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Not by Might nor by Power

May 27, 2019


Not by Might nor by Power

We face daunting challenges all the time.     So,  we grit our teeth  and determine  to use all our might and power  to make things work the way we want them  to work.     All our efforts are centered  on our own abilities and prowess,  intelligence and strength.     So, we worry and fret,  feeling blindly frustrated  as we struggle,  hoping to come out  on top.     We’re so sure success depends  on our strength  and concerted efforts.

The Israelites were in a similar situation  around 500 B.C.     They had been released from captivity  and were allowed to return  to Jerusalem,  where they intended  to rebuild the Temple to the Lord.     But,  their enemies in the area were constantly thwarting them,  making it all but impossible  to rebuild the Temple.     The enemies harassed them  all the time,  so that they had to have  some of the people do the building and others guard the area  from attacks.    Even the workers had to carry their weapons with them  at all times.

That might be about how we feel  as we strive  to accomplish our goals  in life.

But,  in a vision from God,  Zechariah saw God’s reply  to all their struggles.     God’s reply applies  to our struggles today, also.     In Zechariah 4:6,  it says,

‘Not by might  nor by power,  but by My Spirit,’  says the LORD of hosts.

It did not matter  how big the project was  or how impossible it seemed.     It did not matter  that the enemies were always lurking around,  mocking and poking fun  at them.     It didn’t even matter  that there was always the threat  of having their work torn down.

The Israelites would never get that Temple rebuilt  by their own determination,  might,  or power.     The only way  that Temple could be rebuilt  was by the will  of God Almighty — “‘by My Spirit,’   says the LORD of hosts.”     When God says it’s time to rebuild,  it is time.     When God wants it done,  it will get done.

Success has nothing to do with  our might or power.     Whatever we do must be the will of God,  if we want  to succeed.     If we are not  in the will of God,  it will not get done.     We will only be fighting  against the Lord — and that is a losing battle.     Our top-most priority needs  to be finding out  if we are  in the will of God.     When we remember  that God is our Creator,  Sustainer,  and Redeemer,  we will want to be pleasing  in His sight  and let Him  be our Guide.

Our goals will not be self-serving,  but will first of all,  desire to be  within God’s will.     When God’s Spirit is with us,  we are assured  of success.     The world will still be taunting,  mocking,  and whatever,  but the Lord will lead us  through all that,  and have His purposes succeed.     When we are striving  to live  in God’s will,  we will have the peace  of knowing our eternal outcome.     We need  to always ask ourselves,  “Does God want me doing this?”

Then, we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  You are my Strength and my Song — my Fortress  and my very Strong Tower.     You are in control  of all things,  and we are so blessed  to live by the power  of Your word.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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