Sunday Rest and Reflection:Not by Might!
Dear Spirit-filled Friends,
Greetings on another day of rest and reflection! We have covered most of the Old Testament and many of the minor prophets. Their message has been one of coming judgment and hope for God’s people. They spoke of the coming King who would rule to the ends of the earth and destroy the wicked. They called God’s people to seek Him humbly and to walk by faith, encouraging them with the promise of eternal rewards and a time of everlasting peace. The ‘day of the Lord’ was a common theme in many of these prophet’s ministries.
As I reflect back on the past week, a scripture from Zechariah comes quickly to my mind! “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 4:4) As we think of all the happenings of the coming end times and the day of the Lord, we can become overwhelmed by how we are going to make it and be ready. We see the work yet to be done in reaching this world with the Gospel and think how difficult it is. Zechariah was given a word of God by an angel who spoke to him. This angel relayed God’s encouragement to His people of all generations. We are not to rely on our own strength or power to accomplish the work of building the temple any more than Zechariah and his people were told not to! God, Himself, by His Spirit will empower His people.
This is good news for us today! We need to be reminded that God has everything under his control. He is bringing about His plans and His purposes are established forever! (Psalm 33:9-10) Those things that look like mountains will become level by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is building His Temple and by His Spirit it will be accomplished! We must be filled with the Holy Spirit and walk in the Spirit and we will have nothing to be concerned about! God bless you and your family!
In His Love, Pastor John