Zechariah 4:6-7 says: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” (KJV)
Panic, anxiety, distress
What great mountain do you have in front of you? Is it a mountain of debt? A big presentation? A job interview? Is your body writhing with sickness?
What to do?
What God told Zerubbabel, He’s also telling you today: Not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit.
God gave us — His Sheep — His Spirit forever
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (Jesus in John 14:16; KJV)
Before Jesus’ death and resurrection, people in the Old Testament would get the Holy Spirit on them to accomplish incredible tasks. After David committed adultery with Bathsheba, he begged God, “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:11; NIV)
We have what David was asking for. We have God’s Spirit in us.
Jesus said that He would pray that God the Father would give us the great Comforter to be with us forever. Forever doesn’t mean until your next sin. Forever doesn’t mean only when you have it all together. Forever means forever, because we are forever righteous, holy and blameless before God thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection.
So, whatever challenges you may face, know this: God has given you the most powerful Helper in the entire universe — His Spirit. If you are saved, then the Holy Spirit lives in you. • Sealed with the Holy Spirit • He is with you when the eviction letter comes; He is with you when you hear the bad health report from the doctor; He is with you when you have a big presentation. You don’t have to be powerful; you don’t have to be mighty. Just be aware of the great, powerful Helper within you who loves you and who works all things together for your good — God’s Spirit.
Say (!) this: Holy Spirit, I can’t face this big mountain (tell Him whatever you’re facing right now; He loves to hear from you) on my own. I know that You are with me always. I rest in You. I don’t struggle or strive. I trust You. And that is more than enough. Thank You for being my Comforter, my Helper, my Advocate. You are enough. (or, of course, in your own words)