Resources on Zechariah
Breaking through to victory.
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 24, 2017
“…Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
There was a huge obstacle standing between the children of Israel and the land that God had promised them. It was the city of Jericho, which was surrounded by a massive wall.
That obstacle seemed to say, “Keep out! You cannot have the blessings of God. They’re not for you!”
Now, you and I may not be obstructed by a literal wall in our lives, but we certainly face very real obstacles every day. And they can be every bit as intimidating as that seemingly impregnable wall of Jericho.
Issues like family problems and financial issues can stop you in your tracks. Problems associated with an unholy mind can bring your spiritual growth to a standstill.
Obstacles like these and others are spiritual strongholds that Satan uses to keep you from God’s best plan for your life. You may even hear him chiding you, “Keep out! You’ve gone as far as you can go with God!” But that’s a lie.
Listen, God can tear down those obstacles if you trust him. And you need him to tear down those walls because you cannot do it on your own. It’s impossible.
So today, if you have come to an obstacle that stands in your path, God is saying, “Listen to me. I will show you what to do.”
It’s time to stop trying to fix things and to start trusting him. Because that is the only way to really break through to victory in your life!
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It’s All About Grace
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 7, 2016
Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.”
Joshua was not a wicked man. This was the best religion had to offer… the high priest! And yet, as Joshua stood in the presence of God, he was viewed as wearing filthy clothes. He needed God’s forgiveness just as much as you and me.
It’s important to remember that you are saved and sustained by grace alone. At times you may feel like you’re doing okay in your Christian life. You may serve, witness, give, perform acts of kindness, and have admirable character.
But don’t be mistaken. You’re not saved by any of that! And to the degree that you’re clinging to your self-righteousness or any merit that you have, you’re missing the blessing of grace.
You’re not saved by grace and works… but by grace alone. Grace is not God making up the difference in your shortfall. It does not mean that you pay a little bit and then God pays the rest. That’s not grace!
The grace of God means that you and I come without anything to offer. We come into the Kingdom helpless and hopeless and empty. And he invites us there, not on the basis of our merit or money, but on the basis of his grace.
So today, remember that your salvation is a gift of grace through and through. It doesn’t depend on what you do… it’s based entirely on what Jesus...