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Unbelief Versus Under Developed Faith

Every week we go to a local rehabilitation center and have the opportunity to talk and pray with many of the patients. It is an awesome opportunity God has given our church! Last week I was talking with a young girl whose boyfriend had visited her just the day before. He asked to borrow her debit card for some gas, and ended up draining her account of all her money. She went on to say that she had called everybody she knew, but she couldn’t get any help. As I listened to her, this scripture in Psalms was quickened to me which I shared with her. We all find ourselves in tight places at times, and when we do, who do we call? Who are we relying on, and who is our source? It is so easy to turn to our own strength, ideas, and abilities, or to pick up the phone and call someone we know trying figure out how to solve our dilemmas. But God says to call upon Him in these times, and His phone number is PSA-LMS-5015! [Psalms 50:15]. He alone is our source, and our Father. He knows what we need even before we need it, and His river of supply never runs dry. Though it is often hard to see, when we are praying for breakthrough during our seasons of struggle, we are actually in the process of God, Who is at work in us, and for us, as He is working to develop our under-developed faith. If we remember when the disciples were in the boat and they panicked when a storm came. With waves crashing over their boat, they thought they were dying. Even with Jesus in their boat they were overcome with fear! But they saw Him sleeping and therefore assumed that He could care less about their terrifying situation. But what a lie! Nothing was further from the truth! He did care, a lot more than they knew at the time. Then Jesus went on to ask them why they were afraid, “you of ‘little faith.’ “. He wasn’t talking about flat-out unbelief, but rather a faith that just trusted too little, and lacked confidence. He was really talking about their “under-developed” faith!

So in our seasons of testing, don’t believe the lies that the enemy brings into our minds. We are NOT alone; God DOES see and know exactly where we are. He won’t give us more than we can handle; He will make a way for us in the wilderness. He just asks us to praise Him IN all things, and use these opportunities to work on developing our under-developed faith muscles, and TRUST Him with every care and concern. He is not “asleep in our boat during the storm” … He is at our right hand and we shall not be moved! (Psalm 16:8)

We Have a Dream

God has given each of us dreams in our hearts. We see them in our mind, and they inspire us every day to keep pressing forward toward the prize of the upward call of Christ Jesus. Higher Ground dreams many dreams, and we share them here and invite you to dream with us. We have a dream to be a place that reaches those not looking for religion, but for the real presence and power of God. Our vision is to create a place of God’s presence where unchurched and non-religious people would love to come. We have a dream to be an environment that hosts God’s Presence through worship and prayer. We have a dream to always be a vibrant community of believers that reaches all people…young people, middle-aged people, older people, families, singles, blacks, whites, Asians and Hispanics, ministering to both their spiritual and practical needs. We have a mandate from the Lord to “Prepare a place for His young people to minister His fire to their generation.” We have a dream to write and produce music and release the sounds of heaven that will go out and touch the body of Christ. We have a dream to fuel Revival in our region and beyond, and see prodigals come home and the lost be found; sicknesses healed, marriages restored, poverty broken and addicts set free. Each dream will come to pass, not by our might, nor our own power, but by the Spirit of the Lord. We have been forged in too hot of a fire to ever give up and not see what all the fight has been for. Yes, we thank God for those who have not believed in us; those who have rejected us, and for every trial. These have pushed us to dig deeper, pray harder and trust Him more, and find Him faithful. What we have been seeing only in the Spirit is soon to come to pass in the natural. We will see the fulfillment of our dreams and prayers, and the people will come from the north, the south, the east and the west. We won’t know how they got here. It won’t be because of a great marketing plan. The only explanation will be that God brought them. We will never, never, never, never give up on our dreams and promises God has given us. We encourage you to do the same. Dream, and dream big. Believe God, and believe big. FAITH pleases Him. If you share the dream we have, we invite you to come build the dream with us. We believe our dream; you can believe your dream, because God gave it to you, and His breakthrough is just around the corner.

We all though must fight the dream-destroyers. We all hear the voices that tell us it can’t be done and it will never happen! But we fight lies with the truth of God’s Word and His promises, and we declare here that… for every time we’ve been told that Higher Ground is in an area called “The graveyard of preachers…” For every voice that has said, “You don’t fit in around here; and people won’t receive your style of ministry or music; you’re too radical for this area…” For every time we’ve been told, “I already have a church…” We say, “Just watch…God is getting ready to bust a move at HG, and HE will get all the glory!” His dream is always bigger than us, and only He can bring it to pass. He tests us to prove us, to see if we will trust Him, even when everything seems like it can’t be done and we can’t go on. But never ever give up…all God’s promises are Yes and Amen! Come with us and be a part of the journey to fulfillment of God’s dreams and purpose for your life. We’d love to see you here.