NEW PLATEAU
by Marsha Burns

 

Where have we been?

1.     The Third Day Church (a dispensation of the third millennium since Christ), which began on Feast of Trumpets 2000:

a.  Was the beginning of a time of greater revelation of the Word of God and the end times.

b.  Brought further revelation of the Tabernacle of Moses as showing the plan of redemption:
Door, brazen altar, brazen laver -- all types of Christ and redemption.

     Holy Place—table of showbread, candlestick, altar of incense -- the work of the Holy Spirit
Holy of Holies – ark of the covenant, mercy seat -- the work of God, the Father, and His covenant with us.

     There have been continued layers of revelation of the plan for God’s people.

c.  Brought further revelation of the Feasts also showing the plan of redemption & end times. 
Jesus fulfilled The Feast of Passover on the Cross, Unleavened Bread in the grave, First fruits at His resurrection. 
The Holy Spirit fulfilled The Feast of Pentecost in 32 AD.
The Feast of Trumpets will be fulfilled at the end of the harvest of souls, the Church will be raptured. 
The Feast of Atonement will signal Israel’s salvation and God’s judgment when He separates the sheep from the goats. 
The Feast of Tabernacles begins the Millennial Reign on the earth.

2.     A year ago we began the new spiritual season with the primary focus on order.  Every crisis that we endured was for the purpose of bringing divine order.

3.     We’ve been in a time of continued intense spiritual warfare.

4.     It’s been a time of extremes … the best of times and worst of times.

 

Where are we now?
  
1.  Beginning to move from the Church Age to the Kingdom Age – change of focus.
   2.  Learning how to dwell together in unity.
   3.  Being established in a higher degree of divine order as God brings every area of our lives under His rule.
   4.  Learning to run with the horses – more intense level of warfare, precise battle plans.
   5.  Moving in a divine flow of blessing as we abide in the covenant of the Joseph Anointing.  We must be diligent stewards of what we are given.

 

Vital points to our part in the Covenant of Grace:

    1.  Stay in Christ and His anointing.

    2.  Stay in the flow of the Holy Spirit.

    3.  Don’t get trapped by the world, the flesh or the devil – it will result in spiritual death.

    4.  Stay within the safe boundary of NOW; don’t try to live in the future.

    5.  Be in the right place with God or we won’t receive His signals.

 

God’s part:

     1.  Supernatural blessings

2.  Grace to do all that He sets before us

5.  Restoration of what has been stolen

6.  Healing on all levels

7.  Clarity of vision and direction

 

 

Where are we going?

Not long ago Bill, in a time of ministry, encouraged us to ask God for something we really wanted.  I asked God to bring me to a New Plateau, but not a pinnacle.  I asked that I wouldn’t stand alone, but He would bring us all to a new level of revelation and service in the Kingdom.  I believe He heard my prayer.

Psalm 18: 19-21  He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.  The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.  For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

A Plateau is an extensive land area having a relatively level surface raised sharply above adjacent land, a relatively stable level, period of time or condition, a level of attainment or achievement.

I remember the word that the Lord gave me some time ago that “old ceilings will become new floors.”

 

Recent Small Straws:

You are poised and ready to rise up to a new plateau of breakthrough in various areas of your experience, but you must be persistent in order to push through the places where you have been blocked.  Do not give up or settle for less than what you consider to be your optimum potential.  I have gone before you to make a way for you to achieve this breakthrough.  Trust Me to bring you through, says the Lord.

Isaiah 45:2  I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.

Be sensitive to possibilities and opportunities for expansion.  I will bring to your attention doors that you can go through that will result in increase.  Allow Me to direct you to take advantage of your potential to grow.  Do not be afraid to be stretched as you move forward into unfamiliar spiritual territory; I am with you every step of the way.

 

You are about to arise and come up.  You are going to grow up and ascend to a new spiritual level.

 

You are now in the early stages of preparation for a new spiritual year, which will be another step up in terms of covenant, revelation and blessing.  This New Plateau will require a greater level of commitment.  The gift of discernment will be vital to the success of every endeavor.  Wait patiently for My wisdom and direction before any major exertion of time, energy or finances.  Any undertaking that is motivated by your fleshly desires instead of My Spirit will produce disappointment.

