Summary: We need to go higher in Jesus and stop being comfortable at the level we are.
“Let’s take the next level to Jesus”
1st Corinthians 2 : 9 – 16
This scripture is talking about how there are things in God which can only be revealed by the spirit of God to the spiritual minded individual. A carnal mind is enmity against God and is unable to understand the things God has for those that love Him. It is clearly understandable by this passage of scripture that there is a distinction in the levels. A level is categorized as a position, rank, height, or depth, the stages that must be obtained in order to be at a particular point.
The carnal minded individual can be considered at one level while the spiritually minded individual can be considered at another level. We sometimes sing the song that says come on let’s go higher, come on let’s go higher in the Lord. Come on let’s go deeper, come on let’s go deeper in the Lord, stating the fact that there are indeed different levels in God that we can obtain.
We are living in a time when among preachers it is fashionable, popular, and emotionally stimulating to preach about going to another level. The reason this type of message is so greatly preached today is because of the promise of prosperity and popularity that comes at a higher level in God. The central theme seems to be if you want to be prosperous then just go to another level in God. Get a higher praise on and God will pour you out a blessing so great that you will not be able to receive it all. If you want to grow than you need to go to another level. However we must be careful to understand the difference between growth and swell. Growth means to increase in size by a natural process, to cultivate, to develop and reach maturity. Swell means to become puffed up. Growth is done by going through the process; to swell is something that is caused by an infection. Many people have become swollen thinking that they have gone to another level, when in fact the have been infected with pride, greed, and self worth, becoming lovers of themselves more than lovers of God.
Understand there are promises that God has promised to give to the church, there are promises that God has promised to give to a nation and there are promises that God has promised to give to each an every individual, but these promises are conditional and unless the conditions are met, unless you go through the process you will never receive the promise. Yet in still this emotionally stimulated message is preached with vigor.
We find so-called children of God flocking to hear the popularity message. Preachers are preaching the name it claim it, grab it and you can have it message telling people that all you have to do is go to another level. Saints are bombarding these places to hear these messages looking for a quick fix to a problem or some kind of get rich quick fantasy, WHY.
For the Bible says that the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lust shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. The mind-set of many people today is that if I can get to this level that prosperity and popularity will rain down on me. If I can meet this person, then they will introduce me to that person, then I can meet Bishop well-known and if they will allow me to preach at that meeting then I will have made it and my ministry then can flourish, why, because I’m going to another level. Since this is pleasing to the carnal minded man and is therefore emotionally stimulating preachers are preaching about going to another level.
We find now that churches are saying come and go to another level with us. They have incorporated into the agenda a second service which they now call a “Praise and Worship Service” and they say this is how we are going to another level. However, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a song or a service does not constitute going to another level. Understand that if you come to church and sit there like a bump on a log and then when the praise team says clap your hands and say hallelujah and you do that, does not mean that you have gone to another level, you have only played a spiritual game of Simon says.
We can go from one point to another and that is going to another level, but what is failed to be mentioned is the process you had to go through to get to that level. Understand the important thing is the process of getting to that level then being at that level, because if you don’t understand and learn from the process then you can’t appreciate or operate properly at that level. Realize that the important thing is the process of getting to that level rather than being at that level, because if you don’t learn from the process the you can’t appreciate or function properly at that level.