Rebuilding in the Spirit


The Spirit of God accomplishes God’s will over all might and power.  Do you need to rebuild? Go to the Spirit. Trust in the Spirit. Rebuild in the Spirit. The Spirit will be the one who is Master of your renovation. This is His episode of Fixer Upper…

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 Almighty.”
Zechariah 4:6

Jerusalem was to be rebuilt after the time of exile to Babylon. There was opposition and delay and there were obstacles to its completion. The word of God came to Zechariah the prophet for him to share with Zerubbabel who was to complete the rebuild. The message is simple: the Spirit of God accomplishes God’s will over all might and power.

I was reminded of this verse by my good friend, Walter, who was encouraging me last week when I saw him. In a time when the city is in ruin and needs to be rebuilt, remember who does the rebuilding. Now, Zerubbabel had to put one foot in front of the other to take the steps necessary to put the bricks back in place, yet his ability to succeed was in the sovereign hands of the Holy Spirit.

Do you need to rebuild?

Consider that the Holy Spirit will be the quiet, diligent overseer who ensures it happens. Paul writes in Philippians 1:6 that he who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete that work. Even in times of rebuilding.

This is good news for those of us who want to do it on our own, or who think we have to have all the answers to what we should do next. Go to the Spirit. Trust in the Spirit. Rebuild in the Spirit.

There is a caution in Galatians 3:3: “Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” Are you so foolish? Are you so foolish to think that you must have the power and might on your own to rebuild what God has in mind? You started with the Spirit, and the Spirit will be the one who is Master of your renovation. This is His episode of Fixer Upper.

God has never lost sight of the reason he took hold of you. Think about that for a minute. Paul shares in Philippians 3:12, “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” There is a reason Christ Jesus has taken hold of your life. It has not changed. What God began he will complete.

Not by might. Nor by power.

The Holy Spirit will complete the rebuild. Bring it on, Spirit.  Be my Master and my Guide.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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