‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD

Zachariah 4:6 but by my spirit, says the Lord

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.

God’s – Holy Spirit; Training ourselves to hear that gentle whisper. Zachariah 4-6 and 1 Kings 19: 11-12

 

God's Holy Spirit - That quiet voice

 

The above photograph is one I took quite a while ago, the importance of the photograph has nothing to do with whether it has quality or lack of quality, but of the significance of the large tree on its side in the woods. It reminds me of one of the Scriptures that I try to pull close into my heart and remind myself that it’s not my power or my might, but it’s the Holy Spirit in my life that gives me direction and allows me to be an instrument of God. I think it’s hard for all of us in this can-do world that wants it now and tries to take matters in our hands with the “Getter done” attitude rather than praying to our Lord looking for his guidance in all that we do in our lives.

A great example of this Scripture is 1 Kings 1-18. Elisha had been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites had rejected God’s covenant and broken down his altars and put God’s prophets to death with the sword. Jezebel had sent a message to Eliza after he had killed the prophets of Baal saying that she would also take his life. Eliza was afraid and ran for his life. He prayed to God. Please take my life. I’m no better than my ancestors. As he fell asleep, all at once, an angel, touched him and said, get up and eat.  The angel did this twice.  Then Elisha strengthened by that food, traveled 40 days and 40 nights until he reached Horeb, where he went into a cave and spent the night. The word of the Lord came to him asking “what are you doing here, Elijah?” After Elisha had answered the Lord, the Lord instructed him to stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord for the Lord is about to pass by.

Then a great powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, Came an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, came fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it he pulled his cloak over his face, and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave at this point God gave him instructions on what to do.

The symbolism of the Scripture is immense, even though God is Almighty and Powerful. He teaches us thru a gentle whisper. Our goal is, to quiet ourselves down and train ourselves to listen, for that gentle whisper in all that we try to do. I ask you one question, how important is it to you that you hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance? Please remember if so moved by God, tithe to us on a regular basis and please send this post to your friends.

O’B

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