“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6 ESV)
By human thinking, we would like everything to be big and powerful. We often forget that God doesn ́t do things or act like a man does. Nowadays we have all kinds of life management coaches teaching us: “Become strong and powerful and in that way achieve your goal in life!” Is this also true in spiritual life? No, it’s not because carnal and spiritual strength are two different things.
If you are not weak in your own flesh, you can ́t be powerful in the Spirit. And if you are powerful in the Spirit, you are weak in yourself, in your “old nature”, in your flesh. The liberating message of Christianity is that we can be weak because there is a powerful God on our side. And through Jesus Christ we have been liberated to live and walk in the Spirit.
Prophet Samuel got a task from God to anoint a new king to replace Saul. Among many brothers Samuel saw Eliab who was a big man and thought: “Surely this is the man who the LORD has chosen.” However, the Lord saw differently and said to Samuel:
“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
God had chosen the youngest of the brothers, David. David was shepherding the sheep when the Lord called him. The Lord didn ́t call a big fighter, strong Eliab, but God called young David that He wanted to anoint and fill with the Spirit for this task. David’s victories in the wars didn’t come by an army and by strength but by God’s Spirit.
David won the giant Goliath. Goliath was not struck down and won by an army or by power, but by God’s spirit.
You can also defeat your own life’s giants and enemies by God’s Spirit. The reality of the spiritual warfare is that we can’t fight successfully with carnal weapons. We can’t be hard ourselves when we go against hard. We cannot win evil with evil. We cannot overcome religiousness with a new religious turn or act. Stop if you are fighting with carnal weapons against your enemy. It’s not going to work out.
We have to be FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT in the fight against hardness! FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT against evil! FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT against the religious world – only this road takes us to mighty and noble victories.
In the power of the Holy Spirit we can fling those stones that bring down the Goliath of the enemy.
Bigness is admirable in this world, smallness is admirable in God’s world.
You can’t be too small for God to use you, but you can be too big for it. It’s amazing to see how God often uses ordinary people who have been redeemed from sin and people who feel they are worthless.
When we come through the blood of Jesus for service we cannot be too “bad” to be used by God – but we can be too “good” and in our pride miss the guidance of God.
Don’t seek for big things that you could go forward in your life with, but instead, seek the Lord and the Power of His Spirit. This way you can surely move forward in your life and walk in victory. Spiritual victories over the enemy come only when we walk in the Spirit.
Be an empty, purified vessel in front of God. Don’t look for earthly strength, but just tell Him how weak you are. And above all, ask for one thing from Him: “Dear heavenly Father, fill me with your Spirit, fill me with your power, let me be FULL OF YOUR HOLY SPIRIT!” With God’s spirit you shall walk in true victories!
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