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Christian Survival Kit-Part I Holy Spirit Power

Christian Survival Kit-Part i
Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit

"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)

We live in a world of instants from popcorn and pudding to fast-food and gratification - our patience for things to occur such as change or progress is met with temptation and doubt - it is here that reconciliation must be done with God's Word as our supreme guiding counsel.  

Such was the case of a man named Zerubbabel.  God had selected him to be the man to lead in rebuilding the destroyed temple of God.  This had happened once the Israelites had been freed from captivity by Cyrus the Persian after he defeated the Babylonians in 539 B.C.  Zerubbable had laid the foundation for the Temple building, but had not been able to make progress on the building as he met great opposition.

It was during this time of trials and testing where many were beginning to doubt the completion of the work, and so God speaks to the Prophet Zechariah to give Zerubbabel a strong message.  And it is a message to us as Christians today, and we would by wise to learn it. It is through God's message and the assurances given to Zerubbabel through Zechariah that we can glean two very important principles for our lives.  I believe these two principles should be part of our "Christian Survival Kit."

I would like to look at these two principles and bring some application for our lives.  And with this application I believe that we can receive the same hope of God's assurances upon our lives as well, as we face our challenges.

The first principle that we can glean from what God spoke forth concerning the challenges that were facing Zerubbable was this:

  • It's not by our own abilities, resources, or power that we will achieve the things that God has called us to do.

This was the message from God to Zerubbabel when He told him that it was not going to be by his might or power - but by the power of God through His Spirit.  God is Spirit and He moves through the Spirit to do mighty works.  He is saying that we can't do anything that He has asked unless we have this same Spirit within us, and empowering us.

Think about this for a moment and meditate upon it, because it will be one of the critical truths that each of us must understand to be effective Christians.  EVERYTHING we do for God, including our efforts to abide in His Word, needs to be empowered by His Spirit-The Holy Spirit.  Only Believers can have this empowerment, and without it, a person can never achieve the will of God.  

The Apostle Paul understood this truth and he first confessed these words, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find." He then went on to state and confirm what God had told Zerubbable when he wrote:

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

If we don't understand and apply this key principle to our Christian walk, we will continue to strive in our own flesh and within our own limited abilities.  It would be like having a tractor to dig a hole for a pool, but insist on using a baby spoon.  Why put God in a box next to your dresser when you can have Him helping you with every situation and challenge you face?  When we fall for the temptation of the enemy to believe that we are capable of doing God's will on our own, we are doomed to failure and delusion - we will eventually settle for binge and purge type of Christian living - doing good one moment, and failing miserably the next - or we will simply walk away from the Church and God altogether.

I want to encourage you Christian, "Hold Fast" to God's Word.  Read it daily, and let God transform you by the renewing of your mind (See Rom. 12:2).  God's power is through the Holy Spirit, and it is this Spirit who guided each word written in the Bible.  It is the power unto salvation and the power to live and face each and every situation we will face.  The tough times we face should drive us to reading our Bibles and implementing the truths contained within.

In Part II of this devotional we will look at our second principle that is fundamental to our Christian walk.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to having the power to do the things of God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you been striving in your own efforts and finding yourself failing or becoming fatigued and disillusioned?

APPLICATION: Stop trying to do things on your own.  Pray about everything and ask for God's will to be done by His power and might through you.   Now have a peace that God will provide for the job or task that He has called you to do.

Father, Thank You for the power to do the things that You have called me to do.  Lord, I confess that I have tried to do these things on my own and have failed miserably as a result.  I need You today to help me to do the things that You have ordained for me to do, and to live the effective Christian life.  Empower me today to do Your will.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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