Written by His Grace,

Kevin K. OíConnor 

June 22, 2004

 

Main thought: to explore the Power and Grace of God for all who will press near to Him

 

Not by Might Nor by Power

 

Zechariah 4:6 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. (Whole Chapter: Zechariah 4 In context: Zechariah 4:5-7)

 

What guides our will, our heart or our head? Knowledge is revelation to our understanding. But, are we trusting in those revelations or the One Who provides the revelation? Revelations are kind of like the gift of Life. We didnít earn it but it was given to us. Even the hunger to grow our understanding of the world around us does not originate from us but from the One Who is our Life. And yet, how quick we are to pat ourselves on the back for having grown into some knowledge we didnít have in the past.

 

Oh how prideful and arrogant we are and how very needy we are to have His enlightenment into ourselves so that we can see the world around us more clearly. Growing in knowledge is as big a thrill as growing in our physical abilities or strengths. But the problem comes when our focus begins to be upon those revelations and not the revelator. Oh how easy it is for us to trust in those revelations God gave us yesterday to walk near to His heart today. And yet many times, God would have us lay those revelations back at His feet so that He can lead us deeper and higher with Him.

 

His Word that emphasizes the importance of not trusting in where weíve been but Who He is and where He wants to lead us is here in Romans 8:14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Whole Chapter: Romans 8 In context: Romans 8:13-15)  Not those who are led by their understanding as to where they walked yesterday. Those who want to build a tent at those places of neat revelations only limit their continued growth with Christ. And yet, it seems like thatís usually our first response like Peter at the transfiguration of Christ where he says; Matthew 17 4Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."

 

Sure, growing in knowledge is important just as learning how to stretch our muscles so that we can function better physically in this physical world. But, what we need to be careful of is that with each revelation and with each physical blessing to realize that He is the author of each and every one. Our Lord, knowing how easy it is for us to take credit for the revelations given to us, had to remind Peter here in Matthew 16:17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. (Whole Chapter: Matthew 16 In context: Matthew 16:16-18)

 

The life that sees beyond the blessings to the One Who gives the blessings is the most content soul that exists. Knowledge can be viewed like a tent that provides a room where many good things can reside. Having a bigger tent provides the potential to being richer with the blessings held therein. But, how we view the One who provides the tent material will determine the value of each item. The more we see Him the One from Whom all blessings flow and to Whom they will all return, the more worth each item held will have. Those who are given many physical or mental blessings and who cannot see beyond these temporary gifts will be poor in deed at the Day of Judgment.  So, itís not the tent that is the value but those items held therein, it just provides a greater opportunity for more possessions to be had. There are those who spend a lifetime expanding their tents of knowledge but the items held therein are practically worthless due to their lack of sight to see beyond the physical realm. Then there are those who have very small tents and yet their contents are priceless!

 

Oh the tendency we have to lean upon the revelations of yesterday instead of the One who gave those revelations. Sometimes I wish I had no mental capacity just because of my tendency to trust in it and not Him. God is looking for people who can learn how to be faithful with little things so that He can give them more; Luke 19 17" 'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.' Our eyes are usually on quantity and Godís are on Quality. No wonder God says in Matthew 17:20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."[ 17:20 Some manuscripts you. 21 But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.] (Whole Chapter: Matthew 17 In context: Matthew 17:19-21) Itís not the size of the seed or the housing that is important, but the quality of the contents therein. One thing I have found to be true as our focus are on the quality of the things inside of our hearts and not the quantity, and that is that God has a way of growing those tents of capacity so that they will hold more. So, as He becomes the song of our hearts and the joy in our steps, He will increase our understanding even more than those in this life who are assigned to lead us into deeper levels of understanding of Him. As our hearts grasp the truth of this scripture in Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Whole Chapter: Psalm 37 In context: Psalm 37:3-5), we will ever grow into deeper and deeper levels of riches with Christ.

 

Each scripture of Truth is like a two edged sword that can both be used to heal or kill depending how it is used. If we read Psalms 37:4 with the same heart of Christ who lived for the Glory of the Father and not His own Glory, than we will experience fullness beyond our wildest dreams. But, if we read it from the perspective of delighting in Him so that we can have our selfish desires then it is totally useless to us. His Word is His not ours to try and manipulate God for our own selfish gain; Ephesians 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Whole Chapter: Ephesians 6 In context: Ephesians 6:16-18). Note: itís not our sword but the sword of the Spirit.  In our hands, His Word would just kill and not produce Life but in His it not only puts to death our old nature but springs into a Living Well within us. Is it any wonder that God receives the more glory when we are emptied of ourselves so that He may be glorified? 2 Corinthians 12:10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (Whole Chapter: 2 Corinthians 12 In context: 2 Corinthians 12:9-11)

 

No wonder our Lord told us to pray. Prayer is an emptying of ourselves before Him so that He may fill us. Not something that is mainly done before others, but mainly before Him. There are those who work to fine tune their public prayers and yet their private prayers are dead and lifeless. God is looking for the hungry hearts around this globe for in and through those He will proclaim Himself as Mighty and Powerful, full of Wisdom and Life. Prayer, fervent prayer tills up the soil of our hearts so that the Holy Spirit may develop the nature of Christ within our lives. Though we have grown with Christ through many trials and tribulations and have experienced many victories with Him, our Love can still remain passionate and alive if we will but discipline ourselves to pray whole-heartedly.

 

Heavenly Father, thank You for the Beauty of Your Son! Who emptied Himself so completely that You may be Glorified and in return, You have Glorified Him. Teach us how to have the same heart as your Son and spend time with You that You may also be Glorified through our lives. In Jesus Glorious Name! Amen.

 

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