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Thursday Morning Commentary

We are so excited to launch Thursday Morning Commentary amidst our Elevation community! These pieces will serve to recap, reflect, help us apply, and probe communal discussion about what God is speaking every Wednesday night in Elevation. It’s our hope that as we share, you will share too. Let us know what the Lord does in your heart each week as we journey together!

How incredibly different would you live your life if your past was completely erased and there was nothing to go back to? Repeatedly throughout scripture, we encounter lives with less than perfect histories. So, why do we doubt God’s ability to redeem, restore, and transform ours?

In God’s kingdom, your ears are your eyes, but sometimes we want to see with our eyes before we hear with our ears. Occasionally, we can act more like Lot rather than Abraham. Genesis gives us a glimpse into the relationship between the two of them. We often have the tendency to villainize Lot’s character; however 2 Peter 2:7 describes him as righteous. He was blessed because he was following Abram, while Abram was blessed because he was listening to God. For Lot, this created a dependency on man rather than God, making it harder for Lot to understand the importance of communing with God.

Have you ever made a big decision based off of what made sense, felt right and looked good, rather than sticking with the incomplete sentence God gave you? Lot did. He pitched his tent in Sodom and Gomorrah because he saw with his eyes and didn’t trust and inquire of God.

Because of his lack of acknowledgement to God, Lot submerged himself into an environment that was his ultimate downfall. Just because something looks good does not mean that the atmosphere is conducive to worship the God of your salvation.

At times, the importance of prayer is forgotten, but in the story of Lot and Abram, prayer is the shovel that digs up the promise of God. It gives us hope; hope that we can be delivered of our past and it be dissipated.

Maybe your life is currently in a Sodom and Gomorrah state; don’t be disheartened, there is hope. Abraham interceded for Lot, and in result, God sent angels into the city to rescue Lot and his family. God desires to pluck us from our past sin, but we CANNOT look back. There’s no point in looking back to our past if God completely obliterates it.

In Genesis 19:26, as Lot and his family are fleeing from the city, Lot’s wife looks back and turns into a pillar of salt. Just as God was delivering her by hand, she turns back with not only her eyes at her former life, but with her heart. All that God has for you is in front of you, don’t glance back!

Challenge: Make a declaration of your year. Start by declaring God’s sovereignty and Lordship over your life. Pray. Get familiar with His voice, and learn what it’s like to be in constant communication with Him. Let us live a life that speaks of our future, rather than our past.  If the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace is the one doing the wrecking of your past, then there is no way to navigate back.  (written by Toni Parsons & Savanna Brown, ELEVATION leaders)