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2017 – The Year of Breakthrough

If I were to take a poll of 100 people and ask, “How many of you need breakthrough in your life?” I’m sure I would get a 100% affirmative response rate. Why? Everyone is looking for growth or change in some area of their life, whether that is in finances, health, relationships or spiritual growth. Breakthrough is rooted in the promises of God, and is what moves us forward.

Many prophetic voices have spoken that 2017 is the Year of the Breakthrough. I agree!

What I find fascinating about breakthrough is that often it is preceded by signs in our natural world. Take Moses for example. Just before he received the breakthrough of leading the his people out of slavery in Egypt, he had an encounter with the Living God through the natural—and supernatural—occurrence of the burning bush. Moses saw a bush that was engulfed in a flame of fire, but it was not consumed. And from that bush, he heard the audible voice of God (See Exodus 3). If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is.

If you’ve been following the news lately, you will be aware that the state of California has been in an historic, severe drought for the past year. 86% of California was in severe drought or worse. Yesterday, a news agency reported that California was considering lifting the emergency drought rules. The report stated, “Due to ongoing rain, 44% of California is out of severe drought, down from 49% one week ago, while 42% is out of drought entirely.” That’s amazing! And that should get our attention.

In the Bible, rain is considered a sign of God’s blessing. At the inauguration of President Trump, a light rain began to fall as he was sworn into the highest office of the land—and then it abated. The election and inauguration of President Trump is another sign of breakthrough in the natural, when the improbable and impossible took place before a stunned nation. Very few (myself included) saw that coming. Now I am looking for the spiritual breakthroughs that are to follow.

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At the start of this new year, this is what the Lord impressed to me about breakthrough:

“I am teaching you perseverance. Patience is brought to maturity when you learn to persevere in Me for the release of My promises. Breakthrough does not happen in a vacuum. Breakthrough is the tipping point when all your prayers, all your agreements, all your tangible demonstrations of faith converge with My promises and shatter every objection, obstacle and opposition that have stood in the way. For breakthrough to come your way, continue to persevere in hope. Keep your eyes on the focal point of My face, not on your earthly situations. As you walk this road of perseverance, My grace grows in your heart.”

As you consider the area (or areas) in your life in need of breakthrough, I encourage you to ask the Lord for a word of promise in His living word that you can hold onto. Stand firm! This is the faith that enables grace to grow.

The definition of grace can be found in  2 Corinthians 12. In this passage, the apostle Paul talks about a thorn in his flesh,  a “messenger of satan sent to torment him.” Three times he prayed for it to be removed. He finally received an answer from God—but it’s not the answer he expected. The Lord responded and said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul responds by saying, “I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so the power of Messiah may dwell in me.”

Grace—the empowering presence of God that enables you to be all He’s created you to be, so you can do all that He’s called you to do. His grace protects and nurtures your life.

Knowing this, can you see why grace is so important—how it empowers and enables you when breakthrough comes?

A beautiful picture of breakthrough is found in Micah 2, where we are given the imagery of sheep together in a pen, like a flock within its pasture. In the middle of this scene, we read “One breaking through will go up before them. They will break through, pass through the gate and go out by it. Their King will pass through before them—Adonai at their head!”

In this year of breakthrough, remain focused in prayer. Do not give up! Your King is ready to breakthrough the gate, and you will move forward as you follow in His steps. In case you need some extra motivation, check out this song by Selah and agree in your heart for the promises of God!

Lorraine Marie Varela is the author of the devotional book “Powerful Moments in the Presence of God” and “Love in the Face of ISIS,” a book of prayer strategies for the Middle East—and for your life at home. You can visit her website here. You can also join the conversation with Lorraine on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.


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Do You Hear the Voice of God?

For some people, to hear the voice of God is a strange and unfamiliar concept…for others, this is a part of their everyday life. Whichever your current experience happens to be, I hope you’ll take a moment to watch and be inspired to listen to the Lord like never before. There’s something in here for everybody. Be blessed!


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Inspiring Faith #3 – How a Jewish Atheist Found God…Overnight

In 1986, the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl affected the life of David Guervich in ways he never dreamed possible.  Forced to leave the former Soviet Union to obtain medical care for his young son as a result of the radiation fallout, David and his family found refuge in the United States, in the Northwest corner of the country in Seattle, Washington.

It was at a new job that David was confronted with the reality of God through the life of a co-worker, but it was the persistence of heaven that broke through his comfortable existence with the reality of God and life apart from Him.

Join Lorraine Varela as she interviews David on today’s podcast to talk about his experience living through the historic Chernobyl disaster, and hear his miraculous testimony of how he went to bed one night an atheist and woke up a believer in Jesus Christ.

Also on today’s podcast, Lorraine welcomes the immensely talented Cayley Keogh, a musician who shares her passion for Jesus and her gift of music with an original worship song, written at the age of 14.

Our devotional encouragement for this podcast is called  “Faith to Draw Jesus Back”.

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Inspiring Faith #2: A Supernatural Healing of Cancer

Gabriel Varela was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1987, at the age of 34.  He lived with cancer for the next 17 years, until Jesus supernaturally healed him.  Gabriel has lived cancer-free for the past 10 years.   In this podcast, Gabriel talks with the host of “Inspiring Faith” – his wife, Lorraine – about his journey of faith and the truth he has learned during his walk with God.

Our devotional encouragement for this podcast is called “Cast Down Your Cares”.

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Inspiring Faith #1: A Supernatural Journey of Faith

In this introductory podcast, Lorraine Varela shares her supernatural journey of faith:  the story of how God crashed through her safe, comfortable and predictable world with one word that changed her life forever.  Prepare to hear a story like none other!

Our devotional encouragement for this podcast is called “Igniting Faith”.

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Introduction to “Inspiring Faith”

Welcome!  I’m glad you found us.  “Inspiring Faith”  – the podcast, and the blog, were created to inspire, challenge, stretch and grow your faith in God.  My name is Lorraine Varela, and although I’m the one who started this project, there are many others who will join me along the way – normal people just like you, who have had  encountered the supernatural presence of God through faith in Jesus Christ in dreams, visions, in worship, and in their daily life.  People who have had cancer miraculously healed; people who went to bed as staunch atheists and who woke up as believers in Jesus; people who have received supernatural knowledge of things previously unknown.  All amazing stories; all amazingly true.

We are glad to have you on this journey of discovery with us!



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