Setbacks to Breakthroughs
Day Two – January 9, 2018
Yesterday I wrote about setbacks and pain. Here is part of what I wrote: While Bull in the Ring has been banned from most football leagues, it surely has not been banned from life. There are times when it seems like you are in the middle of a ring that just continues to unleash problems, hurts, and unrelenting pain in your life.
Here are some of the feelings we encounter when we go through a setback:
- Confusion – we were not expecting this, and we don’t know what to do about it.
- Overwhelmed – the weight of what has happened leaves us feeling powerless
- Outnumbered – there are more of these problems than I can handle…too much…too many
- Under-resourced – I don’t have enough money, enough energy, enough help, enough anything
The opposite of a setback is a BREAKTHROUGH! A breakthrough is defined as a sudden, dramatic, important advance (according to Rick Warren, 11.20.16). Where do you need a breakthrough? Maybe it’s in your health, your finances, in your marriage, with your children, or at school or work. Maybe you need an idea. Maybe you need a breakthrough in your relationship with Jesus.
Here is something that I have learned about breakthroughs. They don’t just happen. They are not accidental. They require action. In fact, they require radical action! Look at what King David had to say about a huge setback in his life.
“When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.” (Psalm 77:2) When King David was talking about his soul, he was referring to his feelings. He refused to let his problems be put on a back burner. He wanted to deal with the distress. I recently read these words, “When your pain gets worse than your fear of change, that is when you change.”
Let me ask you a question. Are you ready to change? Are the setbacks in your life screaming to you that you need a breakthrough? Then over this time of twenty-one days of prayer and fasting, I am asking you to get radical. Meet us each weekday morning at 6am, or on Saturday morning at 9am for one hour of prayer. Take radical action against the setbacks that life is dishing out. God has a breakthrough planned just for you if you are willing to seek God.