by Karen Elliott
Do you feel it?
Do you feel the longing, the hunger, the desire to ‘go beyond’ –
To go deeper into the realm outside of time?
Is your heart being stirred like never before to live consistently in and from the place of the Kingdom within?
No more flirting with the world and its enticements and comforts…
No more hiding in the shelter of pleasing man,
But resting under the Shadow of the Almighty and taking refuge under the shelter of His wings….
To you desire to be unmoved in your reactions to the circumstances of this earthly plain, but moved by what you see and know from the place beyond the veil, the realm that is but a breath away…
He is calling us to come higher, to go deeper, to step beyond!
There is a wooing, a drawing, even an urgency in the spirit to step fully into the place of mature (Huious) sons/daughters of the Most High God. The whole earth is groaning in anticipation. In this time of the end we can no longer afford to pretend, or to remain as immature (teknon) children, or to take lightly the ordinances of God. We cannot afford to follow him half-heartedly.
Yes, we have grace, thank you God for Your amazing grace! Where would be be without it? We can follow Him half-heartedly if we like, but we will not be able to live the life beyond in the midst of a troubled land. We’ll not go deeper into the secret intimacies of the mysteries of the Kingdom. We would live a nominal Christian life. It’s our choice to make!
We have a choice to move upon the longings for more of Him. We have a choice to move upon the convictions of self fulfillment and desires, to repent, and to take up the cross on which we have been crucified with Christ. We must move beyond wanting our ears tickled and listening only to those who will come into agreement with our own selfish desires. We must desire the conviction of the Holy Spirit and be willing to respond in repentance.
“For the time is coming when they will no longer listen and respond to the healing words of truth because they will become selfish and proud. They will seek out teachers with soothing words that line up with their desires, saying just what they want to hear. They will close their ears to the truth and believe nothing but fables and myths. So be alert to all these things and overcome every form of evil.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 TPT)
Our lives are not our own, we were bought with a price, a very costly sacrifice. Our lives must be a pleasing aroma to our beloved’s nostrils. The cost to walk in Truth is high, it will convict men’s hearts beyond where the flesh is willing to go.
There is an astounding freedom that comes from walking the crucified life. This is the place of ‘living beyond’ what this world has to offer and living life in and from the Kingdom of Heaven. Many are called, but few choose to walk this path.
Do you feel the tugging of your heart to draw closer to Him, to go deeper and higher? It is what we have been created for! He is calling, how will you respond?