“Gates are where we win or lose. That is why Scripture uses gates as the place to be broken through. We must break through intimidation, faithlessness, fear, hopelessness, despair, or whatever else looms like an unconquerable foe at the gates. The threshold is where we either leap forward or back out. Yet once we leap, it is where we meeting the incredible supernatural power of God to break through before us victorious over every obstacle. It is after we leap that we begin to possess our inheritance for the current season. It is where increase and abundance come in whatever dimension we are crossing over into. It is there we meet God in a way that is new.”
The death and resurrection of Jesus was the greatest breakthrough in all of history. Jesus broke the power of death and evil when He died on the cross for our sins. His resurrection is proof of the most wonderful and glorious accomplishment on earth. He provided a way of breakthrough for those who trust in Him. Most of us need breakthrough in some way. We need breakthrough in our families, nations, and everyday life situations. There are shut doors that need to be opened by the resurrection power of God. There are long-term barriers where we need the explosive power and might of God to break through. Our God has the breakthrough anointing for each one of us. He will use His authority and force to open the gates that have been shut.
Perhaps you need a personal breakthrough today. Persevering prayer and faith are keys to breakthrough. And Jesus has the breaker anointing to break through in any situation that we may face. We need breakthrough in order to see heaven come on earth and to see the Kingdom of God released among us. God is looking for people who believe Him for breakthrough. God wants us to rise up in faith in order to see the breakthrough. God is the one who will break through for you, but He needs your cooperation to open the gates, those closed places, before you. This is what faith will do:
“It opens the gate of heaven. When heaven’s gates open, what is in heaven comes down to earth. Health, wholeness, peace, love, grace, glory, revelation, strategy, and all the rest of the nature of God and His Kingdom come down when the gates open.”
As I have said in the past said, the enemy tries to restrict us. He coils around us and tightens His grip like the python snake. He wants to restrict the Church worldwide, but we know that the Gates of Hades will not prevail against the Church (Matthew 16:18). Gates are exit and entry points that must be opened. Especially when we are at the place of threshold, the enemy will try to terminate our forward movement. He will attack with fear and through squeezing the life out of us.
There is warfare at the gates and especially at the threshold of breakthrough. This is where we must overcome. The Hebrew root meaning for threshold, gate or door is “caphaph” and means “to snatch away or terminate”. The other word for threshold is “pethen” and means “to twist as a snake”. It even sounds like python and may be where the name of this snake originated.
When you are experiencing strong, enemy warfare at the gates, it may seem that there is no life or direction but only darkness, despair, and the feeling of being lost. This is not what God wants for any of us. This is an enemy attack at the point of threshold and breakthrough. The enemy tries to snatch away our destiny and seeks to terminate our work for God at this point. There is fear at the brink or threshold because we are moving into a new place or territory. It is as if we are at the precipice of a mountain and there is a fear of risk, because there is a need for more faith in order to leap over to the other side. God wants us to move forward in faith.
Keep in mind that we are overcomers through Christ. He is the one who will win the victory, but we have to exercise our faith. He is the one who will break through for us, but He wants our cooperation. This is what God has said about breaking through gates in Isaiah 45:2: “I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze (brass) and cut the bars of iron.”
“The details written in Isaiah 45:2 are important to emphasize because it helps us understand that without God intervening, these gates would never break open. The structure of these gates was such that it would be impossible for a human being to break through them. Supernatural intervention from the Breaker was required. God, therefore, victoriously went before them and broke through. The same is true today. We need the supernatural intervention of God to break through impenetrable gates in order to enter into new territories and new places.”
I encourage you to persevere in faith, and do not give up. There are breakthroughs in prayer that are close at hand. The enemy is trying to terminate your forward movement. You may be battling in faith and feel hindered by the enemy. Press on and press through for the breaker, Jesus, will surely come, and He will come with His resurrection power.
Intercessors are key to the world harvest that we are beginning to see in the nations. The enemy knows this and is trying to hinder the prayer movement. He will do this by trying to hinder the faith of the intercessors. God has been preparing intercessors for the future. This is the time to crossover to a new place and to take new territory for the Kingdom of God. But this involves letting go and moving forward with God in a dimension we have never moved before.
This involves faith.
“Crossing over require us to give up something that is precious to us such as a prized possession. It may be a thing, an attitude, a person, security, or our desire for the future. It can be anything that we hold on to when the only way to get to the other side is to let go of it. There is an aspect of idolatry to that. It has become a god to us, something we worship and to which we are bowing our knee. To cross over will mean to let go of that which will not fit through the gate with us.”
How to Break Through in Faith
Many of you may be at the door, at the threshold point of breakthrough in faith. The enemy is taunting and trying to stop you from forward movement. What do you need to do in order to see the breakthrough? What keys do you need to open the gate? The keys are a breakthrough God, yielding control, waiting and listening, faith and obedience.
- Realize that God is going to break through for you – You can’t do it by yourself. He has the resurrection power to break through every obstacle in your life. Meditate on God and His Word until you know that He is the breakthrough God for you.
- Yield all control to God – Let go of the known and trust God to get you across to the other side. So often we try to control our own lives. We need to yield our will, and move to a new level of trust in God.
- Wait on God and find out what action He wants you to take – Be still and make sure you know God’s leading in your life. Some of you may be in a place of hiddenness with God, and it may take faith to wait. But others of you may know what God wants you to do, but you have been hesitant and fearful. Hesitate no longer.
- Move forward in faith and obedience – Bold action will open the gate and release God’s spiritual power. Do not waver because of fear. Take a leap of faith. God will catch you in His arms on the other side.
“To refuse to leap is to make a choice to stop. We become stuck at that point. Before we can begin to increase again, we must return to the place where we made a choice to stop. However, once we can let go and leap, we will meet God in a completely new way. The new revelation of God will cause us to wonder why we were so hesitant. Yet without faith it is impossible to please God. So we will come to this place again and again and again.” Unnamed quotes by Barbara Yoder
Let us remember that Jesus’ death and resurrection was the greatest place of breakthrough. He broke through every power of darkness when He died on the cross. His resurrection is the key to all power, all victory against the enemy attacks we face today. We can walk in great faith because our King has already won the battle at the cross. We can pray great prayers without doubt or fear, because we pray them in His most powerful name.
“Today, as much as at any time, we need men of great faith and men who are great in prayer. These are the two chief virtues that make men great in the eyes of God. These two things create conditions of real spiritual success in the life and work of the church. It is our main concern to see that we keep this kind of quality faith before God. This kind of faith grasps and holds in its keeping the things for which it asks without doubt and fear.” E. M. Bounds
By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International