“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.
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“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,