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JESUS IS SAYING COME UP HIGHER PART I


While going through some fiery stuff, in prayer one morning, the Holy Spirit dropped the word
‘Wonderful’ into my spirit…. then He dropped this message to encourage all those who are going
through the fire and are hungry and thirsty for more of JESUS.

Let me start out by telling you about a story I saw on TV that blew my socks off; because you do not
see things like this on TV very often. It was a story told on the series: Little House On The Prairie
Series By: Laura Ingall’s Wilder. Notice what Charles Ingall’s did when faced with great adversity.
The highlights went like this:

(Paraphrasing what I remember)

The parents of two children had been killed and Charles and Carolyn Ingall’s took them in. Their son
Albert and the other boy had gone to the bank, which was in the process of being robbed. The little
boy was shot in the head. His eyes were open, but he did not respond to anything around him.
Charles Ingall’s believed God was going to heal him; but everyone and everything around him said
‘there was no chance’….no ‘hope’ of him surviving. Finally, after several times, his wife, best friend
and the doctor telling him there was no chance he decided to take the boy away from all the negative
surrounding where his faith could not be diminished.

He took the boy to a place in the wilderness; there God told him to build an altar. Charles did so,
prayed and waited for God to intervene. The young boy just lay there not moving and unable to eat;
nature tells us if we cannot receive food our body will die. Charles began praying for an answer. God
sent the answer in the form of an old man (angel). When talking to the man about the boy, the man
asked if he could try feeding him. Charles, at first, resisted, but looked into the man’s eyes and then
let him try. The boy not only ate, but ate from the bowl…..then the man disappeared.

Much time passed, and still no response came. Charles’ family was concerned and his best friend
found him and tried to talk him into coming home. Charles refused and told his friend to go home; he
was not going anywhere until God healed his son. His friend went to see Charles’ wife, Carolyn, now
she wanted to go and try talking him into coming home. The man (angel) appeared and told his friend
not to go that night, but wait until tomorrow. Then the man (angel) appeared before Charles again
and Charles said, ‘Tonight is the night, isn’t it?’ and the man said, ‘Yes’. Charles than asked, ‘Is God
going to heal him?’ The man (angel) answered, ‘I do not know, but if He does not heal him will you still
serve God?’ Charles answered, ‘Yes’.

The man (angel) then told Charles to take the boy to the altar. He obeyed and when lightning struck
the altar, both Charles and the boy were knocked out by the Power….of God.

The next scene showed the boy bending over Charles, saying, ‘Dad, are you all right?’

Do you see what I see? When doubts and negative things continue to surround you and try to
diminish your faith….do what he did, get away from all the negative and doubtful words and
thoughts….. go where you can be alone with God, talk to Him and He will answer you. Awesome
program…..Awesome GOD!

Lately it seems like God’s people have been going through some really fiery places, filtering in from
every direction. As I read different words and prophetic words from different ministries, on the
internet, I have realized that we are not the only ones experiencing fiery trials. It seems like all the
ministers are feeling the same pressure.

Marilyn, partner in ministry, had mentioned this fact during her part of the service. I felt like I had to
add one thing, it is the hungry and thirsty which are being tried and tested through the fire……a
requirement to ‘Come Up Higher’.

The morning I began writing this the Holy Spirit dropped this little tid bit into my spirit I want to also
share with you.

The anointing does not come in a bottle…. it does not come in a package….. it comes with a price!

Jesus being our supreme example:

1) Separated Himself from the world

2) Hung around other believers-teaching

3) Prayed with others-corporately/interceding

4) Fasted

5) Prayed alone to regenerate Holy Ghost Power

Then I heard:

So comes Faith and Trust through trials, testing and temptations.

Jesus, again being our supreme example showed us how to succeed.

In the scriptures we hear and see it all. The Word says in II Corinthians 1:8:

(Scriptures emphasized by me for clarity)

II Corinthians 1:8
For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: That we
were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.

Huh? I said to myself, what? Let me read that again. Can it be true that the great Apostle Paul
could                          have feelings of ‘despair?’                                      

I wanted to see exactly what the Word said about the word ‘despair’, so I looked up the Greek word
in the Strong’s Concordance; and this is what I found out:

Strong’s Concordance Greek Word is exaporeomia (ex-ap-or-ah’-om-ahee) #1820 which means:
despondency, utterly at a loss, without hope.

I was so surprised. I had always thought that to be without hope was doubting God’s ability to
move….but it happens to all of us at one time or another.

This is not to say that it is OK to live despondent, depressed lives…..No! No! No! My friend, to the
contrary, we are to live above depression, but there are times in all our lives that we do not know
what is going on so our hearts fail us.

The answer is in the Word of God! The Word will explain and define what is going on and give us the
answer. God is God and He is Sovereign…..all things exist and consist because of Him.

