Message for September 27, 2015 from Pastor Jerry

John 16:13  “However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears, he will speak, and He will tell you things to come.”

2 Timothy 2:15  “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God; a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

    During the past 2 weeks I have had plenty of time to read and to meditate on what I have read.  One of the books I read was given to me by someone in the church who ask me to read it and tell them what I thought about it.  The situation was brought about when this person shared the book with a co-worker who seemed shocked and even scared by some of the content.  

    The book in question is named ELEVATION  by a friend of our church, Terry Tripp.  As I read the book, I began to see why it affected the individual mentioned before.  Basically, Brother Terry is pointing to the fact that most Christians never reach their potential because they tend to be content on a particular elevations of life.  

    If our spiritual life moved like an elevator, it is probable that most people entered it on level one or the basement.  When we enter the kingdom of God on the first level, it tends to reason we can choose to stay on level one or be elevated to a higher level.  Is there any way to know if we have reached the highest level possible?  If we have not or believe we can not do the works that Jesus did, then I would say there are more levels that we haven’t reached.  

    Accepting Jesus Christ is your first level.  It seems that many people are satisfied with this situation.  “I‘m saved (why should I be concerned about anything else?)”  The reason for it being a concern is on each new level we experience a newer measure of grace.  Elevating from one level to the next is the key subject of his book.  

    The key to elevating oneself to a new level is our love for and interest in the Word of God.  It is God’s word that must be a key priority in our lives.  As we read in the verse above, we must rightly divide the word of truth.  Jesus, in His prayer for His followers, asked God to keep them in the truth.  He then went on to say, “Your word is truth.”  You can elevate as high as you allow God’s word to take you.  Its an unlimited trip.

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