My heart is overcome with the love of the Father for you as I write today. As a leadership team at Zion’s River we believe God is setting the stage for our hearts to enter into new levels of believing, greater engagement with His presence, and a renewed sense of His life moving through every facet of our daily living. We are aware of the spiritual enemy whose goal is to rob individuals of their divine story through deception which comes via our own free will. Yet, GREATER still, we believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are at work on our behalf to create and give life, and this life is found under Their covering, and within the borders and boundaries set within the written word of God. We believe that as we choose to engage our faith, the substance thereof will bring a tangible manifestation of Heaven on earth and it is from this place of belief I write to you today.|

Many within the Church are looking for answers and for a word that speaks to the current issues of the Nation, they are looking for a way in which they can overcome and rise above. The answer we seek lies within the faith we possess. Through it all, Jesus sits on the throne beckoning for us to turn our hearts to Him once again, to be revived by His word, and to be led by a word greater than our own. Hear me Beloved, this is not condemnation, this is the Father Himself speaking out through His leaders.

Now is the time for the Church to rise up and step into His New and Living Way (Hebrews 10:20). This is the time in which He is calling our hearts to be revived by an authority greater than ourselves and to move from the place from which Jesus Himself has opened up for us through His death and resurrection. God is calling us to be Holy as He Himself is holy (1 Peter 1:16). He is declaring over us once again that “[We] are a chosen race; a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that [we] may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light,” (2 Peter 2:9). He is calling us to turn our eyes upon Jesus, to hear His voice, and to walk in His ways. He is calling us, the Church, to be the answer.

Lives Will Be Eternally Changed
Through our faith in God, and His heavenly provision, lives within the Nations will be eternally changed. Pastor Jim stated on Sunday that “faith is the only force that has the power to draw upon what heaven possesses”. Our corporate belief, engagement with His presence, and engagement with our everyday living will become the catalyst through which we will see our God move. As Pastor Jim stated “our faith gives God the legal access to enter our situation…it releases what we passionately envision, and IS the work of our Christianity”. Our “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” (Hebrews 11:1- KJV). The faith we possess is made possible not through our works (…religious duty and sacrifice), but rather through the new and living way of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:19-23 reads:

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Take The Great Leap
Church, “without faith it is impossible for us to please him, for whoever draws near to God must believe that he exists, and that he rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6). I declare over Zion’s River and the Church that now is the time of faith, now is the time for us to confidently draw near to God, now is the time to engage our belief, to live from the place of His presence, and to allow our lives to speak of the New and Living Way. The One who has called us has fully equipped us, and “…it is not by might, nor by power, but by [his] Spirit…” (Zechariah 4:6) that Zion’s River will take the great leap.

With Great Love for His Church,

Melissa