II Corinthians 12:9 says:

II Corinthians 12:9
….”My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

In Corinthians 7:5 we also see something else, listen:

II Corinthians 7:5
For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every
side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears.

What!......What am I hearing? Paul tells us that after traveling to Macedonia they were tired, and
trouble came from ‘every side’……outside conflicts and inside fear.

Luke 5:16

So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.

Mark 1:35
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary
place; and there He prayed.

Matthew 14:23
And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now
when evening came, He was alone there.

He is saying something to us friend…..let us hear what the apostle wants us to learn. When we have
traveled, preached, prayed, fasted, ministered our bodies need rest. Remember we are mortals,
flesh and blood. The anointing drains us physically, mentally and emotionally.

So we see Paul needed rest, but before he could receive that time of refreshing he was brought
conflicts which brought fear into his heart.

That, my friend, is how the enemy of our soul works….he does not play fair; he does not care about
anything but destroying your soul; so he attacks when we are tired, weak and vulnerable.

So how do we fight him?

WITH THE WORD       +           PRAY                                                

In I Peter 4:12 the Word says:

I Peter 4:12
Beloved do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange
thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His
glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

We can go back and quote II Corinthians 12:9, where He reminds us when we are weak….He is
strongest.

Further in the Word we read in II Corinthians 4:7-9

II Corinthians 4:7-9
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and
not of us, we are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed.

What are we reading here?!? An awesome revelation of the Power of God to deliver! Let us dissect
this verse:

1) We hold a ‘treasure’ in our bodies

2) The Power of God to deliver

3) We may be hard-pressed (pushed) on ‘every’

side…but

4) N-O-T crushed (trodden, flattened, trampled)

5) Perplexed (wondering)…but

6) N-O-T in despair (hopelessness, anguish, gloom)

7) Persecuted (mocked/laughed at, etc)….but

8) N-O-T forsaken

9) Struck down (beaten, smacked, punched)….but

10) N-O-T destroyed

Do you see what I see? Is God getting through to us?

During these fiery trials let us not forget what He promised us. In I Corinthians 10:13 it says:

I Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not
allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of
escape, that you may be able to bear it.

And let us not forget what He said just before He ascended back to His Father in Matthew 28:19-20

Matthew 28:19-20
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and
lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen

This is saying to me He will never leave us nor forsake us, (Hebrews 13:5) during a trial/test……for
He walks before us and knows the Way out! This also tells me I am to observe ‘all’ things ‘He’ has
taught…..not what ‘man’ is teaching these days.

Now, knowing all this….still I allowed my vision to be blurred by the situation or circumstances
surrounding me.

Sunday morning while preparing dinner, in advance of our church meeting, I heard Jentezen Franklin
say: (not quoted exact)

‘The harder the battle the more God is saying,’

“I Trust You.”

That is a WOW! In my book!!!! An AWESOME thought!

It really put a check in my spirit…..got me to thinking how stinkin’ my thinkin’ was. Listen to what I
saw as His Holy Spirit began revealing some awesome stuff, in His Word:

As Father God trusted Jesus to complete His task/mission….He was trusting me! It got me to really
thinking……

In the garden “Jesus’ asked the Father to take the cup, of the Cross, from Him. As we know God did
not and Jesus was obedient to the end of His mission….which was the Cross. Let us also remember
that when they came for Him, in the Garden, He told His disciples the following:

Matthew 26:53
”Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve
legions of angels?

Thank God He did not ask God to release the angels. He received strength through the ‘hot fiery’ trial
that day in the Garden to complete His mission.

Again Jesus is our supreme example. Let us dissect what He thought and did during the most fierce
trial He ever faced:

There were seven (7) things He spoke before His death.

***Notice***

Where His thoughts were:     

First-Luke 23:34
…Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Here Jesus, in the middle of His fiery trial, His focus was on

COMPASSION  

Second-Luke 23:42-43:
....And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.’

Here Jesus focused on, without doubt His     

POWER and AUTHORITY TO FORGIVE

Third-John 19:26:
....He said to His mother, “Woman behold your Son.”

Knew His mother’s pain-acknowledged He was the

SACRIFICAL LAMB        
Fourth-John 19:27:

Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!”

Here He focused on His and the Father’s

LOVE

Fifth-John 19:28:
………”I thirst”…….

He acknowledged the body’s         

PHYSICAL NEED AND PAIN

Sixth-Matthew 27:46:
….Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli Lama Sabachthani: That is, “My God, My God,
why have You forsaken Me?”

He felt loneliness and

FORSAKEN  

Seventh-
Luke 23:46 says it like this:
….Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”
Having said this, He breathed His last.

But I like the way John says it in John 19:30:     

“IT IS FINISHED!”   

Jesus had completed His mission and was now sitting at the right hand of God.

To be continued next week: We will reveal more of what the Holy Spirit has shown us…..and the
word ‘wonderful’ I mentioned at the beginning of this lesson.

Link to Jesus is saying come up higher Part II
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