‘The Lord has founded Zion’

digital-art-182223_640Isaiah 14:32: What will one answer the messengers of the nation? “The LORD has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge.”

Zion is a place of refuge; it is the church (Hebrews 12:21-24), the place for restoration. Jesus says that he will build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail  against it (Matthew 16:18). Since the church comprises of the people, it means that the gates of hell in whatever shape or form should not prevail against the children of God, the Christians.

We have been given authority to trample upon snakes and scorpions and over all the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt us (Luke 10:19). So we should not go about our lives being afraid of the devil, which does not line up with the good news of Jesus Christ, the good news of being more that conqueror through his intervention (Romans 8:37-39).

Paul said that we need to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10-18). He said that we wrestle against flesh and blood against principalities and powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places. They have high sounding names but they all bow at the name of Jesus, who the bible says is the head of all principalities and power (Colossians 2:10). Jesus has been given a name above any other name, that at the mention of his name every knee must bow (Philippians 2:5-11).

In the Old Testament, when the Ark of the Covenant was taken to the shrine of Dagon the god of the Philistines, it could not stand in his presence (1Samuel 5:1-7). God overwhelmed it with himself. It could not stand a chance. No pretender god survives intact when God “shows up.” Dagon was broken to pieces and was face down.

God is almighty, and besides me there is no other. One with God is a majority, it doesn’t matter the darkness, and it does not have an answer to light. Of Jesus it was said, the light shines in darkness and the darkness could not overcome it (John 1:1-6).

The Lord has founded Zion, the church, to be the place of refuge, the place of light. The place where victory is assured. We are light bearers.

Zion is the place of freedom, justification, where we receive help. The psalmist says the lord will send you help from Zion (Psalm 20). It is the place where we find help, grace, and where the activity of God is heightened, where the Lord is not just our God but our father, to whom Jesus said we should pray: Our father who art in heaven hallowed be your name…deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:9-13).

We have received the spirit of adoption and we can cry Abba father (Romans 8:15), and from our heavenly father we have heavenly provision, protection and empowerment to be all we are called to be, to have all we are called to, be where should be and dominate as children of the King (Romans 5:17), reigning in this life, just as the ark of God dominated in the shrine of Dagon.

In Zion the heat of the presence of God melts chains away. On us, the sun of righteousness, Jesus, shines and we are infused with spiritual energy to release others in the freedom they desire (Malachi 4:1-3). Zion is the city of David and Jesus is the son of David, the Messiah the promised king of Zion and his name is prince of peace, and of his reign in our lives is endless peace (Isaiah 9:7).

Because Zion is the city of the living God, there is no darkness there, but the challenge is how to live in the fullness of heaven while on this earth. What we need to do is cut away at the influence of the flesh to embrace the influence of the Spirit. It is to walk away from the appeals of the devil and focus on the appeal of Jesus.

The presence of the Lord marks Zion. It is the place where his name is associated. It is the place where his appointed king is located, his king-prophet in the shape of David.

Jesus, the Son of God, is the king that is ordained to seat on the throne of David judging from there (Luke 1:32, Isaiah 16:5), and now that throne in a spiritual sense is in our heart, is Zion, where Jesus is ruling (Romans 10:9-10), and through us he extends his rule to the earth. That is what it means to manifest as the sons of God (Romans 8:19). The rule of God is released through us, he found Zion in us and through us his power flows giving the afflicted people help.

Jesus on the earth was a “walking Zion,” a walking house of God, and brought respite to the people, he brought cures for their disease, he gave direction to the lost, and he gave purpose to the purposeless. He turned situation around, raised the dead.

It is the same reality that should be found in the church where Jesus is rules, the writer of the book of Hebrews says that when we come to Zion, to Jesus a mediator of the new covenant, whose blood speaks better things than the blood of Abel.

It means in Zion (church and our hearts) the reality of the new covenant is emphasized (not our traditions, emotions, preferences, background); and the sacrifice of Jesus in the shedding of his blood to the death on the cross is also emphasized, our redemption. Our past is covered by the blood and our future is assured through it, full of prosperity and joy, and that starts right now.

Zion for us starts now, it is the will of God being done on earth as it is in heaven. The peace and joy of heaven now being our portion through the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit brings the reality of heaven to our mind, emotion and will, being the composites of our soul. We get to feel the emotions of heaven. We get to have our will worked on so we find ourselves choosing different things from what we are used to in the past as the heart of stone is removed from us and a heart of flesh, of yielding to God, is put in us. Because on Zion it is the will of God that gets done, and we get to express that reality every time by the Holy Spirit.

In Zion our minds think the thoughts of God, because God is, in his inspiration, flows in us, through his thoughts we get to hear him speak to us (Isaiah 55:8-9). As our thoughts get lined up with him our lives gets lined up too, with Paul saying that when we are transformed by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:1-2).

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