 

Just as deep calls to deep, My Spirit calls to your spirit to come up higher.  I have gone before you to prepare a place, a New Plateau.  …I am the Way-maker, and I have set a path before you, so now come!  Move to the sound of My leading, you who have ears to hear.

 

The Lord spoke the word “continuum” to me (sequence, progression). 

We will continue in cycles and seasons. 

Ecclesiastes 1:9  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

 

We will continue to wake up each morning to face the challenges of the day.  I had a dream that I had new computer software.  It was a game where you would have to figure out how to meet random challenges.  And, there were various tools to use in doing so.  Some of the tools I can remember were:  Knowledge, Wisdom, Prayer, Warfare, Faith, Courage, Strength, Love, Peace, Money, Communication; there was an entire menu of things to use in the quest to win the game.  But, the main idea was that it was a game.  It was fun, and everything needed to win was provided.  And then, the joy of victory! 

Life is just like this game. 

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

 

Our tools to win over the challenges we face are found in our relationship to God and in trusting Him to show us the right tools to use in any given situation.  Defeat will be the outcome if we believe the devil’s lies and get into fear. 

Some of you remember the famous bumper sticker from the late 60’s that read “I Found It.”  The burning question at that time for most of us was, “What was IT they found?”  Well, I’m ready to update the bumper sticker to “I Found It, I’ve Got IT, and I’m Keeping It!”  What have I found?  LIFE in the Spirit!

 

Words from the Lord for this time:

You have felt like you are in over your head, doing things that you have little knowledge of or experience in accomplishing.  And, I say to you that it IS true that you are in over your head, but you are NOT in over My head, says the Lord.  If you will ask for wisdom, I will give it, and I will empower you to do all that is set before you.  Refuse to allow fear to paralyze you or keep you from moving forward.  Remember that you “can do all things through Christ who strengthens you”.

 

Old things and old ways of doing things will no longer facilitate you in accomplishing what is set before you.  You are living in new times that will require you to embrace more efficient ways of carrying out My plans and purposes.  Do not be afraid to learn new things (perhaps even technical processes) that will equip you to deal more effectively with your challenges.  I will provide the necessary instruction as you yield to this transition, says the Lord.   Isaiah 42:9  Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them."

 

Prepare for a course correction.  You have come to a point of decision where you can go no further until you find resolution in your current situation.  You will either have to make adjustments and come to a new level of understanding and commitment or abandon it altogether.  The choice is yours, but you will not be able to maintain status quo.

 

You are about to awaken out of a slumber of idolatry that was brought about by fear of man and a desire to please people. This has been a great hindrance in your life and has resulted in compromise.  Your loyalties are being tested, and your devotion will be redefined as you are elevated to the level of fearing and pleasing the Lord only. 

 

You are coming to a level of spiritual maturity that will be astounding in contrast to your past religious experience.  If you are willing, I will bring you out of carnal, social Christianity into the reality of life in the Spirit.  But, you must stir up your desire to really know Me, says the Lord. 

 

In an effort to forget past offenses you have buried some things that need to be reviewed and forgiven.  I am shining the light on bondages from the past, and I will reveal every hidden work of darkness against you.  It is time for you to be truly free.  And, in the process of this spiritual emancipation you will find that you have been miraculously healed and delivered.  It’s time!

 

You have tried desperately to find your niche as you struggle to know where you belong.  If you will stop striving to find acceptance and camaraderie among your peers and instead seek to abide in Me, then you will find a people of like mind who dwell together in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace.  However, as long as your focus is on you and your desires to be accepted, even if you are among like-minded people you will still feel like an outcast. 

 

You have entered the River of God, and the power of that flow will carry you to places beyond your wildest expectations.  Continue to yield to the moving of My Spirit as I show you things that you “know not of.”  The flowing of this river will bring revelation of the progression of destiny in every aspect.  Be at rest and let Me take you where I will, says the Lord.