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Come Up Higher—See from His Prospective

In a vision I saw a long, rectangular table so long that it seemed to go on without end. It was covered with plate after plate of every kind of food imaginable; a feast beyond imagination. As I looked at it I heard the Lord say, "This is what I have for My children. Everything they desire is available to feast on here if they will come up higher." The feast wasn't all about food. It was about whatever we needed to succeed in our tasks.

There are many who have said in their hearts, "Lord, I'm not where I want to be. I thought by this time in my life I would be further along. I don't understand why some doors haven't opened."

The Lord spoke a clear word, "Come up higher. The feast of all you need is already waiting, but to reach it you must come up higher."

To come up higher, and achieve our dreams here on Earth, we must go up higher in the Spirit. Meaning: to get to that next level—that place we attain in our heart and achieve the dream of our heart—we must be willing to go up higher in Him. When He says, "Come." then we must go.

The Lord has said that we are seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). He has made a seat for us beside Him. When we are in heavenly places we have a different perspective. We can see—from the top down—the entire view.

Why is it that we climb down from that heavenly perspective and walk back into the earthly perspective? For when we do, we can only see what is in front of us or within our immediate, limited view. This is about seeing with His eyes. His invitation is to come up higher. It is an invitation that requires us to leave more of us behind and receive more of Him; to walk closer with Him in prayer, in the Word and in hearing His voice—which only comes as we spend time at His feet. It is a call to lay down our time, our desires and our rights, to go up higher. There is no shortcut.

We are in a new season. It's not something coming in the future, we are there now. We are in the place of the prophesied transfer of wealth—in the Promised Land. But it's possible to be in the Promised Land and still not partake of its fruit. Think of the ten spies, those who carried out the cluster of grapes so big it took two to carry the load—and yet they never fully partook of the blessing.

Do Your Pockets have Holes?

I have heard this word over and over in my spirit the last several weeks: "Your pockets have holes." What does that mean? Have you been in that place? There has been a season of battle in which, no matter how hard you have tried to get ahead, there has been some unexpected challenges that have reached up to steal the blessing. It's not that there is necessarily sin in our life...you are tithing, you are seeking Him and have asked, "Lord, why?"

This is about perspective. It is a call to come up higher. To see as He sees and possess His heart. There are times we get so consumed with the vision from God in our heart—building that house—that it overshadows the building of His house. There is a difference...just a fine line between the two. And what might seem like a slight shift in our perspective, in reality is a major shift. We can move so completely into accomplishing the vision He has placed in our heart, that it becomes THE vision, and we are running more for it, rather than for Him. If this resonates in your heart, it is time to sew up the pockets with holes.

"Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: 'Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.'

"This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build My house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,' says the Lord. 'You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?' declares the Lord Almighty. 'Because of My house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.'" (Haggai 1:5-9)

Mighty One of Valor

This is also a time for valor. For as you go up higher, there will be a fight to keep you where you are. Valor is defined as:

1. Great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.

2. Strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness: personal bravery.

We are in a battle, and many of us have become weary because there have been holes in our pockets. If you have experienced this, then go back to that heavenly seat and see from His perspective. Are we building His house still or have we somehow shifted to building our house?

Right now He is imparting a new courage and strength. He is strengthening arms that have grown weary and instilling personal bravery, which drives out the fear that has tried to take root in your heart. Take hold oh mighty one of valor.

Gideon was called "a man of valor" before he ever stepped into that mantle. Step into that place as God sees you, where He has called you. Step into the courage and valor of this season and build His house and as you do, He will enable you to build yours.

 

Karen Hardin
PriorityPR Group & Literary Agency
Email: Karen@lightandremnant.org
Website: www.prioritypr.org

Karen Hardin is an author, minister and literary agent. She is called to exhort, encourage and help raise up the remnant. She desires to empower those who have grown weary so they can reposition to walk in identity and destiny. Her work has appeared in "USA Today," "World Net Daily," "Outlook Magazine," "Charisma," "CBN.com," and more. Karen has a passion to help others reach their highest potential and achieve their dreams with the message God has given them. She and her husband, Kevin, make their home in Oklahoma along with their three kids.

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