“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” Zechariah 4:6.
In 1 Samuel 2:9 the Bible says “…for by strength shall no man prevail.” This means no one makes it in life by sheer muscles or human ability. You can’t function by your own human strength, wisdom and intelligence and expect to achieve much. You can only make real impact and achieve incontrovertible success when you function with the ability of the Spirit.
Knowing this, the Apostle Paul declared in 2 Corinthians 3:5 (AMP): “Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments {or} to claim {or} count anything as coming from us, but our power {and} ability {and} sufficiency are from God.” When you function by the ability of the Spirit, you’ll never be at your wit’s end. You’ll never run out of power or divine might to accomplish whatever task you have ahead of you.
Zerubbabel had a lot to accomplish for the Lord, but knew he couldn’t do the work with his human ability. Therefore, the Lord told the prophet Zechariah to give him the message: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit.” Now, he wasn’t telling Zerubbabel to just sit back and let the Spirit move him. Rather, he wanted him to function with the ability of the Spirit in accomplishing the work.
This was the secret to the success recorded by the Apostles in the Early Church as they carried out God’s work; they functioned by the power of the Spirit. The Apostle Paul, for one, made copious references to the ability of God’s Spirit in him. In Colossians 1:29, he said, “whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily”. He knew there was something energizing him from within: it was the power of the Spirit. No wonder he said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
Recognize the workings of the spirit in you, that consciousness will produce a divine force that’ll propel you to accomplish things supernaturally: at your work, school, home, in your finance, physical body, and in every area of your life. Hallelujah.
The Spirit of God energizes me for victory and position me for the transcendent life because He lives in me! By Him, I labour, striving according to the working of His power that works within me mightily. I’m excelling in every area of my life, because the competence and excellence by which I function is by the Spirit of God.
FURTHER STUDY: Acts 1:8, 1 Samuel 10:6-7.
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