BY MY SPIRIT
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 (KJV)
Our opening text conveys a revolutionary truth in the most accurate words, “Not by might, nor by power, but By my Spirit”. To give context to these words, we must first lay a background.
In the fourth book of Zechariah, the prophet of God saw a vision of a gold Menorah (the multi-branched lamp used by the Hebrews) with it’s bowl for oil above it pouring into it and beside it were two olive oil trees with pipes plugged into them pouring into the bowl. The crux of this vision is that the olive oil trees will continually pour into the lamp-stand and the lamp will never lose it light as it will have a constant and continuous supply. A more detailed version of our opening text brings the point home.
Then he said to me, This [addition of the bowl to the candlestick, causing it to yield a ceaseless supply of oil from the olive trees] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol], says the Lord of hosts.
Zechariah 4:6 (AMPC)
Every true work of God is a work of the Spirit. One of the signs of the days we are in is that there will be a clear distinction between that which is born of the Spirit and that which is born of the flesh.
I’d like to put it like this to further stress this thought…
Ishmael was older than Isaac; in fact Isaac was probably still potty training when Ishmael was already running and sporting. However when the fullness of time came, that baby, Isaac, grew to become the son of promise, this tells us that you can’t judge the things of God by human standards of success for that which is born of the Spirit will always outgrow and outlast that which is born of the flesh.
This is so important to God that there is a curse on anyone who trusts in the flesh.
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
A caveat we must note is what the last sentence in this scripture says, “whose heart departed from the Lord”, a danger of trusting in the flesh is not only the curse that eventually meets up with it, but the fact that it draws the heart of men away from the Lord. What greater curse is there than for a man’s heart to depart from the Lord? The answer is none.
The significance of this is that God has never needed the strength or help of man to accomplish His will on the earth. The work of God cannot be accomplished by human will that fails and wanes after a period. The work of the Lord is sustained not by might, not by political power, but by the endless supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Hence, what does not carry the mark of the Spirit will eventually and definitely see an utter end.
We must therefore live in the fullness of the Spirit, having no confidence in the flesh, surrendered to Him wholly, as we experience the never ending supply of the Spirit.
I am born of the Spirit and not of the flesh. I do not trust in the arm of flesh and its ability. I operate by the Spirit. I overcome oppositions, take cities and conquer nations by the Spirit. I live at all times in the overwhelming fullness of the Spirit! In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen!.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4