“And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?" Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, "Do you not know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord." Then he said to me, "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of 'Grace, grace to it!'"”
-Zechariah 4:4-7 ESV
Well, it is day ten of our prayer and fasting. We have been focusing on the unbelievable fact that our God has equipped us with everything we need for this life. On top of all of that, God says that the battle belongs to the Lord!
This passage in Zechariah is about the challenge that Zerubbabel was facing. He needed to restore and rebuild and felt like many of us do when we have been given a task that seems beyond our ability and means to achieve. God speaks to him in the picture of a mountain in his way. God told him that the mountain would be removed not by power, not by might, but by His Spirit!
We are in a season where this verse has been given to us from many different channels as a prophetic word. Many of you are facing a mountain that seems far above your abilities to handle. May you hear those words over your mountain, “Grace, Grace to it.’
In our success and achievement driven culture, it is hard to believe that God wants to do something for us. This can even be upsetting because of our inability to get any of the credit. Our Father desires us to partner with Him in faith and works; however, there are times when He will move the mountain and all we can “do” is praise him for it. As you move into this new year, let’s remind ourselves that the battle belongs to the Lord.
Father, thank you for this time that we have had in your presence and the clarity and passion it brings to our souls. Forgive us for wanting to be the hero’s of our own stories at times. To be the ones that solve the companies problem, have the breakthrough solution with our children, get back into shape, or whatever else we day dream about in our lives. We confess that the battle belongs to you oh Lord! There is no one like you and nothing can stand against or before you in heaven or earth. Lord, may you grant the church your grace to humbly confess where we are at, may your church in NYC flourish like never before, and may we recognize your glory in what we do and what you have done.
-Pastor Brad Reed