Doing God’s Work God’s Way
So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.
Satan tries to trick us into thinking that life can be divided into two separate parts: the secular, which is separate from the Lord, and the spiritual. That’s a lie. As God’s children, we are spiritual beings, and every area of our life is to be an expression of that divine relationship. Whether employment, family role, ministry, or leisure pursuits, our every involvement connects into God’s purpose for our life and must please Him.
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.
When we are leaning on the Spirit’s strength and wisdom, we will:
Be fully persuaded that without God’s active presence, we’ll fail.
Seek to please God alone and not to compromise.
Look expectantly for the Holy Spirit to be at work.
Spend more time thanking and praising Him.
Exhibit joy, a fruit of the Spirit, instead of worry.
The lives of God’s children are to be characterized by steady reliance upon the Holy Spirit. Is that true of you?