Had a Difficult 2020?

David CerulloBy David Cerullo8 Minutes

Encountering Jesus will bring your breakthrough!

You probably know folks who are feeling hopeless and anxious these days. Not only is there turmoil because of COVID-19 and social unrest, many families are also facing enormous challenges because of financial hardships, health problems, and broken relationships.

And it’s not just the unbelievers who are encountering difficult times. I’m constantly meeting Christians whose faith is being tested daily. Many are at the end of their rope, tempted to give up hope and yield to despair.

Friend, as you enter a new year, your Heavenly Father has given you His Word that you do not need to fear or worry. He can help you rise above your disappointments no matter your circumstances and give you a supernatural breakthrough over your situation!

Remember, we serve a God of second chances and fresh starts. His plans for us are good, and His desire is to bless us mightily. With His help, we can turn the page on 2020 and every previous year, making this our best year ever.

So let me encourage you to bring your New Year’s hopes and dreams to the Lord and ask for His strategies and His strength. Whatever you may be struggling with personally, remember God will help you if you look to Him. Seek out the presence of our Lord Jesus today. Encounter His goodness, and YOU WILL experience His breakthroughs!

Right Where You Are

We should all find great comfort from Biblical examples of people who received their breakthroughs and turnarounds from God. I especially love the account of the Samaritan woman who had a life-changing encounter with Jesus while drawing water from a well in the town of Sychar (John 4).

Later in the story, we learn why this woman needed a turnaround. She had already been married five times, and she now was living with a man who wasn’t her husband. Yet despite her sordid past, she was about to meet someone who could turn things around and give her a wonderful new future. He could show her a kind of love no mortal man could provide.

However, because of her past choices, this woman was a social outcast, which was why she came to the well at midday when it would be so hot that no one else would be there.

To her surprise, someone was sitting by the well when she arrived. Not a Samaritan, but a Jew. Not a woman, as normally would come to draw water, but a man. And He was already there, as if waiting for her arrival.

It was Jesus, and He met her right where she was

  • He knew all about this woman’s shame and brokenness, just as He knows about yours and mine.
  • He knew she was drawing water that would soon leave her thirsty again.
  • He saw through her self-assured façade and knew she was hungry for spiritual truth.
  • He knew she needed the kind of turnaround only He could provide.

Just as for this Samaritan woman, a new beginning is available to you, my friend. It’s time to forget the past and let the Lord fill your heart with a “new song” of praise for His salvation (Psalm 40:3).

Wait No Longer

One of the intriguing parts of the Samaritan woman’s story is found when she told Jesus, “‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will tell us all things’” (v. 25).

You see, this woman expected the Messiah to come someday. She could even envision a future day when the Messiah would “tell us all things.”

Yet she didn’t recognize that her new beginning was at hand. There was no need to wait any longer. The long-awaited Messiah was standing right next to her! To the woman’s amazement, Jesus told her, “I who speak to you am He” (v. 26).

There’s a vital lesson here. Perhaps you’ve gotten used to thinking that your turnaround would come at some distant time in the future if it ever came at all. But Jesus the Messiah is not some faraway person. He’s right there with you, just as He was for the Samaritan woman!

Only in His Presence

The woman from Samaria was personally transformed by her encounter with Jesus. But the story doesn’t end there. Her transformation caused a ripple effect that impacted countless other lives as well: “Many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified” (v. 39).

This incredible impact was possible because a woman who had made so many mistakes along the way came face to face with the Messiah. In the same way, God wants to set you free from any frustrations of this past year, giving you a new life of fulfillment and fruitfulness.

Please know I am praying for you this month, asking God to give you the breakthrough you’ve been longing for. You may not need the kind of forgiveness and restoration Jesus gave the woman at the well. Perhaps you’re seeking a financial breakthrough … healing in your body … restoration of your marriage … reconciliation with your children … deliverance from addiction … or the salvation of your loved ones.

Whatever your needs may be, I’m convinced God wants to turn things around for you this year. Regardless of your struggles in the past, a better day is ahead. As Jesus told one of His disciples, “You will see greater things than these” (John 1:50).

Wherever you may be in your life today, recognize Jesus’ presence and power are right there with you. You are precious to Him … and He longs to bless you beyond your imagination!

Your friend and partner,

David Cerullo