If you know a subject well you are apt to think that you know that you know you have mastered this subject.  However, that may not be the case.  You may know facts about a subject, but still know nothing about the subject.  You may know the name of a dog, but know nothing about it’s purpose, it’s unique habits and personality, where it comes from, how long it lives, whether it is a baby-sitting dog, a house dog, or a yard dog, a hunting dog, or a show dog.  There are different levels to knowing and mastering a subject.  If you cannot teach it to an eight-year-old kid, you probably have not mastered the subject at all.  If he has lots of questions then there are a lot of gaps in your knowledge of the subject so says the Nobel Prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman.

So, how did God teach a subject to a person like Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, or King David.  When did they master the spiritual principle? When did God give them a passing grade, and say “well done thou good and faithful servant.”  Take Abraham for instance, he had to repeat lessons more than once to learn about trusting God in every situation.  God is always ready to re-enroll us free of charge in a lesson that we failed to master.  It is a pain staking ordeal to master Spiritual Principles.  The Spiritual Principle of Trusting God took many years for Abraham to master.  Abraham lies about Sarah his wife twice, because he did not trust God to take care of him.  He did not trust God’s faithfulness, and relied upon his own abilities.  King Abimeleck rebuked him for such deception. 

Later in life God tests Abraham again.  He told him to take his beloved son and sacrifice him to God.  Immediately Abraham arises and starts the journey without questioning God.  In Gen. 22 he takes him to the land of Moriah places him on an altar and takes the knife out to kill his son.   Abraham the responsible servant is fully committed to the Lord, and is ready to plunge the knife into his son when God stops him.  Now, Abraham had mastered the subject of trusting God after twenty-five years.  Now Abraham could say, “I know that I know that I know that Jehovah God is My Lord, and will always take care of me.”

Abraham had to be 1. Presented with the concept of trusting God.  2. Understanding why it is important to trust God.  3. Convicted that he must trust God.  4. Convinced that God would come through for him no matter the threat of the enemy. 5. Committed to trust God no matter what type of test he was confronted with. 6. Pass God’s testing and refinement period in his life. 7. Teach it to his son and others before it became automatic in his life to the point of Mastery.  These are seven important steps to reach the Mastery Level, which could take days, months, and years. 

Spiritual Levels are not easy to master.  They are not automatic; they are painstaking for the most.  Many of these Spiritual Levels require pressure and testing and accountability.  If we reject those aspects of Mastering the Spiritual Levels, then we get re-enrolled for a do over back at step one.  That is why “Discipleship” is so critical.  We learn and we model and teach another person to become a “Disciple” of Jesus Christ.  We are learning and growing as we mentor another person.  We get encouraged by a Barnabas type of person, which helps us reach the level of Mastery quicker.  Lone Ranger Christianity is the hard headed approach that will exasperate us to the point of re-enrollment time and again. 

We will talk more about the Levels of “I know that I know that I know what it means to be still and know that I am God”.  There are at least One Hundred Levels of Mastery in the Spiritual Life.  Most people will never get the devotional life mastered, or a one hour daily prayer life mastered, or a three day fasting period mastered.  Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, “if we hunger and thirst for righteousness – His word and Holy Spirt – we will be filled to overflowing and living the Abundant Life in the Promised Land that he guaranteed us.   This is how we overcome the flesh life and live the faith life.

God Bless You on Your Journey,

Glen Howard Moore