‘Not By Might’

Then the angel who talked with me returned and woke me up, like someone awakened from sleep.  He asked me, What do you see?”

I answered, “I see a solid gold lamp-stand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps.  Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”  

I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”  He answered, “Do you not know what these are?” No, my lord,” I replied.   

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 4:1-6

“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

It seems like in this day and age we are living in, we are barraged with T.V. and Radio advertising that reminds us just how inadequate we are in comparison to the person standing next to you….                                                                                                               You’re  not tall enough, you’re not skinny enough, you’re not smart enough, you’re just not cool enough!    And through it, these advertisers know, what buttons to push!               They know that we want to be skinny enough, smart enough, and so they play on your weakness, fooling you to think that the secret strength is in you;  you just need to buy this product and it will tap that potential in you!.                                                                          What they don’t tell you is that for most of us we either are lacking or don’t have the discipline required to achieve these short term goals.   That’s right, I said short term.        You see, anything worthwhile is going to require a reliable and dependable source.   The writer in this passage humbly proclaims that if God is not that source, any short term success will soon be gone in the wind.                                                                                     “For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.”                        Psalm 103:14

LARGE CANDLESTICK

A solemn reminder from the Word of God to Zechariah .

Zehariah was a prophet of God to the rebellious and haughty chosen nation of Israel. This would be Zechariah’s  fourth of eight visions that God would give him, and really as far as interpretation the easiest to understand.    The main focus this 4th vision to him is seven branched golden candlestick and two olive trees, one on each side of it.      The golden candlestick , can be traced back in Scripture to the tabernacle in the wilderness.

The branched golden candlestick typified the word of God by virtue of its being the only light in the sanctuary representing both Israels of God.   It would symbolize what was yet to come.    The teaching was that the Golden Candlestick would be supplied with oil from the two olive trees that were set across from each other.  The thought is that the Golden Candlesticks were supplied the oil to keep burning without the help of any man to pour in the oil, and trim the lamps.    The Second thought is that the temple should be built by Zerubbabel, not by the strength of men, but through the Spirit of God.

Zechariah’s vision adds a significant detail  about the two olive trees; the olive trees, which  stand for the Old and the New Testaments.  

“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

The first six words of the angel’s explanation contain the whole explanation: THIS IS THE WORD OF JEHOVAH!    When God is in a project, there should always be a checkpoint through determined prayer to make sure that we heard it from God first, and last.  Really, the credibility of anything we do unto the Lord needs to be prayed and searched in the Scriptures.

This serves as a warning of God through the prophet Zerubbabel , that the political and assets he possessed would have nothing to do with his success.  It would God’s power that would be sufficient to accomplish His plan.   It seems strange that we use God’s resources and some times work through a plan, even praying over it, and at the completion of the project see more evidence of our hands in it than God’s.

“Not by might…”

This should serve as a warning to us today that when we do things  in the name of the Lord in our own strength, our own twist on God’s wisdom, we miss the mark, and produce an inferior result compared to what God could have done through us.  Instead of making plans  and outlines, how about taking the ‘thought into captivity’ and harness it in prayer.  Wait and watch how God’s plan will bud and produce fruit without any help from you or I.

Maybe today you’re doing the work of the ministry but something seems to be missing. The fruit is small, the anointing is missing, ask God to reveal to you what it is that needs fixing. He desires that you be filled with His Spirit, with power!  Call Him!

If your getting ministered to from these blogs, drop me a comment, what you liked, what challenges you to walk closer to Him.  Also, this site has a Prayer Request page, won’t you add your prayer requests today?

“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.  And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.”  Revelation 8:3-4

Here is today’s video….enjoy!    

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M63bdGOVtO8

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