By the Spirit

by Rose Taylor

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for individuals, to encourage personal reflection and Bible study.

“This is the Lords word to Zerubbabel: Neither by power, nor by strength, but by my spirit, says the Lord of heavenly forces.” —Zechariah 4:6b

Zerubbabel, the governor of the remnant, was given a daunting task by God: Rebuild the temple of God. I imagine Zerubbabel felt helpless knowing there were not enough resources and manpower to accomplish the task. Through the prophet Zechariah, God informed Zerubbabel that it was not power nor might that would accomplish the task. Instead, it would be the power of the Holy Spirit that would accomplish what seemed to be impossible from a human perspective.


This Scripture should encourage us when we are weary and frustrated, trying to accomplish things in our own power and strength and with human wisdom instead of submitting to the power of the Holy Spirit working within us. The Holy Spirit is a third of the Holy Trinity or Godhead. Like Jesus, the Holy Spirit is God, and where God guides, God provides. We can always trust and rest in the power of the Holy Spirit to help us accomplish God’s work.

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