Have you ever felt underqualified to live as the Bible teaches? Have you ever felt inadequate as you watch others pray or speak about the Bible? Have you ever felt intimidated by sharing your faith?
If so, you’re in good company, and I have good news for you. God doesn’t expect you to live by faith within your might and power.
A life of faith is based on an overwhelming conviction that God’s word does not return void. This makes knowing, understanding, and acting on God’s word priority number one!
As followers of Jesus, we have a distinct way of living. The Christian life is not self-powered, nor will-powered, but Spirit-powered. The power of God is provided for fulfilling the will of God.
This is why Jesus refused to acquiesce when tempted by Satan in the desert as Satan enticed Jesus to use His power outside the will of God.
In a series of visions, God gives to the prophet in the book of Zechariah, we uncover a necessary ingredient in living by faith.
In chapter 1, the prophet reminds the people that they were in exile because they abandoned their relationship with God. As they return home, they repent and re-establish their relationship with God with a zeal to rebuild the temple. The task will require more than desire and human resources.
Then in chapter four, God makes three critical statements that are equally significant to us as we seek to do the will of God.
“Not by might.”
Might is defined as human faculty or competency. Our human capacity will fall short in accomplishing the will of God and living by faith.
When it comes to building the temple, enthusiasm will fade, and determination will decrease. The work ahead of them will face significant challenges, and they will need to draw on the sufficiency of God.
“Not by power.”
This speaks to their physical strength. It’s a warning not to depend on human strength but on God to give them the strength they need to do the job. The pairing of these two phrases deemphasizes human might and power as the source of effectiveness.
29 He (God) gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:29
“But by my Spirit says the LORD of host.”
We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a life of faith and to fulfill the will of God. The phrase “LORD of host” substantiates His might and power by illustrating the support of a heavenly army. His might and power are unmatched.
In verse seven, we read, “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain.”
“O great mountain” is a metaphor describing a significant obstacle that surpasses our human ability to overcome.
Moving a mountain is impossible for man, but when the Spirit of God is your might and power, mountains are leveled.
The central theme of chapter four is the need for the anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives to do the will of God. Whenever the Bible speaks of anointing with oil, oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.
It’s the anointing of the Holy Spirit that enables us to do the will of God. We are incapable of doing His will apart from Him. But the good news is your cup is full.
1 Corinthians 6:19 reveals that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. When you invite Jesus into your life and accept His gift of the forgiveness of sin, He places the Holy Spirit as a deposit in you and is with as long as you live.
He is your endless supply of anointing so you can always fulfill and abide in the will of God! Everything that God asks of you to do, you can do because of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Be bold and courageous!