Sacrificing For the Sake of Elevation
God has been working in so many ways! First I want to say thank you and give a shoutout to all my new listeners and supporters . We are going to end this year 2020 by removing the old and receiving the new. How many of yall know that sometimes we have to make sacrifices for our better gain?
AMEN. So we are going to get right into the topic
Sacrifice is something that I feel like I never really understood or I just really didn’t like. You know sometimes its hard to give up things that you have grown attached to, change can be sometimes hard.
I had to sacrifice a lot in my life but it was only recently that I relized sacrifice is good. Sometimes we have to get rid of distractions that are in our way so that we can receive Gods’ plan for our lives. How many of you had to give up something that you didn’t want to , how many of you have to give something you loved away for the greater good?
God did this mighty sacrifice for us in (John 3:16) “ For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
God sacrificed Jesus who he loved In order to save all of us . in order to save the world from sin. So that we may have a second chance! That’s a mighty sacrifice right there!
That is the number one scripture I think about whenever I get that gut feeling that I have to let something go . That I have to change my surroundings. That I have to do what I have to do in order to elevate.
Something I started to realize, is that elevation always comes at a price. It seems like whenever elevation is there to take place some detatchment also comes along with it. Now I know sometimes it can be challenging to let go or know what to let go of but here is a clip I want to share with you all. It is from pastor Kenneth Sullivan and this is a great clip to go along with what what im saying about detatchment and elevation so here it is…
I find this to be so motivating because you know im actually going through certain things in my life right now where I have to let go in order to receive from God the greater good and his greater plan that He has for me. The more I have to sacrifice the more I realize that theres no need to be worried or sad when things detatch from my life. I want to encourage you all to let go and focus on the higher level that God is trying to bring to you.
One of my favorite verses in the bible is (Ecclesiastes 3:11–13) this verse goes hand and hand with this topic, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12) So i concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13) And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.”
It is important that we rejoice and find happiness throughout this time because God is not a God of confusion and we should have joy because He is doing a good work in us .
Sometimes we might not understand why we have to let things or people go but Gods understanding is way bigger than our understanding. That’s why it is important that we focus on God and lean not into our own understanding. In fact (Proverbs 3:5–6) says “ Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. 6) Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Also, who knows, maybe that thing or person you had to detach from may not be detached from you forever. maybe it was just not the right timing , maybe there was things that had to take place in your life first, or maybe God had to teach you somethings first before he allowed that person, situation, or thing , to be in your life. Sometimes we have to understand and learn first before we can receive so we can be able to handle it. God will never give us something that we cannot handle. Theres plenty of bible verses that encourages us to give all our desires to Him. Here are a couple verses (Psalms 37:4) says “ Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” ( Matthew 7:7–8) says “ Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8) For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
But hold on brothers and sisters, before you just start asking God for things you must first seek the kingdom of heaven and be RIGHTEOUS. for (Matthew 6:33) says “ Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need”
Even though it is good to have hope in our lives about some of the things we had to detach from, let’s talk about things that God purposely moves away permanently for our elevation and strengthening of faith.
I can not tell you whats good and bad for your life. I cant tell you what God wants to come back into your life and what He removed permanently because of His better plan. It is always good to go to God yourself in prayer and relay what is on your heart to tell him and have a conversation with Him about your situation.
But some key things to keep in mind ,
is when God takes something away, most of the time it was not good for us. Sometimes we can be so blinded by love or so comfortable with whats in front of us. And you know sometimes God doesn’t want us to be comfortable. Sometimes we have to step into a place of unfamiliarly to achieve success. Usually with elevation comes unfamiliartity. And when I say elevation I don’t mean just elevation in your career, or love life. But spiritually . God wants you to seek after him, God is a jealous God and sometimes he removes things out of our life so that we can focus more on him.
Sometimes God removes something our of our lives so that we can strengthen our faith in Him. Sometimes God has to strenghthen your faith in order for you to receive the good that he is trying to give you. Sometimes we may not believe or understand this, but the saying walk by faith and not by sight is really important in showing God that we trust and believe Him.In (Hebrews 11:6) it says “ And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seeks Him.”
Sometimes with faith it takes patients to see what God is trying to do in our lives. God has not ran out of power or forgot about you , but sometimes people run out of faith. The only two things that limit God are sin and unbelief. Sin in your life will hinder Gods moving and working in your situation. Your faith shapes the world you live in. that’s what jesus ment when he talked about removing mountains by faith . (Mark 11:23) says “ I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea, and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.”
When God takes something away , he replaces It with something better . God replaces good things in our lives with the BEST and also in ways that we do not expect. Sometimes we may not physically see the things that God does for us , but He is always working behind the scenes.Sometimes you have to stop and look back at what God has done for you before in the past, and think of the ways he has replaced things that was not good for you, for things that were better for you. Trust, If He did it then , He can do it again. In (Hebrews 11:40) it says “ For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.”
Im going to close us out with a prayer,
Heavenly Father, I come to you pray to you for those who are going through the process of elevation for your sake Father, I Pray that you may help the understanding of those who may be confused, because you are not a God of confusion, I pray Lord that those who seek answers from you , that you may provide, Lord some of us are grieving and broken hearted from the sacrifices we had to make and God your word says that you are near to the broken hearted, I pray that you may fill them with your comfort, and that you fill them with your joy and peace and remind them that you are doing a good work in them.Help us holy Father to draw near unto you. We need you in everyway Lord, and we call on you to be in the midst. Help us on our journey of elevation, and provide to us the things that you promise. In your name Jesus I pray , Amen
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