The Lord our God spoke unto us in Horeb, saying ye have dwelt long enough in this mount…. (Deuteronomy 1:6)
Irrespective of our present situation (whether physical or spiritual – Education, work, singleness, health, etc.) there is always a time to move to the next level.
However, there are principles that we must understand and follow if we must connect to our next level. These principles and the necessary actions that we require are summarised as follows:
(i) You must let go of the past: This may include prejudices, past successes, failures etc. (Acts 10:13–16). A time comes when you need to do things differently or have a new experience. Don’t insist on the status quo.
(ii) Come down from your camel: This is what Rebecca did to connect with her next marital level. We must be humble. Gen 24: 63–64). Not minding your privileged position at a higher altitude, what will move you to the next level may be at a lower elevation. You may need to come down to that level to fully discover, appreciate and appropriate it (I Peter 5:6; Proverbs 18:12; 22:4; James 4:10. Humility involves meditation in prayers to God as a sign of dependence on God and not on our own wisdom or ability. You may need to take the position of a servant before you become the boss! The way down may be the way up.
(iii) Let God do it His own way: God can meet the same need in different ways(Romans11:33; 2 Kings 5, Exodus 14:16; Joshua 3:8; 14-16; 2 Kings 2:8). Don’t believe that you can determine the way the Lord will act at a particular time even if you have had a previous experience over the same matter or seen how God dealt with the problem in the life of another individual. God’s ways and means are limitless and He can choose the way and means to act over a particular problem differently. Allow Him do it His own way.
(iv) Prepare for that next level: Preparation leads to success. He who fails to plan, plans to fail. You need to prepare in prayer and fasting. Remember to “seek ye first the kingdom of God” Matthew 6:33. This includes preparing your heart Proverb 23:7 and positioning yourself for the next level. You may need to improve on your training, skill or knowledge in the appropriate sphere (2 Timothy 2:15; Proverbs 4:7; Proverbs 24:5; Hosea 4:6).
(v) You must believe that you can reach that next level:
Don’t give up on God, He is able to do exceedingly more than you can think or imagine (reference, Habakkuk 1, Numbers 13; 14:28-38). The just shall live by faith (Hebrew 11:1-6; Habakkuk 2:4). There is the need for persistency in prayers and expectation. Don’t loose focus or loose heart because of what you are seeing even when they are contrary to your expectation.
(vi) Help the people you meet on the way: Be friend to those that may be feeble as you meet them today. They may be the your ladder to the next level; the path to your success.Examples in the Bible include Rebecca – Genesis 24:18; Joseph – Genesis 40, 41; David – 1 Samuel 30:1-20.
(vii) Engage in fruitful service As you do fruitful service, you may find yourself in the unexpected. Every act of fruitfulness has the potential of fruitful reward or encounter (1 Samuel 9).
(viii) Be expectant: What you don’t expect, you may not experience unless God in His special kindness grant it. Expectation is the mother of manifestation. Your next encounter may be the leading path to your next level. Be expectant (Act 3).
(ix) Don’t give up until you get to your next level: Stay prayerfully focused on getting to your desired level. Saul did in I Samuel 9 and Elijah and Elisha did in 2 Kings 2: 1-12.Remember that quitters don’t win.
(x) Remain divinely connected to God: Sharpen your spiritual hindsight to enable you decode signals from God (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13). This will ensure you don’t miss the opportunities God send your way Remember that without God you are nothing. A Godless person will certainly end up a failure. In God lies true success. Also remember the word of God, which says: what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul (Matthew 16:26). As you remain connected to your source of success, tap into the faith to arise, and shine for your light has come…. (Isaiah 60:1)
I welcome you to your next level in Jesus name.