Friday, February 16, 2018
Dear Advancing Ones:
I loved being home this week. Just walking in the atmosphere here was amazing. The presence of God from the 21 Days of Coming into a new identity is just overwhelming. I have read every card and note you have sent since Christmas. I prayed for each of you. I am just finishing the synopsis for a new book, and also look forward to ministering this Sunday. I greatly appreciate you! Your giving and prayers are pressing us into a new dimension.
This is a time to go beyond, or take the matter at hand in our lives to a deeper measure of understanding. We can only do this by seeing from God’s perspective. I love the book of Isaiah. One Scripture portion that is very important to understand is from Isaiah 55:1–3, 8–12: “Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.... For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out [from the spiritual exile caused by sin and evil into the homeland] with joy and be led forth [by your Leader, the Lord Himself, and His word] with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (AMP)
THIS IS ABOUT SEEING BEYOND! The prophets tell us that the Lord’s ways are not our ways, and if we will see beyond our circumstances and go beyond our present thought patterns, we will begin to have vision of what He is doing in our lives. His way of doing things is so far beyond ours. His light is more powerful than any darkness around us. His truth is so much stronger than any spirit of error that could attempt to lead us astray. Holy Spirit is greater than the spirit of the evil one, who attempts to make us deviate from God’s best for us. The Lord’s Blood and Spirit work together in our living bodies to keep us having His perspective, as we encounter the trials of earth.
Lift up your eyes and look beyond! We’re going into a place called beyond. Take a deep breath; we’re going to a place called beyond. You’ve not been there before. Since you’ve not been there before, you’re going to have to be willing to move in new ways, dance in new ways, hear in new ways, see in new ways, feel in new ways, touch in new ways, and taste in new ways. You’re going beyond! I once taught on going to the place called there. That’s not this place. Rather, this is a place called beyond!
The covenant that God made with Abraham was beyond any that had been seen or formed in the earth realm. This covenant was not limited to the confines of time or space. There are times when God limits the generational flow of blessings and curses for ten generations. However, this was not so with Abraham. Abraham’s blessings were open-ended to all who would bless Abraham and his offspring as a nation. In today’s world, many want God’s blessings, but they do not want to be grafted into the covenant plan of God through Abraham.
God’s intent was to bless all nations. However, the only thing that can secure blessings for a nation is for that nation to stay in right relationship to the Abrahamic covenant. Nations and peoples do not have to be related to Abraham to experience the promise of prosperity. Through the Lord Jesus Christ they can be rightly related and claim Abraham as their father and watch the fullness of their destined blessings unfold (Rom. 4:11–12; Gal. 3:29).
Yesterday morning, Candice Demerly shared what she was hearing from the Lord for this season: “I have a place for you in My estates. My voice is calling you to come up higher. Can you hear Me? You feel Me drawing you. It is a place beyond your present circumstances, a place beyond what you know and are imagining. It is a place in Me, with Me, around Me.
“I must release the shackles that bind. I must release the invisible snares, for you are unaware of that that blinds. You don’t see the space between us. It is a gap and a lonely one; a powerless one. You do not see the way that I see. You do not think the way that I think. The veil is torn and yet you walk veiled. You don’t want to and yet you do. I must send My ministers to release you. You will experience them in the days ahead, for you must be freed to enter into new realms to complete what I have drawn for you to do at this time.
“Things will go quickly and expediently, for time is short and I must use those that are willing and obedient, those that are raising their hands saying, ‘Here I am Lord, use me, send me.’ For I will use them, I will send them and I will empower them. Great are the days ahead and greater still will be My courts of praise, for one must worship Me in spirit and truth. Don’t you see? One must know truth to find Me in worship. Twisted truth perverts worship and stinks to high heaven. What is truth? In all things find truth for in all things is worship. Worship Me. In every way imaginable. How much can you imagine? Worship Me.”
Day 17: Read Matthew 16, concentrating on verses 13-20. Go beyond your last revelation! Nobody could get more revelation than Peter. He went beyond what he knew and Father connected with him. Press in! Let Father reveal beyond what you presently know.
Day 18: Read Luke 22; meditate on verse 31. Go beyond your last sifting! Peter could not get the revelation deep enough in him to hang on to what he was seeing. He had received the prophecy for the generations ahead but was then called Satan within fifteen minutes. His mind and emotions overtook him. When you can’t keep your new identity, you go back to looking like who you were. If you can’t keep and secure the revelation God’s bringing to you, there is a place called sifting on your road. Basically, Jesus said, “Peter, when you get past this place called sifting, all you can do then is to strengthen your brethren. If you try to go another route, Satan’s going to have you.” It’s time to be on the road to beyond!
Day 19: Read Luke 24. Go beyond your last trauma and death experience. We have to see how Jesus took a group beyond the prophecy of a previous season. When Jesus died, it threw them all off, because they couldn’t “get” the prophecies. This is a synopsis of what Jesus told some of them on the road to Emmaus: “If you could have just known the Scriptures, you could have gotten this, but you couldn’t see beyond the trauma and what you expected to happen.” He’ll take you beyond your last trauma and death experience and open your eyes into a realm that you couldn’t see or understand from the old place you were in.
Day 20: Read John 20. Go beyond your last ability to fear and forgive. On the first day of the week, the disciples were all together, because they thought all they had left was each other. They locked the door because they believed that the same ones who killed Jesus would come and kill them (v. 19). Jesus then showed up in the room the disciples were hiding in and said, “I’m taking you beyond your last ability and where fear is gripping you.” Are you aware that the fear you’re engulfed in is related to what you’re capable of doing? Some of your fear is because you’re relying upon yourself to pull things off, and you can’t do it. He said to them, “Let Me bring you past that fear, and let Me commission you to go and forgive.” That was the only way they could move forward, and the same holds true for us. You won’t get to your beyond unless you can get past the signpost called forgiveness. You have to get past sifting, fear, and forgiveness, and then you can go beyond.
Day 21: Read John 21. Go beyond the last understanding of your call. The Lord is extending new calls to His people. The disciples went beyond, but then they went right back to what they used to do. Are you aware that’s a very dangerous place for all of us right now? We’re faced with the choice of going beyond where we’ve been or going back to the season from three and a half years ago. The disciples went back to fishing. They took up their business again. But Jesus met them in the business! Don’t be deceived or get into the religious lie that you can’t prosper if you are not doing what you’re supposed to be doing. He can prosper you even when you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing. He can allow you to prosper. He helped His disciples prosper in their business.
After they recognized Him and had eaten breakfast, Jesus talked with Peter. Jesus could have said to Peter, “If you do love Me, do you remember that prophecy I gave saying that you would be sifted like wheat and then you’d have to strengthen your brothers? You’re going to have to go back into your call. You’ll have to go beyond your last three and a half years and into a new type of call.” You would think Peter would have fallen on his face and said, “Here I am, Lord!” But what he actually said was, “What’s going to happen with John?” Jesus answered him and basically said, “What is that to you? I’m asking you if you will go beyond.” Jesus was not talking about shirking responsibility but was asking this: “Will you keep following Me, even if they decide not to?”
The gate called beyond is open to you. Go through! Go through the gate!
Chuck D. Pierce
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