THE PRESENCE: Anointing To Start And Finish
When God prepared the process of restoration, three personalities arose: Joshua, symbolic of Salvation; through whom all men can see God. Zechariah, the prophet; one who God gives meaning and understanding, and Zerubbabel, the administrative force; one who builds and develops order and structure that God’s glory will be revealed. To function in accordance to God’s plan, all three elements are required in a person and in the church.
The challenge arises when Salvation (Joshua) is acquired and there’s an understanding of God’s direction (Zechariah), but an inability to execute the plan to see God’s glory revealed (Zerubbabel). Zerubbabel, seed of confusion, is indicative of the point where the assignment God has concerning one’s life is known, but the current situation, what is seen, does not align with what God has promised. The bridge, the significant piece, connecting Salvation with the manifestation of the prophetic Word of God, is the Holy Spirit.
The word of the Lord to Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4:6 states, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” The Holy Spirit enables us to bring to manifestation what God has promised. When you determine to progress in your life, to bring to fruition what God has promised, to connect your salvation with the promise, you will encounter mountains. Mountains are not a sign of failure, but rather an indication of progression. Mountains give elevation and help develop stamina. Every mountain has a snake-line; a level at which snakes cannot survive. As you elevate and conquer the mountains you encounter, those incapable of transcending the snake-line cannot access you.
As you conquer a mountain, you gain new momentum and gain mastery of the problem. Mountains will rise, but the level of success you attain determines that God is truly with you. Success indicates God’s presence in a situation; ensure that the presence of God is present in all your endeavors.
God’s presence on the planet is always assured. The earth belongs to man, the heavens and heaven to the Lord. The Holy Spirit is the Lord in the church and the resident presence of God in the earth realm. We cannot know God without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the difference between growing in God and remaining stagnant. Like a baby who continuously grows in the image of his parents, we also, must grow in the image of Christ. Merely encountering God is not sufficient, we must yearn for the presence of God, for His glory. Like Moses in Exodus 33:18, may we seek God and ask that He shows us His glory.