What is he running to measure? If the devil has anything to do with it, he will make sure that you and I are the one being measured and will be sure to show us how far we come short in every category.
How successful are we compared to others? How much money do we make? How good looking are we? How thin or fat are we? How spiritual are we? The false measuring system of this world is one of the most damaging strongholds the modern Christian will ever face.
We are warned about the world system and, yet, very few are able to recognize when we have become part of it.
The fact that in the church world we are some of the most shockingly blatant participants in this world system is hardly ever noticed.
We do this through the false measuring system that exists throughout the "church world.
" Yet, if you and I would cast out this false system, we would be able to bring such glory to the Lord that the world would marvel.
In the book of Zechariah we see a picture of a man running with a measuring line.
He has become so excited about the fact that Jerusalem is going to be restored, he wants to measure how big she is going to be.
The amazing thing is that I see this in almost every ministry that someone is called on by the Lord to be a part of.
One of the first thoughts is, "How big can I grow this ministry.
" Like the man in the book of Zechariah we grab our measuring line and start running.
Dear one, when we do this we immediately put a limit on what God can do through us.
Our idea of measuring has nothing to do with how our great God operates.
Look with me at this amazing chapter.
Zech 2:1-5 1 Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand.
2 So I said, "Where are you going?" And he said to me, "To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.
" 3 And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him, 4 who said to him, "Run, speak to this young man, saying:'Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it.
5 For I,' says the Lord, 'will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.
'" NKJV The angel is basically saying, "Do not measure things - the Lord has far greater plans than you have ever imagined.
Your measuring will put a limit on what you expect from God.
" Yet, never let us forget that God does not use the same standards when He measures something as we do.
In God's eyes humility and a broken and contrite spirit are of great value.
These qualities are the opposite of a proud and comparing heart.
2 Cor 10:12 12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves.
But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
NKJV Measuring breeds the spirit of "competition.
" For competition to exist there must be some form of a measuring system.
In this process what we fail to grasp is the difference between "value" and "productivity.
" If we could look upon one another and recognize the value God places on every individual life and spend time marveling over this great truth, we could properly place the necessary evaluation of what a person can be productive at.
The command to "reproduce" is at the very foundation of creation.
The question is, "What are we being called to be productive at?" If we fall for the world system we will begin to measure ourselves by the wrong standards.
This is what creates in us a sense of inferiority and insecurity.
Inferiority, insecurity, and a lack of self worth creates a cycle that breeds unproductive and destructive self-evaluation.
Can you see the hopeless treadmill we assign ourselves to if we measure ourselves by this false system? Ah! That is where this wonderful truth about God's grace comes in.
If you and I could dwell, meditate, and abide in the grace of God, our lives would become so much more productive without the pressure cooker the world places us in.
Grace starts off with how much God loves us, not with how productive we are to God.
Grace - God's unearned, unmerited, undeserved favor! Yes, that is the way to live.
Knowing that God loves me no matter how productive I am, no matter how good I may be or may not be at something.
What is the result of all this? First, I become fruitful and productive beyond anything I could ever have imagined.
Second, worry, fear and depression are defeated and sent packing.
Third, I live the rest of my life knowing I am loved not because of what I can do, but simply because my loving heavenly Father has chosen it to be so.
Once we receive the first aspect of grace, God's unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor, we are ready to experience the second part of this grace.
That is both the desire and the ability to do the will of God.
Do you see it? Do you see the divine order? First, it is an understanding of the depth in which we are loved that produces in us an unbounded energy to do those things that bless and please our heavenly Father.
Dear one, that is the "productive side" of our created purpose.
Now, let me close by inserting the word of the Lord that I received at the beginning of the year.
Meditate on this truth until it is a part of your very being and I promise you things will become so clear to you and me that those things that seemed impossible become not only possible but easy and practical and attainable.
"In 2012 it was my desire to reveal my Son in His glory, authority, power, and wisdom.
In 2013, I will exalt my Son through the power of 'His Grace.
' You will be called to experience ever increasing measures of this grace and as you do so your love and faith will begin to increase exponentially until you daily recognize there is nothing too hard for my grace to accomplish or reach.
You will see the walls of offense torn down and destroyed as my love grows in you.
Through this grace I will call you to pass over all the obstacles that have hindered you from developing the 'Biblical Relationships' needed to show forth my 'Baptism of Love.
' This year I will reveal the grace needed to cross over from maintaining to multiplying.
I will release the Joshua spirit and anointing to all those who will welcome my anointed presence.
I will reveal the practical steps to possessing for me the promised land of the character and nature of My Son.
Take heart for nothing is too hard for me.
'" No wonder the Apostles loved to introduce writing with the salutation of "grace and peace.
" May you come to know the grace and peace of God beyond anything you could have ever imagined this year!