A breakthrough is the act of moving beyond an obstacle, such as a scientific advancement, curing a disease, or signing a long-awaited peace agreement in the Middle East. Breakthroughs may be prevented by a lack of knowledge, willingness, or opportunity.
Don’t we all long for personal breakthroughs? Maybe that means breaking a bad habit once and for all. For me, it was the day I quit smoking. Perhaps it’s reaching a goal you fought hard to attain. I remember training for a half-marathon for months as I built my way up to 13.2 miles. When I crossed that finish line, I felt such elation and accomplishment.
But those moments of triumph can’t hold a candle to the times I’ve experienced spiritual breakthroughs—defeating depression through prayer and praise or conquering the fear of failure through godly counsel and Bible study. Some breakthroughs are instantaneous, like the parting of the Red Sea. Others take time, as when Mary and Martha waited three days for Jesus to arrive after the death of their brother Lazarus.
Either way, God intends you to break through the barriers that hinder your spiritual progress. Paul reminds us of this truth in his letter to the church in Rome: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).
I’ve noticed that in the Bible, breakdowns are often followed by breakthroughs. In fact, you’ll know you’re ready for a breakthrough when…
- There is a famine in the land and the only way forward is to go backward. Ask Ruth and Naomi.
- The walls look impenetrable and there seems to be no way around. Joshua can tell you all about it.
- Your enemies surround you on all sides and are closing in. Elisha and his servant can testify.
- You’ve sold everything to pay for your husband’s funeral, and all that’s left is olive oil. The grieving widow lived to see a miracle.
You’re invited to experience a breakthrough this semester of Sheologie as we study the Queens of the Bible. We’ll discover how some women triumphed and learn from those who languished in defeat. Each week, following worship and the Word, you can join one of four breakthrough groups to learn new tools, be inspired by the testimonies of those who have overcome, and create prayer partners who will intercede for each other’s breakthroughs. Nothing is impossible with God—He’s the miracle worker. Let’s watch Him move.
The queen of Sheba shows us breakthrough faith after an arduous journey led her to meet King Solomon, the greatest king of the known world. The New Testament teaches us that Solomon was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ. Imagine meeting Jesus face to face. In this session, you will learn how to develop a dynamic, consistent quiet time that will change your life. Join Zanetta Crocker and Trish Adams as they reveal the path to His presence.
Queen Jezebel’s story is one of lost opportunity. She lived alongside Elijah and could have witnessed miracles instead of warring against God and His prophet. Sadly, she could not subdue her jealousy or tame her tongue. Join Michelle Schroff and Tamra Aragón as they show us how to triumph over the flesh by walking in the Spirit and conquer bad habits by replacing them with spiritual attributes.
Queen Abigail’s life proves that suffering can make or break us. She lived in a loveless marriage with a man who was stubborn, yet despite her circumstances, she was the picture of wisdom and grace. She saved the lives of her servants and eventually married King David after her husband’s demise. Join Janaé Heitzig and Audrey Martinez as they remind us that trials are only for a season and God uses them to produce beauty in our lives.
Queen Bernice’s sad life shows how the abused can often become the abuser. We can’t control the things that have happened to us, but we can choose how to live after trauma. God heals broken things, and He can use our pain for His gain. Often those who have been wounded make the most marvelous healers. Join Sailor Schroff and Franchesca Bayne as they show us how to receive God’s forgiveness and mercy and learn to share it with others.