THERE ARE HIGHER LEVELS
The more you delve into the Word of God, the more you realize that God is really not “doing” anything for anybody today in the sense that many understand it. He’s already done everything He needed to do.
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:1).
There’re certain kinds of communications permissible for Christians at the lower level of spiritual understanding. For example, at an evangelical meeting, I might say, “God is going to heal you today,” and diverse healing miracles will take place. That statement is a truth, but a lesser truth. I’ll explain.
Genesis 1:16 talks about different lights: “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.” Light stands for truth. So, there’re lesser truths and there’re greater truths. The lesser and generic truth is that “God is going to heal you.” But there’s such a thing as being specific. It’s like specialization in the academia. At the first level, you’re taught the rudiments. As you move higher, you’re taught specifics—areas that only the initiated should come into. It’s the same thing spiritually.
The more you delve into the Word of God, the more you realize that God is really not “doing” anything for anybody today in the sense that many understand it. He’s already done everything He needed to do; He has fulfilled everything in Christ Jesus! So, He’s not making any effort to heal you; He’s already done it! If you thought, “O God, you’re really going to heal me today”; that’s a lesser truth.
In certain kinds of meetings, we teach and preach the general truth, so the non-Christians present at such meetings could hear the Word of God, be blessed and receive Christ. But at certain other meetings, we unveil the Word so God’s people can learn and put it to work for themselves; we move to the higher classes and show them the reality of God’s Word.
Refuse to remain in the lower class, like the Corinthian Christians that the Apostle Paul chided for being carnal. Rather, transcend the babyhood stage of Christianity. Grow in Christ and increase in the knowledge of God’s Word! Grow and function at higher levels, for there’s a higher life in Christ! .
THINK FRESH, THINK SUCCESS!
It’s never too late to learn and be inspired by a dream of success. Even if you’re already grey-headed and advanced in years, God can still use you
Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord (Romans 12:11 AMP).
Part of the reason young people can be very successful, where older people fail, is that many young people don’t know enough to be afraid. Most older people know too much; they have too much information about what doesn’t work. They remember when they tried out something and it failed, and so they became cynical. It’s a lot harder to inspire such people to make a fresh move or have a fresh start.
Understand that being old in this context isn’t so much about a person’s age, but about the state of his mind. Your body might age, but refuse to age in your mind. Think fresh; think success. God loves to use young people, because they think fresh all the time; they easily believe, and are always passionate about learning something new.
It’s never too late to learn and be inspired by a dream of success. Even if you’re already grey-headed and advanced in years, God can still use you. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, and at that age, he was still strong and vibrant. The Bible says, “...His eyesight was sharp; he still walked with a spring in his step” (Deuteronomy 34:7 MSG).
What will you be like when you’re ninety-two? I can tell, if you put this message to work: You won’t be crying that nothing works. Instead, you’ll be the one teaching and imparting faith to the younger generation. You’ll be changing lives with the Gospel, speaking in tongues, prophesying, and speaking words of faith by the power of the Holy Spirit! .
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