Breakthrough | UMC YoungPeople
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July 2015


By Dorothy Angeles

Some people describe life as a journey full of twists and turns; a journey leading toward the fulfillment of our visions and dreams. It is the ways that we navigate those twists and turns that makes some people different from others. It is essential to find a breakthrough through the twisted path to the place where our dreams will be made real in the world.

Breakthrough is characterized by a major progress or overcoming some obstacle. This word is more than just a concept or idea – it is an action. Today, I pray, that we will no longer be people staring up the stairs to success but people who take that important step - people who are doing something to achieve their dreams.

"..But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

Let us see and imitate what Apostle Paul did in one of his breakthroughs in life – moving from a persecutor of the church to a greatest preacher of God's Word to the Gentiles.

"..but one thing I do"

To experience our breakthrough, there's one thing that we need to do. Sometimes we got distracted by all of life’s obligations. Breakthroughs come to those who are focused. We must learn to prioritize our goals in life.

"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,"

Forget the past failures and victories that cause us to stop dreaming. See and trust that God is doing something new in our lives. As God said in the book of Isaiah, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?" (Isaiah 43:18-19) Unless we learn to let go of the things in our past that hold us back, we will not perceive God’s “new thing.”

"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

I want to quote what one of our pastors said, "Never doubt your calling. You are called for something." God has called us heavenward and has placed dreams in our hearts. He placed those dreams not to let those die, but for those dreams to become reality.

When was the last time that you were passionate about the dream that God has placed in your heart? It can be a dream for yourself, for your family or even for the church. Your breakthrough is waiting for you. Our God is the God of breakthroughs. He is the God of new things. Set your focus in Him, let go, move on, and pursue the calling He has placed in your heart.

Discussion Questions: When have you had a breakthrough in your spiritual or personal life? What helped you to achieve that breakthrough?

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