Giving Room

I don’t know about you, but recent changes have proven challenging in many regards. As I listened to a message entitled, “Relentless” from Pastor Jim of Zion’s River, I became increasingly aware of the unique time we are in. Although recent changes, particularly the Stay At Home order, has shut down the familiar rhythms of life, there is a sense that God is inviting us to  give room  to His Gospel, presence, and voice.

Pastor Jim called us to 4 specific ways in which we could Connect to the Relentlessness of God, and it was the first that stirred deep within- Give Room for the Fruits of the Spirit to Manifest. He stated, “the fruits of the Spirit are always the will of God…they will always lead us into the place where the word of God is manifesting.”

Galatians 5:22-23 speak of these nine fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

The journey my heart has been on with the Lord over the past month has called me to cry out: God, make me more and more like you! When I come out on the other side of this season- I want to be more like you! God, I want to be one led by the Spirit not my flesh- I want to walk as a true Daughter! 

As Pastor Jim spoke it was so clear to me, this is a season to  give room for Holy Spirit to do a work that only He can do- to  give room for my life to produce GOOD FRUIT from this season & for His glory!

SO, I am making it my goal over the next 28 days to give room to Holy Spirit to move through a study of the fruits of the Spirit. Beginning tomorrow I will be releasing a study & application of the 9 fruits of the Spirit, and will do so on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s.

I believe that God will breath life through His Word, and we will become those who  give room  in our lives for Holy Spirit to bring forth GOOD FRUIT for the sake of God’s Kingdom! I believe that when we are on the other side we will be able to say that we are Son’s and Daughters led by the Spirit!

Join me tomorrow as we delve in the first fruit of the Spirit… LOVE! 

May  the story He wrote come alive in us!

 

2020- His Agenda is the World!

Yesterday, my Pastor asked- “Who believes they are a writer, and should be writing? Raise your hand.” He then called those of us who raised our hands to step out in faith and start a blog! He stated, “Jesus’s assignment will exceed your perceived capacity. His agenda is the world! How can we take what we have and give it away?”

I have decided that I am going to grab ahold of this word by faith, and I am going to make myself available to God, so that He can reach out to those around me in the world that He longs to speak to! I began this blog in 2016, and believe NOW is the time to begin again telling about The Story He Wrote! 

I believe that 2020 is going to be a year unlike any other. Will you join in faith with me by taking whatever it is that you have in your hands, and making it available to God so that He can reach the World through you in 2020?

Want to know more about what God is doing through Zion’s River Tacoma? Visit our website, and make plans to join us this Sunday as Pastor Jim continues his series, “The Plan”.

https://zionsriver.com/

 

An Eternal Hope

“The only way to not live life like the rest of the world is to have the hope of eternity”              (Pastor Jim Sheen)

I recently completed my graduate degree, and what a journey it was! Many hours were spent reading, comprehending, and attempting to form sentences (…MANY sentences) that reflected what I had learned. Yet, when I got to the end I realized those months of learning were simply an introduction into what was to come.

Two weeks prior to the completion of my degree, I began to sense God stirring my heart; He was calling me to lay down my perceptions of what I believed was next, and to open my heart to what He had written for me. During these two weeks, (…and a few after) a level of anxiety began to rise. Questions began to run through my mind; questions that nearly every graduate on this planet seems to wrestle with- the greatest being “How will I pay this school bill!” Many more questions came that began to evoke anxiety, and caused me to come to terms with the fact that I needed to enter into reality! […side note, you cannot be a student forever!]

It was during this time of questioning that led to anxiety that my faith began to be attacked- my faith that just weeks ago was soaring, and was leading me into new places! With these questions swimming around in my already FULL graduate brain, I finally stopped long enough to understand that God was not stirring my heart toward an earthly strategy or answer, but rather an eternal hope! Hear this truth Beloved…

“Demons cannot mess with a faith that is rooted in eternity, but they can certainly mess with your faith when it is rooted in this life, and this life only. When your life is rooted in this life only its rooted in an expectation of what God should, and should not do. YET, if your life is rooted in eternity then you know that everything you are going through here is being worked out in a place that you cannot see right now” (Pastor Jim Sheen)

As I sat listening on Sunday to this PERSPECTIVE CHANGING truth hope rose, and answers to the stirring that weeks ago sent me into a tailspin, sent me soaring once again! You see, ALL of the preparation, the hours of studying and writing, the years of walking through the life that I have, the desires of my heart seemingly unfulfilled- it ALL had meaning, purpose, and an eternal hope now connected to it! I cannot explain what is to come in eternity, but I can say with FULL assurance that EVERYTHING has purpose!

