“So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, “ says the LORD Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6).
Throughout scriptures we come across numerous cases of God’s people who were driven to the end of their ropes, only for God to deliver them at that very moment. After living for 40 years in exile Moses had been driven to the end, and might as well have given up on his dream of liberating the Israelis when God of his own came and told him the time was ripe ( Exodus 3). Joseph was down in prison when he was plucked from out of nowhere to a premiership ( Genesis 41). Abraham had given up on having a child when God came through ( Genesis 17).
In these instances one thing we notice that God came of His choosing. Sometimes in the life of a believer one can do everything and nothing is moving. Perhaps one could say all the prayers there is, go into a long fast and so forth, but the break through is not coming. The comfort here is found in the old good scripture, “The horse is made ready for the day of the battle, but victory rests with the Lord” (Prov 21;31).
Do your part; and let God do His. Our time table is not God’s. There also those situations when God’s power can only be revealed after we have made all attempts and He then comes through at His choosing to take the glory. Today, may you be comforted that your prayers in a certain matter are not in vain, just because the answer is slow in coming. As 1 Cor 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labor is not in vain.”
One day the breakthrough will come!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as your word says, “not by might but by spirit”, I do surrender to you that troubling issue that you reveal your power at your choosing, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!