Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Psalm 24:3-7 KJV
Ascend: to go up or climb; to rise through the air
Synonyms: escalate, soar, lift off, climb
The world would have you think ascension is some sensual process, all about feeling, the pursuit of the next high. As if we move from mountain top to mountain top by apparation, just chasing down what gives us adrenaline rushes.”I always rock the new, new.” As if ascension is purely a work of human effort or magic: Levitate, levitate.
Merriam-Webster defines buoyancy as:
a : the tendency of a body to float or to rise when submerged in a fluid
b : the power of a fluid to exert an upward force on a body placed in it; also : the upward force exerted
2: the ability to recover quickly from depression or discouragement : resilience
3: the property of maintaining a satisfactorily high level (as of prices or economic activity)
In other words, buoyancy is the ability to stay on top of the surface in a fluid or in the air; it is to maintain an elevated position.
Ascension is about spiritual positioning, a supernatural buoyancy. You have to be relatively lightweight to float.
What weighs us down?
- Shame: guilt, negative emotions, secret sins, regrets, worries…
- The pursuit of validation: concerns about other people’s opinions and approval, man-made traditions that defy God’s commandments (which rule out blessings for yourself and those connected to you)…
- Despair: deep-seated sadness, grief, loneliness, inane amount of pressure to succeed by earthly standards (status) and resulting discontentment…
- Extraneous attachments to earthly things keep us anchored to worldly systems: money & politics, image-building, self-serving causes (entertainment at large), ungodly (misaligned) relationships
- Legalistic religion that’s all about rules and not intimate relationship with God; ritualistic tasks and not radical life transformation
You must gain and maintain a proper perspective, because you cannot go upwards, looking down.
Set your thoughts on things above, not below: whatsoever is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, virtuous, excellent, praiseworthy–think on these things. (Colossians 3:20; Phillippians 4:8)
Gotta have a destination in mind to go somewhere.
Where are we aiming when we say we want to go higher?
The Word says that one who can reach, should come up to the sacred, set apart place where God is present, meaning it is possible, attainable and desirable as a goal: “SHALL.”
In order to ascend, 2 things are required, then:
- Clean Hands–Have you craved, picked up, touched, grasped at impure things, unclean things? Coveted your friend’s partner, position, gifting? Done deals under the table, not 100% legitimate?
Examine yourself and your activities–what’s that in your hand?
What’s in your possession that is devoted to destruction? What are you holding onto (habit, hangup, dead situation, dead relationship) that you need to surrender for redemption? Are you clutching your own ball and chain for dear life?
More importantly, have you claimed the righteousness of Christ for yourself?
even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[h] who believe. For there is no differenceRomans 3:22
- Pure Heart–What are your underlying intentions and motive?
What is driving you to do what you do: a thirst for validity and attention, envy, anger, pride–or love?
Do your current commitments honor God as the Head of your life, and others as you brothers and sisters–or do they just serve you?
Are you operating in peace, gentleness, kindness–or snapping on everybody?
What does it mean “to lift yourself up to falsehood?”
To trust in falsehood: to rely on, devote energy and resources to, commit to, depend upon a lie, something deceitful, that which is not true; an idol.
Relying on any entity, concept, person as your source aside from Almighty God guarantees you tethering yourself to something earthly, to handling an impure thing, and hindering your ability to hear from God, even lacking the desire to spend time with Him!
On the other hand, according to 1 John 1:6, We walk righteously as a result of faith, and fellowship with Him. Right standing with God gives you wings!
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Therefore, laying aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, we run with endurance the race set before us… Hebrews 12:1-2
He makes my feet like the deer, causes me to tread (climb, ascend to) high places…
Whenever you are feeling low, experiencing heaviness, shame, or uncertainty, read these verses to remind yourself of the truth–
Christ ascended first, (Ephesians 4:8-10), so that by virtue of His righteousness (belief in Him and His finished work on the cross), we can ascend to favor with the Lord.