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Not by might

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).

not by might

This amazing verse was originally uttered by an angel, to the Prophet Zechariah, as a message for Zerubabbel, after the Jews had laid a new foundation for the Temple in Jerusalem. God had chosen just a few Jews to rebuild the gigantic structure from tons of rubble, and amidst fierce opposition. It seemed like an impossible task.

I believe the words above are more applicable to us today, than they were to Zerubabbel thousands of years ago. God relayed a prophetic word to Zerubabbel, by telling him that the Temple of God would not be built by human power. Today, the Temple of God is the Body of Christ, so the verse above should ring a thousand times more in our hearts and minds. The Church will not be built by human strength and ability. Our day-to-day Christian life, our service to God, building up God’s people, and winning the lost cannot be done by human ability.

I had to recite this verse as I grew up in the Church, but I never really understood its practical application, until the Lord opened my eyes. Now I know that, a lot of what we call the Christian life, is nothing other than human might struggling to do the things of God. Many believers are doing exactly that, but we will never be able to live the life God wants for us by our own might or power.


What kind of might was the angel referring to in the prophesy for Zerubabbel? Declare that “I am empowered by the Spirit of the Lord, to do the things of God”.


Christian living and ministry will remain a daily struggle until the strength of the Spirit becomes a reality.


Ask the Spirit to help you build spiritual muscles. Pray that you will learn to yield to Him completely in all things.

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