By God’s Spirit

By God’s Spirit

Core scripture:

Zechariah 4:6 (NLT) – “Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies .”

Everything in the world tells us that our talent, hard work, finances, strength and other people, will make us successful, intelligent, victorious, happy, and enduring. God’s word says differently. Please don’t misunderstand. Our efforts speak to God as well. Doing nothing is not what we were designed for. We were created to be living and using what God has given us.

However, we need to understand and trust that our efforts and daily living is in God’s hands. He makes more with what we put in. Our hard work is so miniscule compared to what God and His Holy Spirit are able to do for us. That is what the passage Zachariah 4:6 is referring to.

We need to get to the place where we surrender our daily labour into God’s faithful hands, to:

  • Enhance what we cannot enhance;
  • To bring to fruition that which we are not able to bring to fruition;
  • To protect that which we are not able to protect;
  • To expose and be enlightened about things that we have no capacity to have learned or understood over our short lifetime;
  • To provide more than we could have ever provided for ourselves;
  • To reach out and make a difference in places where we had no way of reaching to make a difference.

All this is possible not in our own strength or power, but by God’s Spirit – the Holy Spirit. However, we need to ask from the Holy Spirit. Believers still try things all by themselves instead of asking the Holy Spirit to help them. Once you allow the Holy Spirit to partake in your life, your whole life and outlook changes. You grow and learn. The more you realize your shortcomings, the more you realize the Holy Spirit’s capability. And as you partner with the Holy Spirit, you become more capable because of the Holy Spirit inside of you.

Here are some amazing qualities and truths about the Holy Spirit:

  • The wisdom and revelation of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit is able to direct one’s words and conversation.
  • The Spirit can reveal truths from God the Father and Jesus Christ.
  • The Holy Spirit can also witness for us.

The wisdom and revelation of the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 2:12-13 (NLT) – “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

Only the Holy Spirit can reveal the truth of God to us. Without the Spirit, a person cannot understand the things of God. We could never have discovered the mysteries of God or the benefits of Christ’s death by ourselves. The Holy Spirit provides the presence of God in which we are able to connect and communicate better with Jesus and the Father.

The Holy Spirit is able to direct one’s words and conversation

2 Peter 1:21 (NLT) – “Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.”

Another Collaborating scripture is Mark 13:11.

When the Spirit fills us, He also chooses what gifts to deposited into us. The Holy Spirit empowers us with whatever we need to do the task at hand, no matter what that task may be. The Bible is filled with stories of characters who were called by God for a purpose. We read how they get empowered by God to then fulfill these purposes. The same counts for us in this day and age. The Holy Spirit helps us in fulfilling our purpose – the very same purpose set out by God for us.

The beauty of the Holy Spirit is that the Spirit shares with us and communicates with us what God the Father or Jesus Christ reveals to Him. In the eyes of the Holy Spirit we are not too small or insignificant to be a part of the Lord’s communication and revelation. We don’t have to feel like we need to “exit the room”, so to speak, when God wants to share a major part of His plan with the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Holy Spirit wants to make sure we are included in God’s beautiful plan for His Kingdom.

The Spirit can reveal truths from God the Father and Jesus Christ

John 16:13 (NLT) Note that Jesus is speaking here “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.”

If we only spend time with the Lord and listen to what He is sharing, will we be able to learn more about God and about the “hidden” truths of Almighty God – just as Enoch and Moses did thousands of years ago. With the help of the Holy Spirit this is now even easier. Usually it is us who have to make the effort and time to have a real relationship with God. He already wants a relationship with us and is waiting on us to open our hearts and our minds. He is waiting for our attention and focus to come back to Him – the things of God.

The Holy Spirit can also witness for us

Romans 8:16 (NLT) – “For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.”

The Holy Spirit stands up and witnesses to the world that we belong to God now and qualify as children of God. He affirms us and gives us stability in our value as individuals. We are no longer orphans who felt rejected, forgotten, abandoned, and as though we didn’t belong. Instead, we now feel:

  • Accepted.
  • Found by God and placed into His family.
  • We on God’s mind every day.
  • Noticed by the Creator of the universe, and no longer overlooked.

Romans 8:16 is true because of Psalm 139 and Psalm 149:

  • Psalm 139:17-18a: We are thought of and remembered.
  • Psalm 139:18b: No longer abandoned and alone.
  • Psalm 139:5: Accepted and noticed and blessed.
  • Psalm 149:4-5: Part of God’s family and He loves us.

Where does this power come from and where does it reside?

The power of the Father and Jesus

John 5:26 (NLT) – “The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to the Son.”

When reading this passage, I hear a loving Father who loved bestowing gifts on His Son. And the greatest gift God gave His one and only Son, Jesus, was the gift of everlasting life. God wanted His Son to have the same life-giving power He has.

This same power is found inside of us

Romans 8:11 (NLT) – “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”

Further, when we believe in Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who was given everlasting life by His own Father, God, we receive this very same life-giving power. Just as God loves His Son and gave Him this gift, Jesus loves us and gives us this very same gift in the form of the Holy Spirit. This is why we know that we are so loved! Loved by the Trinity – God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

They love us to be empowered with life, not death. They want us to spend eternity with them, hence the life-giving power! They want us to experience a full life here on Earth, and thus gave us this life-giving power. Then we will not be able to contain ourselves – we would want to give them glory all the time!

Holy Spirit power brings strength and boldness

Micah 3:8 (NLT) – “But for me, I am filled with power – with the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and strength.”

The passage in Micah is a testimony of the truth, that you and I have been given this same living power from Jesus Christ. This power functions by the presence of the Holy Spirit that resides inside of us, having made His home inside of us.

May you get to know the Holy Spirit more and more, cultivating your personal relationship with Him. He loves you dearly, but is sensitive to your surrender and willingness to partake in His fellowship and love for you. He will never force the relationship. The more you want of Him, the more He will share with you and give you.

As Children of God We Need to Remember the Following:

Since the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, the following statements are true:

  • Supernatural wisdom, discernment and revelation can be accessed.
  • Your words are directed in any circumstance you find yourself in.
  • You are given the truth which also offers you better preparation and awareness of the bigger picture.
  • By the Spirit’s power you are able to do the impossible.
  • The power of the Holy Spirit is limitless, and it is readily available.
  • You receive boldness and strength.
  • You have a vindicator – someone who fights for you.
  • You belong to God’s family.
  • You are seen as a child of God, filled with God-given power and authority.
  • God constantly thinks of you; you are aware of the fact that you are being remembered.
  • You are no longer over looked.

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