Topic: The Holy Spirit Enables To Liberate The Oppressed
So he answered and 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.
Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Zechariah 4:6 (NLT) — 6 Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Zechariah 4:6 (NIV) — 6 So 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 Almighty.
Zechariah 4:6 (MSG) — 6 Then he said, “This is God’s Message to Zerubbabel: ‘You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,’ says God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
Spiritual success is only possible when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Before facing whichever spiritual battle we must be sure that the Spirit of God goes before us, that he could enable us to defeat every opposition that comes against us. This was the way that the Spirit enabled Judges when the people was going to war. In the Bible, where it tells us, “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.” (Judges 3:10)
We must never forget that God is the one who gives us power, our strength will not come from any human strength, or help of man. In this scripture the words “power” and “strength” express human strength of every description, physical, mental, or moral. If we intend to fight our battles without the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit surely we will fail. Let us remember that it was not by the strengths of Samson that they got great victories, it was the supernatural strengths of the Spirit of God! As it declares to us Judges 14:6, “And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.”
Today we must not get discouraged at the face of the oppression from the enemy, In the Lord we are strong! The true man of God, he who is trusting in the work of the Holy Spirit does not need human armies. When we feel at our weakest, we are really strong in the power of the Holy Spirit! Through the Holy Spirit we can produce strengths from our weaknesses. In 2 Corinthians 12:10 it promises us spiritual strengths in the midst of every attack and oppression of the enemy, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
We cannot substitute the power and strengths of the Holy Spirit with our own human frailties. We cannot depend on our own strengths and human abilities. Our spiritual survival will never depend on how strong we are, how much courage we have or the intelligence we possess, Only through the plentitude of the Holy Spirit over our lives! With all the resources that we have, it will never compare to the resources that the Holy Spirit has to give us complete victory! With the power of the Holy Spirit all opposition will be reduces to nothing.
Judges 3:10 (NKJV) — 10 The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.
Judges 6:34 (NKJV) — 34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; then he blew the trumpet, and the Abiezrites gathered behind him.
Judges 11:29 (NKJV) — 29 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh, and passed through Mizpah of Gilead; and from Mizpah of Gilead he advanced toward the people of Ammon.
Judges 13:25 (NKJV) — 25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Judges 14:6 (NKJV) — 6 And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
Judges 14:19 (NKJV) — 19 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave the changes of clothing to those who had explained the riddle. So his anger was aroused, and he went back up to his father’s house.
Judges 15:14 (NKJV) — 14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.
1 Samuel 11:6 (NKJV) — 6 Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard this news, and his anger was greatly aroused.
Psalm 127:1 (NKJV) —127 Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
Hosea 1:7 (NKJV) —7 Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah, Will save them by the Lord their God, And will not save them by bow, Nor by sword or battle, By horses or horsemen.”
Hebrews 11:34 (NKJV) —34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Haggai 2:5 (NKJV) —5 ‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’
2 Chronicles 14:11 (NKJV) — 11 And Asa cried out to the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”
1 Samuel 14:6 (NKJV) — 6 Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”
Matthew 17:20 (NKJV) — 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief, for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
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