“Its not by might, nor by power; but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6).
One day in heaven , an angel walked up to a man and asked, “How did you get here from there?” Without hesitation, the man answered, “Not by might, nor by power; but, by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Over the past several days we have discovered that as we are led by the Spirit on our Journey toward becoming more and more like Jesus, and ultimately being with Him in glory, we find signs posted along our way insuring us that we are indeed on the right path.
Here’s a quick review.
First, we find the peace with God that guards our hearts from fear, and we experience the peace of God that passes understanding. In this place of abiding peace we undergo the purifying work of the Holy Spirit as He lovingly, but deliberately, removes from our lives all things offensive to God. Then He brings us into partnership with Him by opening the doorway to prayer; where He teaches us to pray, and empowers the prayers that we offer.
It is in prayer that the Holy Spirit fortifies us to pass through pain, and also gives us the perspective that keeps our hearts grateful to God – even in the face of great difficulties. The Holy Spirit empowers us to persevere steadfast unto the purposes of God in our lives, and therein He releases His power through us in expressions of love for God and others.
Now, here is the point to all of this – God’s power is His love made known through us to others.
Its that simple. It’s not about performing mighty miracles, casting out demons, pulling down strongholds, prophesying the future, building mega-churches, filling stadiums to hear the Gospel, or any other of the many things that so often dazzle us.
Its about love.
Now, for the record, when we do walk in love by the Holy Spirit, God may very well use us to do all those things mentioned – and more! But if we ever lose sight of His love and get caught up in the doing of those things, we will cease being genuine and will become pretentious.
We cease operating by the power of God’s Spirit, and are left to perform these things by the strength of our own flesh. How preposterous is that! Yet it happens far more than we know.
The old hymn says it well, “All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One come down.” Or, in the words of Zechariah, “It’s not by might, nor by power; but by My Spirit, says the Lord.”
Paul prayed, “that the eyes of your heart would be enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe” (Ephesians 1:17-19).
The order of this prayer is very instructive. Did you notice that power was at the end of the list?
We first hear and answer His call upon our lives. You and I can go nowhere until we say yes to God. Once we say yes, He opens our lives and uses the gifts and abilities, the talents and resources we have from Him, to bring great honor to Jesus through everything we say and do. And then it is that we experience the “exceeding greatness” of the Holy Spirit’s power working in and through us to that end. That’s His job; to empower our service with LOVE, so that Christ is glorified through our lives. Duh.
Paul said, “Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart,” (1 Timothy 1:5). Peter put it this way, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1 Peter 1:22).
Let me leave you with this. Ask the Holy Spirit to use you to do something today that shows your love for God, and your love for others. Be creative, be loving, and be generous. And when anybody asks you how did you do it, just say, “Not by might, nor by power; but by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Enjoy your journey!