6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
8 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.
Labor is good but labor is not enough. Effort is good, it is even needful. But effort is never enough. Education is necessary. It is important to go to school but a spectacular education does not guarantee victory in life.
I am reminded yet again of the story of Joseph. Despised by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongly accused and left to rot in prison but Joseph still went all the way to the throne. Joseph speaking of the dimension of Grace that aided his ascent to the throne in Gen. 45:7, says “ But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” We talk daily about discipline and chastity but in spite of both it was God’s involvement in the story of his life that took him to the throne. God had an assignment that must never fail.
Moses by all standards was a great man. He was yet in many regards an ordinary human. Moses was stubborn and doubtful yet he was one of the greatest that ever lived because he leaned more on God than he did on self.
Having understood the limitation of the flesh in realising the mandate of destiny it is important to lay out some of the important pillars of working in the spirit and for activating the spirit of Grace in our assignment and journey in life.
The Bible says he that comes to God must believe that He is. Why is that necessary? - Because without the capacity to accept the spiritual as being real more than the natural we will deny God. Heb. 11:1-6 explains in detailed manner why faith in every instance is a demonstration of our assurance in the finished work. When we step out in faith we are claiming what has been delivered already. Faith is the very essence of the spiritual.
The very fact that we pray is a demonstration that we believe in the ability of the spiritual to remake our reality. Our spirit communes with the spirit of God. When we do this often we demonstrate that we are helpless without him and each time he will step forward when he sees that our strength begins to fail. Christians who do not pray struggle in their strength. That’s often a terrible life to live as God himself has foretold the futility of struggling entirely in your strength “By strength shall no man prevail”
Prophesy is the word that goes ahead; the word of the Lord over your life. Prophesy can either be written (in the Bible) or given though an anointed man of God. The Spirit of the Lord speaks the future to us. Many times we do not look like anything close to it but that’s the exact reason that God spoke it because He likes to do the extraordinary. By laboring in the word we work out the fulfillment of our prophesy (Is. 55:10-11).
It is my prayer dear reader that as you journey in the course of this year you will enjoy the Grace of God perfected through faith, prayer and prophesy in Jesus’ name.