September 29, 2017 – Only By The Spirit Of God – Pr. Noleen Mendes

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. “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” Then the word of the Lord came to me: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. “Who dares despise the day of small things…”- Zechariah 4:6-10

All great things had a beginning and for the most part, small beginnings at that. Here, at the beginning of building this temple for the Lord, God is encouraging Zerubbabel that this great temple will not be built by human might or power but only by the might and power of the Spirit of God. Zerubbabel was up against a mountain of enemies, probably discouraged in the process, and God brings this word to encourage him that He WILL complete the work that God has already begun in him.

I became a Christ-follower back in 1986 and I was blessed to have two really great mentors. When I would regularly meet with one of them, she would constantly encourage me using the Scriptures. I remember saying to her “Wow! I wish I knew Scripture like you do!” She encouraged me to just read my Bible and that the more I read, the more I would come to know God’s Word. She was absolutely right! Although I can’t quote the entire Bible, the Lord will bring back to me what I need, when I need it.

When I look back on my journey as a Christ-follower, I can see how slow and steady wins the race. Like the Apostle Paul, I have not attained all there is to attain and I’m surely not perfected (Philippians 3:12) but I remember when my life was filled with tiny seeds that fell on good soil. I was always hungry for God, trying to find ways to know Him more. The more I poured myself into reading the Word, attending mid week Bible study (mini-church), doing ministry work, fellowshipping with other believers, etc., the more solid of a foundation I was building for my own temple. As I was pouring out, God was pouring in and I was being built up by His Spirit.

Philippians 1: 6 says that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” I’m grateful for the small things, the small beginnings that brought me to the place where I’m at right now. I’m in a position to help others, to mentor women, and to be a light for Christ as the Spirit of God continues to empower me in all I do.

Father God, how truly blessed I am to have had a solid foundation of the faith laid down for me at the beginning of this journey. Only by Your Spirit have I been empowered, encouraged, and grown over the last 30+ years from little things into even greater things. Thank you that I continue to wake up every morning still hungering for You and all that You have in store for me! I pray Holy Spirit that You will never stop pouring into me all that I need to forge ahead. In Jesus Name…Amen!