Sustained by Him

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you” (Zechariah 9:9a).

Our journey to the fullness of salvation is not about what we can do for God or for ourselves but about receiving what God has stored up for us.

Salvation belongs to Him; He brings us salvation, so all of our efforts need to be about positioning ourselves to receive His salvation. Our acts of consecration — worship and praise, prayers, fasting, ministry, intercession, and a holy lifestyle — cannot by themselves bring us to the fullness; all they do is position us to be able to receive the fullness from God.

It is important to be enlightened in this so that we do not place upon ourselves expectations that we cannot attain but rather turn our gaze to God and lay all our expectations on Him. He is the only One who has the capacity to fulfill the hopes that He has, by His Spirit, triggered in us.

Whatever our needs might be, let’s set our expectations on Him. Do we need strength to be consistent in our walk with Him? Let’s place our hope in Him, saying, “Lord, I’m looking to you to cause me to walk consistently with you.”

Do we desire to grow to higher heights in Him? Let’s look expectantly to Him, for out of Him will proceed the workings that will bring us to greater heights in Him.

Do we need to win battles against the oppressor? Let’s look to Him for the sound that signals an end to our struggles.

Salvation belongs to Him. As a beloved brother pointed out a while ago, He is “the End.” His arrival in any situation signals the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. He is the coming King, so let’s look expectantly for Him in every aspect of our lives — the life now and the one to come. He promises to come again, bringing full salvation to those who are eagerly waiting for and expecting Him (Hebrews 9:28).

Praise the Lord!

A simple sacrifice

heart

The greatest sacrifice, or most acceptable offering, that a Christian can give to God is not outstanding works, or impactful acts of service, done in His name but a heart that’s yielded and obedient to Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ did not give His Father sacrifices and offerings but a heart that was fully obedient to His will. As a result, His Father performed mighty works through Him, including the redemption of humanity.

“When Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” (Hebrews 10:5–7).

So, give God all of your heart and strive to be obey Him fully. These are the core sacrifices He requires from you.

Faith builders

Though permitted by God for growth, significant challenges can either build or destroy our faith depending on how we respond. If we choose to believe in who God is and trust Him no matter what, our faith will grow substantially in the face of trials. But if we allow setbacks to cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness, we will lose the ability to trust Him and thereby lose the strength to overcome.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

—Hebrews 11:6

A Word

“Who [with reason] despises the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10)

Has the Lord led you to start something that seems to be making slow progress? Perhaps you are considering shutting it down because growth is slow. This is the word of the Lord to you: “Your hands have laid the foundation of the work; your hands will also finish it. The eyes of the Lord are watching to bring you to the expected end. The work will not be accomplished by your might or your power but by His Spirit. So be encouraged. Do not give up,” says the Spirit of the Lord.

A Remnant

In ministry, not all will respond positively to the truths that God has given you to convey. This is because not all are ready to go the distance with Him. But God does not leave Himself without a witness; for every bunch who choose to worship from afar, or not worship at all, there are one or two (a remnant) who are on fire for the Lord and are eager to hear all He has to say. So, true servant of God, preach on!

And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.” So Paul departed from among them. However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

—Acts 17:32–34