Title: Not by Might nor by Power but by My Spirit
Theme: To show the importance of letting God’s spirit take control.
Text: Zechariah 4:6
Zechariah 4:6 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.
Zerubbabel, governor of Jerusalem, was faced with what seemed to be an impossible task. God had spoken to his heart and told him to rebuild the temple. It is one thing to build one time but to rebuild is almost nearly impossible.
One of the hardest spiritual experience you will have in your life will not be a new experience but it will be “revival” experiences. Refreshing and rebuilding and rekindling the fires.
2 Timothy 1:6 ¶ Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Zerubbabel realized this and opposition came. You may remember that we talked about Nehemiah a few weeks ago. In that we learned that Nehemiah came with the same vision, rebuild the city of Jerusalem by it walls. In that story we learned of great opposition.
Zerubbabel was faced with the same areas. 1. The people surrounding this city were trying to do what it took to discourage the people. Frightening them, stealing their supplies, making them distracted with their own belongings then what belongs to God.
The devil will try to frighten us, devour us and distract us.
This happens to us today. The devil knows that if he can discourage us then we are useless for God’s kingdom. Discouragement shackles our vision to do something for the Lord. It hinders us. And notice that the devil uses the same tactics. Fear, he will frighten us with lack of faith, and unbelief. He knows that fear will control us and shackle us.
But praise God 2Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Fear is not from God nor of God only a fear (or reverence of God). Fear has no place in your circumstances. If you are making your decisions based on fear then you never accomplish much for the Lord.
Not only will he try to frighten us but he will also steal our joy if we don’t watch it.
Finally we notice that he will try to distract us. Give us the idea that we need to worry about what is around us more that his work.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 AV)
Yet Zerubbabel was caught in the trap of discouragement. Things were not going as he had expected. Things were not moving as fast. As a matter of fact they had come to a stand still. People had left the work of the temple and began to work on their own houses. They had even gotten comfortable with the fact the temple of the Lord was not being built.
There were some that were saying, “Put it off to the next generation”. But let me tell you there won’t be much of the next generation if this generation sits on their faith for God. We learn by example.