To Break Or To BreakTHROUGH?
I've learned lately that perception accounts for most of the battle. There's an interesting thing about prayer when done right;
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”
Psalms 100:4 NKJV
When we start praying if we do so first by thanking God for what He has done it gives us perspective on all the things we have worried about before that God has seen us through, from there we praise Him not for what He has done but for who He is, and this is where the shift in perspective really kicks in. Our human nature is to go straight to God with all our requests, and the problem with that is, we enter His presence with our focus on our problem and not on God. We've made our problems bigger than God. By praising God for who He is we switch perspective. We start to see that not just has God done great things for us, He Himself is bigger than any issue. That by the time we are laying our requests at His feet we don't have the doubt and desperation we had when we first got on our knees.
I see now more than ever that when the challenges seem more unending or the pressure feels insurmountable it is because the breakthrough is closer than you can imagine. The Bible never tells you it is easy to be a Christian, the challenges are greater in fact, you get attacked more when the devil sees the light you carry.
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
It's good to take your trial as an opportunity to grow in relationship with God and be strengthened in faith. Nothing advances when things are easy. Ease is the greatest enemy to progress. There are two options in trial, to break, or to breakTHROUGH. Your perspective dictates the option you choose, is it too much for me? Or is it just enough for me to withstand? We often want God to change our situation when we really just need Him to change our perspective.
Prayer is the greatest catalyst for a shift in perspective. We need to shift our focus to the I Am that I Am, the One who is whatever we need Him to be and take it off the mountain we've let convince us is immovable when through Christ nothing is impossible. See your breakthrough not your breakdown!