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Elevation

I am not going to start off this blog post with an excuse as to why I have been away for a while, because that does not matter. What matters is that I am here now by the grace of God. So I am going to go ahead and get right into today’s message: elevation.

Coming into this New Year, I was struggling with getting back in tune with God. Prior to 2019, I was living a life that I know God did not intend for me to live. This caused wounds that were once closed, to open. This caused for bridges that were once burned, to reform. This caused things that I thought were once silenced, to wake up again.

Sin: present.

Anxiety: present.

Anger: present.

Depression: present.

Cursing: present.

They all came back up again; but the crazy part about it was that they did not come back all at once. They came back little by little, one by one. Quietly and smoothly enough, so that I would be okay living with them. because ONE lash out wasn’t that bad. Because having sex ONE time, wouldn’t kill me. Next thing you know, they were all holding hands dancing inside of me, song after song, and I was the one clicking “play”.

Can I be honest?

Desire for God? Stagnant. I started feeling like; I’m good right where I am.

Conviction? Gone. After awhile of doing the same sinful things, I became numb.

Prayers? A chore. I prayed only because it was in my routine to but it was not coming from a place of submission.

This was my life and I was okay with it, until I was not.

See that’s the thing about salvation; it never leaves you. You can stumble. You can trip. You can fall. But because you are a child of God you can’t run from it. Eventually, the “evil” things that were acceptable, just won’t work anymore.

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”

Romans 8:38-39.

This love of Jesus is the only thing that has brought me to this next season of my life and it started with feeling empty. Empty in the things I was doing. Empty in the relationships, I was apart of. I never felt this empty in my life.

So I woke up one day, repented for all of sins and said “God I want and need to come back home. I do not want to live that way anymore. I know what it is like to live in your will. I know how good it feels. I know how much better it is. I want to be filled up. Just help me come back”.

I cut out all the things I knew were toxic. I cut out all the things I knew were hurting me. And then I said okay God; I am back. I went right into my normal spiritual routine; I basically attempted to pick right back up where I left off.

Day after day. Prayer after prayer. Worship after worship.

I still felt the same. I felt empty.

So I said okay, maybe I need to do a little more. I started attending worship events again, connecting with my Godly relationships again. Reading the word again.

But in every last one of those things, it wasn’t emptiness I was feeling… Now I was feeling uncomfortable.

So then, defeat overcame me.

I thought, “I’m too late”.

“I don’t feel right”

“ I don’t feel the same”

Here is my message: THIS is what elevation feels like. It feels uncomfortable. It feels like “nothing I am doing is working”. It feels like “there are no results”. It literally feels like an attack.

And it is because God is calling you to do more and to have more. This having more will mean doing things differently. For some it may mean, pressing harder; submitting to God in a way that you have never done before. For others, it may mean doing something you never saw yourself doing, possibly something you fear. Elevated rooms do not come to people who are complacent with where they are. Elevated rooms are for people who are okay with feeling “lost” and by lost I mean in unfamiliar places because this is the start of evolution.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you WHEREVER you go”

Joshua 1:9.

Cycles cannot be broken if you do not take the initiative to do something different. A cycle means “a series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order”. In a season, of elevation, cycles are not welcomed. Which is why you have to feel uncomfortable. It is not enough to say, “I keep falling into this same cycle”.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

Even switching up just one thing, could be the key to break the cycle. Switching up one thing could be the key to a new door; but you have to be willing to not be the SAME.

Everything that I went through these last few months, prepared me for this season of elevation and this season of breaking cycles.

Growth is ready to take place in your life. Newness in God is ready to take place in your life. But before something grows abundantly, the old has to be removed. And I’m not saying all of the old; but the old that is stopping you and the old that is hindering you, whatever it is.

It's like a river that flowed along peacefully for many years. Then suddenly, it rains heavily for 10 days and turns the river into a raging torrent, sweeping everything away in its path.

When the rain finally stops and the flood subsides, the old growth has gone and now there's new fruitful land waiting to be farmed.

Will you farm in order to elevate?


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