Greetings In The Name of the Lord:
Zechariah 4:6-10 (NLT)
Then he said to me, “This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. 7 Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’” 8 Then another message came to me from the LORD: 9 “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the LORD of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. 10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world.)
After two months of negotiating, estimates, fact finding, frustration, and a lot of prayer we have finally purchased the church building at 290 Lincoln Ave. It is a great day for us and we rejoice to see the work begin. However, there are certain things that I believe we cannot lose sight of in the process. First, we must recognize that this is far more a spiritual endeavor than a physical one. That may seem an odd thing to say considering all the work that needs to be done to the building before we can move in to it, but nonetheless it is true. We must recognize that the Lord has been in this all the way. Without Him leading the way this never could have happened. As we proceed we must always remember that it is “not by by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!” Second, we must understand that there will be challenges along the way, but also that God is able to meet those challenges. There can be no doubt that God has met all the challenges we have faced in the purchase of the building, and therefore, He is certainly able to meet any we will face in the days to come. Like Zerubbabel and the people we must all shout, “May God bless it! May God bless it!” Finally, we must not despise these small beginnings, for God has big plans for us in the days ahead. In addition to being able to meet the challenges to get us in the building, God has things in store for us as He opens doors of ministry after we move in to the building. We can never lose sight of the fact that this building has two purposes: to worship God, and to minister to people. As nice as it will be to have an actual church building it can never be the end in itself, but only an avenue of ministry. If we keep all this in mind God will certainly bless it!