Are you tired of the same old same old? Are you ready to go to a higher level?
Perhaps you're ready to go to a higher level of intimacy with God. You're ready to become the man or woman of integrity, of prayer, of the Word, and of godly character that God has called you to be.
Or perhaps you're ready to go to a higher level of power. You're ready to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons the way Jesus commanded us to do.
Or, maybe you are ready for a higher level of success in your personal life and relationships. You're ready for deeper friendships, a better family dynamic, and a life lived with purpose and intention so you can fully experience everything God has for you.
No matter what, if you're ready to go to a higher level in any area, God is ready to help you.
Here's how I know God is ready to take you to a higher level:
I was reading Isaiah 48 recently, and I came across this verse:
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go'” (Isaiah 48:17).
I had a sudden inspiration to look up the word “profit” in my trusty Strong's Concordance, so I did. You know what I found?
The word translated “profit” in that verse literally means, in the Hebrew, “to ascend.”
Wow! To ascend!
Helpful background information from yours truly:
I was a student of foreign languages in college. I majored in Spanish and minored in French, with some additional study of Japanese, German, and Italian thrown in. I love the beauty of foreign languages.
One thing I learned, however, is that languages don't always translate. The nuances of one language are often unique to that language, and you can't convey the exact meaning of a word or phrase in any other language.
Therefore, when you translate from one language to the next, you just have to do your best. You have to convey the general intent or thought, because you often cannot convey the literal meaning from the original text.
But all Scripture was God-breathed, right? He literally breathed it out through those who wrote it down in ancient times. And He breathed it out in their language: Hebrew, in this case. So let's look at what that Scripture would have said if we read it with its literal, Hebrew meaning:
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to ascend, Who leads you by the way you should go'” (Isaiah 48:17), emphasis mine.
God Himself teaches you to ascend. He is the One who takes you to a higher level. He's ready to take you to a higher level right now!
That really struck me. As Christians, we are to live “on earth as it is in Heaven.” Literally, we belong in Heaven, and we can start living there now. Heaven is open to us; it is our home. Therefore, we should be living FROM Heaven TO earth.
But if you are new to this reality, you might not be sure how to get there. You want it. You're hungry. But you need help.
Isaiah 48:17 tells us that Jesus Christ Himself will teach you to ascend.
I don't believe He's talking about making money here, which is kind of the way it's translated. Based on the entirety of Jesus' ministry and teaching on earth, I believe He's talking about what He always talks about: living in Heaven, abiding in Him, and being one with the Father.
He's saying that He knows we need help living in our true identity. He knows we need help living in His reality. So He is the One that teaches us. God Himself teaches us to ascend. He takes us to a higher level and is constantly teaching us how to live our entire lifestyle “on earth as it is in Heaven.”
So if you're ready to make His reality your reality, jump on that. Jesus teaches you to ascend. He's ready and willing to help you live the ascended lifestyle and go to the next level with Him.
So go ahead and ask Him for help! This is Kingdom life, and Kingdom life is Jesus' favorite topic. He'll help you as soon as you ask.
Are you ready to make “on earth as it is in Heaven” a reality in your life? Does this message speak to your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below!
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