Coming Out And Crossing Over
"Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come." Hebrews 13:12-13
I believe 2016 is a year for coming out and crossing over. Many of us have been laboring and seeking and holding on to the Lord and His promises for several years - as the Lord has been faithful to bring us through a process of refining and equipping. It is always a trial to wait and we certainly have not been perfect in past seasons, but we have stood and not given up...and through it all the Lord has been working and shaping us, to position us for where we are currently standing.
The Spirit is certainly moving in a fresh way this year and I believe He is calling those prepared and ready "to go out to Him". The Lord is looking for a response of faith that will turn aside from the worldly distractions of the City of Man and move out and to be with Him in a new realm of intimacy and encounter. The enemy is working overtime right now to assail us and weigh us down in weakness, to what we have known and to that which is natural, but the Lord is calling and stirring His people to come out of the earthly and into a new destination in Him - higher into the eternal realm of the Spirit. I believe many of us are being pressed into a narrow place so that we will be forced to move forward and cross over into a new place.
I have been teaching on the eternal and heavenly mindset that I believe is critical equipment for us to get to our destination. If we stay focused on the earthly and we are operating according to earthly values and principles and mindsets, many of us will not be able to make the transition that is needed. Our vision has to be gazing into the eternal realm and our center of gravity moved from earth into heaven...where Christ is seated. We must let go and yield to the Lord in the areas He is requiring of us...and we will only do this as we turn our gaze to heaven.
I want to encourage you to seek the Lord and not judge by what you see in the natural. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to be enlightened to see with His eyes and understand with His mind. Yield and give yourself to Him and to the Holy Spirit, for He wants to become the Head of the Body and come and habitat in our midst. Be encouraged and go out to meet Him!