Good morning friends, I have been greatly encouraged to apply Scriptures to my daily life and marriage situations. In doing this, I am not trying to take His Word out of context but seeing His Word play out in other circumstances and simply sharing it for encouraging in Him. Please be encouraged by this application, which will follow the Scriptures as a prayer.
Zechariah 4:4-14, VOICE~
4 But what are these things, lord?
Heavenly Messenger: 5 Do you not know what they are?
Zechariah: No, lord. I don’t.
” Heavenly Messenger (changing the subject): 6 The Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, has said this to Zerubbabel: “Your strength and prowess will not be enough to finish My temple, but My Spirit will be.” And He says this to those thwarting Zerubbabel’s efforts: 7 “Who are you, O mighty mountain of opposition? Before Zerubbabel, you will become nothing more than a smooth plain, and he willquarry the capstone and bring it out to the sound of peopleshouting, ‘God, grant it Yourgrace! God bless it!’”
8 The word of the Eternal came to me again to reiterate what was just reported.
Heavenly Messenger:9 Zerubbabel’s very own hands have laid the foundation of thisnew temple, and his hands will complete it. When he does, it will be clear to you that the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, has sent me to you. 10 Now all who have frowned on the day when only slight progress was made to reconstruct the templewill celebrate when they see thestone that centers the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel, who will survey Jerusalem.
(finally answering his earlier question) The seven lamps on top of the lampstand are the eyes of the Eternal One, diligently searching the earth.
Zechariah (to the heavenly messenger): 11 What are the two olive trees, the ones on the right and left of the lampstand? What do these mean?
12 (persisting) And the two fruitfulolive branches that extend toward the lampstand, the ones supported by the two gold pipes pouring out their gold oil—what do these mean?
Heavenly Messenger: 13 Do you not know what they are?
Zechariah: No, lord. I don’t.
Heavenly Messenger: 14 The olive trees are the two men who have been anointed with fresh oil, Zerubabbel and Joshua. They will rule Jerusalem jointly, one over politics and one over religion, andserve the Master over all the earth.”
Dear Lord, Thank You for Your sovereign Word. Your Word is Holy and immaculate in its truth, love, beauty, and transformative Power. Your Word is fresh oil poured into our spirits, living water that revives our souls.
Lord, I pray that hearts will be healed and hopes that have been crushed will be renewed in You as I pray on behalf of every married couple who is covenanted in Your love that wants to be uplifted.
Lord, I want to thank You that the work we began with our spouses to build this life together in marriage is not a feat we can or should try to accomplish in our strength. Our strength and prowess, all of our efforts are not enough but,Your Holy Spirit is. Lord, sometimes we come to YOU and ask you questions we already know in our spirits the answers to but need to wait for You to manifest and make it plain for us to see and understand in the natural realm. Thank You for understanding and correction when we do not misunderstand.
Dear God, there are many of us who are facing daunting opposition from the enemy, in-laws, financial, communication problems, health issues, and sin issues that thwart our efforts in our marriages. Lord, some of our marriage problems are like mountains–unmoving and seemingly insurmountable. Give us the audacious faith and courage to speak to the mountains –our problems and trials–
“Who are you, O mighty mountain of opposition? Before (insert your name and spouse’s name here), you will become nothing more than a smooth plain, and (insert your names here) willquarry the capstone! O LORD BLESS OUR MARRIAGE. GRANT US YOUR GRACE!!!!
Lord, all those needing restoration and a fresh start in their marriages, bless their hands to lay the foundation and complete the reconstruction. Lord, Let it be that all of the gawkers, the enemies of our marriage will see that our marriages are BLESSED, PROSPERED, AND the temples are us Lord as You perfect us in Christ with Your Holy Spirit! Bless us so that even our enemies will rejoice and celebrate that the STONE that CENTERS our marriages like the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand is JESUS!!! Thank You for being our ROCK LORD!!!! Lord, be the center of our marriages!
And as Your eyes diligently search to and fro upon the earth and within our hearts, reveal and protect us from wicked, evil influences and forces that plot against us. Let husbands and wives be olive trees extending, reaching, and seeking Your guidance, presence, and love as we rule over our kingdoms jointly. As co-heirs in Christ Jesus anointed and sealed by Your Holy Spirit, help us to build our legacy in our marriages and families as we prepare for eternal life in Your eternal kingdom. All to Your glory Lord!!! Be magnified in our hearts so that nothing unholy can be constructed. Cleanse our hearts and dwell within us.
Let our marriages be Your Holy temples that radiate like mosaic church windows because we are Your church. May our matrimonial unions exude Your light from within our hearts out to the outside for others to witness in how we show grace, die to ourselves, and love with the Eternal love that is beyond us so that we know and demonstrate the love of Christ Jesus. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
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