Shout To The North And The South
I Am Zion by John Eckhardt is a powerful book packed full of godly advice and scripture to help us draw closer to God.
Zion is the place where God chooses to dwell. We want to be Zion people who have God dwelling in them. John Eckhardt tells us that Zion people have wisdom, understanding and revelation.
“We must develop a heart that desires what God desires.” Our goal is not to be like other people, our goal is to be like Jesus. We want to have a heart that beats in tune with His. We are citizens of heaven, called to walk in this world but not to be of the world. We must live with our eyes and hearts fixed on Jesus.
John Eckhardt explains that Babylon was seen as captivity whereas Zion was seen as freedom, giving sacrificially and with worship and praise in their hearts.
The book shows what a Zion church looks like. It is not a building. It is a heart that passionately pursues God through prayer, worship, giving and glory. A Zion church is a church that desires to go deeper, is multi-generational and a source of life, being led by the Spirit.
We are created to praise and to be glory carriers. We need to remember that because of Jesus “I am in the place of victory.” Our faith brings power as we trust God to do what we can’t. We need to claim our identity in Jesus and become mighty warriors for Him.
I Am Zion was a powerful book that personally impacted and resonated with me. My church was called Zion Christian Centre until a name change to Lifecentral, Halesowen in 2016. Whenever I hear the word Zion, I have only good memories to draw on. It has been a place where I have worshipped and met God. Honestly this book could have been describing my church as Lifecentral has all the qualities listed to be a Zion Church where God dwells. I feel that I am very blessed indeed by my church and its leadership.
Thank you John Eckhardt for such a powerful and inspiring book. I will leave you with my favourite quote:
“Zion is always the place where He [God] dwells. If you want to find God, you need to find Zion.” Amen.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Link to Lifecentral for those interested in finding out more about my church: https://lifecentralchurch.org.uk/
I have heard great things on this one, in fact our book club is starting February with it and I can’t wait! Currently we are reading Choices by Jacquelyn Lynn, it’s very good, she is an amazing author. If you haven’t read her then you need to!