Move to higher heights!
“The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance…'” ~ Deuteronomy 1:6,7
And that is what He is saying to you right now, “Break camp and advance!”
In other words, move to higher heights!
Complacency is an enemy of progress
Are you trapped right now in what I’d like to refer to as comfortable stagnation – you are stagnant but you don’t know it, because you are comfortable with it and it’s okay for you? Another term for this condition is complacency, that is being comfortable with something less than God’s best for you. It’s a form of stagnation, just that it’s one that you are comfortable with. Unfortunately, it’s an enemy of progress.
Move out of your comfort zone
Through the verse quoted at the beginning of this post, God is challenging you to move out of your comfort zones, and move to higher heights. As you can see from that verse, the challenge contains two components:
- Break camp = move out of your comfort zone.
- Advance = move to higher heights.
Until you move out of your comfort zone, you will never be able to move to higher heights.
Right now you might be having a good time in your comfort zone: you are in an enjoyable position; everybody accepts and celebrates you. You might right now be enjoying a level of result that is both great and pleasurable and you are thinking, “Why should I move? Everything is so nice and sweet, and I’m having a good time!”
Understand what God is trying to tell you: there are higher heights, higher levels of achievements and accomplishments. There are greater testimonies. You’ve killed a lion and a bear sometime in the past in some wilderness. Great! Now is the time to kill some Goliaths!
What if, on the other hand, everything has suddenly turned against you? Things have suddenly began to fall apart in spite of your best efforts to put them together? Well, that storm may well be God’s signal to you to move to higher heights! The storm may probably be the divine agency for unsettling your comfort zone and driving you out to new places.
Regardless of the nature of your situation, the word for the hour is still this, “Get out of your comfort zone and start pressing towards new levels and new heights!”
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” ~ Isaiah 43:18,19
You see, while you are feeling cozy with what God has done in the past, He is doing new things!
While you are resting on yesterdays laurels, new heights and new levels beckon.
Do not dwell on the past. Do not camp on yesterdays achievements, accomplishments, and testimonies.
Thank God for where you’ve been, but it’s time to move to higher heights of glory and success.
Success often hinders further success
Success attracts more success.
Yet success often hinders further success!
Success often makes people rest on their oars, build monuments to past accomplishments, camp on yesterdays victories, and then become complacent thereby leading to decline and failure.
Never let this happen to you. This is why God is challenging us to move to higher heights.
It’s quite unfortunate that the number one enemy of the best you can have is the good you now have ! The good you are enjoying now could be effectively blocking the best you could be enjoying now. Never allow this to happen to you.
Press on to higher heights of glory and success.
Move to higher heights of excellence, skill, knowledge, abundance, wealth, relevance, productivity, and achievements.
3 Practical Steps Towards Higher Heights
#1: Develop Humility
Have the humility to accept that there are higher heights far greater than the best you have right now.
Ignorance and pride are enemies of progress. They get you stuck in complacency and stop you from moving higher.
A fool is unteachable, and unchangeable, because he is wise in his own eyes. He or she can go no further.
He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Pride and foolishness are soulmates!
If you want to experience rapid ascent to higher heights, have the humility to accept that there are greater possibilities than your current best. Remember, God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.
#2: Think, “I can!”
Stop thinking in terms of what you have achieved and start thinking in terms of what you can achieve.
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But this one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” ~ Philippians 3:13
Thank God for what you have now. But think of what you can have, who you can be.
Know that you can, and believe that you can.
#3: Move towards people that challenge you.
Move away from people who merely compliment and celebrate you, and move rather towards people that challenge and inspire you to rise to greater heights.
Progress is the result of conquering new grounds. People who celebrate and compliment you, without challenging and inspiring you, will ultimately incapacitate your potentials. In fact, they are mere praise singers and sycophants!
I’m not suggesting that you should go to those who criticize you and put you down. Not at all!
I mean those great men and women who will not tolerate mediocrity and smallness in you; men and women of far greater achievements who will challenge you to move out of your comfort zone and realize your best and hidden potentials.
Break out of your comfort zone!
Reject complacency and stagnation!
Move to higher heights of success and glory!