Summary: At a higher level with God you get a crystal-clear vision of what you have to do and what not to do – all haze would fade away here, this is called crystal-clear zone.
Go higher to hear clearer –part 1
Mathew 2:21”So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.”
Well, before I delve into the message today, would like to ask you a few questions: how much of the Bible have you read last year, how much time have you spent each day with the Lord, have you set aside time last year for fasting and prayer? Think! These are the things that take you to a higher level with God from where you get a crystal-clear vision of what you have to do and what not to do – all haze would fade away here, this is called crystal-clear zone, anybody hearing me? John is invited to a higher dimension in order to get revelations: like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things."(Revelations 4:1)
Let us pray like David: Teach me good discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments.(Psalm 119:66.) I watch people run in circles today for better jobs, higher payments with plethora of other benefits like medical insurance, LTA allowance, housing loans, car loans, personal loans, foreign assignments and what not! They aspire to go higher, higher…higher and higher and then crash! Don’t get me wrong - all of the above are perishable! What is that angst for? Did you ever think of taking a job that would give you enough time to pray and read the Bible, a job that would not interfere with your worship time on Sundays, have you hunted for a job that would not grab your precious time with your family? Tell me. When things go downhill then we panic and rush to God in the last hour, why not make better decisions this year that would help you and your family? If you curb your unnecessary expenditure, unwanted purchases and extravagances then life would be more peaceful, are you listening?
While I was reading the book of Mathew today, I read the portion where Joseph is instructed by the angel in a dream to get up and go to Israel with the child (Jesus) and the mother, because the enemies have all vanished. Wow! Are they not clear instructions with no confusions? You get to hear angels speak in dreams and God walk with you only when you obey and walk with God like Joseph – in other words you got to go higher..and higher…and higher with God…isn’t that wonderful? Stop being greedy, be content with what you have and this year make concrete decisions and efforts to get close to God and stay there!
Higher than me - part 2
Psalm 61:2”From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
There are demons in the lower level: haters, mockers, slanderers, dream-destroyers, lampooners, deceivers, betrayers; therefore, you got to get to a higher dimension with God in order to think, walk and live like Christ. Anybody listening?
Well, since the beginning of this year, God has been putting this thought in my mind to get higher with Him; however, I wonder how many understand this! People who are content with reckless, lazy, bland, insipid life with no vision or passion would not understand what I am trying to say but this message is for the ones who would want to live above the mediocrity level and get into excellency! As you strive to reach this supreme level, an army of demons are deployed to pour water on your vision but NONE can even touch your hair – say Amen. Hurray!
Wake up early to meet God, David said, “I will wake the dawn with my song.”(Psalm 108:2) Look at that! He says that he would awaken the dawn, isn’t that wonderful? Such should be your love for God, crucify your flesh to sleep more, eat more, play more, browse more…and wake up early to talk to God and read His Word. There are many out there hearing the sermons of other people for too long, that becomes entertainment sometimes, get revelations for yourself by reading the Bible yourself. You think He would ignore when you do that? NEVER. He would pour out His blessings on you, we lack because we reject God. God is looking for your works!
Sundays may be time for lazily tossing on the bed or meandering the city for exotic food for many but in my life, I have to supervise the food for the Abide Angel Home and the children who attend our church on Sunday, food is served early in the morning before the church starts at 8.30 am. This is no cute and quiet atmosphere; water is spilled, food is dropped by the children – leftovers are cleaned and the place is tidied for the church service. Mayhem! No escape. Let me pause and say something profound for you to think over: you cannot get to possess bigger places if have not you served in smaller places! Anybody listening? There were people who had to serve in the kitchens before getting the mike to preach. The ‘Principal position’ of a government recognition school could not have happened for me, if I had not taught rag pickers during the initial stages of my ministry. Some of us prefer to skip stages and arrive soon, isn’t it?