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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Helen CalderOver the past few months, I’ve been stirred to create some special classes (within the Prophetic Prayer School) for prayer warriors who are discerners.
You may identify as a “Watchman Intercessor”.

These are the prayer warriors who are God’s Heavenly alert system.

Do you relate to any of the following?

  • You have an instinct to guard, protect or warn
  • Being a discerner, you perceive or see spiritual realities that others don’t see
  • You know what it means to be burdened to pray
  • You may have been misunderstood or felt lonely in your journey

I invite you to join me on the Enliven School of Prophetic Prayer, where I’m in the process of adding new videos on the topic of “Empowering the Watchman Intercessor”.

For a short period of time, while the Prayer School is under construction, I’m bringing the full price down to $19.95 USD.

Currently on the Enliven School of Prophetic Prayer are 40 self-paced video lessons (complete in your own time), along with PDF transcripts, exercises and bonus eBooks.

Alternatively, you can view all online courses, including the Prophetic School here.

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

  1. Waaaw, this article is just what I need. I believe I have been going through transformation and have the feeling that the breakthrough is around the corner. Thank you so much Ma’am.

  2. Wow. So timely for me especially where God is working on my character. It has not been easy but it has been possible. Thank you for letting me know that this is transformation taking place in my life as breakthrough is knocking on my door. May I be found faithful to the letter. Thank you Helen Calder. God bless you immensely. I love you in the LORD.

  3. Dear Helen,

    Thank you for what you share. The very timing of this content is absolutely relevant to what I am experiencing. While I hadn’t realized what was to come, Holy Spirit knew. I had just completed your school on how to Fight Spiritual Warfare, when I experienced a crushing of my spirit. I’ve held firm to His Word through my faith and I’m seeing transformation and breakthroughs. Thank you for helping me to see and understand this by putting it into words I can relate to. It is a seemingly slow process but the realization that my God is teaching me to be like Jesus is beautiful, in deed. I love the Lord so much!

    Thank you again and again for your teachings. God uses you to bless folks like me,


  4. Wow, that’s deep Helen. Thank you for sharing this revelation, just left me with a lot to examine in my waiting zone. May God bless you and continue to use you for His glory

  5. Natasha Blackman

    Dear Helen, (this is a long comment, sorry)
    This message has and is ministering to me as I write. Thank you. Last year I re-dedicated my life to Jesus, I had strayed so far from him and as a result everything around me fell apart. I asked the Holy Spirit to lead me back to Jesus, I found myself repenting for so much, things that I had forgotten about. Then last November I heard a voice, as I heard it I leapt out of my sleep. It said “There are people that despise you but I am taking you up out of their rags”. When I awoke, I was scared but felt peaceful. This never happened before but I knew it was the Holy Spirit who spoke to me. I wrote it down and prayed about it, about 2 weeks later I heard His voice again in the same manner, always at the moment just before I awake. It said “take out your light and Go”, I also saw a scene. I was scared again but at peace. I prayed about it asking our Father where does he want me to go? What light does he want me to take out. Then I recalled that we are the light of the world so my light was hidden. 6 days later in the same manner, I heard “Go West”. This is what led me to finding your blog. I needed guidance and didn’t know where to turn. Again I prayed about the direction, where West? Sure enough I got an answer, the exact location and the place within the location. What I’m fearful about is that wherever I read in the Bible where God told someone to “Go” they immediately did so. But I haven’t “gone” anywhere because I need God to make a way. So I began to question am I really hearing from God, I never heard a voice before, when will it happen, am I doing something wrong? Then in January 2021 I heard “Daughter of the reign, stop complaining”, I got scared again and repented for complaining. Then about a week after I heard in the same manner as every other time “Your HaShem who is Holy, is glorifying you today”. For weeks after I didn’t hear anything and I felt lost, that I was doing something wrong or not doing something I should be doing. Then on 18th February I heard “speak the truth “. I prayed about it, 2 days later I strangely understood that God wants me to speak the truth in prayer, to be honest in prayer. I feel like I’m in a cave, no one to talk to who can understand and help so I get discouraged. I’ve watched many of your videos on YouTube which are great but I still feel something is missing. With this message you shared I’ll pray about it, because God is probably transforming me and I’m only focused on the breakthrough. Sorry for the lengthy comment. I just desperately need help.

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