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John Belt: "Discovering Breakthrough for Your Life!"

John Belt
Apr 14, 2021

From the Desk of Steve Shultz:

Steve ShultzI learned so much in just reading this short but thorough and powerful word from John Belt...regarding "breakthrough."

John poses these questions about breakthrough:

The term "breakthrough" has been used many times in certain Christian circles. But what does it mean? Is it legitimate and do we really need it?

I'll let John answer that for you in his recent word.

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"Discovering Breakthrough for Your Life!"

John Belt, Oklahoma City, OK

Have you ever found yourself in need of a breakthrough? Maybe you even need one now. I cannot begin to tell you how many times breakthrough has been needed and found in my life. Breakthrough comes in so many different forms. It can be personal or for others, but in every case, it is about God breaking into a situation to break us out into a better place!

The other day I was planting herb seeds with my son. I don't remember the last time I did any gardening, but I was amazed at just how small these seeds were. They were ridiculously tiny! Then I thought of the time where Jesus told us that if we had faith the size of a "mustard seed"—the tiniest of all seeds—we can tell a mountain to "move from here to there" (see Matthew 17:20 and Mark 11:23). Virtually nothing would be impossible for us. I find it extremely encouraging to know that it is really not about the size of your faith, but that you are "faith-full" with the faith that God has already deposited inside of you. Be encouraged that what is impossible with man is possible with God. Our God specializes in the impossible!

What Is Breakthrough?

The term "breakthrough" has been used many times in certain Christian circles. But what does it mean? Is it legitimate and do we really need it? We find some reference for it in the book of 2 Samuel, taken from two different translations.

"So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, 'The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.' Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim." (2 Samuel 5:20 NKJV) (Photo via Unsplash)

"So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. 'The Lord did it!' David exclaimed. 'He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!' So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means 'the Lord who bursts through')." (2 Samuel 5:20 NLT)

The context of this passage is where King David is seeking the Lord about whether he should go up against the Philistines in battle. The Lord responds with an affirmative "YES," promising to give them into David's hands. Here we find David's response to the victory that God had given him over the Philistines. It reminds me of the verse in Isaiah that says, "...When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him" (Isaiah 59:19). Depending on how you read this, you might think it is the flood of the enemy, but on the contrary, it is the Lord's flood of waters in breakthrough.

We can see this when David says, "The Lord has broken through...LIKE a breakthrough of water" (2 Samuel 5:20 emphasis mine). In the same way, Moses knew the power of the presence of the Lord, saying, "...If Your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here" (Exodus 33:15).

The Hebrew word for "broken through" (in the 2 Samuel verse) is "parats" which means, in the simplest of terms, to break out. Then "peres" is the word for breakthrough which, when expanded, can mean breaking forth, a breach, bursting forth or outburst. This can find so many applications in our lives and things regarding the Kingdom of God in relation to how God wants to breakthrough for us and others.

Breakthrough is intimately tied to the waters of God's Spirit or presence. Another verse associated with breakthrough and God's Spirit is found in Zechariah.

"So He answered and said to me: 'This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit," says the LORD of hosts.'" (Zechariah 4:6) (Photo via Flickr)

His Power Will Break Through!

Based on what we've reviewed, a definition for breakthrough could be: when God comes in through the power, or waters, of His Spirit to break through in an area that would be an impossibility for man to accomplish. In simple terms, when we recognize that we need God's help in our lives, what we are really saying is that we need His power to break through in a situation. We need the waters of His Spirit and of His presence to burst forth to see victory in whatever area the situation requires.

Do we need breakthrough? The answer is always yes. On a personal level, we always need more of God's presence in our lives. The greatest amount of Heaven on Earth that we've experienced is still just the tip of the iceberg compared to the fullness of the glories of Heaven. Jesus told us to pray His Kingdom come and will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, so we will always need a greater manifestation of God's glory in the earth, both personally and so that others may have an encounter with God.

Therefore, we absolutely need more breakthrough and continually. Breakthrough is an essential need, as God is always wanting to come in greater power and glory. Know that He also wants to use you as someone to disperse the knowledge of His glory in the earth.

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John and Brandi Belt
Belt Ministries


John and Brandi Belt are the leaders of Belt Ministries. The heart of their message is that God's greatest desire is to indwell His people with His presence. They believe that man was created to be inhabited by God through His Spirit. With a sincere devotion to God through the Holy Spirit, people can live in a place of overflow in His presence. This overflow translates into touching the lives of others through living encounters with God. When John and Brandi minister, the intimate presence of God is manifest – being accompanied with demonstrations of God's power to heal, revive, and restore.

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