Higher Ground (God’s Deeper Work in Us)

“My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.”

There comes a time in everyone’s life where wandering in desert places becomes old. The Christian circles the same issues over and over again always seeming come back to them. There is a strong sense where we know there must be more. It is that ‘more’ that Higher Ground is about. It is a biopsy of spiritual growth.

We had sung it often and the words never really meant that much; they were just words. But it was a place where fears and doubts did indeed abound that had pushed me to desire something greater. My prayer and aim became higher ground. And it was this strong desire that had me endlessly reading books and God’s Book to find it. It was this strong desire that had me fasting and crying out to God for answers. The answers He provided is what Higher Ground is about.

I have to be up front though; It may be that the things God taught me from the Word’s Jesus spoke when He was among us (what I called a Red Letter Faith), and the things that the Spirit taught me regarding the deeper things of God’s work in us, are the same. Or at least they overlap so closely that to provide a distinction or separation will hardly seem profitable. If I find this to be the case as we progress, I will discontinue one or the other. I only say this so that if you are following along you will understand that it was anticipated from the beginning. We shall see.

Paul wrote that eye has not seen, nor has the hearing ear heard, nor has even entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for them that love Him. But then he wrote, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.” And it was His deeper work in connection with our daily walk that I was seeking.

Paul said that we have received the Spirit which is of God that we might know the things that are freely given us of God. Which things they taught, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but that which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Isaiah wrote, “Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk,..” God teaches in simple terms saying “precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” It is often man that complicates things. Granted this was written in a word of reproof but that doesn’t change the principle. Precept upon precept is God’s method of teaching.

So as we follow the steps that God used to teach me we will be doing so line by line, precept by precept, principle by principle. We will look at the steps every person takes from self centered beginnings, to the humbling of self at salvation, to new beginnings in faith, and on through the sometimes painful growth process to maturity. We will see where and why some fail to progress and why others excel. This is my hope any way.

If you have not already subscribed to our email updates I invite you to do so. I will email each new post to you as they come out. Will you journey with me to higher ground? If you have comments that you would like others to read then leave them below. If you have a word of encouragement for me and those who visit here please comment. IF you have a private word for me scroll all the way to the bottom and you will find a form to private message me.

“I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till rest I’ve found,
“Lord, lead me on to higher ground.””

Will you join us on the journey? I hope you will.

Kind regards always and forever,






  1. Brother Carl,

    I can tell you from experience that that higher ground to which you refer can be a very lonely place, yet it IS the only place to be! Sometimes that higher ground can be very painful like it was for our Lord, but the servant is NOT above his Master! Sometimes, it can cost you friendships and even relationships.

    People will NOT understand you, even many Christian brothers will not understand you because they prefer the low country! Sometimes people will begin to talk about you and even make up false accusations against you! Climbing the heights with the Lord will sometimes make you recoil and wish you had stayed lower yourself.

    The heights can become dizzying!

    Peter knew something of this when other disciples were falling by the wayside in John 6:66 (Wow, 666! Imagine!). It said there that “many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him…”! When the Lord asked if he and the 12 would also go away, Peter responded with, “…Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” Where shall WE go but to the higher ground with our Lord no matter the cost!

    I grew up in Colorado. I can tell you that the high places are truly inspiring and a beautiful place to be. The reward is truly worth the climb, oftentimes. Also, the higher you go the fewer people you see! (People generally don’t LIKE to climb.) The physical realm is truly an example of the spiritual.

    I remember once when I was ten, I saw a Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep climb straight up an almost verticle cliff in just a few seconds! I thought it was so cool! After I found the Lord I discovered that I can be just like that ram! I read it in Habakkuk 3:19. It says, “The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” I will be with Him there, for it says of Him in Song of Solomon 2:8, “The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.”

    The Higher Ground you spoke of is truly where He dwells and he DOES invite us to come and join him there.
    I’m glad I read this tonight. I’ve been a little down for a while now. It was good for me to remember the things I wrote about above.

    You encouraged me and I, like David at Ziklag, encouraged myself, lol!
    Thank you, my brother! I’ll certainly join you on Higher Ground with Him!

    To whom else shall we go, my brother?



    • Donnie,

      I do not know this 666 of which you speak. 😀

      Your comments and description of the ram remind me of a book I read years ago by Hannah Hubbard called Hinds Feet of High Places about a girl named Much Afraid who left her Fearing relative to journey with the Good Shepherd to High Places. He promised her two companions and was delighted to know who they might be. As it turned out He gave her Sorrow and Suffering to journey along side of her. It is an incredible allegory of our Christian life that I personally hold in esteem like many hold The Pilgrim’s Progress.

      I cannot wait to map out the steps, the things that God has shown me, regarding our journey. It will be a profitable time for me I’m sure and for those who tag along. I am glad Donnie that you will be joining us.

      You’re always a blessing my friend.

      Kind regards always and forever,


  2. Carl,

    I also read the book by Miss Hannah that you mentioned. In fact, it probably had a very strong influence on my comment above. You’re right! The book does have a strong similarity to “The Pilgrim’s Progress” without as much fame. More folks ought to read that book, too.

    Looking forward to what you are going to share about higher ground. I hope to learn some things from you, my brother!

    Kind regards in return,


    • Donnie,

      I am humbled by your comment and thankful. I suspect we have much to learn from one another. Which is part of my point with ‘All my mentors are dead.”; that each of us has something we can learn from everyone. Often we learn from others what not to do or how NOT to do things. But we have something to learn from every person who breathes the same air we do. I hope that the lessons are not too slow coming. I have placed too many irons into my fire.

      We shall see.

      Until next time,


  3. Very inspiring Carl, and Donnie as well; I’ve also read the story of Much Afraid, which added a piece to my puzzle.

    Higher ground is where we are headed, and as we grow we long for it more and more; however, the path to it is vertical, while our mission is horizontal, as in reaching for those who are lost. This is where I find myself struggling to find balance.

    I’ll stay connected and in prayer, hoping to share the encouragement as well.


    • Edwin,

      The balance between our vertical path and our horizontal mission is what the Higher Ground lessons will be much about. Thank you for praying as I prepare the lessons. I have only done them in a classroom setting and only partially online. So this will be a challenge for me to put into written form what before I was only able to diagram and dialogue about. Your comment here is a super encouragement.

      Thank you!

      Kind regards always and forever,


  4. Hi Carl,

    I look forward to the journal of your journey.
    Thanks for the invitation to join you.

    I’ll have to re-read Hinds’ Feet on High Places. It was quite a while ago that I first read it. In any case, High Places is our destiny whatever “light and momentary troubles” we experience in the here and now!

    Blessings Brother


    • Bob I am thrilled to have you along for the ride!
      Rereading Hinds Feet is not a requisite of course.

      Talk to you soon,


  5. Let us never be content when we reach the higher ground for we can never know or be fully all we are to be, you can never get too much Jesus in your life. If you think you have reached the top, look up. The mountain never stops till it reaches heavens gates.

    • Matthew I have incredible respect for you my brother and cannot wait to share a meal again. You are so right! To quote the hymn in another place, “A higher plane than I have found, – Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” The journey to higher ground will never end. I suspect we will continue to learn and grow in this life and in some ways also once we have reached our destination. The journey though is not so much about the destination as it is Who walks alongside of us every step of the way. I am glad you’re along for the journey.

      Thank you for your comment here.
      You are always a blessing.

      Kind regards always and forever,


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