• Steven Marsh

Only By the Spirit: a Reflection on Psalm 18, Zechariah 4:1-14, Revelation 4:9-5:5 and Matthew 25:1-

It is only by the Spirit that real change happens. I know that, but still try to make things happen by my own initiative, gifts and abilities. Those in my sphere of influence will not come to know Jesus until the Spirit changes their hearts. But, I must keep living, doing and speaking the truth of Jesus. God is my strength, rock, fortress and deliverer. God is alive. The prophet Zechariah reminds us that change that is of ultimate significance is not by might or power, but God’s Spirit. So I continue to worship the One I do not see, but know that he is on the throne. It is he that lives forever. I continue to be ready for Jesus’ second coming; ready for the consummation of the new heaven and earth, but also ready to share in word and deed the gospel until that new beginning. What a privilege to live life in grace; in its fullest measure.

Scripture texts are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.

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