Thursday, May 29, 2014

Not By Might Or Power, But By The Spirit Of God

"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."
Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV)

Have you ever faced a situation that seemed too hard to handle, a problem that seemed to be unsolvable, or a task that seemed too difficult to do?  At one time or another all of us have faced things like this.  Zerubbabel was in one of those kinds of places.  He had led a group of Jews back from Babylon to Jerusalem and he was faced with some big challenges as he and others worked to rebuild the temple.  This was a huge job and I am sure he felt a bit overwhelmed.  What God told Zerubbabel is something that we can all benefit from today.

In Zechariah 4 God tells Zerubbabel that what needs to be done will not be accomplished by might or power.  Things were not going to be done by any ability, strength, or power that some person could naturally supply; the work was going to be done by the help of the Holy Spirit.  In our lives today, we may be called by God to do something that seems impossible or we may face problems where we don't know what to do.  This is where we need to turn to God and let Him help us.  By His Spirit, God will give us direction, ability, knowledge, and wisdom to do what needs to be done.

The fact is that everyone will come to a point in life that they will deal with something that is beyond their own resources to take care of.  By His Spirit, God can give us the energy and ability we need, God can show us what to do, God can give us wisdom, and He can direct us about exactly how to be most effective in what we do.  We need to stop trying to do everything on our own and realize that God is ready and willing to help us in every situation.  It is not just by our might or our power that we will be victorious in life and do what God calls us to do, it is by His Spirit!

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