Archive for March 25th, 2009

…But By My Spirit!

Zechariah 4

Not by Might (collective strength)
Not by Power (individual strength)
But by My Spirit, saith the Lord (God’s strength)!
Zerubabbel had faltered in the great work of reconstrcution and had practically lost heart. Here he is encouraged to renew his efforts and persevere until the task is finished. 
He might be weak and worn, but none of his deficiencies could hinder him from finishing his lifework, if only his spirit was kindled with divine fire and fed by the grace of the Holy Spirit! 
Let us never despise the days of small things, for from them God can build the great!

FYI: Just a note I once saw, as to why the oil is a good picture of the Spirit:
  • Oil lubricates when used for that purpose – there is little friction and wear among those who are lubricated by the Spirit of God
  • Oil heals and was used as a medicinal treatment in Biblical times (Luke 10:34) – the Spirit of God brings healing and restoration
  • Oil lights when it is burned in a lamp – where the Spirit of God is there is light
  • Oil warms when it is used as fuel for a flame – where the Spirit of God is there is warmth and comfort
  • Oil invigorates when used to massage – the Holy Spirit invigorates us for His service
  • Oil adorns when applied as a perfume – the Holy Spirit adorns us and makes us more pleasant to be around
  • Oil polishes when used to shine metal – the Holy Spirit wipes away our grime and smoothes out our rough edges

Lord Jesus, we definitely want to be a people energized and fueled by the Spirit of God. You mention the work of two anointed ones in this chapter that stand to serve You. I pray that St. Philip’s would plug into the power of Your Spirit and also be as one of the two anointed ones (olive trees) ministering to others. 

Bless the efforts in the Bright Zone, and with those who are unemployed (that You would be their joy), and especially for the Harrington family. The whatever situation they are in, that it would drive them to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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…But By My Spirit!

Zechariah 4

Not by Might (collective strength)
Not by Power (individual strength)
But by My Spirit, saith the Lord (God’s strength)!
Zerubabbel had faltered in the great work of reconstrcution and had practically lost heart. Here he is encouraged to renew his efforts and persevere until the task is finished. 
He might be weak and worn, but none of his deficiencies could hinder him from finishing his lifework, if only his spirit was kindled with divine fire and fed by the grace of the Holy Spirit! 
Let us never despise the days of small things, for from them God can build the great!

FYI: Just a note I once saw, as to why the oil is a good picture of the Spirit:
  • Oil lubricates when used for that purpose – there is little friction and wear among those who are lubricated by the Spirit of God
  • Oil heals and was used as a medicinal treatment in Biblical times (Luke 10:34) – the Spirit of God brings healing and restoration
  • Oil lights when it is burned in a lamp – where the Spirit of God is there is light
  • Oil warms when it is used as fuel for a flame – where the Spirit of God is there is warmth and comfort
  • Oil invigorates when used to massage – the Holy Spirit invigorates us for His service
  • Oil adorns when applied as a perfume – the Holy Spirit adorns us and makes us more pleasant to be around
  • Oil polishes when used to shine metal – the Holy Spirit wipes away our grime and smoothes out our rough edges

Lord Jesus, we definitely want to be a people energized and fueled by the Spirit of God. You mention the work of two anointed ones in this chapter that stand to serve You. I pray that St. Philip’s would plug into the power of Your Spirit and also be as one of the two anointed ones (olive trees) ministering to others. 

Bless the efforts in the Bright Zone, and with those who are unemployed (that You would be their joy), and especially for the Harrington family. The whatever situation they are in, that it would drive them to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness, my beauty are, my royal dress

Love, Love, Love chapter three, probably because I feel like a brand plucked from the fire!

Purified for God’s Service
The regulation for the maintenance of the priesthood had fallen into disuse, and they had neither robes, vessels, nor proper provisions or offerings. Probably also the spiritual life of the priests was at a very low ebb (Malachi 1 – 2). 
Satan is always discovering the weak spots in character and thrusting at them. He is keen as steel and cruel. But we have One who pleads. He ever lives to make intercession for us. “The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan.”
We are brands scorched and charred with the burning. But we have been plucked out of the consuming flame. Surely then we are being kept for some high and useful purpose. All the past is an arugment for faith. That God has done so much is a pledge that He will perfect that which concerns us, because His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 138:8)
What a blessing to have the filthy garments removed and to be clothed by God’s righteousness in Christ Jesus! It is not enought to be cleaned from sin. Whom He justifies, He also glorifies. let us be content with nothing short of God’s best and fullness!
Zinzendorf’s hymn states it so conscisely http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/t/jtbloodr.htm
Lord, we have all been charred one way or another, and find ourselves sitting in filthy garments. How thankful we are for our royal robe of righteousness found in Christ Jesus. Each morning as we dress ourselves, help us to remember what a blessing it is to be made pure by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. 

I pray that You will empower St. Philip’s to be a faithful minister of this wonderful Gospel, and that specifically, the Bright Zone and the Harrington family will experience deliverance from the flame and purity in Jesus Christ. In His name, Amen!

God’s Protection, Affection & Direction

Woops! Looks like St. Philip’s is skipping along 2 chapters at a time now, and so I missed chapter two yesterday, and have chapters 3 and 4 of Zechariah today!! I’ll post them one chapter at a time, and see how far we get! So, put on your running shoes and reading glasses!
God’s Protection of His People
Now Zechariah sees a man with a measuring line. He is about to survey the city of Jerusalem. But Zack’s angel guide sends another angel to hurry after this man with good news. 
God promises to bring so many people to Jerusalem that the crowds will overflow the walls of the city – but that won’t matter because God will be their protection, not walls. God Himself will “be a wall of fire around it”, and “I will be its glory within.”  
The phrase “apple of His eye” was used to describe something precious, easily injured and demanding protection. Spurgeon puts it this way:
“He esteems [us] as much as men value their eyesight, and is as careful to protect [us] from injury, as men are to protect the apple of their eye. The pupil of the eye is the tenderest part of the tenderest organ, and very fitly sets forth the inexpressible tenderness of God’s love.”
Not only will He protect us, but He will be among us in a unique and powerful way.
FYI: This is the only place where the phrase Holy Land is used in the Bible. The land is holy because it is separated unto God in a unique way. In the same exact way, we can be holy, set apart for God to use exactly as He sees fit!

Lord, let us see what it would look like to overflow the walls of St. Philip’s, and to be assured of Your protection, affection and direction. May we have the same exuberance and fortitude as this man with the measuring stick seems to have. I pray Lord that you will make the Harrington family the apple of Your eye and bring them into Your Holy Land, as it were. In Jesus’ name. Amen!