Eternity

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.

True Love

We are told in Matthew 7:12-14 to, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” I think that sometimes in our pursuit to love others we make the mistake of trying to broaden the path to be more accepting and perhaps to include or embrace or encompass more but true love would say, “Hey my friend here is the narrow path, you don’t want to stray off because that broad path that may be enticing you will only lead to destruction”. Sometimes compromise can be the very tool the enemy uses to open the door to deception that leads to destruction. Let’s love one another by encouraging each other to keep our feet on the path that Jesus designed for us so that we are enabled to walk in His fullness and love not the deceptive love of this world that encourages us to do what ever feels good or looks good.

True love does not try to broaden the path but lets you know when you are straying off the chosen path.
Trying to broaden what God calls narrow will only lead to deception.

The Bride

When I think of a bride walking down the aisle to wed the love of her life or the groom standing there waiting for his love to appear adorned in beauty, there is such anticipation in their hearts. No matter what has transpired in their lives leading up to this significant moment, it is now behind them. It is a new day, a start to a new life. The expectation is a life of love, devotion, intimacy, faithfulness and fruitfulness. Sure, there may be ruff days, days you may feel like giving up, but you won’t. You are both committed to walking this journey out together letting nothing come between you. Did you know that God wants to make us His bride? Have you stopped to meditate on this truth? Just imagine a perfect wedding day and it is Jesus at the altar. He is waiting for you to walk down that aisle and receive Him as your savior. Just remember, that He has the same expectation as the bride and groom mentioned earlier. This is the start of a new day. No matter what is in your past, once you repent and accept Him as your savior, you are now His. You begin your life of faithfulness, intimacy, devotion and fruitfulness with Him. Make that step or if you have already walked that aisle, re-new your vows today. Walk out this journey of love with the One who is fully committed to you and wants to give you abundant life as you fully commit and remain faithful to Him.
He is faithful, true and unchanging.

It Is Not Worth It!

I used to think this verse, “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the Kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire” sounded so harsh (Mark 9:47). However, after years of observing the devastation of sin in people’s lives: destroyed marriages, relationships, families,health and all that sin leaves in its wake, I now feel that I can see the heart of Jesus in this verse. It seems to say, “sin is NOT WORTH IT; do whatever it takes to get it out of your life, nothing is too extreme in your pursuit of freedom from sin”. In His great love for us He wants to protect us from the destruction and devastation that sin brings. “For the wages of sin is death BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Choose His gift of life. Abundant life is available for us as we choose Him and His way each day for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). Let’s say YES to walking with Jesus and determine to partner with Him in eradicating sin from our lives so that we can walk in His fullness. He gives perfect peace, joy unspeakable and full of glory, a sound mind and so much more as we learn to renew our minds to line up with His truth, His way and His life. Don’t settle for what sin is offering you because it is only temporal and in the end can only bring death and separation from God. Have faith in the One who gave His life for you, that He can also empower and enable you to live and walk in victory over sin.

Scripture references: Matthew 5:29-30; Mark 9:43-48; Philippians 4:7; John 10:10, 14:27, 15:11, 17:13; 1 Peter 1:8; Romans 12:2, 15:13

My Recent Journey

As you have probably noticed I have been missing in action for the last several months. I have been on a personal journey in intimate reflection and pursuit of God.  During this time I have taken a break from teaching and writing as to focus all my attention upon my pursuit. At the beginning of the year my pastor gave a prophetic word that we as believers were to press in to God emphasizing the first few months would be crucial to setting us up for our future. Later, I heard the same word spoken by Chuck Pierce and it was affirmed in my heart to be a word for me. As I write this I cannot believe that was almost a year ago. It is hard to describe what happen within me when I heard that word. At first it gave me a sense of frustration- like what does that mean? How do I press in? How do I set myself up for the best future? Those thoughts caused me to contemplate the many such words I have heard over the years of my life.

The prophetic word sounds so exciting when it is spoken and we say yes that’s right on, I receive that. And then too often, in many cases, time just seems to slip away with no apparent result. Perhaps, we may see something come to pass that resembles the “prophet word” or we say something must have occurred within the spirit realm that we just were not able to see or we explain it away in its delay over time. Then we try to assure ourselves that it will come to pass in the future or worse, we just forget about it all together as if it were never spoken. But, that is not what I want to focus on today.

Once the frustration, questions and yes I must confess- doubt subsided, I set my heart upon fully embracing this prophet word. I determined in my heart and spirit to press in at any cost to fully realize this word and be assured to set myself up for the future God had for me. I had no idea, at the time, what that would encompass and what It would cost me. However, it was abundantly clear to me there would be no turning back and there would be no settling for anything other than the completion of what God wanted to achieve within me to set me up for His purpose.

