Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Kevin Handojo, GBI Filadelfia Makassar, Indonesia, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 30 July 2017.
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7, NASB)
All of us have some areas in life where we need a breakthrough. We may need it in our career, business, health, family, relationship and many more.
There are three questions that we could learn to get our breakthroughs.
1. When does breakthrough start to take place?
There was a time recorded in the Bible that the entire land of Egypt was covered with frogs. In Exodus 8:3-4, Pharaoh was deeply disturbed by the situation and he asked Moses to get rid of the plague of frogs. Moses in turn asked Pharaoh when he wanted to be free from the plaque (Exodus 8:8). Interestingly, Pharaoh answered “tomorrow” instead of today or even instantly! (Exodus 8:10) Pharaoh had intentionally delayed for the problem to be resolved. We may sometimes be like the Pharaoh and delay what God wants us to do. It could be to forgive others, to pray for others or to bless others. We need to stop procrastinating, as this will delay the blessings of God. What are the frogs in our lives that we need to get rid of? We need to stop delaying. Breakthrough will happen when we stop delaying.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
We need to do our part and stop delaying so that God can do His part. Delay no more.
2. How can we receive our breakthrough?
In John chapter 5, there was a great multitude of the sick people waiting to jump into the Bethesda pool for healing. A lame man had been waiting for this for 38 years and he received his breakthrough when he took action (John 5:5).
Likewise, the truth of God’s Word has to be applied in our lives. Our daily life should reflect Christ (John 5:6). Make a change in order to receive our breakthrough. Perhaps we have never persevered to put God’s Word into action but, we kept expecting a change. Some of us may come to church each week hoping for a breakthrough but without changing any aspect of our lives. It is like expecting to be healed by a doctor without taking any medicine. Faith without action is dead (James 2:26). Obedience to the Word of God brings fruitfulness. When the lame man did what Jesus told him to do, he received the breakthrough that he was looking for!
3. Where does breakthrough start to take place?
Breakthrough starts in our hearts. We need to stop blaming others for our situation. We need to learn to look at ourselves and stop looking around. God is more willing to change our hearts first then our situation. God works from the inside and when our hearts are cleansed and restored, our breakthrough is on the way. Let the Holy Spirit change our hearts and soon our situation will turn around. When we have a transformed heart, our breakthrough shall come forth.
Our breakthrough is at hand when we delay no more. Put God’s Word into practice and ask the Holy Spirit to continually transform our hearts, so that we can surely declare that our God is a God of breakthrough.