Good day People 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).
Today, we will be looking at Zechariah 4: 6, where an Angel of GOD tells Zechariah that GOD is saying, you cannot do it by might or by your power, but only by the HOLY SPIRIT.
We live in a world that hardly believes in GOD anymore. So, people are encouraged to work hard, do their best and succeed. That’s great advice, but there is always emphasis on ‘you can do it yourself; there’s no one up there who can change things’. So, many people today find it hard to believe that GOD can do anything for them or intervene on their behalf, because ‘why should GOD care?’. But, GOD does care – HE will never leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31: 6).
However, this is the Word of the LORD: ‘not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit’. Zechariah 4: 6 is pretty straight-forward. Nothing can be achieved by might, by power, but only by the HOLY SPIRIT. Why? The HOLY SPIRIT is the Power of GOD, and is the Power that empowers men to do great things. In Acts 6: 8, JESUS says:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (KJV).
The HOLY SPIRIT also speaks to HIS People and guides them (2 Peter 1: 21; 1 Kings 19: 11-12). Men have achieved great things by the Help of the HOLY SPIRIT, and we in this generation cannot be an exception! Zechariah 4: 6 and John 15: 5 clearly destroy those theories and myths that claim that GOD is not involved in the affairs of men.
Essentially, you cannot achieve anything by your might or power, but only by the HOLY SPIRIT’s Help. Even Solomon who did not know much about the HOLY SPIRIT says in Ecclesiastes 9: 11:
I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
What Solomon referred to as time and chance – Christians would call it Divine Favor. However, the point is your effort can produce much more if you are led by the HOLY SPIRIT. JESUS echoed this point when HE says in John 15: 5:
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (NIV).
Have you ever tried to do something so hard, and you still failed? Or made so much effort, but it all went to waste? Well, when you have the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT in you, you will succeed in whatever you are doing, unless it is not GOD’s Will. Isaiah 59: 1 says:
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear (NIV).
Thus, GOD has the Power to do all things, and only by HIS SPIRIT can you achieve anything.
JESUS is GOD (John 10: 30), yet HE did nothing by HIMSELF (JESUS is GOD the Son – one Personality of GOD, yet HE did nothing by HIMSELF):
So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does (John 5: 19 NIV).
This has mostly been my experience: when I try doing something by relying on just my power or working hard, things do not go as planned. But, if I don’t stress too much, but just place my hope in GOD that everything will go well, things go better than I planned. So, when I want something so bad, I remind myself that it can only come by GOD’s Power, and try not to get excited about doing it on my own. Rather, I’d pray and let the HOLY SPIRIT lead me in what I should do.
In conclusion, when Paul says, ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4: 13 NIV)’, who do you think he was talking about? The HOLY SPIRIT of course! And when you are filled with the HOLY SPIRIT, you will be an amazing mystery unto others, as JESUS illustrates in John 3: 8:
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (NIV).
GOD bless you and have a blessed weekend .
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!
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