|Posted on May 5, 2017 at 2:10 PM||comments (1)|
Elevation isn’t free! It comes with a price! Are you willing to pay? Don’t be so quick to desire what others have without really taking time to think about what it took for them to get to where they are. Elevation basically is the height above a given level. The height to which something is elevated or to which it rises. You can’t go from one level to the next without putting forth effort.
I don’t know what you are working toward, but please allow me the moment to be candid. Elevation requires obedience to God, humbleness, hard work, commitment, focus and dedication. If you are not willing to put in any, then honestly you are not ready for elevation. God’s elevation isn’t controlled by man because God uses whomever he desires to get what he wants done. Yes, he will use your enemy to bless you. However, we must be mindful of doing things God’s way and not mans way. I Peter 5:6 tells us Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. There is a DUE TIME for you but I’m telling you God is taking good notes of all we are doing prior to the DUE TIME. Are you being obedient to him and his word? I’m going to say this and it may not be popular but part of our obedience to God is connected to how well we obey spiritual leadership he has placed over us. If you can’t honor and obey those he has placed over you and please note I said the one he (God) has placed over you, then I’m sorry, but you are not ready for elevation. Are you faithful to God above all others? Not saying faultless because none of us are that, but can he find you doing your best to be faithful to him? Are you not only speaking faith but putting legs to your faith? You know Faith without works is Dead!!
Now there is no need to step on others or try to put others down because you don’t feel you are elevating like you think you should. Proverbs 18:16 clearly states that “A Man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”. Your gift is not others gifts and theirs is not yours but you have gifts that will make room for you and bring you before great men but not before your DUE TIME. Please don’t try to force the elevation because the worse thing you could desire and have is a premature elevation. An elevation you know you are not ready for. There comes more responsibility and a need for a totally new mindset the higher you go. You can’t go to the next level with the same mindset you had on the previous level. You know what else you can’t go to your place of elevation with? Okay I’ll tell you, some of the same people that were with you on the previous level. Are you willing to let go if God says let go?! Tough to do but will be required if you are serious about elevation. Now you may be having to be processed a little more before you see any sign of elevation so embrace where you are and the process. I’m a witness when you think he isn’t working, he is. He’s a master at working behind the scenes. Put in the work, stay focused, prayerful and obedient to God first and foremost and in your DUE TIME he will do the elevating. Be encouraged. Be Inspired. Be found faithful.
Rita J. Taylor
|Posted on August 23, 2016 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Sometimes we talk 100 mph not realizing what we’re saying or the impact those words can have in our lives. Do you realize God has given us the power to shape our future by the words we speak over ourselves? Proverbs 18:21 says Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. So the fruit you receive is based on the words that come from your mouth. I know there is a saying that sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt. Well that is so untrue! Stop saying that!! Words do hurt in more ways than we realize. We don’t understand the power of our words or the power of God’s word. Proverbs 16:24 says Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. So I encourage you today, to watch the words that are coming out of your mouth. Watch what you’re speaking over yourself as well as the words you are speaking over others. I am a firm believer that we do have the power to help shape what we receive and the life we live by not only our Faith but by the words that proceedeth from our mouth. If you’re constantly speaking negativity over yourself, then you will receive negative results. I know it may be hard to switch what you’re saying after being negative for so long, but take the challenge and try it. Most definitely speak God’s word over your life and your situation. I am a witness you will reap positive results. Change the way you’re thinking, change your words and you will you change your LIFE!! God’s word can’t lie and you have to believe that God wants what’s bests for you and you have to want it as well. Check back often as we will be doing a blog in the near future about the power of the mind because not only should we watch our words but what we’re thinking as well. There is a connection! So again, watch your words…pay attention to what you’re saying and please watch who you allow to speak over you.
|Posted on August 23, 2016 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
Have you ever been somewhere but you feel like something isn’t right? Although you’re sitting in the particular place, you still feel out of place? Well trust me, I understand. One of the worst feelings is to no longer feel comfortable where you once felt was home or where you once felt you belonged.
There are different phases that we go through in this journey we call life. Some become comfortable and complacent and others are willing to yield to the stretch that they feel because their constantly striving for better and greater. I believe God takes us through phases and with these phases comes discomfort, pain and at times fear of the unknown. During this time is where complete trust in God and his plans for your life is imperative. I find those who become complacent in where they are in life really don’t trust God for greater. They become comfortable with the familiar and aren’t willing to take risk. To be honest, life is about risk, however if we are totally dependent upon God and within in his will there will never be a loss, you will always win even when it APPEARS you aren’t. Believe me when I say God’s sons and daughters will always WIN in the end!
