GOD’S GOT A BREAKTHROUGH FOR YOU!
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Mt. 6:19-21 underlining added
Shortly after a beloved friend shared how she was hanging onto the Lord with all her might through a tough trial as she waited expectantly for a breakthrough and blessings from the Lord on the other side of the trial, the Spirit of God moved upon my heart to share with others what I have learned about a false teaching I had been under about so-called “breakthroughs” and blessings. An exceedingly popular false teaching.
In fact, just weeks before, I had inadvertently stumbled across a posting online by a pastor who had promised his congregation that the upcoming year would be an awesome “breakthrough” year for them. I was shocked at the hundreds of people who had “liked” his “prophetic” post, but I shouldn’t have been surprised. The more I have cleaved to the Lord and His Word in my life and ministry, the less popular I have become. People want to be promised breakthroughs and blessings, don’t they? But what does the Bible say about breakthroughs?
In the King James version, I found six references to the words “break through.” None is a noun. They are verbs, and none refer to the prosperity the false prophets running rampant through the churches are promising. Interestingly, two mentions of break through refer to what happens when the treasures that capture our hearts are earthly, temporal treasures versus the eternal, heavenly, treasure that is the Lord and all the everlasting spiritual blessings He offers those who repent, believe in and follow Christ. What happens when we seek the stuff and people of this world and its ways rather than the Lord and His ways? Our treasures get stolen. They are fleeting. They will not last, and some can be destructive and deadly!
God doesn’t want our hearts and lives focused on earthly treasures and promises of prosperity and happily ever after on earth. He wants us to focus on Him and His ways, and to live to bring Him glory. He wants us to live not for earthly breakthroughs, but for Him – our eternal treasure! The greatest blessing I have found through my trials, even amid them, is not a breakthrough and material blessings – but a deeper relationship with God, a stronger sense of His presence, and growth as He conforms me to Christ.
Don’t be deceived by false prophets and fall for their lies about breakthroughs. Fall at the feet of the Lord and worship Him with all your might!