As men, we must beware of trying to pull things off in our own strength or “fix” every problem. We are wired in such a way to want to take matters into our own hands, and make it happen. We want to fix it! For many things in life, that mindset may be okay; but when it comes to spiritual power and power to control our thoughts, emotions, actions, words and attitudes, we desperately need help that only God can provide.
Zechariah was a younger prophet whose words brought hope and encouragement to Israel, God’s people, who had returned from Babylonian captivity. He brought hope as they attempted to rebuild the Temple. His prophecies speak of both the first and second coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. An angel was speaking a vision to Zechariah when he reminded him of this powerful truth.
The Lord informs Zechariah that it is not by “might”—military power or individual strength—that victory comes. It is through the Holy Spirit. Every believer possesses the Holy Spirit. He comes into your life the moment of your salvation. However, there is a difference between possessing the Holy Spirit and being controlled by the Holy Spirit. One is something that is done to you, the other is something done by you.
Ephesians 5:18, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit”
Every believer is commanded to be filled or controlled by, the Holy Spirit. How do you realize God’s power practically in your life? By being filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit.
Daily Do It
1. Confess every known sin. Leave nothing unconfessed.
2. Repent—turn from your sin.
3. Submit to God—surrender to His will.
4. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you, control you, and
5. By faith believe that He has.
6. Live in purity.
What Zechariah (4:6) and Paul (Ephesians 5:18) are saying is the Holy Spirit must be more than just a resident; He must be president—in control.
Quote of the Day
“The Holy Spirit is the gift of the Risen Christ. His anointing filling, empowering work is a baptism of love that gives power to make Jesus real to you and known to others.”