There are dangers to ignoring the signs of being in a place but knowing you are out of place. You know you no longer fit. You’ve outgrown where you are currently. It’s like being in a box. One point in your life the box you were in fit perfectly because that was the place you were suppose to be at that point in your life. However, as time passed and you developed you started to outgrow the box. What use to feel comfortable and right no longer does. You use to breathe so easily but now it’s as if you’re suffocating. Well it’s not as if you are suffocating, the fact is you are. That size box that you once fit in so comfortably is too small for the visions and gifts God has placed on the inside of you and is prepared to pull out. It’s too small for the elevation, promotions and doors he wants to open so you can walk through.
What happens when you continue to reside in a place knowing you’re feeling out of place can be detrimental to you and your continued growth. As I mentioned earlier, it isn’t as if you’re suffocating because technically you are. You see you will continue to develop and grow, but that box that you were placed in years ago is at its capacity. The box can’t grow, it will remain the same size and if you continue to stay where there is no more room for you, you will eventually die. You may not die figuratively, but there is like a slow spiritual death, the excitement and enthusiasm leaves. You become a robot and do things out of habit, but the passion and zeal is no longer there because you know there is greater ahead of you and you’re screaming GET ME OUT OF HERE! This is when trusting God blind comes into play. He can get you out of the box but you have to be willing to step out. Remember, we walk by faith and not by sight. You have to get deliverance from people and most importantly from yourself. We at times are our worst enemies. We beat ourselves up and just what you speak over yourself is exactly what you will continue to get. Go read my blog on Watch Your Words!
You have to trust God to guide you with blindfolds. Meaning you can’t see where God is taking you but you just know he is stretching you and that he is elevating you. You feel it in the spirit, he allows you to see that over a period of time all he’s been doing was connecting the dots of your life. You didn’t understand some things then but now because of him stretching you it all starts to make sense. He was just preparing you for your greater. He’s been building your character and spiritual muscles. Don’t allow familiarity and others complacency keep you in a place where you’ve outgrown. Trust God completely because life is really to short to be in a place but out of place.
|Posted on May 21, 2016 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
Oftentimes we fail to realize the gifts that God has placed on the inside of us. We were all uniquely designed by God to be used for the purpose in which he specifically designed from before birth. Isn't that something? Just to know that God had plans for you even before you were conceived! Yes, he did and he still does this very hour. However, the enemy works hard to distract and detour you from what God planned because he knows if you could just break free and walk in your God given purpose you would be a powerful gift working in the kingdom of God.
The bible tells us that the devil is walking about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. One of the characteristics of a lion is that they're hunters and they're also fierce and don't have a problem fighting for what they want. Well the devil is walking about the earth as a hunter and showing no signs of fear or weakness. He is on a serious mission in causing as many people to abort their God given purpose. Yes, I understand that some of the choices and the decisions we make aren't always the devils fault. It's all us, but please don't be fooled in thinking that he isn't busy and working overtime to keep you in bondage, confused, living a wreckless and unproductive life. He is a master at distracting and loves for you to waste valuable time.
Just as the lion shows no sign of weakness and have no problem in rising up, I say to you today it's time for us to rise up with boldness and determination to fight the good fight of faith. Wake up the lion on the inside of you and fiercely go after what you desire and what God has already given you, but have been waiting for you to arrive. It's time out for making excuses and blaming others for your lack of enthusiasm and your bad choices. I believe the gifts are there but the lack of passion and willingness to fight has become a huge problem. Arise, wake up!! It isn't over. If you still have breath then God still has a plan with your name on it. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, having pity parties and inviting others to them. Stop being angry at everyone except the right one, and that is satan and at times the person you're looking at everyday in the mirror, YOU!! The bible say's "Resist the devil and HE will flee". Some of us aren't resisting. He has trampled on you, worn you down, and nearly killed you long enough. It's time to fight in prayer and making a true transformative change in your life if you haven't by now through Jesus Christ.
Some changes you can make and then there are other changes that will take the power of God to do, but you have to yield to him and allow him. He's willing and he loves you so much!!
The devil is working overtime and I am determined to fight like a lion every plot, scheme and tactic that he throws at me. God never said the weapons wouldn't form, but here's the assurance, he said they wouldn't prosper. So why quit if the battle has already been won for me?! Why are you lying dormant and allowing your gifts to die with you?! Not anymore! My future and your future is bright but my brothers and sisters, it's time to awaken the lion on the inside and fight! Gifts awaken, passion be renewed, and life be transformed by the power of our living God!! Lion Arise!
|Posted on May 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
It’s a new day and I’m so excited to be a part of it! How about you? Thank God for new Mercies and his Grace that is with me on this day.
