“Then he answered and said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the LORD of hosts’” (Zech. 4:6 NASB).
God spoke the words of the verse above to a Jewish leader circa 519 BC during the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem. Zerubbabel was the Governor of Judah who led the Jews into rebuilding the Temple of God. Amid fierce opposition, they had to undertake a difficult project that involved cleaning up tons of rubbish and contracting a grotesque structure.
The rebuilding of the Temple will not be by their might or power but by the Holy Spirit. This statement is as true to our life of faith today as it was when it was first spoken to Zerubbabel over 2500 years ago. We cannot live the Christian life without the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot do what God has called us to do with human ability and strength. This is a root cause of most of the frustrations in Christianity, as we try to live and serve God with our ideas and human abilities. Learn to rely completely on the Holy Spirit.
Take a moment and just read through the main scripture above again. Then read it out loud to yourself. Replace the name “Zerubbabel” with your own name and that is God’s Word for you today!
Ask the Lord to teach you how to walk by His Spirit.
ACT ON THE WORD!
Two suggestions from the devotional above: Stop trying by your own strength, and start depending on the Spirit! Dependency on the Spirit starts with learning to seek direction from Him on what to do. Be conscious of the Spirit today and ask Him to take control of your words and actions. Trust that He is there and move on!
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