The higher ground, the deeper walk of faith in Christ is what the Lord desires each of His children to experience. He desires for us to be weaned from the milk of the Word, progressing to the meat of the Word. To go to a deeper walk in Christ will require a dying to self in a manner which one has not yet likely experienced.
Hebrews 5:13 (NASB), "For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant."
Self-pity and doubt are enemies of faith. To go to a deeper faith walk, we must put away self-pity and the doubts that come against what we know to be true in scripture. We must put away carnal excuses for not being obedient to what we know in scripture.
We will have teachers along the way that have experience chewing the meat. We will be wise to listen to what they have to say, using Biblical discernment as always. Such Christians have experienced brokenness and have a history with the Lord. They have tested His Word and proven it true in their life experiences.
A deeper walk will take us through dark valleys where we don't see any possible way out apart from divine intervention. We may feel as though we are in a dark cave and cannot see our hand in front of us. It is in such dark times that we must fully rely on the Word of God and what we know to be true about our Lord and His promises. We must not rely on our emotions, our own intellect, or our circumstances. We must listen to godly counsel and shun worldly advice and counsel. We will need to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NASB), "We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,"
What does a deeper faith look like? For example: Have you found that it seems you are alone with no one to really talk to? Perhaps you should consider that the Lord wants you to learn sufficiency in fellowship with Him. While He does want His body, the church to fellowship, He also wants us to know that all our needs are met in Him. We should not bemoan the fact that we are alone or feel alone, but look at it as an opportunity to go to a deeper place in Him. This ought to cause a heart to praise Him for drawing us into such intimacy with Him.
The deeper we go in Him, the more we will look like Him:
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NASB), "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit."
I often hear Christians talk about their anxieties. Some hold onto them as a treasure. Unfortunately we may even use talking about them as a means to garner attention from others. The apostle Paul said, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6 (NASB).
To grow deeper in the faith we need to realize that the Lord is our all sufficient provider. When we are anxious it is because in our heart we have decided that we want things to work according to our will and timing rather than surrendering all of our will to the will of our heavenly Father. If He is truly Lord in our heart, then it won't matter where He leads us. This is a deeper, well rooted faith.
We will never go deeper in our faith as long as we make excuses for ourselves. "I'm only human is not a valid excuse for a Christian because He have become partakers of the divine nature. We are to reckon the carnal nature dead and walk alive in Christ. The apostle Paul stated it well, ""I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me" (Galatians 2:20 (NASB).
Hebrews, chapter 6 encourages and admonishes the Christian to leave the basic levels of the faith and move on to maturity. Hebrews 6:1-3 (NASB), "1Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3And this we will do, if God permits."
There is a hymn called, “I’m Pressing on the Upward Way” also called “Higher Ground” that talks about our deeper experience with the Lord. I will wrap up this writing with the lyrics to that hymn:
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Lord, lift me up, and let me stand
By faith on Canaan’s tableland;
A higher plane than I have found,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till rest I’ve found,
“Lord, lead me on to higher ground.”