My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today is from the book of Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might nor by power, but by the spirit says, the Lord.”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, From the above context we come to know that the word of the Lord came to Prophet Zechariah. He admonishes the people to return to God. “Return to Me says, the Lord of hosts. And I will return to you.” The words of Zechariah encouraged Zerubbabel saying “ Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit says, the Lord. ” The prophet’s spirit was willing to attend, but the flesh was weak. We should ask of God that Whenever God speaks to us he would awaken us and we should then stir up ourselves. The angel who talked with him awakened him as a man who is awakened out of his sleep. The angel showed to him a golden lampstand and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lampstands. The church represents the golden lampstand set up for enlightening this dark world. Two olive trees were seen one on each side of the candle stand from which oil flowed into the bowl without ceasing.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Zerubbabel was the governor of Judah, and he laid the foundation for the temple. He was given sanction to rebuild the temple. God brings to pass his gracious purpose concerning his church. Without any art or labour, God uses his power to enlighten the people and making holy the ministers and members of the church. The difficulty in constructing the temple is represented as a great mountain. But all difficulties shall vanish. Faith will remove mountains and make them plains. The Bible says, Every valley shall be exalted, And every mountain and hill shall be made straight. And rough places smooth. This is the work of the Lord. Nothing is too hard for Him. We must accept that which comes from the grace of God by faith for he will not forsake the work of his own hands. The Lord says, that one cannot achieve anything by human might nor through fleshly strength but by the power of the holy spirit and through divine will.
My dear Brothers and Sisters, are you trying to find a solution to your problem through your own fleshly strength or by human might. Are you struggling to find an answer to your problem through your intelligence? Are you planning to move mountains? Then you might face obstacles in your way. You might even face a great loss. Or you might experience pain and agony because of the effort you undertake, to accomplish your desires. Consider the word of God which says, “Without Me, you can do nothing.” Without the help of God, we can do nothing. Paul in his epistle says, “ I planted the seed, Apollos watered it but God gave the growth. ” So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. In a similar manner, one cannot achieve his ambitions by human effort, but only by the Holy Spirit of God. May the Spirit of God abide with you. God bless you.
Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord, we understand through this passage that we need the Holy Spirit to operate in our lives. And we cannot achieve anything without the work of the Holy Spirit. Teach us not to depend upon our own strength or by might. But to depend on the Holy Spirit. Help us to realize that we cannot achieve anything without the help of God. May we be led by the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, we pray.