I don’t know if I can call this a Bible Study… you can call it an issue of sorts that has been plaguing me and I am bringing to the community of believers to see if anyone has been here before and can help or maybe even to see if someone is here right now and needs a push like I do to STEP UP.
You all know that I was off line for the better part of January and it wasn’t like I was doing anything fancy, I was home but mostly always locked in my room because I was on a fast and was praying alongside.
God dropped lots of stuff in my heart during that period and one of those stuffs that has refused to go is “Come Up Higher”.
At the end of one of Pastor Chingtok’s message during “Greater Glory” conference, he said “I charge you, come up hither!”
Those words stuck to my spirit and simply refused to leave.
You know when you hear something and it just keeps coming back to you at the oddest of time.
I tried searching online for where it was in the Bible but couldn’t find it.
Meanwhile God had already told me “this year is a “I charge you Frances, come up hither. Come up higher in the Spirit first of all, in the Word, in prayers, in discipline and subduing the flesh and then in (walking in) purpose”.
He said “come up higher is a “MORE”, more light, more glory radiating through me kind of year. Increase in love, increase in faith, increase in the waters of the Spirit.”
Needless to say, my spirit has been restless for a while now.
Because I know that this is His word to me but I somehow don’t seem to hit it like He wants me to do.
Everything I have been doing/trying to do just doesn’t seem enough.
Yesterday we had a programme at Church that was so powerful with Pastor Evans Obbong and while everyone was falling under the anointing and getting a Word for themselves, all God told me was “there’s a price to pay Frances, I said “COME UP HIGHER”.
By the way I finally found the passage where Come up hither is in the Bible…
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”
Revelation 4:1 KJV
My sister’s Revised standard version Bible which I found it in actually says “Come Up Higher”.
And as I write now I am getting “Come Up Higher” is an invitation to God Himself.
If you read down that passage, you’d see that immediately John was in the Spirit and was taken to the very throne room of God.
Another thing I am noticing also is that “A door was opened unto Him.”
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:…”
When he came up higher through the door, he witnessed things so glorious, I believe it must have been hard for him to put them into words that we see in Revelations.
Except the spirit illuminates your eyes, you can’t get just how glorious what he saw in the throne room is.
So basically when God is saying “come up higher Frances”, He is saying “a door has been opened unto you Frances, a door that leads to me but you cannot step in unless you step up… in the Spirit”.
I studied Ezekiel 47 during my break…
“And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees.
Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.”
Ezekiel 47:3-5 KJV
And I was getting the “waters of the Spirit” in John 7 also.
For this water to flow to others, it has to first increase in you.
From ankle to knee, to waist to overflowing.
So He says increase the rivers of living waters in you Frances, that’s the only way you can shine forth this glory in the magnitude I want it to be shone at.
That’s how you can provide healing and health and fruit and hope and light to the nations.
Where you are now?
This preparation stage?
This is the determinant for how much glory you shine forth… for how much of the river can flow through your gate.
Your ascendance to the fullness of the things I want to use you to do is closely tied to your increase in the Spirit.
You can’t separate both of them.
He said so many more things to me…
I know all of what He’s saying but my issue is I just can’t seem to hit that spot that He wants me to hit.
To John, almost instantly he was in the Spirit and ascended through the door opened to Him…
To me, it just seems like I’m trying and trying (or maybe I have been lazy, to be truthful) and just can’t seem to hit “it”.
He has told me that He won’t tell me to come up higher if He can’t help me achieve it so maybe this is a case of me trying to do it on my own?
Or just being too anxious and rushing things?
Because He has said that I might not get it right now but I should press on till I get it right.
But still there’s this itching in my spirit… like its not here… its not here.
I believe this year among other things is a year when if I really want to do things right, I won’t be available for a lot of things… gisting, unnecessary movies, worldy songs…
It’s a total pull to let the Spirit take over.
And to bring it home… why you? (because I believe that this isn’t happening to only me).
I don’t know why us… but I believe that we are privileged to be in this class… now if only we can run with what God has for us in this time.
Because the issue is in the process.
Sadly we won’t suddenly ascend like John did, it’s going to take work… lots of work on our part.
Lots of us shutting ourselves in… praying in the Spirit at night, eating the Word like it’s the only sustenance in our lives… fasting like we’ll die if we don’t (notice the reverse case here? Some would die without food, we would be lifeless if we eat and feed the body in preference over the Spirit).
Truth be told, even this morning, I was telling God I don’t know what to do with this your command to me.
I didn’t know how to start writing this study because I don’t have my thoughts together on this yet…
Lord help me.
That’s the essence of this study(if we can call it that)…
Let’s plead for God to help us.
Where He wants us to get to is a place where the world falls off of us…
Where the Spirit dominates our lives…
Where the Word is fully in us, saturating our lives and our souls…
Where His glory can be displayed in great magnitudes through us.
