Go Forward By His Spirit 3-6-2016

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Go Forward By His Spirit 3-6-2016

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Go Forward By His Spirit

Many time a casual reading of scripture will not yield the depth nor the whole meaning of a passage. Today I discovered one of these moments as Rev. Bob Perry was preaching. (See it is not only when I am speaking that I can chase rabbits) The sermon was about the power of Holy Spirit in our lives and our great need to be continuously filled with His Spirit. The specific text he was referencing was Zechariah 4:6, a very well known verse. As I often do I read the surrounding verses as I listen to get a better context for my understanding. So I started reading back in verse one. I did not really remember the portion about the two trees which inspired my curiosity. The passage I read is as follows:

 

Zechariah 4:1-7 (ESV)

1 And the angel who talked with me came again and woke me, like a man who is awakened out of his sleep. 2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. 3 And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.” 4 And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?” 5 Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.” 6 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.

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As we might say down here in the South, “Well that dog will hunt!” Simply meaning just like that this passage will preach well and effectively, but wait there is more! As I was following along on my Bible app on my iPad I decided to jet over to the Amplified Bible to see if there was more understanding for me there. Well, it turns out that the two trees bear much significance later in prophecy (this whole passage is from a prophetic vision given to Zechariah). You can also find these two trees in Revelation chapter 11 – also a prophecy (God’s Word is really cool). Anyway, the verse I found most inspiring from the Amplified Bible was verse 6. Here is how it reads:

 

Zechariah 4:6

“Then He said to me, This [addition of the bowl to the candlestick, causing it to yield a ceaseless supply of oil from the olive trees] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol], says the Lord of Hosts.”

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Did you catch that? The oil from the two olive trees represents a continuous supply of the Spirit to enable, in this case, the believer to accomplish God’s mission. This is a picture for your brain of how God intends for Holy Spirit to work in your life.

Fast forward to Paul’s instruction:

 

Ephesians 5:1, 15-19 (ESV)

1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

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How are you going to have the ability to walk wisely and be an imitator of God? Simple – stay in connection to the continuous flow of Holy Spirit so that He might enable you to accomplish His work in you!

There is much more which could be said here but let me save some for another post.

 

Here are the two applications I would like for you to take away from this writing:

(1) Do not settle for a simple or casual reading of the Word – take time to study so you can get a more full meaning of what the Word is saying.

(2) Stay connected to the continuous flow of Holy Spirit so you can be the Christian God has designed you to be and you want to be.

 

Bonus Application:

(3) It is alright to chase rabbits!

 

Serving Him by Serving You,

Joe Jackson, Jr.

 


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