DAILY DEVOTIONFebruary 13th, 2019
NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER
By Pastor Wilberforce Bezudde
“And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, ”Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, ”We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, ”Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, ”Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, ”John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.” (Acts 19:1-6)
Here are believers who had never heard about the Holy Spirit, maybe It is different today, we might have believers who have heard about the Holy Spirit but do not have a relationship with Him. They are equally the same. Can you imagine how many believers struggle in their Christian walk, yet power has been made available for them? There is no victory without the power of the Holy Spirit.
Zachariah 4:1-7, Zerubbabel had gone weak in the great work of reconstruction of the temple and had practically lost heart. He was encouraged to renew his efforts and persevere to the top-stone. He might have gone weak but none of his deficiencies and mistakes could hinder him from finishing his life work, if only his spirit was kindled with the divine fire and fed by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
It is not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of Hosts. You have a God given assignment on earth, but you must depend on the grace of the Holy Spirit to finish it. It is not by self-effort. Jesus is Lord!
Dear Holy Spirit fill my spirit with the anointing of power. Clothe me with Your power to do and finish my life work. Bring me close to You and empower me. Take away my fears and insecurities by the power of love. Help me to bring glory to my Heavenly Father. Help me to know my purpose and walk in it. Guide me and help my eyes to see heavenly things. Amen!
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