THE ZEAL OF THE LORD

“For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and those who escape from Mount Zion. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” Isaiah 37:32 NKJV

Imagine a canoe and a speedboat competing to cover a distance across the Atlantic. Who would win the race? The strength and number of the rowers determine the canoe’s speed, while that of the speedboat is dependent on the engine. The engine saves time and energy and performs the task precisely. No matter how hard the rowers work, they are disadvantaged because a speedboat with the smallest engine can outrun a canoe with the best rowers. 

As believers, we sometimes employ the canoe mechanism by depending on our abilities and trying to do things by our strength when we have access to a speedboat mechanism – by just trusting in God.  

This is not to say that God’s way is always faster. But it will get you to the precise destination with less energy expended. 

Dear believer, you shouldn’t base your prophetic destiny on your current conditions and limitations. You might not have all the requirements by human standards, but if God has called you or given you a vision, He does not make mistakes. He means what He says. From Scripture, we see how God used Moses to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt, even when Moses insisted that he had problems speaking (Exodus 4:10).

Sometimes, we face troubles while carrying out our God-given assignments because we exclude the One who has given us the vision and try to achieve it in our capacity. God has a track record of using ordinary men to achieve extraordinary and impossible feats, but their stories all have one thing in common: The zeal of the Lord performed it.

When the Angel announced the birth of Christ to Mary, it was something that had never happened before. She, however, accepted the prophecy in faith, and nowhere was it recorded in Scripture that Mary went out of her way to see that prophecy fulfilled. She didn’t try to do it herself; she just believed God’s word and aligned herself with it. 

In announcing this same prophecy, Prophet Isaiah put it this way;

“For unto us, a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)

It is a new year, and God has given you fresh ideas, assignments and visions, and He needs you to give up control. As unlimited as God’s power and influence is, He cannot do what you are unwilling to let Him do. When you try to orchestrate every step, you limit God. In our Kingdom, to let go is to have.

In this new year, don’t try to achieve the vision God has put in your heart by your strength. Like the speedboat, let the zeal of the Lord be your engine. Don’t limit God. Trust that the zeal of the Lord will perform it.

SAY THIS:  In this year and beyond, God will use me to do extraordinary things.  I will occupy,  and the world will feel my impact!

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