This Sunday, May 14th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to continue our series Scandalous Grace here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas on Mother’s Day.
Scandalous Grace: Shout Grace to the Mountains
“Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. And he said to me, ‘What do you see?’ So I said, ‘I am looking, and there is a lamp stand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.’ So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, ‘What are these, my lord?’ Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, ‘Do you not know what these are?’ And I said, ‘No, my lord.’ So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of Grace, grace to it!’ Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: ‘The hands of Zerubbabel Have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.’” (Zechariah 4:1-10, NKJV)
Every person has a grace on their life. Paul talked about how the grace of God made him a wise master builder. That was Paul’s grace, but what is yours? There is a grace for what God has called you to do. Grace is an enabler. It empowers to you to do everything God has called you to do, and more importantly to be everything He has called you to be.
Every person alive has at one time or another felt like they have no energy left to finish something they started. Maybe even something God told you to start, but you are just worn out and have no ability or strength to go on.
You can never receive grace and worry at the same time. You don’t do more by doing more, you do more by humbling yourself and receiving more grace.
“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” (James 4:7, NIV)
God’s strength only becomes effective when you recognize your weakness. Grace is about effort – not your effort, but God’s effort. When you recognize your weakness and receive more grace, you reassert how to overcome the problem you’re facing.
In Zechariah 4, the prophet was speaking courage and boldness into Zerubbabel. He was tired, worn out, confused, maybe disillusioned, but the prophet was giving him the key to overcoming. What was it? To speak grace!
Faith moves mountains, but grace keeps mountains from moving you. The Bible says Jesus came bringing grace and truth. He gave you the power to live out the truth over your life.
“Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! He shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, Grace to it!’” (Zechariah 4:7, NKJV)
What is a capstone? A capstone is a concluding or crowning achievement, a finishing touch or a large flat stone that is placed on top of a wall or building. It will not be by your great effort, or by your ability, or some great army that comes to your rescue, it will be by grace that you are able to put the crowning piece, the capstone, on the finishing project.
Speak to the mountain of your failure, to the mountain of your own efforts, to the mountain of unfinished projects you are drowning in. Speak to it, but you only need to shout two words: ‘Grace! Grace!’
Think about how the prophet told Zerubbabel to to get the finished product in the midst of the unfinished mess and speak ‘Grace! Grace!’ to it. God’s power is at the point of your weakness. God is saying ‘Zerubbabel, if you are at the end of you, you get the rest of me.’ You get the rest of God. When you stop working, God starts working.
Think about that mountain you’ve been trying to move, that issue you can’t seem to get over, that person that is harassing you…whatever it is, shout grace to it.
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me (beat me up), lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:7–10, NKJV)
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