Are you in need of a breakthrough in your life, family or ministry right now? I believe the following 3 points are not only timeless Biblical principles, they are also a powerful prophetic insight that will help you position for the breakthrough that you have been waiting and praying for.
1. Understand that Breakthrough is a ‘Reaction’.
In 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’. 
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?’
Here is the main difference between transformation and breakthrough:
Transformation is gradual, but breakthrough is sudden.
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.
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.
 Strongs ref H1167 and H6556. ‘Lord of the breaks; possessor of breaches’.