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 (Zech. 4:6 KJV)
Zerubbabel was the Governor of Judah that the Lord used to rebuild the Temple in the midst of significant distress and opposition after the Jews returned from the Captivity in Babylon. The scope of the work was overwhelming, and there were fierce adversaries all around them that had resolved to oppose the rebuilding of the Temple.
The Lord spoke the words above to Zerubbabel in the midst of this difficulties. He said the work he is doing is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the LORD. In other words, the Spirit of God was the One working through them, providing the resources, wisdom, strength, and protection they needed to get the work done. All they had to do was to be available for God to work through them.
If these words meant anything to Zerubbabel, which of course they did, they mean a thousand times more to us today in Christ. The LORD is saying again to us today, that the life He has called us to live is not by our human might, power, wisdom or methods but by His Spirit. The spiritual consciousness of His presence in us and our full cooperation and surrender to His leading are just what He needs. It is disheartening how so much of Christianity today in many circles is powered by human methods, ideas, strength, and wisdom. We cannot prevail by the arm of the flesh. Our success hangs on our absolute dependence on Him.
How was the Spirit doing the work amongst the people as they rebuild the Temple? Did they see a Somebody amongst them working called the Spirit? Think about how God operated through these people without any appearances, angels or even supernatural fires or lights around them.
APPLY THE WORD
Your glory and victory in life are hidden in the life of the Spirit. If Christianity appears tough and frustrating, it is very likely due to the fact that you are probably still running the show of your life. When the Spirit takes over, you start flying! Yield to Him!
Ask the Lord to help you grow in your walk in the Spirit every day.