“So 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 Almighty (Zechariah 4:6 NIV).
None of us are so great that we can accomplish everything we want to do. Wars are not won by the number of people in an army, the number of weapons one has, or even the intellect of those commanding the army. Of course we don’t want to admit this, but if we look at scripture, throughout the ages, God has determined the outcome of every situation before it began.
Perhaps the greatest illustration–from the scriptures–is the story of Gideon and the how God led him into reducing the number of men he had with him before he went into battle. God wanted Gideon and those around him to know that when God is the plan, He can take a little and do much.
From history–in America–a handful of people (figuratively speaking) won their freedom from an established country and began a new life–governing themselves.
In each of our lives, if we closely examine events and remember the odds against us at some point, we’d recognize that it was not us–by use of our intellect or ingenuity that helped us to achieve, but God in the midst of everything. We have battled illness, poverty, family chaos, addictions, and even doubt and unbelief–and we have been victorious! It was not our might or power but the Spirit of the living God that made it all possible! It is by His spirit that He accomplishes all for our benefit and if we listen to His spirit, we shall always be victorious! This is how He gets things done!
When He speaks, hear and obey. When He guides, let Him lead. When He opens doors, step through in faith and know all that He desires for us, will be accomplished, when we listen to Him.
Listening to naysayers who do not have the faith that we have will always lead–to nothing but frustration and doubt and unbelief. By faith–change the mind of the naysayers; by faith–do all that God has told us to do; by faith–move into the next level of victory so all may know we serve the Living God and He cannot fail. And since He cannot fail, we win in all we do with Him!
Father, in the name of Jesus, help us move self out of the way and know true victory in You by hearing and obeying Your Spirit who speaks to us, guiding us in all we need to do.
Thanks for the wonderful reminder of God’s power. It seems to me, the more us humans think we can “fix” all the problems in ourselves, our homes, country and world, the worse things get. It is so important for believers to know the power of prayer, and realize only God can convict souls, change hearts and open eyes. As you say, we need to keep our own hearts, eyes and ears open to the voice of God, and to pray for the conversion of souls. Then watch Him do His work and move through His people.
Have a blessed, joyful day!!! Love, Bernadette
As God speaks to me, I try to listen and respond in a way that will encourage all to “hear Him” and obey. He knows the end from the beginning and we should trust Him in all things. Thanks! Love to love you :).