I think the only way to make since of this life and the purpose we all search for is to view life in light of eternity with God. We cannot view our life as the end game but rather a dress rehearsal. Whether we are granted 40, 60, 80 years or more this is all in preparation for eternity. These years we have as individuals on this earth are just a blip in the time line of eternity. However, how we choose to live these years will determine with Whom we will spend eternity with. The enemy works so hard to entangle us in the affairs of this life, consumed with acquiring success, comfort, fortune as if that is the goal of life. We were created in the image of God, given the mind of Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to walk in power and authority destroying the works of the enemy just as Jesus came to do. We have been anointed to bring forth the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. What matters in this life is not what we can add to our life in way of success and possessions but what we can add to other’s lives by how we live our life bringing glory to God. Our life is meant to be a sweet smelling aroma to our Lord, being His ambassador on this earth bringing forth His will. Keep your purpose as God’s ambassador on the forefront of your mind as you make your choices and set your priorities. Free will was a gift of God so that we, from a place of love for our Father, could choose to walk as one with Him displaying His glory, bringing light to dispel darkness.

So, when the enemy tries to tempt you with going with the flow of this world system or to accept something in your life that does not honor God, remember what future you are working toward.

Sheree Shannon©

Living in Sanctuary

Sanctuary- What a powerful word. When I think of this word Psalms 84:10 always comes to mind, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere”. I love to be in the sanctuary of the Lord, living in His presence and yes, one day in His presence is better than a thousand anywhere else. I believe God is calling all of us to live in that place of sanctuary with Him. The word Sanctuary by definition means a place of safety or refuge. We are told all throughout scripture that He is our safe place and our refuge, making Him our sanctuary. In John 17:20-22 we read a prayer of Jesus to the Father, which to me is one of the most powerful expressions of His love for us. He prays that we will be one with Him, “as You Father are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us….that they may be one just as We are one. I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one”. How amazing that Jesus is praying to the Father saying that He wants us to be one with Him and the Father. These words seem too powerful to fully comprehend, that we could live in oneness with our Creator. However, I believe if we can take hold of these truths and live in that place of unity with our Father, allowing our bodies to be a temple for the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), living and moving and having our being in Him (Acts 17:28) then we will be empowered to live in sanctuary. To live in a place of refuge and safety enveloped in the love and presence of our Father where there is no room for fear and every plan of the enemy for our life is thwarted. The powerful fruit that comes from living in this place is that now we are enabled to become a sanctuary for someone else. God can bring those to us that are looking for the sanctuary He can provide through us. We become a partner with Him providing others a safe place and a refuge to find help, encouragement, strength, hope and love. Let’s set our hearts to live in the sanctuary of our Lord and then from that place provide sanctuary to all those we come in contact with.

I say yes Jesus, I too desire to be one with You, thank You for bringing me in so that the world may see that I am loved by You as You were loved by the Father and that same love continues to draw all men unto the Father so they too can find redemption and live in sanctuary.