Yes He has given us steps for this…
Eat the Word, feed the Spirit, pray in tongues… let ME – God take over your life.
But this thing called flesh is a huge hindrance to the Spirit till we learn to subdue it.
I can’t tell you how many nights this year alone when I am supposed to be up at 3am praying in the Spirit and I find myself on my bed till daybreak.
I can’t count how many times I end up not doing the kind of indepth study I planned to do in the Word…
And still the Spirit keeps itching me to “come up higher”.
Obviously I cannot come up higher in my own power…
And you can do same too.
What can we do then?
We can do what God has told us to do… RELY ON HIM.
This command to come up higher comes from Him and we can’t fulfil it with our own power.
I have tried and keep falling.
I have a picture in my head of the woman I wanna be… I want to be loaded of Him…
I truly want to step into that door He is calling me to step through but I can’t push myself.
This “Coming up higher” may mean different things for everyone.
For some it maybe “give me more time than you are doing now”.
Some even entails come up higher in loving others like I love them.
Come up higher in being disciplined in the Spirit…
What I do know is that all these involves a coming up higher spiritually and we cannot do this except the Spirit is built up in us and the flesh cannot take us there.
If you haven’t gotten the memo already, we cannot survive as carnal Christians, no, the Spirit has to dominate us for us to live like God wants us to do… and for that to happen, it would take more than the 10minutes we currently give God as quiet time.
It would take MORE.
So please pray along with me if the above word on “coming up higher” applies to you…
We thank you for the grace to be yours…
We thank you for the privilege to be chosen by you…
Lord there’s been such a pull to increase in you but we can’t seem to help ourselves.
We cannot propel ourselves into that which you have for us.
We need your help.
We need your help.
I plead that you help me help myself from today.
This level spiritually isn’t where I am meant to be.
Please Lord propel me forward.
Help me subdue the flesh and step into what you have for me.
Please Lord, there is a door open before me but I cannot reach it with my own physical hands.
Help me Lord.
Please help me.
I feel that prayer strongly in my heart.. let’s just say it’s my heart cry.
I hope we run with the help God grants us and do our part even as He tugs on us and gives us #grace.
If you have passed this stage before… that is God had tugged on you to increase in Him and you are atleast on the race… you have some tips for “coming up higher in God”, I would love to hear them.
Please share in the comment section below.
Till our next online Bible study,
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MateyscottFebruary 3, 2016 at 11:29 am
I love this Frances. Totally do cause its something I can really relate to.
It was just last night that I was telling a friend that I can’t afford to live anyone and do things that are acceptable to others, including Christians because God has shown me where he is taking me and I have to prepare myself. My spirit and life have to match up. So I totally get where you are coming from.
The thing is God has given you the word. He has told you what he wants. Now, get yourself ready by going the extra mile. Extra mile in your study of his word, relationship with him and so on. And just let him handle the rest. The Bible says our sufficiency is from God, not that we are adequate by ourselves. It is God that puts in us the will to do of his good pleasure. God definitely wants you to go higher and so he gave you the word straight up. Do your part and watch him do the major work.
Late last year, I discovered God gives me specific instructions before hand because I would later encounter something that would require me to keep remembering the word. So hold on to it and always remember it when you RE tired or discouraged.
My prayers are with you hon. Have to run now before I miss the bus
Frances OkoroFebruary 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm
#going the extra mile… remembering His word when the flesh wants to buckle…and letting the Spirit help me. I pray for #grace.
And yes, our perspective about increasing in Him changes when we get it like you do, that we have to MOVE to get to where He wants to take us to….
Thanks babes. Hope you didn’t miss your bus ohh
MateyscottFebruary 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm
Thank God the bus came late. So I didn’t .its it.
Frances OkoroFebruary 6, 2016 at 7:37 pm
Thank God ohh
MobolajiFebruary 3, 2016 at 5:50 pm
Babe! I don’t joke with Wednesday posts. Lol
I can’t deny that I’ve also been hearing a lot of stuff from God on moving from this spiritual stage to the next. And I also feel I haven’t quite gotten there. A lot of sacrifice this will ential, and honestly, as Mayowa said I can’t joke with this time of my life because of what God has shown me about the future.
A lot of stuff will have to take back sit for more important things, and I’m so ready to increase in Him!
I said that prayer, and Frances, we can only ask for God to help us!
Frances OkoroFebruary 6, 2016 at 7:35 pm
Grace..grace..help…help needed, thank God we have the Spirit, our helper..we’ll get there as long as we follow as He leads us.
I don’t joke with you too on the blog babes..on all of the days.lol
OlamiOctober 8, 2016 at 5:43 am
So inspiring…..God has been telling me this “come up higher” for a very long time now….stumbling on this post is really great…..and I pray God will help me come up higher.
Thank you ma.
Frances OkoroOctober 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm
Amen to your prayers Olami.
Amen to coming up higher.
And welcome to the blog!