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It's Time To Break Through

First, let me just say thanks for another great weekend for Temptation. The movie is doing just what I hoped it would do. It is speaking to marriages and relationships all over. Thank you for seeing it in the theaters. It really is changing lives.

Now on to why I'm writing. It's about 6am here. Really quiet. The kind of quiet where even a still small voice can sound like a scream. I was sitting here thinking about the first time I took a flight on a small private jet. Many of you know that I'm an aviation buff. I love planes and flying. That's crazy, seeing as how my passion for it started out as a way to get over my fears. And my first flight was my scariest.

That morning, when I got to the airport, it was cloudy, raining and cold. I told the pilots that I was a nervous flyer and asked how the weather was. He said, "it’s rough down low but great up high." Now I'm looking at the sky, it didn't look so great up high to me. But I said a prayer and got on. We took off. It was so turbulent. I was bouncing all over the place. I sat there thinking, "why would they tell me the weather was fine?"

After about ten minuets of being bounced around I asked the pilots why it was so rough. They told me that it would get better as soon as they were allowed to climb higher. I asked who was holding us at that altitude and they said Air Traffic Control. There were a lot of planes in the area and for our own safety we had to stay at that altitude. I sat down, bouncing around some more, white knuckled and all, until the flight attendant told me that we had just been cleared to climb higher. I felt the plane pitch up and the thrust of those powerful jet engines kick in. We bounced around some more. It seemed to have gotten worse. Visibility through my window was non-existent. I was about to ask them to land and let me off the plane. But then we broke through the clouds. There was the sun and the air was so smooth that it didn't even feel like we were moving.

By now, I'm sure you're wondering, "why am I reading all this?" Well, I’ll tell you. Flying through rough weather is a lot like making it through life. Sometimes there are a lot of dark clouds, a lot of bad moments. So bad that you want to give up or turn around like I wanted to. Sometimes you can't go higher because something or someone is trying to hold you back or you're being held at that altitude for your own safety. Sometimes you’re not ready to go higher. God is protecting you from yourself because he knows that you can’t handle going higher. Sometimes he’s hiding you, preparing you to be ready. (That gave me a million thoughts. I’ll save that for another email). Sometimes it's so dark you can't see which way to go. But just like air traffic control had to give us permission to go higher, this morning I wanted to give you permission to go higher. Climb!! The weather is so much better up there. The sun is shinning bright up higher. Stop living your life so low.

Now it's not going to be easy to get through those clouds. You’re going to have to hold your head up and use all the strength in your soul to get through, but you will. Use prayer as your fuel and go higher. You have just been given permission to climb higher. Fly above it all.

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  • Caroline Kangwa Johnson City, TN

    Wow!!! Your devotion or whatever you may call it is life-inspiring. I know I could be much more than what I am right now. I turned 51 today and I am still trying hard to find my way home- to live the authentic life that God intended for me to. Today, you have infused me with a fresh outlook on my life, stirred up my faith and I truly believe I can be more than I am. I am more than what I am. Like the eagle, I was meant to soar and fly above the earthly crap! With God's help, I can do it. I can do it for me, for my kids and I can do it for him who made for a higher calling. I admire the way you are grounded with humility and yet have been blessed with so much. Keep on inspiring Hollywood that we have been blessed to bless. Bless you.

  • Lela Jefferson F**** Manvel, TX

    God bless you Mr. Perry for allowing the Holy Spirit to continue to use you in all the mediums he does! This email/communication was right on time and yet another confirmation of what the Lord has speaking to me about. My response is I hear ya loud and clear. Its time to step out in Faith and climb higher. Thanks again!

  • Alice Texas

    "That's just a whole lot of words," said 'Gavin'.

