Eph 4:22-24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Often we see a change of behavior or attitude in a student and we say, “that person has had a breakthrough”.  What is a breakthrough? Is a “breakthrough” a Biblical concept?

Here’s what I mean by breakthrough. We all come to seasons or places in life when we are banging our heads against the wall, trying to break out of a mold or bad habit. Often, we may refer it to breaking out of a cycle of sin. Needing a breakthrough is a real headache!  Experiencing a breakthrough is really exciting. I hope this process may help you in finding a breakthrough in your life, whether the change is a spiritual one, or has to do with your mind or body.

  1. Recognize the need for breakthrough. I often say that the month of August and December are checkpoints. Often people live outside of the boundaries for several months and when it is time for the kids to go back to school, they see the ramifications of sin. Their finances are in a mess and often the “box” they have chosen, causes great heartache and heartbreak. We must recognize it! Those circumstances may be warning signs to awake us out of sleep, and to draw us closer to Truth that makes free.
  2. Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

  3. Abandon trying to breakthrough yourself. This is easier said than done, unless you allow someone else to do it for you. Jesus Christ offers grace, the desire and power to accomplish His means in your life.
  4. 2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  5. Rethinking is a result of breakthrough. Wipe the slate clean. Step back and see a different road that God has for you. Respond differently, because He dwells in you and controls you. If you are not His, this is not true. The only step necessary for experiencing all that the gospel has to bring is believing it!  The breakthrough always includes working with Truth and letting that Truth make you free.

You will not have a breakthrough if you try to cover your need! You will not have a breakthrough if you continue to do what you have always done, expecting another result. That is called insanity! A breakthrough comes not by seeing clearly what you need to do, but seeing Him who can see clearly what you need to do and surrendering to him in the next step, and the next, and the next, until it becomes habit.

I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.”  “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it.” Surrender is really the issue. Surrender is a choice. Surrender is the only way a real breakthrough comes. Surrender says to Christ: “I surrender to do all that you ask me to do.” Can you say that out of a pure heart and motive right now? Surrender also says: “I will do everything you have asked me to do already (from His word), in the power of Christ.” Then, and only then will breakthroughs become blessings to us and to others.

In a dark world we need the light of the Gospel to breakthrough in our lives and shine in the hearts of those who have been blinded to the truth. Until we have a breakthrough of our own that comes after we see our need, abandon self-effort, and establish new thinking, we will not be as effective as God wants us to be.

2Co 4:6   For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

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