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August 4, 2020
Not My Strength, But His Power
Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
An Impossible Assignment
When Zerubbabel become the governor of Judea, God gave him an impossible assignment. He was to rebuild the temple that had been destroyed by the Babylonians. When King Solomon had built the temple, he had almost unlimited resources. His father, King David, had spent years setting aside building materials for the temple. King Solomon was one of the richest kings who ever lived and had incredible wealth and resources at his disposal.
Zerubbabel was leading a group of people who had been recently set free from captivity. They had no wealth, no resources, and no way of rebuilding the temple. God sent the prophet Zechariah with a word for Zerubbabel. It wasn’t about his power, his resources, or even his determination that would bring about success. It was the Spirit of God that would enable and empower Zerubbabel and his people to accomplish the job God had chosen.
God Will Accomplish It
When God gives you an assignment, He always provides everything you need to accomplish it. Is there something God has told you to do, but it seems like a mountain before you?
The prophet equated the job of building the temple like a mountain before them. At times we all face mountains. Jesus said with just a little faith, you can speak to the mountain, and it will move.
What is the mountain that you are facing today? Your power or your strength won’t move it. You won’t conquer it with your best thinking or the world’s wisdom. It is not by your might nor by your power, but by the Holy Spirit’s power, strength, and leadership; you can fulfill all God has called you to do.
Look at that verse again.
Then he said to me, “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
When it comes to doing God’s work, you can do it by your strength, or by the strength of the Lord. One way you receive the glory, one way God gets all the glory.
Make these confessions.
- It’s not about my strength or power, but the Holy Spirit within me.
- I can accomplish everything God calls me to do by His might and power.
- I can face any mountain because God’s Spirit is within me.
- Today, I won’t stand on my strength but will trust in the Holy Spirit’s power and might.
In Jesus Name.
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