The Power of a Signet Ring?
God is reassuring Zerubbabel in a couple of odd ways:
God is showing Zerubbabel his status by pointing out a few key facts:
- The movements of nations are not at the discretion of kings.
- The powerful do not hold their positions by their own right or might.
Zerubbabel’s power was not a product of his own personality or resources,
but of God’s will!
"When My hand is on you, it doesn’t matter if you are an Emperor, a king, or a governor, God’s power in you is absolute and ultimate."
It doesn’t matter who you are or how humble your position, if God has His hand on you, YOU are significant and important.
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of death will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:18-19 TNIV)
"Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (Matthew 18:18-20 TNIV)
Do we realize the extent of the authority given to us by God, the degree to which He trusts us to exercise godly judgement and decision making.
Paul makes a very strong point: If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! (1 Corinthians 6:1-3 TNIV)
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, "Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:14-16 TNIV)
Remind yourself that you are a useful, precious ornament on the hand of God.
I and the Father are one. No one can take them out of my Father’s hand.
God loves you and values you.
You are an important part of His kingdom work here at gpnaz.