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The song says – Oh, Zion, what’s the matter now. The matter is, always another level in HOLINESS to be reached. So, now the question is, what is the next level - for you?
Come and take a journey through the HOLINESS levels of the temple…You begin as an unbeliever, in the profane place – that place where anything goes; that place which is used for common things instead of sacred, spiritual uses. God forbid that one which is called by His name would yet be on this level where anything goes. Another level in Him. Maybe someone invites you to church, or witnesses to you, or gives a track to read – you now step into the most outer court – that place of awareness of the void in you – that void which only a relationship with Him can fill. Another level in Him. You cannot be satisfied being saved and seated - seated at ease in the park area, or in the encampment area, or in the porch area. These are the areas of laziness, of ease, of being without a cause. But there is another level: a closeness to Him Whom you are backsliding without; a closeness to Him Whom you are drowning without; a closeness to Him Whom you are suffocating without; a closeness to Him Whom you might even be dying without.
Another level in Him as you step from the park area, the encampment area, and the porch area – the areas of easiness into the outer court. Stepping from the outer court, a place of uneasiness, into the tabernacle court and then stepping from the tabernacle court, a place where a realization of the lack of His presence begins, into the sanctuary tabernacle. Another level in Him as you step from the sanctuary tabernacle, a place of awareness, into the inner court and into the chambers area an area of ministry, into the altar area – through the altar veil. Stepping from the altar area, through the altar veil, into the temple a place of offering true sacrifice of praise, into the golden altar a place of spiritual sacrifice, into the holy place. Another level in Him as you step from the holy place, a place of offering true and pure worship, through the inner veil that which separates sacrifices of praise from perfected praise, into the ark area.
Another level in Him as you step from the ark area, the area of perfected praise, in to the most holy place. But, are you to remain even in this most holy place? Are you to remain, stagnate, at ease, even in this most holy place? Are you to remain in your sealed houses, with your proper attire, with your clean shinning faces, with your biblical words, with your high titles, with your bibles and your notebooks, with your learned words of worship and praise, and with your righteousness, in this most holy place? Another level in Him.
The Word declares that as the hart panteth after the water brook, so panteth the soul after Thee. Stepping from the most holy place into the separate place: a place which you are to pant after; a place of closeness with the Lord; a place of spiritual ministry with the Lord; a separate, sanctified place in Him, led by Him. Another level in Him. Even when you believe you have truly “arrived” – you must seek for that next level – another level in Him. Are you ever to remain at one level? The Word says that as an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead. He leads to that next level in Him because there is always another level. And even then you find the veil. It is thick and separates all else from His presence. Another level in Him.
Sister McAlister sings about going behind that veil but even then, there is another level in Him even behind the veil. There is always another level to reach for in Him. To seek for in Him. To thirst after in Him. To hunger towards in Him. You are never to settle, you are never to be at ease, you are never to be slothful, you are never to be comfortable, you are never to slow down, and you are never to stop - even behind the veil.
“Which hope you have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.” Another level in Him – within the veil.
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” Another level in Him
Behind the veil; within the veil; through the veil. But His presence is actually even beyond the veil and even then there will always be another level to attain in Him! Is there anything you wouldn’t sacrifice on this side, to get to the other side – of the veil? Is there anything you wouldn’t sacrifice on the other side of the veil to get beyond the veil? Beyond the veil is the wonder. Beyond the veil is the satisfaction. Beyond the veil is the glory. Beyond the veil is the deliverance. Beyond the veil is the convocation. Beyond the veil is the transformation. Beyond the veil is the authority. Beyond the veil is the anointing. Beyond the veil is the truth. Beyond the veil is the higher level. Beyond the veil is the victory in Him. Beyond the veil is that secret place in Him.
Our ministering sister calls this place – the 3rd dimension and says flesh is not even needed…beyond the veil. She says you not only walk in this realm but you must receive this realm. It’s not a place, really, but a presence, His presence where you must meet Him. The Lord says if you went to the mercy seat, He would meet you there…your place of anointing. You must be fervent in your prayer – “Lord, anoint me for the next level in You,” which is that secret place.
But, sometimes you have climbed, you have reached for, you have even obtained level after level, many, many levels - but then you find that one old thing keeping you from obtaining that level of the secret place. You need a refreshing outpour. Sometimes there is a need of purging, cleansing, washing all over again and then the level of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. That level is the precious level of repentance before there can be a refreshing, overflowing, outpour. Each lesson, each sermon, each conversation with Him, each bible study, each worship and praise service, each seminar, each workshop, each word from Him, each “blessing,” each refreshing outpour is not to excite you, is not to make you feel good, is not to tickle your emotions but it is to prepare you for that next level in Him. That secret place. Another level in Him.
God’s preparing you to take you from one level to the next. But you have to be open, ready, and real. You have a work to do while it is day – and your first work is not ministry, it is work on you! God will consecrate you for His HOLINESS service. God will consecrate you for this next HOLINESS level. God will consecrate you for the HOLINESS assignment. It is yours for the asking. Is your HOLINESS assignment fasting and prayer? “God, you won’t have to put problems before me to bring me to my knees. You won’t have to have the pastor or 1st Lady call a fast or a prayer meeting to bring me to my knees. You won’t have to see me walking into prayer 15 minutes, ½ hour, 1 hour late. I’m ready for the HOLINESS assignment level.” Is your HOLINESS assignment preaching, teaching? Is your HOLINESS assignment witnessing? Is your HOLINESS assignment helping? Whatever your HOLINESS assignment, whatever your level, start readying yourself and reaching for that place, that level of divine communion with the Lord. That place of His divine manifestation. Go boldly before the throne of His grace because you are firm in His Word and firm in His promise of - that secret place.
The Lord powerfully continues to teach us through the pages of His Word that He Is In Control – no matter how unsure we are of our present level, there is a secret place to hide in God. Allow your search to be to that next level. Allow your desire to be that of seeking after more, more, more of Him. Never stop stretching; never stop reaching; never stop seeking for that secret place, that highest place, that highest level in Him. Your life, as a HOLINESS person, is all about growth – going from one level to the next level to the next level. Never being at ease. Never being stagnated. Always seeking His will and more and more of Him. Always desiring His presence.
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of your life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. “Whom have I but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.”
Song says…I want to be more & more like Jesus - I have found that when I am in right standing with Him, when I am doing His perfect will, when I am walking in His way, then I realize that this is bigger than what my little way feels it could be. I realized that I have been called to the highest level. I realize that I can never stop at any one level in Him because I am one of His called. I am called to peculiarity, to HOLINESS, to sanctification, to ministry, and if called and answer that calling, God honors my tenacity and strengthens my journeying, level by level.
We have no right to be at ease and we have no right to be comfortable. We have a need to be positioned by Him therefore we must draw closer to receive more and more of Him. It is time, now, to move. Consecrate, dedicate, take off and put on…the bible way. He’ll do the work through those who truly seek to be totally as God would have them to be. This is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Receive it - HOLINESS.
See you next Sunday morning, if the Lord says the same and delays His coming.