Spiritual Elevation

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, November 08, 2019

The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.” Exodus 24:12

I do not have a fear of height. However, I do not enjoy high elevation either. When I was studying in France, I went to the top of the Eifel tower to get a panoramic view of the city of Paris. The view from above was spectacular. It allowed me to see aspects of Paris I would never be able to see when I am on the ground.

Many people stifle their spiritual growth and maturity because they have a limited view of what God is doing in their lives and ministry. Some people become frustrated—particularly when they experience setbacks—because they do not have a panoramic view of what God is doing in and around them. Indeed, many Christians are functionally blind. That is, they can function day to day without a clear understanding of where they are heading.

In Proverbs 29:18, we are reminded, “where there is no vision, the people perish.” The vision that we need comes from spiritual elevation. We must be willing to accept God’s invitation to come up to him on the mountain where we can find wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and discernment. Then we will be able to see in full what we have seen in part.

In Exodus 24, God invited Moses to come up to the mountain with 70 of the elders of Israel so he can confirm his covenant with them. There were things God needed to say to Moses and the elders that they would never have heard if they did not come up on the mountain. Going up to the mountain allowed them to get a more informed and dynamic understanding of the glory of God. It gave them a panoramic view and understanding of God’s plan for Israel.

It was while they were on the mountain that God took from the spirit of Moses to put on the elders. These elders received spiritual elevation, and their ministry was affirmed because they were on the mountain. God took Moses to a higher elevation on that mountain. For forty days and forty nights, Moses interacted with the Almighty in ways that no one else has since.

Our blessing is in our spiritual elevation. When we change the way we think, talk, act, and the choices we make, we will get a higher spiritual understanding and spiritual revelation. Those who elevate their prayer life, elevate their worship, and elevate their focus on the word of God, will grow deeper in the things of God.

God is inviting you and me to come up to his mountain so we can get a panoramic view of what he is doing in the world. Those who come up that mountain do not get discouraged in the service to the kingdom of God. Instead, they become recommitted to spread the good news of the gospel, to feed the hungry, to help the poor, and to serve others with patience and humility.

When we come up to the mountain of God, we will see that God’s purposes and plans far surpass our understanding. Then we will prioritize his kingdom service over our personal agenda. We will learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

Many Christians want elevation in their finances or career or personal life, yet they are not accepting God’s invitation to come up to his mountain to receive spiritual elevation. Without spiritual elevation, any achievement is a set up for disappointment. In the absence of spiritual elevation, a blessing will quickly become a burden.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please help those that are lost in this world of sin, and are living in spiritual blindness to get a panoramic view of your plans for their lives, so they can see your manifested glory in the world.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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