Day 52: Breaking Through (Feb 21)

I actually chuckled as God released this devotional to me.  We’ve walked through the warfare and now we’re into the breakthrough.

While running, I had a very clear vision of myself in, what looked like a placenta, and I was ripping it open to get out.  It was a struggle.  I immediately saw a butterfly and was reminded that the struggle of getting out of the cocoon was what gave strength to the wings of a butterfly, so it was completely unavoidable and necessary.

Some of you are also in the middle of this process.  Has a lot of your life seemed to take great amounts of energy and strength?  Do you feel like every step forward is met with some type of resistance?  If so, then it could be that God is strengthening your “wings”.  With that in mind, don’t shy away from that struggle or think it is an indicator that you are not headed in the right direction, rather lean into the Father and ask Him to strengthen you for the task at hand.  We know our victory comes from Him, but so does our strength.

I feel very strongly that some of us are right at the point of breakthrough in a variety of different things, but we need that one last boost of strength to come so we can burst through the cocoon.  Now is not the time to walk away.  Now is not the time to try a re-route.  No! Keep at it. This is your time! This is your season of breakthrough.  The darkest night comes right before the dawn.  You are there.  You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

God, today I need the courage and strength to keep pushing forward.  Lord, I am tired and discouraged and need to you to confirm to me once again that I am headed in Your direction.  In my weakness let Your strength be magnified as You lead me into victory!  I praise You today in the trial and I will praise You in my shouts of victory! Thank You for being faithful and true.  I love You.  In Jesus name, Amen.

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 6:13-18

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