Every great promotion begins with a major sacrifice. When God calls you out, will you allow your heart to be tested and refined by His holy fire? Will you lay down your life, for His glory to reign? Will you leave behind what you desire most?
When the Lord instructed Abraham to sacrifice the promised son, he didn't hesitate. He arose in the early hours of the morning, to do as God willed. The urgency behind his actions revealed something greater about the nature of Abraham's heart towards God. That his faithfulness, wasn't in the promise. But his faithfulness, rested in his love for God.
Before a great promotion, the Lord seeks to reveal the true motives of your heart. And scripturally speaking, this is only done through periods of great testing and sacrifice. You see, a mountain metaphorically represents a place of dominion and authority. And before anyone can stand on the top of the mountain, what must they do first? Yes, climb it.
And truth be told, climbing a mountain isn't easy. It's full of jagged rocks and unleveled terrain. Not to mention, the incline can cause great stress on the body. Yet, the views at the top are so extremely breathtaking, that you forget the pain you endured along the way.
When we look at Abraham, we see this in full effect. It was painful to sacrifice the one son that he prayed for. Yet, he climbed the mountain of sacrifice and did it. In turn, not only did he receive great provision, but he also received a greater blessing because of it. A blessing we all now take part in.
Will you climb the mountain of sacrifice to receive all that God has for you?
"Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”"
Genesis 22:2 NKJV
"And you shall remember [always] all the ways which the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart (mind), whether you would keep His commandments or not."
Deuteronomy 8:2 AMP
Song(s) Meditation: Just want you by Travis Greene
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Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
What has/does your mountain of sacrifice look like? What lessons have you learned as you've traveled the unleveled terrain? How has your faith grown because of it? What has God revealed about the posture of your heart before Him?