“For to come to know Jesus intimately, as he is, as he wants to be known, is to release a redemptive landslide in your life. There will be no stopping the goodness. The first purpose of your existence will be resolved, and from there you are set to fulfill all of God’s other purposes for you.”
-John Eldredge “Beautiful Outlaw”
Beloved, I have been set free! And I HAVE to tell you all about it so you too can experience this goodness!
On November 9th I woke to an atmosphere that was FULLY CHARGED with life! Just days before it was a struggle to get out of bed. I in no way hated my life- I rather enjoyed my life in many incredible ways, but there was one thing missing- it was the full release of past pain. You see, at every turn my pain was right there with me- pain that was out of context really. Pain that had nothing to do with my present reality, yet manifested as such. Unknowingly pain of the past was the lens through which I saw my life, and the people around me- and this context distorted my present reality. I was misinterpreting A LOT of things, and A LOT of people UNTIL God revealed Himself to me on Sunday November 8th.
The words I distinctly kept hearing repeated were… LIFE, LIFE, LIFE- LIVE, LIVE, LIVE! And I thought to myself “Lord, you know this is my desire.” The very next thing out of my Pastor’s mouth was:
“The devil doesn’t want you to believe in who you are. He doesn’t want you to believe in how good God is. He doesn’t want you to understand how free you are. So, the devil exploits your pain.”
-Jim Sheen Zion’s River
As I like to say: “Whoop…there it is!” That was it- the devil had been exploiting my pain- the devil had been using what happened to me in the past, brought it into the present, and I was becoming less and less convinced of who I was in Christ, how GOOD God is, and how FREE I really was. The next statement was:
“As long as you focus on your pain, you won’t believe in your healing. As long as you are talking about what has been done to you, you’re not talking about what God is doing through you”
-Jim Sheen Zion’s River
…there it was again! You see Beloved, without recognizing it, I was focused on my past pain, and I had stopped believing. I spent more time evaluating my pain- I was no longer testifying! Yet, in this moment on November 8, 2015 it was declared-
-James Sheen: Zion’s River
The redemptive landslide that Eldredge declared would happen- happened that morning! The pain was exposed, and LIFE came bursting forth. Beloved, Jesus came for YOU! He came to bring life in EVERY way! I pray that just as God did this for me he would do it for you- may your pain dissipate and may His LIFE-GIVING presence so consume you that you too can declare- I will live to live! No longer will pain define you- LIFE lived to its FULLNESS will be your testimony!