Our culture wants us to believe another lie-that we can accomplish much without God. People will point out our human strengths, like education, skills, and gifts, and assure us that we have all we require to succeed. The implication is that we don’t need God. Satan always wants to turn us away from reliance upon the Lord; our enemy wants us to think that prior success means we can handle the task on our own. The Bible tells us otherwise. To do God’s work God’s way requires that we rely on His Spirit instead of depending on ourselves or others. The lives of God’s children are to be characterized by steady reliance upon the Holy Spirit.
So he answered me, “This is the word
of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by
strength or might, but by My Spirit,’
says the Lord of Hosts.
What are you, great mountain?
Before Zerubbabel you will become
a plain. And he will bring
out the capstone accompanied
by shouts of:
Grace, grace to it!”
Portions of commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, February 12, 2017.