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NOT BY MIGHT NOT BY POWER BUT BY MY SPIRIT SAYS THE SPIRIT OF GOD

(ZECH 4:6)   

“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts”.

Might focuses on collective strength, the resources of a group or army. 

Power focuses on individual strength.

God says, “not by the resources of many or one, but by My Spirit. It will not be by your cleverness, your ability, or your physical strength that the temple will be rebuilt, but by the Spirit of God.”

The necessary resource for God’s work is the Holy Spirit and God promises Zerubbabel a rich resource in the Spirit of God to accomplish His work. When we trust in our own resources – whether they are small or great in the eyes of man – then we don’t enjoy the full supply of the Spirit.  When the work is done through human might or power we can take credit for it, but when the work is done by the continual supply of the Spirit, then it is all to the glory of God’s grace The Holy Spirit is the might and power of God. The Holy Spirit manifests God’s works and wonders on this earth, and these wonders and works reveal God’s might and power. 

 

We are vessels of the Lord created to contain His Spirit. We have to remember, however, we are not to keep this treasure to ourselves.

We are to manifest God’s glory (His might, light and power) to others by allowing the Holy Spirit to rustle us, to stir us up and to pour the oil of His anointing from these earthen vessels to all those we encounter throughout the day.

God intends for us to do mighty exploit for Him today, but we must be filled with the Spirit and anointed by the Spirit for this to become a reality in our lives. Whenever I try to do things in my own strength I fail miserably. So often I overcommit myself to people and to doing things, and I feel overwhelmed. When this happens the Holy Spirit whispers this gentle reminder in my ears. “You can do all things through Christ who gives you the strength.” Suddenly the pressure and stress of what I am facing is removed, and joy replaces worry. His joy begins to strengthen me for whatever task I am facing.

 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts”.

Zerubbabel, governor of Jerusalem, was faced with what seemed to be an impossible task. God had spoken to his heart and told him to rebuild the temple. It is one thing to build one time but to rebuild is almost nearly impossible. 
One of the hardest spiritual experiences you will have in your life will not be a new experience but it will be “revival” experiences. Refreshing and rebuilding and rekindling the fire in you. 

The devil will try to frighten us, devour us and distract us.
This happens to us today. The devil knows that if he can discourage us then we are useless for God’s kingdom. Discouragement shackles our vision to do something for the Lord. It hinders us. And notice that the devil uses the same tactics. Fear, he will frighten us with lack of faith, and unbelief. He knows that fear will control us and shackle us. 
But praise God 2Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Fear is neither from God nor of God only a fear (or reverence of God). Fear has no place in your circumstances. If you are making your decisions based on fear then you never accomplish much for the Lord.

 It is by the might and power of the Spirit that we are able to do anything for the Lord on this earth. The Holy Spirit is the might and power of God. The Holy Spirit manifests God’s works and wonders on this earth, and these wonders and works reveal God’s might and power. 

God intends for us to do mighty exploit for Him today, but we must be filled with the Spirit and anointed by the Spirit for this to become a reality in our lives. Whenever I try to do things in my own strength I fail miserably. So often I overcommit myself to people and to doing things, and I feel overwhelmed. When this happens the Holy Spirit whispers this gentle reminder in my ears. “You can do all things through Christ who gives you the strength.” Suddenly the pressure and stress of what I am facing is removed, and joy replaces worry. His joy begins to strengthen me for whatever task I am facing.

KEY THOUGHT

Your human ability is not sufficient to do the will or to work the work of God. It is not about what you can do, but what he alone can do. The Holy Spirit, not human strength, wisdom or ability is the key to success in life and living.

Maybe you would like to join me as I pray this today:

Lord, give me strength to face whatever this day may bring. Empower me by Your Spirit to walk in Your ways and to do Your will. I depend upon your might and power totally and refuse to do things in my own strength. Thank You, Lord, for the Holy Spirit who is my might and power.

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