"Ascend to the Summit!"
By Betty King
for the Ascent
In this season, God has been leading His people on an ascent, closer to Him and deeper into His presence and purposes. As many have climbed, the Holy Spirit has led them to shed the heavy
loads and burdens that have previously held them down and that they have carried for far too long.
As you climb and the weights are lifted from you, you will feel lighter within yourself. However, because
you carried a sense of being burdened for so long, and it became so familiar to you, you may also feel unusual and somehow empty as this happens. The danger, for some, is that you may then rush into finding something else to be burdened with for the sake of
restoring a sense of the familiar. This is a subtle trap. Don't allow yourself to fall into this temptation or be drawn into the first issue that presents itself to you, but instead wait carefully on the Holy Spirit, who will direct you to the causes that
He wants you to pay attention to.
Don't try to pre-empt the Holy Spirit or decide for Him where your focus ought to be. Practice the spiritual disciplines of self-control and patience, and allow Him to
give you clear guidance on how to launch out into the new things to come. Keep shedding the loads and keep climbing higher.
After John encountered Jesus in the book of Revelation, he heard a voice saying
to him, "...Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this" (Revelation 4:1). John didn't assume what the future held but allowed God to show him.
Don't look back to what you've left
behind but look upwards and forwards to God. Abraham left his father's house to go to a land that God was yet to show him, but when he did, God blessed him and increased him (Isaiah 51:2).
from the Summit
As you ascend and shed the burdens of prior seasons, you will also find yourself gaining greater clarity and perspective as your mind and heart become more free. Eventually, your ascension
will bring you to a summit, a place of perspective from which you can see clearly and take a full survey of your environment and circumstances. From here you will be able to perceive what your potential is and the fruitfulness that can flow from your life.
You will be able to see how God used the ascension process to soften and prepare your heart for harvest, just as He prepares the land according to Psalm 65:9-11:
care for the land and water it; You enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so You have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; You soften it with showers and bless its crops. You
crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance."
Seeing the potential, however, is not the same as fulfilling it. Although you have reached a summit, there is further to climb,
and the greater harvest is yet to come. This is where strategic prayer is key. The view from the summit is not simply about looking at how far you have come, but also about where you need to now go.
clear about what you don't yet have that you need for the journey ahead. Focus your prayers on the road ahead and the help you need to get there. Pray for the right people, alignments, and provision. The ascension process and the perspective from the summit
will give you the authority you need to legislate in prayer for these things. To legislate effectively, keep in mind the following three elements:
First, state your case to God in prayer, accounting for
where you have come from and where you need to go, and why and what your motives are.
Second, be clear about what you don't have and what you need and present your case to the Lord as to why He should
Third, wait for Him to respond with strategy and direction so that you do not move presumptuously.
The Wisdom to Separate
The perspective from the summit also gives you a view on what it is that you need to fix. If you are not feeling the anointing and presence of God like you used to, then this is the place for you take stock with the Lord to see what you missed along
the way, what act of disobedience may have caused you to misalign, or what mistake caused the anointing to hemorrhage.
Be careful to recognize that these are not things that can be fixed simply by gathering
anointed people around you. This is personal. No membership of any group can make up for right-standing with God. Trying to bring together something which looks like God is in it, when He is not, will really only hinder what He is doing and where He wants
His Church to go. Remember that those who stand at the summit are crucial for what is to come and for those who are to follow. The Lord is looking for elders at the gate who will permit transformation because they themselves are rightly aligned with Him.
If necessary, separate yourself for a time so you can recover your own anointing and connection with the Holy Spirit. When you have done this, then you will be able to partner authentically with those who also carry
the anointing and God's authority, whether old or young.
Standing at a summit does not excuse you from the need to set things right in the Spirit. Rather, it should make the need clearer. The fear
of God remains the principal thing, however high you have climbed. As Psalm 76:12 says, "...He is feared by the kings of the earth."
Whatever the situation, now is the time to put things right.
Bringing About the Change
In Numbers 27, the daughters of Zelophehad brought a petition to Moses concerning their futures and inheritances. Being daughters rather
than sons, and given the death of their father, it had seemed that circumstances were against them and that without intervention they would never possess land among their father's relatives. When we operate from a certain sense of identity, the promises of
God can seem far off, but in Jesus Christ all things are possible.
Each of the daughters' names meant something different and each would have had her own particular character and way about her, but they
came together as one to contend for their inheritance. They didn't fight or compete amongst themselves but stood in unity and petitioned successfully for an act of legislation that secured their own inheritances and those of many in Israel for years to come.
This is a picture of what the Holy Spirit is stirring up in Believers right now across the Body of Christ. His plan is for Believers to not fight against each other but stand together at the summit to make petitions
which bring about true change. This means recognizing the value and strengths of one another, and not just your own strength and value.
At the summit we demand and ask for the inheritance that comes with
dominion. The harvest is real and the task of the Church in this season is to ask aright and not amiss.
Free yourself from every entanglement that is hindering you from climbing. If you know that you've
been stuck in a particular place for a while, you must really declare that you're looking for freedom and get up. Whatever it is, rise up by faith, face it, cut its cords off and trust God.
In John 14:26,
Jesus declared that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things and remind us of what He has said to us. I pray for you that He will activate the insight, wisdom and courage you need to recover all that has been lost, to learn new things and to birth fresh ideas
that will bring about change. In Jesus' mighty name. Amen.
By Reverend Betty King
Betty King Ministries
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321