THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
The Deal is Done
August 17, 2009
In May 2007, my mother passed away. She had a home in Florida that we needed to sell, so we listed
with an agent. At that time, the Florida housing market was beginning to tank, so we were unsure how
long it would take to get an offer. During July 2007 , we also decided that it was time to move from our
home of 17 years, so we placed our home on the market as well, only we decided to sell it ourselves (sale
by owner). At this point, the Virginia housing market had not begun to suffer, and, in fact, homes were
selling in our community. We figured it wouldn’t take too long to get an offer. Boy, were we wrong!
On August 3, 2007 , I was praying and heard: “The deal is done.” I naturally thought this meant
that we would be getting an offer on our place. No offer came; however, 17 days later (August 20), we
received an offer for my mother’s home that was located in a place called Sungate . On September 12,
exactly four months after my mother’s death, we closed on her place. We figured this must have been
the deal that I heard was done, but, frankly, we were a little disappointed because we figured we had to
sell our home first in order to make the move we were planning.
As we look back, we realize that if we had sold our home at that point, we would have made the wrong
move. Initially, we knew that it was time to move, but the question was where. We had several options,
and the one we were leaning toward in August 2007 would have been a disaster if we had taken that
route. Father knows best, and He overruled our plans. Thank God!
We kept praying and seeking the Lord regarding our potential move. Looking back, it must have
appeared to those in our neighborhood that we did not have a clue as to what we were doing. They
would ask us where we were moving to, and we generally gave some vague answer that must have made
people scratch their heads wondering what we were up to. At one point, we even told people we were
moving across town to a new development that was in a rather isolated area. It simply looked like we
were trying to get out of the neighborhood, not knowing where we were going. Sort of sounds like
someone we have read about. Whom could that be? O, how about Abraham?
Having been called out by faith, Abraham obeyed to go forth to a place which he was
going to receive for an inheritance; and he went out not understanding where he went.
(Hebrews 11:8 LITV)
Abraham went out looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God
(Hebrews 11:10). Perhaps this is why I am so fixated on New Jerusalem these days.
Well, as we continued to pray, there was another dynamic at work. My wife’s aging mother was being
cared for by her older sister, and it was becoming too much for the sister to handle their mother’s
healthcare, which had become 24/7 care. Having been through some of this with my parents, we knew
how taxing it could be on the body and soul of the caregiver. The solution was for us to move to the area
where the mother and sister live, which is in another state. We were at peace about moving out of the
state that had been our home for the last 34 years, but we were not entirely settled on such a move. To
be honest, I was the one that was not entirely settled on the matter. Until!
One day I was seeking the Lord and a word from the book of James came to my heart.
Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
(James 4:17 NASB)
This word became rhema , a living word, to me, and I knew the course we had to take. So, on one of our
trips to visit my wife’s mother and sister, I began to look around the area. I didn’t have to look very long
before I found a development and a style of house that we both liked. Actually, I only had to look at one
community. On November 23, 2007, we signed a contract to build a house that we would (and did)
move into on May 16, 2008. Frankly, we were not sure whether we had made the right choice. It was a
big risk for us to sign a contract on a new house and not have our current house sold. It went against all
that I had planned in order to pull off this big change in our lives. Unfortunately, we had not sold our
previous home by the time moving day came. At this point, we turned the marketing of it over to a real
Backing up a bit, on February 1, 2008, prior to our move in May, I received a rather interesting word:
“Transcend time.” The word transcend means “to go beyond the limits of.” In other words,
“transcending time” means to go beyond the limits of time. But how do we, who are stuck in time, do
this? I will give an illustration of the answer shortly.
On May 15, 2008, after physically living in our home for 17 years , we packed and moved to our new
home, which is in a place called Sun City . Recall, we previously sold my mother’s home in Sungate .
To us, this spiritually symbolizes the destiny set before the Lord’s people. It is a picture of passing
through the gates of the celestial and holy city, New Jerusalem , which is illuminated by the glory of
the Son of God. New Jerusalem is the city of the sons of God, shining as the Sun (Matthew 13:43).
Over the entire time that our property was for sale, we had many people look at it, but no offers were
made, in spite of us continually lowering the price and offering other enticements. I had people tell me
that we needed to plant a seed of faith (i.e., give money to a man’s ministry) if we expected to sell our
home. In other words, we needed faith and money to get heaven to move on our behalf. I even spoke to
one couple that had done this and their home sold immediately at their asking price. Others prayed for
us by making the typical demands that one would expect from most Christians, including binding the
enemy. I even presented the case before the divine court to transfer the deed, since all things belong to
God anyway. In spite of all this activity, nothing happened until 14 months after we moved out of our
previous house to when we had a fully executed contract. The number 14 means “deliverance.”
On June 24, 2009, we finally received an offer on our property. The selling price was not what we
expected; it was a low-ball offer. After some negotiation, we arrived at a price that we could live with,
even if it was much lower than what we wanted or needed. On July 16, 2009, we had a finalized
contract. The initial offer called for a closing on July 28, 2009. However, a few days later, we received
an addendum to the contract; the buyers wanted to move the closing to August 3, 2009 .
I felt a nudge in my spirit to look at my daily journal, and I was shocked to be reminded that on August
3, 2007, I heard “the deal is done.” In other words, two years earlier, the Lord had told me that the
deal to sell our home would be consummated on August 3. He did not tell me what year it was going to
occur, but He most definitely gave me the month and the day. With this new information, we both
began to wonder if this were true. Would we literally close on the sale on August 3, or would it be
around this date? I began to realize that this was the Lord’s doing and that we had to stand on this as a
word from the Lord. As the 3 rd neared, all was set for the closing, but then on the 2 nd , the air
conditioning system stopped working. At first, some fear and, frankly, agitation, rose up in both of us,
but we held to the word. It turned out that the fix for the system was simple, and the closing took place
on the 3 rd as the Lord had promised.
By the way, our home sold for $x 17 ,000 (not important to reveal the actual price), and our house before
this one sold for $x 17 ,000. We had physically lived in our last home for 17 years . Also, we received a
contract on my mother’s place 17 days after August 3, 2007. The number 17 stands for “victory.”
I am still processing all that the Lord is teaching us through this experience, but the one thing that is for
sure is, God transcends time. When the will of heaven is declared, we can be assured that it will take
place on earth. What we need to do is line up with the will of heaven, stand, and wait until we see it
occur on earth. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. This is life in the kingdom of God.
It is the life of victory, a life that is not limited by time.
The Upward Call: #03-0989
by: Stuart H. Pouliot