The Resurrected Life: Newness of Life.
1. Easter: Resurrection 2. The death Buried and death. Reflection 3. The Restore Born Again, New Life. Renewal 4. The Transformation Walking in the New Life Reaffirm our faith. 5. The Elevation Growing higher, abandoning our old life.
We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life [abandoning our old ways].” ROMANS 6:4 AMP
The Elevation: ——. Growing higher, abandoning
The is the last message in our Series called, “The Resurrected Life: Last week we went from The Transformation Walking in the New Life. Today is The Elevation, Growing Higher. The word says Christ was raised from the dead, RAISED, from the dead which speaks of the elevation.
ELEVATION: el·e·va·tion ˌeləˈvāSH(ə)n/ the action or fact of elevating or being elevated. Promotion, advancement, rise, upgrade, lifted up.
Think about it. God saved us and delivered us so we could live a resurrected life. A new life, a fresh life, a life of power, victory, purpose. Gods desire is for our Elevation, promotion, advancement, upgrading, lifting us up. There is a series of stages we must go through for elevation.
Jesus when He was resurrected He walked in a newness of life. He was not the same as when he was killed and buried in the tomb. The caterpillar has stages before it emerges as a butterfly. The caterpillar crawls and is slow and limited. The butterfly is fast, does it crawl, it flys and flys and soars.
There is a character we will look at who was elevated and see the stages of His promotion, his elevation. Joseph starts out as the younger brother, but God gives him a vision of his life. This looks so amazing. He sees his older brothers and father bowing down to him. He is on cloud nine that God showed him this Vision. This seems like a super high. Gods vision is so real. He is so happy he shares it with all his brothers. They did feel so great about a vision of them bowing down to their younger brother. They seen themselves bowing down, Joseph seen God gave him a vision of his future.
There is process, stages to get to for your elevation. God will elevate you. It is Gods Will for your promotion, increase, advancement, lifting you up, upgrading your life and family.
Josephs brother hated him because his father favored him. DON’T HATE ME BECAUSE I AM FAVORED BY GOD. PROVERBS 12;2 “A GOOD MAN WILL OBTAIN FAVOR FORM THE LORD. DON’T HATE, APPRECIATE. He told them his dream and they hated him even more. Joseph dreamed another dream and told his brother and o father and now they all were upset but the father kept thinking about what Joseph said.
“Joseph’s brothers were envious and jealous of him, but his father kept the words [of Joseph] in mind [wondering about their meaning].” GENESIS 37:11 AMP
WHEN GOD PUTS HIS FAVOR ON YOU THE HATERS WILL SHOW UP. THEY SAY THNGS LIKE HE THINKS HE IS BETTER THAN US NOW. NO I AM NOT BETTER BUT WE ARE DIFFERENT. WHAT I USED TO LIKE TO DO I DON’T ENJOY MESSING MY LIFE UP. I DON’T ENJOY FILLING MY BODY AND MIND WITH DAMAGING THINGS. I DON’T ENJOY ESCAPING FROM LIFE, I AM DIFFERENT WE ARE DIFFERENT. WE ENJOY THIS LIFE NOW IN CHRIST.
I REALIZED THAT GOD HAD ME ON ANOTHER PATH. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT WALKING THE SAME PATH AS YOU, THEY ARE NOT ON THE SAME JOURNEY AS YOU, THEY DO NOT DESIRE THE SAME THINGS YOU DO ANYMORE. WE TRY TO HOLD ONTO PEOPLE BUT WHO HAVE SHOWN YOU THEY ARE NOT ON YOUR SAME JOURNEY.
When God speaks a word over your life haters can not stop it. The only one who can stop a word is you by choosing not to believe it. Joseph kept believing.
“And when they saw him from a distance, even before he came close to them, they plotted to kill him. They said to one another, “Look, here comes this dreamer.” GENESIS 37:18-19 AMP
JOSEPH COULD NOT BE ON THE SAME PATH WITH HIS BROTHERS. POINT: THERE ARE PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES, FRIENDS, FAMILY WE ARE HOLDING ON TO, BUT THERE COMES SEASONS WHERE YOU TAKE INVENTORY.
They were envious and jealous of him. They plotted to kill him. They called him the Dreamer. When you are believing for more the haters will show up. There will always be people who envy and are jealous of you. They labeled him the Dreamer.
When you get a vision from God for your life and people begin to hate this is the stage being set for elevation and promotion for you.
JOSEPH HAD SOMETHING THAT NONE OF THEM HAD, A VISION FROM GOD. WHEN YOU GET OR GOT A VISION OR WORD FROM THE LORD YOU HOLD ON TO THAT THUR HELL AND HIGH WATER. GOD IS TRUE TO HIS WORD. HE WILL NOT LIE NOR WILL HE BE SLACK OF BRINGING IT TO PASS.
Joseph has a vision, and a bunch of envious brothers. They want to kill him but instead sell him to slave traders and Joseph is gone. He is sold and bought as a slave to work in by Potipher.
“The LORD was with Joseph, and he [even though a slave] became a successful and prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to prosper (succeed) in his hand.” GENESIS 39:2-3 AMP
Point: It does not matter who is against you, it does not matter what has happened to you. We has humans we get caught up and trapped in our story. So we tell it over and over and over and before long we are stuck in our past story. WE relive the pain, hurt, betrayal, abuse over and over so the healing process never really moves forward.
Joseph experienced betrayal by his own brothers, sold as a slave, lied on, those he trusted violated his trust on and on, yet see the Elevation.
The Lord was with Joseph, even though a slave. Think about this a moment. God was with Joseph thru the garbage. We get stuck in our past, pain, story, because we feel like we were alone. If you know that God will never leave you nor forsake you.
Joseph knew God was with Him, even though things did not look right, feel right or fair, he is a slave now.
IT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU THAT DEFINES YOU, IT WHO IS WITH YOU THAT MATTERS. THE LORD TOOK JOSEPH THROUGH THE PAIN, THROUGH THE MESS, THROUGH THE BETRAYAL, THROUGH, THROUGH, THROUGH, THROUGH, THROUGH THE LORD TOOK JOSEPH THROUGH. WHEN YOU THINK IT IS JUST YOU, HUMAN, SELF DOES NOT GO THROUGH, THEY STAY STUCK IN THE YUCK. SELF STOPS CREATES A STORY.
“You shall have charge over my house, and all my people shall be governed according to your word and pay respect [to you with reverence, submission, and obedience]; only in [matters of] the throne will I be greater than you [in Egypt].”
Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and dressed him in [official] vestments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He had him ride in his second chariot; and runners proclaimed before him, “[Attention,] bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt. Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “ Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission shall no man raise his hand [to do anything] or set his foot [to go anywhere] in all the land of Egypt [all classes of people shall submit to your authority].”” GENESIS 41:40, 42-44 AMP
ELEVATED: PROMOTED: LIFTED UP: JOSEPH HAD TO GO THROUGH IN ORDER TO BE ELEVATED, PROMOTED, LIFTED UP.