you see your victory!
God desires for you to walk in victory in all areas of your life; including your mind. He has made a way for you through His Word. Unlock His secrets and begin to walk in all He has for you – starting with your mind! In my book “Help! I’m Alone With My Mind! A Guide To Having Victory Over Your Thoughts” you will learn how to take your thoughts captive and step into the full peace of God – No matter your situation!