I just want to encourage you today to stay focused on YOUR goals and dreams. We are living in a time when so much is going on and there are so many distractions that you can easily get off track. It takes dedication, prayer and perseverance to accomplish your goals. You also need to be mindful of your association. Study people and find out their purpose in your life. Some are around you just to pull from you and will never be able to pour back into you. You will need to ask your self, is this someone who God has assigned to me or is this person on assignment from the enemy to distract me from reaching my destiny and operating in purpose?
If you haven’t, write down your vision, your goals or what you desire to do in life. Make a vision board and gradually mark things off your list as you accomplish them. Most importantly be prayerful, consistent and alert. Don’t get distracted to where you lose your goals and dreams messing with people that has nothing to do with your purpose. Life is too short so please focus my friends!!
Rita J. Taylor
|Posted on April 30, 2016 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
We all at some point in our lives have faced or will face some form of rejection. However, I want to share with you that rejection could be beneficial to you in the long run. Oftentimes we’re blinded by this from the hurt, humiliation and anger that sometimes comes along with being rejected. The emotional pain that comes along with being rejected could easily set up a path for the enemy to creep in with confusion, doubt and you questioning who you are and your value. He sets up doubt to where you begin to question if God is real or if he even cares about where you are in life? Let me assure you that he cares and he loves you so much. He loves us so that he hides what he knows to be greatness! God protects us even from ourselves. So that is a resounding YES, God cares about where you are in life and actually knew you would come to this point and he already has a way of escape if you allow him to get you to the promised place he has predestined for you.
Rejection brings opportunities for better to enter your life, opportunities for growth and an opportunity for us to become better in areas that we have fallen short. We must learn to change our perspective. Change the way you look at rejection. We are good at celebrating open doors but refuse to praise God even in the midst of closed doors. He knows what’s behind doors that we’re trying to kick down. God knows the REAL person you have attached yourself to and think you can’t live without. Oh we’re great at acting when we want to impress people, but God looks beyond the mask and he again protects us from our smart selves and what’s on the other side of the mask. It is his unfailing love that keeps us from danger.
Please remember, “The Blessing of the Lord it maketh rich and adds no sorrow” so if what you wanted or thought you needed adds sorrow and pain along with agony, then this isn’t God’s design. I didn’t always understand why I had to experience so much rejection in pursuit of jobs, material things, relationships but I praise God that he closed those doors I thought I wanted open. I praise God that he allowed certain people to walk. I didn’t see it then, but I definitely see it now. God’s ultimate plan is to get us to live a holy and righteous life that is representative of him, walk according to your God given purpose and to get us to our promised place, our destiny.
Stop crying and start rejoicing and expecting better! Allow God to stretch you, teach you and position you for greater.
Rita J. Taylor
|Posted on April 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
We are creatures of habit, and if we would all be honest with ourselves it takes much prayer and effort to break cycles. I often hear that the definition of insanity is basically doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. How can you expect different results if you’re doing the same thing? Something has to change! However, it can’t change if you don’t know what needs to change. This is why I believe doing a yearly review of what has transpired in your life is important. Not to dwell and have yourself a pity party, but to make yourself aware of areas that might need improvement. Actually some things we just need to do away with completely and yes this includes changing some of the people within your circle. I don’t know about you but I want greater and expect the last part of 2016 to bring awesome things, but I have to be an active participant. Anything you want in life requires you to get up and work toward it. Yes prayer and faith is required but faith without works is dead. Faith requires legs! God is willing but I believe he’s waiting for some active participants to show up.
As a friendly reminder before we quickly approach the last half of 2016, take a moment to reflect so you can see what needs to change in you and around you. Life is too precious and short to continue down the same path with the same vicious cycle that has you no further than you were five years ago. It’s time for a change, but it starts with you! Yes, I am super excited about the remainder of 2016 and believing God for some promises to be manifested, but I know as well that I have to make sure some things that transpired in the first half of 2016 is not a part of my last half of 2016. Matter of fact, I’m determined that it won’t be. Your greater you and promises that has been strategically designed just for you are waiting for you to be an active participant in removing all clutter, things and or people that might hinder your greater from entering your life.! Are you up for the challenge?!
Praying God’s best for you in 2016!