Sometimes we do not always want to do the right thing. We don’t desire to do the right thing. We desire something else. Or we might desire to do something, but we don’t have the power to do it.
The Bible promises that God is working in us. Because God is working in us, He is giving us “the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” We aren’t alone in this. Maybe today you are not feeling a great desire to do something. Pray for God to continue moving in you to give you the desire. Maybe you feel powerless. Be reminded that the Spirit of God is within you. Pray for less of you and more of Him, so that you can do what pleases God. May you have the desire and power to do what pleases Him.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” – Philippians 2:13 [NLT]
In Zechariah 4, three different things are mentioned: might, power, and the Spirit. The Lord says, “Not by might, nor by power.” Instead things will be accomplished by the Spirit. This verse is not talking about the might and power of God, but rather, the verse references might and power of people.
In this verse, the Lord is telling the people that things are not going to happen by physical force. Things are also not going to happen by the power of the people. Instead, the Spirit will move. This is how things will be brought to completion. The Spirit of God, as He moves, moves with both might and power. This is very different than anything from man.
Remember friends, that we do not accomplish anything by our own might and power. The Spirit of God reminds, strengthens, teaches, and encourages. In our weakness, He is our strength. As we humbly recognize our need for God, as we allow Him to freely move within us, great things happen. Jesus promised that we would do greater things (John 14:12). How? Jesus Christ ascended so that the Spirit of God could be poured out upon us. But it doesn’t end there. We cannot simply receive the Spirit; we need to continue to accept the Spirit—to allow Him to move and direct. Live by His Spirit.
“Then 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 of hosts.” – Zechariah 4:6 [ESV]
Life can be tough. There are times when we can feel a bit overwhelmed and discouraged. Fear and doubt can creep in and we may sink lower into despair. I’ve been there and I will surely be there again.
We all have moments like these; however, we do not have to sink downward. We need to remind ourselves of the great power that we have through Christ. Remember that you have “the same mighty power,” – God’s power within you.
Don’t limit yourself by trying to do life alone. God gave you His Spirit to dwell within so that you can get through each day and accomplish what He has called you to do in life. He didn’t give you His Spirit to simply reside within you, but to be this “incredible greatness” that will help you to rise above and press onward to finish the race.
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power.” – Ephesians 1:19 [NLT]