1.1.19 – God Is Determined To Bless Us

A word of encouragement for walking into 2019.

“But now I am determined to bless Jerusalem and the people of Judah. So don’t be afraid.” – Zechariah 8:15

A trustworthy saying from the Old Testament which rings true to bless us today. God wants to bless us, He wants to prosper us. He does not want us walking around with our head down, defeated by the ruler of this world. When we are in Him, when we live our lives as the children of God we are, we can – and should – walk with our heads held high. We are a blessed and highly favored people. We are not to be downtrodden about our status. We can live with the mindset of “being blessed and highly favored” in our daily walk because the Lord burns with love and passion for us. All of us.

“Then another message came to me from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: My love for Mount Zion is passionate and strong; I am consumed with passion for Jerusalem!'” –

Zechariah 8:1-2

The world will see are God’s anointed by the way we live our lives, by the instructions given to us throughout Scripture. We must be students of the Word, letting it govern all aspects of our lives as we seek for the world to know the blessings we intimately know and have. There are several signs the world will see, which follow us as we live the blessed and highly favored life. Living according to the God’s Word looks a lot different than life in the world.

“But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace. Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, says the Lord.” – Zechariah 8:16-17

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12.20.18 – Small Beginnings

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” – Zechariah 4:10a

Beginning something new is hard. Continuing on to completion is even harder. Progress feels slow, especially when you already have the vision in your head. But the One who gave you that vision rejoices to see the work begin, and He knows each step along the way is necessary. We can learn to rejoice in the process as well. We should rejoice, for having such a vision entrusted to us from God, and being given the passion and responsibility to bring it to life is a high honor. It is not something we can do on our own, but only by trusting and following the guiding of Holy Spirit through our prayers along the journey.

“It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” – Zechariah 4:6b

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12.18.18 – Sitting Peacefully

“And on that day, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, each of you will invite your neighbor to sit with you peacefully under your own grapevine and fig tree.” – Zechariah 3:10

A day will come when all of God’s people will sit in peace with one another, under protection, shielded from the attacks and accusations of the enemy.

The day is today.

The Lord promised He would forever remove the sins of the land in a single day (Zechariah 3:8-9). His promises are faithful and were fulfilled on the day Jesus Christ died on the Cross. A sinless lamb, Jesus bore the literal weight of the world on His shoulders as He carried His cross to Calvary, where He was hung and beaten until His final breath. The clouds darkened as the veil was torn. His final words echoed in the air. “It is finished.”

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