It’s easy to get stuck in the same place spiritually. We tend to become comfortable and live with a false sense of security that we are fine the way we are.
I like watching sci-fi like Star Trek, Dr. Who, etc…I’m fascinated by space ships and aliens, phasers, inter-galactic travel and enjoy watching characters move from one universe dimension to the next. But what do Star Trek, Dr. Who and next dimension travel have in common with the Bible?
I think we all realize we need to grow spiritually. Spiritual advancement is not possible though without a sci-fi like “inter-dimensional” jump to the next level.
In my own journey, I have many times asked myself what I could be doing in order to move to the next level; perhaps you’re asking yourself that same question. We need to find out what God has for us and embrace change and next dimension thinking as we journey through life.
God is looking for men to become better men, believers to fall in love with Him to a greater degree, dads to become more involved and loving, moms to become more nurturing, husbands and wives to become better partners, and the list goes on. God’s plan for growth includes all practical areas of living. The Bible reminds us that this world is waiting for the manifestation of the children of God (Romans 8:19); we have a Father who has adopted us as His sons and daughters. In Him there is abundant life and we have that life inside us to shine in this world for others to see.
Going to the next level means being committed to change, eradicating the comfortable and when change takes place, not look back. The devil also has a plan, and if he can’t physically take us out, he will use distractions to cause us to become stagnant. Stagnant means being motionless, static, showing no life or flow. How do we get out of the quicksand of passivity?
DESIRE GOD ABOVE ALL
Have you ever felt like there are days when you feel no passion for reading the Word, prayer and worship? Stagnation is like slowly bleeding to death without realizing it. We focus too much on wanting to “feel” a desire for God, when we should focus really on obedience. Falling prey to our stagnant emotions will prolong our barrenness. Loving God’s presence, reading His Word will cause the waters inside and around us to begin stirring and moving and bring new life. God’s presence is like a river, let’s jump in and swim.
LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE
In a society consumed by love for “self”, healthy love for God, ourselves and others has never been more important. Our bent to focus on “me” will cause isolation, alienation and stagnation and cause us to become introspective and self-absorbed. If left unchecked, this state can lead to despair and depression and we see that by the rise of emotional and mental issues people are experiencing today.
God’s design was about relationship from the start and any deviation is a violation of that design. The Bible reminds us “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
BECOME ACTIVE AND ENGAGED
We must not minimize the importance of service and relationship with others. Being stagnant is synonymous with no life, no movement and no participation. Jesus Himself came to serve and not to be served (Matthew 20:28). Let’s break through the murky waters of stagnation and embrace activity and the good works God prepared for us. (Ephesians 2:10)
ACCEPT YOUR IDENTITY
We are precious, fearfully and wonderfully made. We don’t have to become someone we’re not so we can be accepted. Our identity and security should not be based on performance, but on who God made us to be. Comparing ourselves to others is a trap. We typically look at someone else’s highlight reel and feel we come up short and then get dejected.
After Jesus was baptized by John, a dove rested on Him and the voice of the Father confirmed who He was, not what He would do. If Jesus needed confirmation of His identity, so do we. We are God’s kids and that’s what counts.
MOVE FORWARD WITH BOLDNESS
Moving to the next level will require some step of bold faith and bold action. Strategies and plans are good but to break through the stagnation barrier we have to engage “warp speed.” We walk by faith and not by sight, we must engage faith as the vehicle to take us to our next level of growth with God. He will always finish what He started (Philippians 1:6)
PREPARE TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE
1 Kings 19 is all about transition and going to the next level. God allowed Ahab to persecute Elijah to cause him to move forward to the next stage. After running away from Ahab, afraid for his life, God met Elijah in the desert, fed him and shortly after, pushed him to move again to Horeb, the mountain of God, to receive new revelations. He then caused him to move one more time to look for Elisha, etc. When we decide we are going to move to the next dimension, the enemy will come to distract and attack; God will allow things to happen that will push us to the next stage in our faith walk. God is not the author of evil, but will at times use uncomfortable circumstances to steers us in the right direction. God did not call us to comfort, He calls us to obedience.
UNDERSTAND THE OPPOSITION
Next level transitions are never easy, and some may oppose us and feel threatened to see us moving forward. We need to purpose in our hearts not to let people who oppose us to upset us. Our struggle is never against people. The devil will use anything to cause us to go backward. Resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7).
We must not allow ourselves to stagnate. We must move forward! Often when we feel uneasy and the enemy throws everything at us, it is because he realizes that an active, passionate believer is a threat to his kingdom.
Are you in the midst of a battle? Is the enemy throwing fiery darts at you? Stay strong, face the enemy and move forward with the strength of the Lord into the next dimension of what God has waiting for you.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.