David had a strong confidence in the Lord because of God’s track record of deliverance.He knew what the Lord could do. He had the record of Scripture that testified of God’s ability to confound his enemies and cause them to stammer, stutter and stumble! Commenting on Psalm 27:2 Spurgeon says, “God’s breath blew them off their legs!”
As with David, God can cause your enemies to stumble and to fall. He can bring confusion into your enemy’s camp…you and I can be confident in that!
Last time we were exhorted to remember our past; we briefly connected with our past looked at five characteristics of our church in her early days. In Revelation 2:5 Jesus tells the church at Ephesus to “Remember therefore from where you have fallen.” As we looked to our past we may have discovered some things in our past that we would have rather left forgotten because what was unearthed were things that were done wrong and people that we have offended, which means that our church is in need of repentance. When a church is willing to repent of past sins, it presents an opportunity for God to do something new and exciting in the church. When a church recognizes that they have sinned against God and others and then go through the process of repentance and humbling themselves and prayer, then the blessings God may have been withholding will be released; the windows of heaven that were once shut will be opened and God’s grace will be poured out in an extraordinary measure.
In Revelation 2, Jesus tells the church at Ephesus to “Remember”, “Repent” and “Recover”, that is, “Do the works you did at first.” He exhorts the believers to remember, repent and recover because they had “left their first love” (vs. 2:5). Today we are going to deal with the first exhortation: “Remember”. We are going to connect with our past. Yes, we are going learn from our past…without living in the past.
Not By Might, Nor by Power but by My Spirit says the LORD!
4/17/2016Pastor Chuck Brooks Zechariah 4:1-9
In the Old Testament book of Zechariah, God speaks through His prophet to His people letting them know that the accomplishing of His plans and purposes will not be due to a bunch of strong men working together, nor will it be due to the efforts of one great and strong man…it will only be due to the effort of the Holy Spirit.
There's no human agency at all…no human strength or human power of every description…physical, mental, moral…combined or individual…will never bring about the salvation of the nation Israel, nor will it bring about the salvation of the nations. When it's done, no one will be able to take the credit for it; for this was the work of God.
This is how God wants to use the Christian. It’s not our brains; it’s not our brawn; it’s not our bankroll; it’s not even our behavior, it’s by His Spirit. This is how God wants to use the church as a light to their community and beyond. This is why it says in Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord.”