Are you gaining Higher Ground

 

Something has happen in the Christian Community and in Churches all around.

Somehow people forgot to get on the elevator.

You might ask just what I am talking about; it seems that many of us just forgot to move on to the next level.

 This is nothing new as Paul addressed this to the Church at Corinth.

1Cor 2:

6.  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

 7.  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

 

1 Corinthians 3

 1.  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

 2.  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

 3.  For ye are yet carnal:

 

 

Never got off the ground floor:

 They just got saved sat on the pew, listen to the preacher on Sunday maybe on Sunday night; surely that was good enough after all they are saved.

 These are those that Paul calls carnal, carnal as the world is carnal never obtaining the wisdom of God as ignorant as the world to the deep things of God.

The perfect ones that Paul refers to here are the mature ones in Christ. Those that have fed the Spirit man those that have spent time in the word of God not just a little time but daily in the word of God. Searching out the truth of God’s word, wearing out their knees in prayer, seeking out Gods presence.

 

Matthew 6

33.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 We must seek God in order to obtain the things of God:

 Moses had to seek God before he could go to the next level.

Elijah had to go get out of his comfort zone before he could go to the next level.

Every time we see those in God’s word that were greatly used of God we see that they had to seek God, they had to move out of their comfort zone.

So we must seek God if we are to go to the next level

The next thing we must do is to Move forward

Philippians 3

12.  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

 13.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

 14.  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Moving forward to what?

 To do battle with the enemy

 Ephesians 6

13.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 14.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 15.  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 16.  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

 17.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 18.  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 

To do this though we must do something else:

We must lose our minds

 Philippians 2

  1. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

We must become servants in order to accomplish our tasks for God.

 

Romans 12:

  1. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,

 We must loose our minds and take on the mind of Christ in order to move to the next level.

 We must loose ourselves:

Philippians 3

  1. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

 

Philippians 1

20.  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

 21.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

 A song I like states a fact about living the Christian life each day I must die to self and become more like Christ, surrendering to His will and laying mine aside

 I die to my ambitions

I die to selfish Pride

I take up my cross and cast my will aside

My life upon the alter as a sacrifice I lay

What joy to die another day.

 We must stir up the gift of God

 2 Timothy 1

6.  Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

 7.  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 8.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

 9.  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

 We must stir up the power of the Holy Spirit in us Holy spirit have more control in our lives they our flesh we must let the power of God work though us that we would be the bold witness for Christ that we are called to be. That the.

 We must love not the world

 1 John 2

15.  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 16.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

 17.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 Finally if we are to ever reach the next level to stand on higher ground we must learn to depend on God.

 We must know that after we have done all we can that the power of God will lift us to new heights, propel us to new levels if we just get on the elevator.

 Isaiah 40

31.    But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 As the power of the wind lifts up the eagle to soar among the clouds so will the power of God lift us to new spiritual heights in our relationship with Him.