Not By Might

Zechariah 4:6–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.

Does this verse apply to our lives today?

“An amazing message was given to King David’s descendant, Zerubbabel, who having returned from the Babylonian captivity to govern Jerusalem, was the one chosen of God to start rebuilding the Jewish Temple. He was told by Zechariah the prophet that God would carry out the work – ‘not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.”

“We too face increasing pressures in our own days and age and at times we too may be tempted to consider that the task of living by faith and trusting the Lord is overwhelming in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation… nevertheless this Word from the Lord is as true for us today as it was so many centuries ago – that God Who started a good work in us will complete it in the day of Christ Jesus… ‘not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD.”


1 Corinthians 2:4–and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 2:5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Psalms 33:20–Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

Someone delivered a personal word to me many years ago: “Let go and let God”.  I received it realizing I was doing just the opposite.  I needed that word.  However, it soon faded from my mind, heart and life.  My natural tendency is just the opposite of letting go.  He is patient with me and would keep bringing that word back to my mind and life.  Do I want to try to live this Christian life by my might, my power?  I say no, but with my fingers crossed behind my back.

He wants to bring us to the point of not trying to do anything for Him.  I give up all of my might and human power so that His Spirit can work in my life.  What a scary thought.  He does not need my help in any way, shape or form.  In fact, my might and power block His Spirit from flowing in and through my life.

“The point is, the reason Jesus did things differently on different occasions was because He only said and did what He saw the Father doing. He wasn’t operating out of a religious mindset.

God doesn’t want me acting out of myself or my own ability. It’s only when I realize that I can do nothing apart from Him that I’m poised to actually be used by the Lord.”  From –  

Philippians 2:13–for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.   

Jesus did nothing by His initiative or His will power.  He only did what the Father was showing Him to do.  He lived by His Father’s will.  He wants us to give up trying to follow Him with the might and power of our will.  As mentioned in the last blog, “The Veil”, real change in our lives does not come from our might and power to live the Christian life, to try hard to be like Christ, rather real transformation comes from His Glory.  When we come to the end of our resources, His might and power will flow through our lives by His Spirit.

Our will is an old fashioned, beat up couch in the living room.  He is wanting us to push it out the door for curbside pickup.

2 Corinthians 12:9–But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

Lord, we trust You to bring us to the end of our might and power that Your Spirit and grace may work in our lives.  May we let go and let You work in us.

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