For Years, a part of my “stay on track training” was when I heard a WORD that KICKS my faith into HIGH GEAR, I listened to it OVER AND OVER. I transcribe, review and pray into the scriptures until it becomes a part of my consciousness. This sermon was like that for me. It is Three Keys to go to your Next Level!
SERMON NOTES SUNDAY JUNE 7, 2015
By Patricia King
Three Keys to go to your Next Level
How many of you are ready to go to your next level? The new things are right at hand.
Isaiah 43:18-19 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. KJV
Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” NKJV
It is God’s desire for us to be fruitful and to multiply. If you are going to multiply, it means you are going to move forward. It means you should be accomplishing or going into new levels of fruitfulness all the time. As we move forward we should bear more fruit. God always wants us moving forward and bearing fruit. Like a lemon tree in a house we lived in. It doubled in size and the fruit almost doubled in size the next year.
Deutteronomy 1:11 ‘May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are, and bless you, just as He has promised you! NASB
This is talking about moving forward. God wants to increase you from where you are right now. You might be at a certain level of fruitfulness right now, But God wants to increase that. I want to increase!
3 John 2 (God’s Law of Attraction) 3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. NASB
When your soul is in alignment with God’s will for your life, with his promises then you will manifest that which you are aligned to. Here are three keys to to your next level of fruitfulness and to move forward with.
1) What is your Dream for Moving Forward.
You must have a dream. If you have no vision of what tomorrow looks like you will have nothing to move toward. You must have a vision of what your tomorrow should look like. All throughout the bible, you will see examples of God planting dreams into people’s heart to make sure that they have a dream so they can move forward into that dream. God challenged Abraham by giving him a vision of what to move into. God gave him a vision to move into. God planted a dream into Moses to deliver the children out of bondage. What does your future look like? As a couple what does our life look like?
If you are in a transition place and it’s a difficult transition, you need a dream. What is ahead of you? Write down your dreams. What does it look like? What would you like to have in your life if everything is better? What would your life in Jesus look like? What would you like to have in your life? What would your relationships, family, workplace look like? Get a dream. Envision. Ponder. Dream.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee. KJV / “The steadfast mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee. NASB
The word mind here is yetser OT:3336 yetser (yay’-tser); from OT:3335; a form; figuratively, conception (i.e. purpose) purpose, form KJV – frame, thing framed, imagination, mind, work.
This Hebrew word means purpose, form, creative imagination. So he says, I will keep the person who has creative dream ability in perfect shalom. If you have creative imagination, thinking ahead, what does it look like? Your own life in God—what attributes can you dream about growing into? Have a dream board. Put something visual out there in front of you.
God made dream boards for his people. When you look upon it the vision of that thing gets inside of you. He told Abraham to look up at the stars. They were too many to count. That is what I’m gonna make your descendants like. He was planting a dream inside his heart because he did not have his son yet. So every night he saw the stars he remembered the promise and the vision.
(Here is a great resource to help you get clarity about your DREAM. 3 Keys to Realizing your Goals and Dreams.)
2) What needs to be pruned or dealt with in your life?
Ask the Lord what needs to be pruned–or dealt with in your life? As I sense a transition into a new season, I ask the Lord, “What do you want to take care of in my life? Sometimes we get clutter in us and we don’t even realize it unless we ask the Lord. And it can sabotage us moving forward. God wants you to bear fruit and as part of his process for bearing fruit he will prune or take things out of you. Even things that started in him, if they are no longer bearing fruit he will take care of and remove.
John 15:2 “I am the true vine, … 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. NIV
As we go to our next season, ask the lord, what do you want to take care of in my life. There are some thing that when the season is over that have to be cut off. Sometimes we get clutter in us because we never allow the conviction of the spirit to convict us. Over the years I have known many people with tremendous gifting and tremendous potential that never break through because they never allowed the pruning to take place in their life.
They never allowed the conviction of the Holy Spirit to go in and show them what needed to be removed from their life. And what needed to be pruned down and cut off. There are some things that God will call you to do for a season but when that season is over, if you keep trying to make it grow and it doesn’t grow maybe its time to let it go. Cut off the things that need to be cut off. For example, Cut off sin issues. We cannot expect to move forward into greater degrees of fruitfulness if we have sin issues. Sin separates you from God. It is going to hinder our ability to move forward.
Sin issues these separate us from God. These are sins of Commission or Omission. These will hinder our ability to move forward. Speaking doubt and unbelief will keep us from moving to our next level. Everything that is not of faith is sin. Unbelief is sin. Gossip and negative talk will keep you from moving forward. Doubt and unbelief will keep you held back. Sin will keep you from going to the next level. Sometimes sin is omission, it is when God has spoken to you to do something and you haven’t done it. If you are unbelieving of the truth, it can keep you from moving to the next level. God is for you. He is not against you. He wants you to move forward.
Another thing is dishonor. Dishonor will hold you back. I have known some people who were tremendously talented and gifted. In fact, they were way more talented than me and yet they were held back. I asked the lord why aren’t they on a platform and he said it is because of dishonor. They have thought of and spoken of evil against authority. They have talked about authority behind their back. They have dishonored their leaders and complained. They have been negative. When you are negative and complaining, and all you ever see is the problems and the negativity and you never give affirmations you will be held back. I have never known a negative person who prospers and moves forward in the nature and character of Jesus Christ who was negative and complaining. You are not aligned to God if you are like that. This hinders many people from moving to the next level.
In the United States we think we have a right to speak negative about the government. This is not Godly. If the church is cursing who is going to bless? We do not affirm the negative things the Government does but we can’t speak curses. Out of our mouth needs to come blessing. We have the freed to petition the government. You do not have to badmouth the country and if you do you will not move forward.
Running from discipline. At every point the Lord will attempt to lovingly discipline you for your good. Discipline is to disciple. The reason he disciples you or brings you into discipline is for your good. This is good for us. But I have seen people go through life year after year after year with no breakthrough and nothing breaking forth for them simply because they did not embrace the discipline the Lord was trying to give them. When god is trying to get to issues in our lives he is trying to get to areas in your life so we can be fruitful. Christians have such low emotional intelligence, we cant change. We have to be disciplined to growth. God wants us to grow in his character and his nature. Sometimes he will use your enemy to test you so he can promote you.
He wants to prune off you the immaturity. When we repent and he prunes us back down into the basics. Embrace the discipline. When God is dealing with you, he does not care what the other person has done. Ask him to convict you. God wants us to grow. He wants us to grow up in his character and his nature. Sometimes he will use your enemy.
Hebrews 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. NASB
3) Sowing into your future.
Sow the word of God. Frame the next season with the word of God. You can frame the next season with the word of God. You can step into the framework you have created. Use the power of decrees.
Sow your time and effort in to your dream. So if your next season requires new skill, sow time and effort into growing and mastering that new skill.
Sow tithes and offerings. Sow extra seed in times of transitions. When you are sowing a seed for a specific purpose and name your seed. Sowing could be time and energy into that area. Name the next level of faithfulness. With “intention-ality” sow with purpose.
God is moving you into a new season. We have just finished a season of warfare. But it has ended. We had to face some warfare. Warfare is good. We have to face bigger giants into our tomorrow. I end my battle today. I go into my new season today. Come inside and explore my heart. We are going to walk inside his heart. We have dreams that God wants to fulfill all of our dreams. God answers all of our dreams. Yes it is time to move into your new season.
Make sure you do these three things
1) Have clarity about your DREAM.
2) Allow God to prune your life and deal with things.
3) Sow the WORD of God, time into developing yourself and finances into the kingdom.
Here is the Link to the full sermon! XP Shiloh