(Pastor Dave's adaptation of Streams in The Desert, July 18)
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)
9 The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him . . .”
God is looking for a man, or woman, whose heart is fully set on Him, and who will trust God for all that God desires to do; in them, around them, and through them. God is looking for a fully consecrated (set apart) soul, in order that God may do what He desires to do in that person's world.
If I desire to be that person, then I must be willing to be nothing, that Christ may be everything. God alone must be my portion. If I find my all in Him, then He is free to accomplish all that He desires in and through me.
Zechariah 4:6 (NLT)
6 . . . It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
The place, the amount, the appearance of what God begins to do is not the thing. It is that God is beginning the work, through my heart and life that is fully surrendered and fully consecrated to Him.
Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)
10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin . . .