Have you ever felt like right when things start to look up for you then suddenly out of the blue you get hit with something that takes you backwards? Or possibly you hear God about amazing things coming but the opposite seems to be happening in your life? Do not worry, because this is actually quite common.
Just before a breakthrough in your life, things will often break down.
Do not be discouraged if you might be going through a difficult time or things look opposite than you expected. Though it is not God’s will for us, it is common to experience breakdowns prior to getting a major breakthrough in your life. There are many examples throughout the Bible where things looked opposite before a turnaround.
It requires us to step up and contend for whatever it is that we might need.
In the midst of over two years of trials with my health, I continue to contend for my full healing. All that is happening is not from God and there will be full restoration for those who do not give up.
We have all been on the verge of a breakthrough for the past few years. Things start to happen, or begin to change, and then it seems to taper off and subside. These are given to us as deposits to what is coming.
There is breakthrough on its way, even if it is incrementally smaller or in different areas of our lives than we have expected to see. We are being challenged in how we think and view situations. God is using these trying times to strengthen and prepare you for what is coming.
Similar to David
I have written about this previously but I feel it is worth repeating for now. We really are in a time similar to David in 1 Samuel 30. David had numerous prophetic promises and had been anointed to be the next king but Saul, the current king, was trying to kill him.
As we do something new, there will be opposition from those who do not understand. David’s breakthrough happened after what did not look much like a blessing at all. In fact, it came after a tremendous amount of loss (1 Samuel 30:6).
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 NIV
Live each day with gratitude and joy while focusing your hope on the future and not the current situation. At the same time, enjoy the present and make the most of every situation. God is about to use what seems like a setback to propel us into our destiny at a greater level. The next few weeks are going to be interesting. Here is a prayer strategy you can use that will help you gain insight.
• God, reveal what promises are for now and what are for later (timing).
• God, show me what the enemy does not want me to see (discernment).
• God, allow me to be seen as You see me, not as the enemy wants me to be seen (favor).
• God, repay and release what was stolen and held back by the enemy (justice).
• God, show me how to practically respond (wisdom).
Do not give up. Keep your focus on what is ahead and forget the things that lie behind. Each day is a brand new day!
Doug Addison is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast, and blog. Doug’s message of love, hope and having fun reaches people around the world! His powerfully, positively funny style of teaching and coaching helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where he is impacting the arts and entertainment and media industries.