ZECHARIAH 4: 6 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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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PSALM 34: 10 THOSE WHO SEEK THE LORD WILL LACK NO GOOD THING

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Today we will be looking at Psalm 34: 10, where the Psalmist says that those who seek the LORD will lack no good thing, even if young lions may lack and suffer hunger.

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing (NIV).

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing (KJV).

The young lions lack [food] and grow hungry, but they who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing (AMP).

Those who seek the LORD WILL LACK NO GOOD THING. Even lions may grow weak and hungry.

Not only real lions may grow hungry. Even’ human lions’- the powerful men and women of this world- may grow weak and hungry. YET, THOSE WHO SEEK THE LORD SHALL LACK NO GOOD THING.

This is the promise GOD gave to HIS People, who seek and serve HIM Faithfully. When you seek the LORD truthfully and wholeheartedly, you will find HIM (Jeremiah 29: 13), and you will lack no good thing. What are the ‘good things’ referred to in this Scripture? They go far beyond some good things people desire so much on earth as like power, prosperity, influence, riches & wealth, children. a family, a wife or husband, fulfilment of destiny, good clothes, etc.

Other important good things are the following. Divine health. Prosperity. Longevity. Joy. Happiness. Love. Friendship. Acceptance. Contentment. These are things MONEY CANNOT BUY. Yet, we need these things for life itself to be worth living. Your life would not be worth much if you are constantly ill, sad, and dying, would it? What is the point of being rich and comfortable if you are not content with what you have? If you have no friends or loved ones, would you enjoy life? It is a privilege to have people who love and care about you in your life. Obviously, because JESUS lives, we can face tomorrow. Life is worth living because HE lives. This is also why we can only get these things if we truly fear GOD.

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GOD has said if you seek HIM with all your heart, you will find HIM (Jeremiah 29: 13).  GOD is omnipresent- HE is everywhere (Jeremiah 23: 24; Proverbs 15: 3). But, only when you seek HIM wholeheartedly do you find HIM. Seeking GOD is worth everything it costs you. This is because you have to give up worldly things or solutions to find GOD. The Bible says that friendship with the world is enmity with GOD (James 4: 4). If you are not ready to give up the world, you cannot successfully seek GOD and find HIM. It is impossible for you to look up and down at the same time- one eye cannot be looking up, while the other is looking down. You have to make a choice. In the same way, you must make a choice to choose to look up to GOD and seek HIM with the thirst to find HIM, and only then can you find GOD. When you find GOD, you will lack no good thing. JESUS even said that you cannot serve GOD and mammon (Matthew 6: 24). You cannot serve two things- you either love one or hate the other.  ‘Mammon’ in this context refers to anything you put in the place of GOD in your life or anything you are relying on in the place of GOD. So, you have to make a choice to seek GOD only, and wholeheartedly, and that’s when you can find HIM.

Seeking GOD is so worth it. What good things are you looking to have? No matter what it is, GOD is the only way you can get it and it will last. If you go to the devil, he will give you what you want, and add trouble. If you go to a man for help, he will disappoint you because he is imperfect and when he is tired of you, he will dump you. Only the blessings of GOD makes rich, and adds no sorrow (Proverbs 10: 22). GOD is the only one who gives liberally, and without condemnation (James 1: 5). It is a privilege to be alive and to have loved ones who love and care about you. It is a privilege to be in good health, and not be sickly. These are the good things of life, and only GOD can give you freely, without asking for payment.

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Even better is the fact that the more you seek GOD, the closer you will get to HIM, and you get to make Heaven. Worldly people who chose the world over GOD will perish in hell in eternity, if they do not repent. Remember the Rich Fool- he chose wealth and worldly things over GOD, and he refused to give glory to GOD for his good fortune. He also did not show mercy to poor Lazarus, but treated him with contempt. The night he was glorifying himself and refused to give glory to GOD, he died, and was cast into hell (Luke 12: 13-21). If you have not realised, the hope of making Heaven is indeed one of the good things of life. When you are confident that if JESUS comes now, you will be part of the saints who will follow HIM, it is a privilege. Thus, it is worth every worldly ‘good’ thing you give up to seek GOD, serve HIM faithfully, and find HIM. Only in HIS Hands can you find the good things of life.

Prayer: Thank YOU LORD for the study of YOUR Word. HOLY SPIRIT, empower me to genuinely seek GOD wholeheartedly and find HIM. Amen.

 

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