Recently, I kept hearing this phrase in my spirit: THE SOUND OF BREAKTHROUGH.
On a recent morning, I awoke at 2am, as I felt the Lord had awakened me. I got up and began to talk to Him and meditate on this phrase, the sound of breakthrough.
I thought of the Scriptures in Acts 2:1-2, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting."
The 120 who were gathered in the Upper Room, heard a sound before they saw anything. Before they were filled with the Holy Spirit, the first thing they experienced was a sound.
Then I thought about the walls of Jericho in Joshua, chapter 6.
God told them to march around the walls for six days, carrying the ark of the covenant. He instructed them to be silent during those six days.
They obeyed God.
On the seventh day, they were to march around the wall seven times, blast trumpets and then shout.
Can you imagine the sound of the trumpets and the shouting after six days of silence? On that seventh day when the trumpets blasted and the people shouted, the walls of Jericho came down.
I am certain those walls didn't come down quietly. It must have been very loud that day, with the trumpets, the shouting, and the walls falling—it was the sound of breakthrough!
On a recent morning, I was reminded of the times I have sat on my back porch and heard the sound of a storm coming. I could hear the winds coming from miles away. I could hear the rain coming from a distance...it was the sound I heard, before I saw the storms.
It was Elijah who said, "I hear the sound of an abundance of rain."
Today, I hear a sound—I hear the sound of breakthrough!
In Acts 2:2, they heard a sound. That word sound is the word echos. Did you catch that? The sound they heard was an echo...oh my!
They were in the Upper Room, praying and crying out to God when they heard an echo—an echo of what they were calling out to God sounded, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
The sound of breakthrough I hear today is also an echo. It is an echo of what we have been crying out to God for. Those prayerful words have entered into the very presence of God and He is about to send a sound—an echo of our prayers and our petitions. That sound is our breakthrough!
Echo is defined in the Webster's 1828 Dictionary as: To reverberate or send back sound; to return what has been uttered.
You are about to see what you have been saying!
God's Word, spoken from your mouth, will not return void, but will accomplish what it was sent for and it will return to you as a manifested breakthrough (see Isaiah 55:11).
Glory be to God!
Listen friends, listen for the sound of breakthrough.
The walls are beginning to fall. Can you hear them? What you have been standing in faith for, the words you have been sending to God...are about to echo and come back to you. Can you sense it?
It may be a quiet sound at first, but listen and tune it to the sound of your breakthrough. It will become louder and louder, like a train coming down the track, like a storm moving in from a distance. Listen for it; listen for the sound of the echo of your words. Those words are coming back to you as a manifestation of breakthrough.
Listen, can you hear the sound? The sound of breakthrough, it's all around us.
May you have ears to hear…to hear the sound of breakthrough!
Let's Make Some Noise!
I love God weeks!
For the past week or so, each time the Elijah List came to mind, God would speak to me.
He would say, "Do you realize when you sow seed into the Elijah List that you are casting your bread upon many waters?"
After many times of hearing this, I went to the Scripture He was talking to me about.
Eccl. 11:1-6 says, "Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth. If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; And if a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good."
God began to show me that when I sow into Elijah List, I am not only sowing into Elijah List, but I am planting seed into every ministry the Elijah List promotes with their daily emails, and that is many, many waters.
Within moments of me meditating on this verse, I received an email from the Elijah List Prayer Team. It was an email asking the prayer partners to join in prayer for breakthrough in a particular area they were experiencing warfare in. As I read the email God spoke to me and said, "Breakthrough has a sound—it is time to make some noise!"
I knew what He was saying because He had just given me a message to send out to our own readers titled The Sound of Breakthrough.
Breakthrough has a sound and when we declare His Word into the atmosphere, it does not return void, but it accomplishes what it was sent for. And He is saying, "It's time to make some noise; it's time to release the sound of breakthrough over the Elijah List!"
We release that sound with our voice and with the Word of God coming out of our mouth.
That being said, I knew He had been speaking to me for days about "casting my bread upon many waters" and doing so by "sowing into the Elijah List". I asked the Lord how the two intertwined and He was faithful to show me. He took me to the book of Acts.
Acts 10:4 which says, "And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, 'What is it, lord?' So, he said to him, 'Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.'"
Our voices declaring the Word and the will of God indeed creates the sound of breakthrough, but our voice isn't the only thing that creates a sound.
Our giving, our alms, ascends and declares breakthrough as well.
It was the prayers of Cornelius, plus his giving, that came up before God and created a time of breakthrough for him.
How many of us need breakthrough? The Word of God says that what we do for others, God will do for us.
How many of us need finances to come back to us on every wave? Then cast your seed upon many waters. Only God knows the harvest that will come back to you.
It's breakthrough time and I can hear the sound, can't you?
May His Word spoken from your voice and your giving, arise to God, open the heavens, and create a breaking through that will be heard all over the earth.
Today, cast your bread (seed) and raise your voice—it's time to make some noise, the noise of breakthrough.
A New Thing Ministries
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