I have learned many lessons on this journey that I truly feel have changed the way I see the world, religion and the Kingdom. Those lessons are setting me up to walk in the fullness of God’s specific plan for me. I have seen things in myself that I didn’t realize were there, that I have to admit, I didn’t like. I have discovered things I was not viewing from the perspective of God’s Kingdom that had become a hindrance to me. God has also exposed some mindsets that were rooted in religion not love that I most definitely needed to change.

On the brighter side, as declared in Romans 5:5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in my heart by the Holy Spirit who was given to me”. God’s love and peace has renewed my heart and set me on a beautiful path as I embark on another year. I hope to share many of these lessons I have learned in the coming year in hopes that they will encourage and bless you as they have me.

As I now ponder the time of year we are in, celebrating the birth of our Savior, I turn to a favorite passage, Isaiah 9:2-7. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this”.

Let us keep at the fore front of our mind that Jesus came as the light of the world to dispel darkness and now we are to be that light to all those we come in contact with during this Christmas season and into the New Year.

My prayer for each of us this year is that we fully walk in His light, being light, that we may live a life of freedom and love.

Sheree

What Time Is It?

It is critical in the times we are living in to recognize our seasons and what God is doing at the time/moment in our history. As we build our lives around making room for Him, allowing our disciplines to create opportunity and place proper value to what is important to us, we will be equipped to take hold of His truths and bring them into our reality. We must start by asking, do we truly understand the season we are in and what we should be doing in response? There are strategies to be acquired that will continually propel us into the next victory as the Word says, from glory to glory, empowering us to fully capitalize on all the potential that each season of life holds. But, with every strategy there are tactics to be learned.  The way we think is directly attached to the way we act therefore, we cannot limit our thought process to only what we know. For us to Live in the proper season with full authority to carry out the purposes of that season, we will need to rely on the Holy Spirit leading our thoughts thus actions. These strategies and tactics for knowing the times and seasons and what is possible for us to accomplish in each season will require us to continually be asking God questions, thinking critically and pressing into the presence of God where He can reveal to us the many treasures of wisdom, insight, understanding and creativity that He alone can offer. There are no limits to the possibilities of a life lived fully embracing what God is doing and equipping us to do in each moment in time. A life fully lived is a life that is in the right place at the right time to see the fullness of what God is doing at that time.

FEAR-Protector or Inhibitor?

Fear- What a strong emotion. At times fear can appear to be a protector. It protects us from breaking the law, doing harmful things and taking unnecessary risk. If we take a deeper look at these fears however, we may find that they are all actually based in a fear of man. The fear of manmade consequences to our action, fear of man’s retaliation, or disappointing, hurting or failing someone.  On the flip side fear can be the very thing that keeps us from doing the thing that we should do or want to do. If we look deeper into these fears we may find as well, that they are steeped in a fear of man. Fear of failing, disappointing, angering or hurting someone as well as a fear of doing any of these things to ourselves. Many times the main fear is that we will look or appear stupid. Fear can appear to help us at times but it can also be a strong inhibitor in our lives. So, in light of these facts, what do we do with fear? How about we exchange our fear for trusting and following God. If we focus on following His precepts and doing as He leads and directs us we no longer have a need for fear. He now becomes our protector and deliverer. We can trust that He will only lead us to do things that are in our best interest and for that matter, things that line up with our laws along with the laws of nature that He created. He has placed so many gifts, callings, and abilities in each one of us that I would hate for any of us to miss out on due to fear. Next time you feel a fear rise up in you, I would encourage you to stop and get God’s perspective on the situation. As we learn to walk out this journey with Him, I trust we will find that there truly is no need for fear.

Let us come out of agreement with fear and place our hope and trust in a God who will never leave us of forsake us. For He is perfect love and perfect love cast out fear. 1 John 4:18

“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you, ”So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”

Hebrew 13: 5-6

Your Choice Matters

Most of the ups and downs of life can be summed up in the choices we made. Which voice did we choose to listen to? Did we listen to the voice of peace or anger; negative or positive; life giving or self seeking. Did we choose to forgive or let bitterness settle in? Did we choose to build people up around us or tear them down? There are also other choices like, picking the bible up verses the remote control; choosing to take a risk verses taking the easy course. Did you have a “will see” attitude or did you crush fear under you feet and say YES? Every choice matters. Remember, whatever you feed the most thrives the most so, choose to feed on the things that will produce the results that you are longing for. Choose words of life, choose to have hope, to believe, to love. Choose to stand as the apple of your Father’s eye!

I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
Concerning the works of men,
By the word of Your lips,
I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
Uphold my steps in Your paths,
That my footsteps may not slip.

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in You
From those who rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of Your eye;  Psalms 17:4-8

TIME

Time is just the thing that passes, so stop watching it pass and commit to just love the person right in front of you, commit to do the thing right in front of you that needs to be done and then you will find that you are fully enjoying the moments that make up time.