Are you seeking a breakthrough in your life, family or ministry?
I believe there are many people who have questions about the timing of God—there are events that you have been waiting on, for a long time.

The Lord wants you to know that more is happening than you can see.

In the waiting, there is a weight of glory upon you, that is ever increasing.

Your Father is overseeing a work of transformation in your life!
And He wants you to know that His timing is perfect.

3 Ways to Unlock Your Breakthrough

The following 3 points are not only timeless Biblical principles, they are also prophetic insights to help you partner with God for the breakthrough you’ve been waiting and praying for.

1. Understand that Breakthrough is a ‘Reaction’

Eagle flying, Breakthough textIn 2 Samuel 5, we read that when David was crowned King of Israel, the Philistine army came out against him.

David won the battle after God spoke to him saying, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.” (2 Sam 5:19)

He named that place “Baal Perazim”, meaning “Lord of the Breakthrough”. [1]

The key to David’s breakthrough was listening to God and responding obediently to Him.

In spite of this powerful victory, David did not take it for granted that God would move the same way when the enemy army came against him for a second time. God’s instructions to him were entirely different (2 Sam 5:23-24).

This is an important principle, and one we see again and again in Scripture:

Breakthrough is a REACTION to an ACTION you take, that is one of obedience to God.

  • When you know that breakthrough is a reaction, you can seek and be open to what God is saying to you
  • You are sensitive and responsive to the Holy Spirit

Step forward in the time of extremity

Sometimes God may allow an extremity—a position of great need—in your life, because He is positioning you for breakthrough.

When Moses stood with Israel between the armies of Egypt and the Red Sea (Exodus 14) they were in dire need of a miracle.
God spoke to Moses, saying “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground” (Ex 14:16)

That act of obedience caused a reaction. Breakthrough! The waters parted and Israel journeyed safely through.

Standing in faith—let alone stepping forward in faith—can be very difficult when you are in the crisis. But when that step is one of obedience to God, breakthrough is the result.

2. Take the Journey of Transformation

There are times we desire a breakthrough, but God wants to take us on a journey of transformation.

We want the “quick fix.” But His higher purpose for us is that we become like Jesus. He is working on our character.

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18)

A good question to ask is, “Father, is right now a season for breakthrough, or for transformation?”

The Difference Between Transformation and Breakthrough

Here is the main difference between transformation and breakthrough:
Breakthrough is sudden, and transformation is gradual.
Transformation takes place over a period of time, during which you are cooperating with God.

Transformation is not only about God’s work in you. Whilst waiting, you can be used of God to transform the environment around you.

When Joseph was in the darkest place, in prison, he did not wait passively for his breakthrough. He brought transformation, order and leadership to the prison environment. In that dark place, his spirit, gifts and skills shone.

3. Prepare Your Mindset for Breakthrough

There are times when we want God to act quickly, and we wonder why He isn’t.

Sometimes, our Father knows that if He brought the breakthrough suddenly, we would not be able to contain it.

He wants to pour out the abundance, but the ‘container’ of our mindset is too narrow—and the harvest our Father wants to give us would be wasted.

In order for our thinking to be enlarged, we need to take time to be saturated in God’s Word.

The Power of a Renewed Mindset

A change of mindset means that your thinking comes into alignment with what the Bible says. When you think according to God’s Word, you speak and act rightly.

  • Perhaps you are looking for a financial breakthrough, but God wants to first take you on a journey of renewing your mindset concerning finances.
  • You may know that there is a big ministry call upon your life—and you have been waiting for the door to open that will launch you into that ministry. But is it possible that leading up to that time, your Heavenly Father wants to upgrade your thinking, your attitude, experience, knowledge or vision?
  • Perhaps you are seeking a breakthrough in the area of healing, but God wants to take you on the journey to a healthy lifestyle—where you are taking care of the body He has given to you.

Being on the journey of transformation does not mean that the breakthrough will never take place.  It means that you are positioning for the breakthrough.

When you are aware that you are in a season of transformation, you can cooperate with what God is doing. By the time the breakthrough comes, you have a proven track record. You have participated in transformation. And you will be a good steward of what God is giving to you.


[1] Strong’s ref H1167 and H6556. ‘Lord of the breaks; possessor of breaches’.

Note from Helen ~ 2021

This article has been on my heart for a couple of months.
Although I wrote this post 5 years ago, it feels fresh for this present time! So, I’ve added the opening paragraph this week.
And I pray this powerful prophetic teaching ministers to you, in the situations you are facing right now.

Helen Calder
25 February 2021

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45 thoughts on “Breakthrough: 3 Ways to Unlock Your Breakthrough”

  1. Teresa Maru-Munlo

    This is a beautiful teaching; just what I needed because sometimes I wonder why others experience sudden miracles while others take time! Thanks Helen

    1. Hi Teresa, yes I loved doing this study because it is so relevant to my own journey too – definitely in the season of transformation in some areas, and fast breakthroughs in others!

  2. Thank you for your teaching it has encouraged me !!! You see, I got into 2016 with loads of promises and yet manifestation has been so minimal .? But now I understand and suddenly I see that God has been doing a complete overhaul transformation in my life .its been painfully hard and tough but With each stage God has been patient and kind to me waiting for me to cooperate before we move onto the next thing . After reading your article I am now bursting with excitment because this journey He has led me in is certainly for the biggest and most radical breakthrough in my life . I have made the decision by the grace of God to begin to cooperate more and more with God for surely I can almost see , smell and touch my breakthrough .Thank you , may God continue to bless your ministry

    1. Hello Nadia, oh yes, being in this process of transformation with our Heavenly Father is sooo worthwhile!
      I pray these words of Scripture over you tonight Nadia, that ‘the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for you who believe.’ (Eph 1:17-19)
      He is so good and He is at work in you!

  3. Patricia Jenkins

    Thank you so much for talking about Baal peraziam God of the breakthrough, I’m believing God for something so big, pray for me.

  4. Im in Complete awe of Gods faithfulness ,God ushered my spirit into this powerful website for the very first time less did I knew He had this profund message prepared for me . I can relate with everything .I have a prophetic calling God speaks to me through dreams visions and audible specifically around the Second Coming but in the process I have lost everything I had , marriage, esteemed career ,houses ,finances and hated this calling by passion. I pleaded with him to take it away and restore my finances nothing happened but his never ending grace favour and mercy kept me this far and no doubt im still under transformation process theres a major breakthrough underway . Thank you Helen you are a blessing in Gods kingdom ,im truly humbled and inspired hopefully one day I will completely step out of the boat and follow him without whining

    1. Hi Nana, I’m glad the blog article has been a blessing to you. Thank you for sharing your story – your comment at the end made me smile 🙂

  5. Hey Helen ,

    I’m so glad that I landed to this page , it spoke right to my heart been going through a pruning process in my life for the past 2.5 years now very hard phase where I’m loosing out everything I held dear , but been able to go through the process just coz of His peace that surpasses all understanding.Please pray for my marriage , career that everything goes according to His will and that He’ll give discernment in knowing what is for me.

    Thank You.

    1. Hi Swetha Naomi, I’m sorry to hear about the tough time you have been going through- I’m praying for you right now, for God to supernaturally unveil His purpose for you, for His grace and discernment. Bless you <3

  6. Apostle Mike F S Chisale

    I would like to appreciate what God is doing in this ministry.
    The Lord has ministered to me in a very special way. May His grace be upon you all. Apostle Mike Chisale. Malawi

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