Beloved, perhaps you like me have come to a place once again, or maybe for the first time, where you are asking, “What does this all lead to, what is next for me in this life?” Understand me when I say that those are not incorrect questions to ask YET, I implore you to also look further, and believe that what you have faced, are facing, and will face as a Child of God is intricately woven into the tapestry of eternity.

As my Pastor stated on Sunday:

“Everything here is ONLY an introductory chapter to everything there (eternity)”                      (Pastor Jim Sheen)

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Beloved, set your vision higher! Hear the words of this beloved song:

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full into His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

As my Pastor encouraged us at the close of our service, I too share this with you…

“We are here to run a race that the world is not running…ask God to put a fresh vision in your heart for your current situation…” Ask God to give you an eternal hope…because, this is the story He wrote!

[Read and Meditate on these passages]:

John 14:1-3; 2 Peter 3:10-12; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; Acts 1:6-11

STAYED TUNED!

…I will be returning in the month of November. Keep pressing into Jesus, and know that He is fighting for you, believes in you, and knows intimately the story He wrote for you!

You are BLESSED & highly FAVORED!

He was awake before He was asleep…

This morning I was meditating on Luke 8:22-25:

22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Reading this story in times past I have been fascinated by the place in which these nervous fisherman found Jesus during the storm; asleep. Yet, as I read this morning I was struck with the knowledge that Jesus was awake before he was found asleep! Bear with me for one moment…
Lukes Gospel reads “one day he (Jesus) got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ Interesting…Matthew and Mark’s Gospels make similar statements…
Matthew 8:23 states… “23 And when he (Jesus) got into the boat, his disciples followed him.”
Mark 4:35 states…”35 On that day, when evening had come, he (Jesus) said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 
Before these nervous fisherman were in the thick of the stormy seas…they were on dry land ministering side by side with Jesus. They watched miracles take place- they saw a mans withered hand restored- they were with Jesus when a DEAD boy was raised to life- they accompanied Jesus to the places where He was sent.
What I saw today was not a bunch of nervous fisherman on a boat in the middle of a storm with Jesus asleep on the back of the boat, BUT a bunch of fisherman on boat in the middle of a storm with Jesus asleep on the back of the boat AT THE invitation of Jesus!
Jesus INVITED these nervous fisherman onto the boat! He was awake before He was asleep!
What place has Jesus invited you into? Do you find yourself in the midst of a storm? Do you question if Jesus is there in that place with you? Beloved, Jesus was awake before He was asleep- Jesus is with you in the place to which He invited you…and the storm you are facing right now is NOT a surprise…
He invites you to rest, to trust, and to know that you are in the middle of the very place He invited you into-
Be Still
Beloved, rest in know that this is the story He wrote!

 

Wait…

We are just 1 day, and a few hours away from Zion’s River “Igniting the Fire” Conference! Anticipation has been building, and expectation is on the rise.

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Recently, I heard a prayer regarding the 20th day, and becoming anxious when in a fast or a time of waiting it appears that what has been promised or “waited” upon looks as if it will not happen…and there is a tendency to give up…this prayer focused on waiting for the 21st day and believing that the promise will come.

Why am I bringing this up? Well, last week on Saturday I was struck with “the illness” (as we called it in our house!) Maybe you know it! The stomach flu…yuck! Moving on…I lay there on the couch thinking “…the conference starts next week, and I CANNOT BE SICK!” I began planning how I could find someone to fill my spot…etc…then I felt Holy Spirit on the inside say – WAIT!

The “illness” passed and Monday evening rolled around. I was enjoying an amazing time with one of my sisters and her daughter, and out of NOWHERE an event took place that rocked me, and brought up memories of my past, and once again I found myself thinking “…I may need to shift my plans for the conference…” BUT once again Holy Spirit said WAIT!

Today, I have been hearing of issues arising in relationships, irritations in emotions, unexpected financial issues, and so on…So, I cried out to the Lord just moments ago and asked “God, what is the word for your people today? How can I encourage your people in these final hours before the conference?”

