Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Next Higher Spiritual Steps

We are in different stages in the development of our character and spirituality in our quest to be with our Lord. Ever wondered why, in spite of all our efforts to do the will of God in our lives, and in spite of the joy and pleasure the presence of God brings to our lives, we are not spared from tremendous trials and burdens from the Lord? Why? Do you sometimes experience that numbing feeling that the Lord may not be faithful after all in keeping all His promises? No! That is farthest from the truth. The Lord is faithful to all His promises and He never lies. But why have we not obtained yet the realization of certain promises that we continually claim, like complete healing or the granting of our heart's desires? Why? Because God wants us to take the next higher spiritual step in our ascent to His throne of grace. If the Lord required us to make a leap of faith in some projects or ministry where He directed us before, now He wants us to take the next higher spiritual step up the ladder of spiritual development to His throne of grace. Jacob was shown a vision of angels ascending and descending the ladder between heaven and earth. And that is what the Lord wants us to do. He wants us to make the next higher step in the spiritual ladder that connects heaven and earth and commune with Him in His heavenly abode. Before we can descend that ladder to be a guiding light in the darkness of the world, we have to ascend first God's spiritual stairway to heaven . In the meantime, we have to discard all icons and idols that stand in the way of our complete and perfect relationship with God. Remember, our God is a jealous God and will never countenance any rival to the throne embedded in our hearts and minds.

Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Next Higher Step, Throne of Grace, Development of Character, Spirituality, Will of God, Presence of God, Trials and Burdens, Faithful, God's Promises, Complete Healing, Heart's Desire, Leap of Faith, Ministry, Spiritual Development, Jacob, Ascending and Descending, Heaven and Earth, Commune With God, Guiding Light, Jealous God, Gospel, Word of God, Holy Bible

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla


Pinay Mommy Online said...

Hello Kuya Mel! It's been awhile since I have visited. Anyway, I agree that we journey from glory to glory in Christ Jesus.

By the way, if its not too much to ask, can I invite you to join my Valentine Linky Love Year 3 tag? I have tagged you on my post. Hope you could visit. Thanks!

Pia said...

i've learned my lessons and though i still don't have the answers to my tons of questions, i know God is doing something in my life to serve His purpose. i wait... expectantly, patiently. not my will but God's will be done.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Pinay Mommy Online,
I'm sorry if I cannot do the tag because I already posted it a couple of times before and my old readers will find it quite redundant although I must admit that it is for the Lord. I was also tagged by Rose (Chubskulit) but I also gave the same reason for not doing it. I'm really very sorry and I hope you don't mind. Thanks for your visit and inspired comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi sis Pia,
Actually the inspiration for this post came when I was thinking about the situations of Shiela (Bluebirdy) and you. It was an answer I also got for myself and probably for the countless Christians who are awaiting God's realization of His promises in their lives. As it is, God is testing our faithfulness to Him even in very adverse and negative situations. I have surrendered my life long ago to the Lord and has accepted everything that comes from Him, even death if that is my fate. Thanks for your visit and inspired comments. God bless you always my friend. I am always praying for the realization of your heart's desire.

krystyna said...

This post associate me with the text of the Bible 2 Corinthians 12:7-10;

"7 To keep me from becoming Conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, then torment me.

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

9 But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

God bless!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
I must admit this post was inspired by the situations of Shiela (Bluebirdy) and Pia, myself and probably all Christians who are languishing in pain and trials amidst our claims to the promises of the Lord. A weak and still struggling Christian would probably lose heart and begin to doubt the faithfulness of God to keep His promises. Besides the verses you quoted above where God used the thorn in the flesh of Paul to show His incomparable glory, God also use these pains and trials to test His chosen people whether they will stand by Him no matter what or whether they will fall away. This is the next higher step each Christian must take to climb higher in God's staircase to heaven. Thanks for your visit and very inspired comments. God bless you always.

Anonymous said...

salamat po kuya Mel for this post. Kasi minsan nagtatampo tayo when we pray for something and we don't get it.. But recently, I have learned to just let God do His will... Sometimes He answers a paryer with a YES, sometimes with a NO and sometimes He would say JUST WAIT...

It's been awhile na hindi ako nkabisita dito and I miss reading your post talaga... It's because your posts contains God's words and eveytimr I read it, it gives me a sense of peace inside..


Tey said...

very very motivating post Mel. I feel like I have so many steps to climb but I always feel that her is always there waiting for me no matter how long does it take me to get there. Have a great day Mel
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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kathy,
That should be our attitude towards God. Let God be God in our lives. He knows what is best for us and He will definitely give us the best in ways that we can never imagine. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you all always. BTW, pakidalaw naman yung Komentaryo blog ko. Nandun yung mga chikitings nyo.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Tey,
We are all works in progress with different levels of steps along the way to God's kingdom. He is ever so patient and faithful in waiting for us to take each step up His ladder of spiritual development all the way to His throne of grace. Thanks for your visit and inspired comments. God bless you all always.

teJan said...

"For I know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to his purpose":)


Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi teJan,
That's Romans 8:28, one of my most favorite Bible verses. Thanks for sharing it with us and for your visit as well. God bless you all always.

"Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7b)


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