  • Sharon Walker Chicago

    Tyler, I read all of your emails/comments you send out. They are uplifting. ButI have to say this, prayer works immediately and then prayer the deliverance comes when it's you time. Look, I pray everyday. I pray for the Daddy, I pray for my sister and brother, I pray for my friends and family then I pray for me. What do I pray about, something I have worked on for years, just plain old happiness, security, adventure and love. I found my happiness, working on my security and looking for my adventure. God got the lover cover. So, when I read your comments sometimes I agree and others I do not. Well, today, I may have to challegne you on living your life slow. Some may live the life slow, becuase if the live it fast and go for what they want then the remaining parts of their life may or may not fall apart. I just think we should find our speed then GO FOR IT. Sharon

  • Crystal Atlanta

    Thank you so much for the encouraging message today ! I'm sitting here at work reading this message tears rolling down my face, because at the end of this week I will be out of a job. So I was asking God what to do and I got my answers from your message. I have big dreams ,but every time I go to start one of my businesses something always happens and I get fearful. I would always find myself getting back up and trying it again, but this time I didn't feel like I had the strength to do so ! But I will continue seeking high in the clouds ! Thanks again

    • Caroline Kangwa Johnson City, TN #1815785

      I pray that you find a job Crystal or whatever dream God has placed upon your life. I will believe with you for better things to come. Take care

  • Angel Florida

    Dear Mr. Tyler, May my message find YOU blessed today as you give back to all of us. I am going through a very hard time right now with my Fiance ( hope to be husband). Plese pray for us and ask God to lead him to a job and a place for us to live. ( we stay with relatives sleeping on the floor) You remain my inspiration. Thank You so very much. :)

  • Precious Los Angeles, CA

    Thanks for the encouraging message...I was actually on a 6 hr flight from New York to LA yesterday and the last 2hours of the flight we experienced a lot of turbulence. I am scared of heights and flying so this was very stressful...I love the way you can take something like that and turn it into a word of encouragement. I recently went on a hike up the mountains and God gave me a message just on that and I called it..."Stay on the Trail." -will share that one some other time. In your message you talk about how sometimes you can't go higher because something or someone is holding you back. I have been praying over that for a long time because sometimes family is your biggest struggle...I call it the "I knew you when" syndrome. When people can't accept that you are at a different place in life and that you have grown not only physically but spiritually. It reminds me of the text in Mark 6:4-6...which says "Then Jesus told them, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family." And because of their unbelief, he couldn't do any mighty miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And He was amazed at their unbelief. I have come to the realization that since we don't choose our family but choose our friends sometimes we get what we get and we have to figure out how to make it work and continue so soar....even as they try to bring you down. Eventually they'll either soar with you or let you go. Didn't mean to make it such a long message

  • Brenda Virginia

    Mr. Tyler Perry thank you. I was about to give up. I have been hurt and disappointed so much until I said forget it. Everytime I think I am moving forward I end up taking 5 steps back. All my strength is gone.

  • Renna Chicago

    Hi Tyler, I want to say thank you for that message. I always pray and it has been really rough in my life. You have family but no one is in a position to help but yet and still I press through. I was up until 4:30am this morning. I always ask God for strength and a message to help me to know that I am still on the right track. To look at me you wouldn't even know what my life has been like. Your description of the turbulence is my description of feeling like Job but even though he doesn't right now I know that he can. I love your heart and the messages that God gives to you. I'm putting you on a pedistal but just letting you know that it is GREAT to let God have presence in your life and with boldness. I s**** up for you all the time not just of you but because of what you stand for. I appreciate the messages that I receive because it is in those moments that I feel like everything I have been through is for nothing and God has forgotten about me, so I say Thankyou. My struggles have been since October 29, 1989 that is a long time but yet I keep pushing. I find the strenght to go a step further. It is not easy let me say that but with each trial and tribulation I find you get stronger and stronger. I know you can't have a house stand on sand but you can have it stand on a solide foundation which is JESUS and I know he is my solid foundation. When I loose myself or I don't see any hope or purpose for my life, he sends a message or a song to me and that helps me go a little further. Let me close this because I am starting to get emotion because no one really know like I know just like I can't really understand you story no one can really understand mine. There is a song "You don't know my story all the things that I been through you can't feel my pain what I had to go through to get hear you'll never understand my praise don't try to figure it out because my worship my worship is for real, I been through to much not to worship him. That is my story but yet I still stand. Thank you for staying true to God and your faith.

  • Ellen D Nashville

    Thanks for encouraging your online family with the great message! I'm ready to fly above it all. I am a writer and would like to use your quote about "Dreaming is hard" for my next column. Is that okay with you?

  • mapula south africa

    So very true!

  • Sheila Texas

    Thank You, see this is one of the reason why I Love You!!Am so happy for you so glad the movie is doing well as I hope it would have a blessed day!!

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