He said “WAIT“…So I asked the Lord to back up His word through His Word…and this is where He led me…Beloved, let this encourage your soul…Here, Jesus is speaking to His disciples…

“And while staying with them he (Jesus) ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ‘you heard from Me, for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…” (Acts 1:4-5)

Beloved, in 1 day and some hours, many of you are going to be standing with us at Zion’s River for our “Igniting the Fire” Conference… However, there is still a time of waiting and preparation before this time. I believe SO STRONGLY in my spirit that what Jesus commanded his disciples, He is instructed each of us toward…

WAIT! For “…not many days from now…” We WILL encounter God! WE WILL be IGNITED with HIS FIRE! You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…Chapter 1 continues on by stating…

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Beloved, “…not many days from now…” we will all come together to Zion’s River and, as we have been believing, “…we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us…” and we WILL be IGNITED with FIRE…and we will be sent out to be His witnesses to every place assigned…Yet…

We must WAIT!

Are you being bombarded with emotions, issues of the past, last minute things coming up that you did not expect? Are you contemplating not being at the conference now?

WAIT!

Beloved, YOU ARE CALLED for such a time as this! YOU ARE CALLED to this time to be ignited with His fire! Stand up, worship the Lord! Lift Him above EVERY trial, EVERY circumstance, EVERY thought…and DECALRE your commitment to God’s plans and purposes for this hour!

The leadership team at Zion’s River is praying for you and believing that God WILL MOVE! Stand…STAND…& KEEP STANDING! Hold up the arms of Pastor Jim & Lorelei and let’s believe together for the fire to be ignited!

Beloved, let’s be ignited for the story He wrote about US!

The BEST day of my LIFE!

This morning on my way into work I stopped at Starbucks (…like 1/2 the population!) I ordered my breakfast (Thank God for gift cards!), and  as I was handed my order the barista said-

“Have the BEST day of your LIFE!”

WOW! What- today? The best day of my life TODAY! Huh- Driving away my brain began firing; her words of blessing stirred up a fire on the inside of me. Have the BEST day of your LIFE!

I began to consider what I would say the BEST day of my LIFE would really look like. Do you know…every “BEST day” I could think up was tied to something I have been waiting for…meeting my “husband-to-be”, my wedding day, looking into the eyes of my child for the first time, traveling the world, etc…

In this moment of pondering, I heard Holy Spirit ask- “Isn’t it possible that you are living the BEST day of your LIFE right now? And isn’t it possible that EVERYDAY could be The BEST day of your LIFE? Isn’t it possible that because of the finished work of Jesus, and ALL that is, and is to come, you are living RIGHT NOW the BEST day of your LIFE? Screeeeeeech….mental brakes engaged! WOW- YES!!!!!

Beloved, John 10:10b says:

…Jesus HAS come! Not He WILL come, or He is thinking about coming, or He’s planning on coming but hasn’t found time…YES- He HAS come…As Sons & Daughters we are ALIVE in the BEST day of our LIVES! Yes, it’s TRUE-

You see, the devil is up to no good of course, and his daily plan is to try and convince us that if we could just (…fill in the blank) we would (….fill it in again!) O when we (____) then (_____).

IT IS FINISHED! On Resurrection Sunday my Pastor, Jim Sheen (www.zionsriver.com) spoke about the true definition of what was accomplished on that GREAT DAY! What was accomplished was this- the Fear of Death was BROKEN!!!! He defined the Fear of Death in this way…

“A mind bound to decisions that must be accomplished or experienced
within a limited time.”
Have you ever had that sense that if you don’t ever get to (fill in the blank) then you will be disappointed, you will have missed out, your life will have not amounted to anything? Maybe you, like me have been waiting to get married, have children, travel the world and you have equated the BEST day of your LIFE in this manner. Has your mind been bound to decisions that MUST be accomplished or experienced within this limited time we have on earth?
Is it possible that Jesus Himself is saying to us today- “Have the BEST day of your LIFE” even in the midst of trial, pain, loss, confusion, debt, divorce, sickness, on an on- Is it possible that thousands of years ago, stepping out of the grave, walking through the walls of our lives Jesus made a statement for ALL OF TIME- Today IS the BEST day of your LIFE! IT IS FINISHED!
Pastor Jim stated:
“Believe the truth: As you follow Jesus, you are just on your way to something more,
something greater. My story that God wrote about me continues from this moment into
eternity! Since you are favored in eternity, you are favored here!”
Beloved, in this place of favor, you are presented with an opportunity to be alive NOW! To experience the BEST day of your LIFE now! Do you struggle with this reality? What is to be done…Pastor Jim boldly proclaimed Jesus’s words:
“Be born-again! John 3:3 & Connect your living to the power of believing Luke 24:49 &
Acts 1:8″
Are you waiting for the BEST day of your LIFE to happen? Beloved, stop what you are doing, open your heart, be born-again, come into the ABUNDANT life NOW! Beloved, TODAY will then become the BEST day of your LIFE….because this is the story He wrote!