• Paige Barker

Page 10: You Need Something Different

I remember celebrating with one of my friends about something she had believed for coming to pass. I was genuinely happy for her and excited that God had shown Himself faithful, yet again.

However, a few minutes passed and I started taking inventory of my problems, and the things I didn't have and disappointment began to creep in. Disappointment in the situations I was facing. Because once again I was celebrating with a friend for something I had believed for as well.

After some time, I went back to what I was doing, and I thought, “God, she got her breakthrough in the same area I've believed for. Why haven’t I gotten mine yet?” (I know, I know, what a shallow, selfish thought. I’m not saying that’s a right thought to have... I'm merely sharing my vulnerability with you).

I love the Holy Spirit. He always offers gentle correction sandwiched in encouragement especially in moments when I've overreacted about something or have been ungrateful. Instantaneously I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Because that’s what she needs right now, you need something different. I’ve been trying to tell you what you need, but you’ve been doing it your way. I want to give you the same thing, but it will come when you’re ready to do what I’ve been instructing you to do. Because what I’ve been instructing you to do will bring real transformation rather than just a physical blessing that leaves you unchanged.”

Dang, okay. That kind of response will stop you in your tracks. I almost laughed out loud because I couldn't be upset. I couldn’t be upset because it’s the truth, which the Holy Spirit only nudges with the truth. I’ve been so inwardly focused; I have been focused on how I haven’t seen my breakthrough, that I’ve been ignoring the very thing that will bring me to my breakthrough.

What is your response going to be when someone close to you gets the breakthrough that you've been believing for and needing? You have two options. You can either celebrate and be genuinely happy for the person, trusting that your breakthrough is on its way, or you can get disappointed, frustrated in your process, bitter about what God has done for someone else and miss out on learning what God needs you to learn in the midst of your process. Because often there's a lesson we need to learn before we can receive the promise of our breakthrough; it's going through the difficulty of learning the lessons that help us stay in a place of gratitude for our breakthroughs. I'm not saying every lesson will be difficult to learn, thankfully. But what I've learned is the more difficult the lesson, the deeper the transformation.

So if I can encourage you today, it would be this: listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, be grateful for where God has you, and learn the lessons you need to learn. And it's up to you on how long it takes you to learn your lessons.

It requires emptying yourself so you can hear the Holy Spirit loud & clear and self-discipline to do what He's asking you to do. The things He's asking you to do are only for your benefit. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit is our helper (John 14:26); therefore, He only wants to help us, and I'm eternally grateful that He is ever patient with me.

I don't know what breakthrough you're believing for or what you need in this season, but I am praying for you! God is always faithful and the provider of our every need. He knows what we need when we need it, and how we need it.

PS. I would love to know how to pray for you. Leave a comment or send me a message through my contact page.