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“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.” — Zechariah 4:6b
“For such a time as this” is a quote made famous by Mordecai speaking to Esther when she was at a crossroad. A crossroad is a place where we come to in our spiritual journey many times in our life. As a New Year dawns upon us, we tend to reflect on our journey more so then usual. “What Do You See” as you look back at some of the crossroads of your life? I believe God is able to pick up where we left off and continue to use us in a powerful way. In the account of Zechariah we see God showing His people that He wants to use them to rebuild the Temple.
Sometimes our sight is blurred due to the way we see ourselves because we tend to judge things according to our own ability. In verse 6 of chapter 4, God’s message takes all the weight off of Zerubbabel by saying
“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the LORD of hosts.”
This is basically God speaking into our own lives and reminding us it’s not by our clever designs and new found schemes, nor by our own strength that God’s will gets accomplished, but by His Spirit. I see this as putting the cart before the horse mentality, we are to use our abilities but only under the direction of God’s Holy Spirit.
It seems to me there are a lot of programs and things that are designed to further God’s Kingdom, but I think it’s important to ask ourselves, “What Do You See?” Our vision should always be directed out of God’s Word and it should always line up with His precepts and according to His character.
So, there lies our resolution, to keep ourselves in proper alignment with the Spirit of God. I have to be careful at what I see, and ask God for true meaning and for His will to be done. Ephesians 5:15-21 says it best,
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”
Happy New Year!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and both serve as full time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” – Jonathan Edwards
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13