By Karen Elliott
One night, a few years ago, I was returning home after a church meeting. I had brought the message that night and was sure it was a message from the heart of the Father. Now, I am not what I would personally consider a great speaker, but I know I hear words from Father to share. I pressed in to hear what it was He wanted to say to His church on this night, and began to feel that I didn’t convey His heart very well and that I did a really bad job of sharing it.
On this particular night, on the car ride home I was lamenting quietly to myself. “Father, did I do a poor job of expressing Your message?” “Did anyone really hear the message being brought?” “Everyone looked bored.” Etc. etc. Does this sound familiar to anyone or is it just me?
I happened to be in the passenger seat and was staring out the car window with my laments when suddenly a brightly lit sign caught my eye. Against the black skyline stood a building with neon-like blue lettering that was lit up against the dark night and it read, “C BEYOND”.
My heart was immediately quickened by the Holy Spirit. I knew Father was speaking to me, because once again, I was looking at things from a natural perspective. He had been training me, and still is, to look beyond the natural circumstances to see what He is doing. Many times He has spoken to me about looking beyond the natural realm if I want to ‘really’ see what is happening. On this night He was reconfirming His word to me that I should not judge by what I am seeing externally, and that to move ahead into the future and stand in the midst of what looks to be crazy world circumstances, I must be able to see beyond to what He is doing.
Around this same time, a word was coming forth from two major prophetic voices who I highly respect who were saying that ‘we must forge our future from the unseen realm because the patterns for the times ahead will not be found in the seen realm. The unseen realm must become more real to us than this natural worldly realm.’ More confirmation!
Several weeks later, I was returning from another meeting, and again I was sitting in the passenger seat of the car looking out into the night for the building with the blue sign and sure enough, there it was. Funny I had never seen this before, even after countless times driving past it. This time however, there was even more! On the same building along the right top corner were words that were lit up in the same blue lights. It read, ‘Keypoint’!
I immediately knew that Father was saying that to ‘see beyond is the keypoint’ for this hour! Not only do we need to see beyond this realm, but we must see beyond our own limitations, those we’ve put on ourselves and those we’ve allowed others to put on us. We must see beyond what we believe about ourselves that does not line up with who Father says we are and about what He thinks of us. He loves us with an everlasting love and He has drawn us with His lovingkindness. (Jer. 31:3) Creator of all loves us with an unending love! How truly glorious this is!
I sincerely feel that a keypoint Father is emphasizing in this hour is His heart of love for us, His children. It is such a wonderful and important foundational truth for us to have. It’s not something that is new, of course, but it certainly does seem to be in the forefront of Father’s dream for us right now at this juncture of time.
I’ve recently come into an ‘awakening’, if you will, of this reality. I always felt that it was ‘well with my soul’ because of my relationship with Jesus, and it has been, to a degree. But, I knew that I didn’t have that place of settledness in my spirit that I so desired. I didn’t have that deep experiential confidence in the abiding love of the Father. I knew it intellectually, of course Father loves me, and I could see His hand in my life in so many ways, but the experience of that love had always eluded me. I longed to know the fierce, protective, consuming, comforting love of my heavenly Father. I needed to know a love that had no conditions and loved me just as I am. I wanted to be engulfed in a love I’ve never known. I heard others speak of it and was so jealous for it. I wanted to have that security of love that goes beyond my intellect and is resident in my spirit, soul and flesh. Yes, the PERFECT LOVE THAT CASTS OUT ALL FEAR, (1 John 4:18) that’s what I desire, and I know this is what Father wants for us.
One of my favorite scriptures from the Amplified Bible is Ephesians 3:17-19
17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
This speaks of the experience of God’s love and to me, this means experiencing true security.
This year I had the amazing opportunity to attend a Father Heart A and B School. What I have noticed since attending these schools is that I am so much more aware of my Father than ever before, and I now have a settled place in my spirit that I didn’t have before… a security. I can feel the healing that has taken place in my heart and continues to take place. I notice how I respond differently in situations I find myself in that would have sent me reeling before. Father’s love has come in and is filling up the wounded places with His amazing love.
For me, this year has been a time to see beyond what I understood as the Father’s love for me, into a whole new dimension of experiencing the reality of it. It’s such a wonderful time of discovery and I must say it is a keypoint for all of us as we move ahead in the building of His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven!