Saturday, October 9, 2010

Not by might!

Now here is a promise I love to grab hold of:  Not by might but by my Spirit saith the Lord.  Whew, what a relief:  It is not about ME!  All of our natural life points us toward doing and achieving; all of God's Word points us to His sufficiency.  He is able--and willing--to do more than I can ask or think, let alone 'do.'

This particular promise is found in the book of Zechariah.  It was part of a vision given at a time of discouragement for the recipient:  Zerubabel, a builder for God.  We all become discouraged.  Life is hard.  Loved ones suffer; frail bodies die and grief surrounds us.  Our good intentions fall short and our best efforts often do not scratch the surface of the troubles which afflict us and our friends.  Yet throughout scripture God reminds us that faith in Him is the key to living well.  Faith is the victory that overcomes all that seeks to rob us of our joy.

Is there a situation, a fear or a grief attacking you today?  Turn your eyes to Jesus, trust in His goodness, His power and His love and know that He who has promised is faithful!  This world is not our home; we are on a pilgrimage and He will sustain us as we journey.  Encourage those you are traveling with and feel His power flow through your life.

Then he answered and spoke 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. Zechariah 4:6

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