Bible Ballistics: BBs #334 What’s Your Problem???
“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
Everyone has a problem and some have many problems, but what are we to do with our problems? Well, not to over-simplify, we must take them to the Lord Jesus Christ—not just a problem-solver but the Only solution to living a victorious life in spite of our problems, large or small! God told Zerubbabel (The governor of those who had returned to Jerusalem after Babylonian captivity), that despite the evident and obvious obstacles that where before him, he would be victorious! Yet God told him that his victory would come, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”
God would supply that which was necessary for Zerubbabel to achieve God’s victory in political, material and social areas, and this principle is still absolutely valid today. For those who will come to Jesus, those who belong to Him and have His Spirit dwelling within, it is “by my spirit”, the Holy Spirit, that victory can be attained no matter what crisis we find ourselves in today.
But we also need to take account of ourselves as we face the issues of life, the crises that confront us, or the battles that rage around us. We must examine ourselves to be sure that we belong to Jesus; we must also ask God to reveal any un-confessed sin that is in our hearts; and also to surrender the outcome to Him, and truly experience, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” God will reveal His purposes, in His time and as we are willing and able to receive them.
“Search me, O God,
and know my heart:
and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way
and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
When we allow God to search us, to reveal sin and lead us to repentance and restoration, then we can more clearly assess our situation in light of His purposes, and we will be able to rejoice as David did when he repented and experienced the restoration to fellowship with His God.
“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
will I teach transgressors
shall be converted
unto thee.” Psalm 51:13
God is working through the presence, power and perfecting work of His Holy Spirit in all that comes to us. He is working all that we might “be conformed to the image of his Son”; (See Romans 8:28-29) and while trials and difficulties aren’t usually pleasant, we know by the promise of our Lord God Almighty, that they are ALWAYS purposeful, even when the purpose is to show us our sin, and correct us when we have erred and/or sinned. And while we may not know or understand the purpose in the midst of the trial, God will reveal things to us later down the road and help us see and understand what He is working; yet even when He doesn’t tell us right away, or maybe not until eternity, He can be trusted for He has promised that:
“…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5b-6
God imparts His Holy Spirit to those who come to Jesus in repentance and faith in the shed blood of the Lamb of God, who alone takes away sin. One of the things that He, The Holy Spirit, does is to help us understand God’s Word—our road map, our lighthouse, our strong tower and our compass in this world which “is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through…..”(From “This World Is Not My Home”, By Alfred E. Brumley); for we are “strangers and pilgrims” in this old sinful world. (See Hebrews 11:13 and 1 Peter 2:11)! But sometimes we simply get way to comfortable in this world, and that can cause us to stumble into sin and/or complacency. How comfortable are you?
We must see the world through God’s eyes, and faithfully speak the “truth in love”, so that others may hear His voice and come to salvation and maturity in Jesus. The Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us, and remind us just as Zechariah told Zerubbabel that it is “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts”! So let’s check ourselves by God’s Word, seek forgiveness of sin where it’s needed, and then “gird up our loins” for battle and follow Jesus, determining to follow Him, no matter the cost. After all, He Wins—and we who are His Win too!!!
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:” John 16:7-8
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26
I know this is a bit lengthy, but I want you to have these scriptures to think on and listen to the Spirit speaking to our hearts the things of God. Let’s stop seeking the world’s solutions and seek God’s. Stop all the compromise and idolatry that we have bought into and return to the Only One who can truly save, deliver and “cleanse us from ALL sin”. I pray that God will speak to us and that we will:
“Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands,
and purify your hearts,
ye double minded.” James 4:8
What’s your pet sin? Ready to forsake all and follow Jesus? Remember, Jesus said that not everyone who ‘says’ “Lord, Lord” is really His (See Matthew 7:13-28). Won’t you ask God to reveal what HE sees in you? Time is short and we need to be ready. Here’s what Paul said—it’s God’s Word—don’t shoot the messenger! If you’re clean by virtue of the cross, then live like it, and many of those self-inflicted problems will dissipate, and the Jesus will help you with it all!
“Know ye not
that the unrighteous
shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived:
nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves,
shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you:
but ye are washed,
but ye are sanctified,
but ye are justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus,
and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
So my friend, do you want to continue striving in the “power” and “might” of the world? Or will you depend upon God and His Holy Spirit to do the work IN YOU? God is teaching still, His ‘rest’ is available to all who will follow Jesus and walk “in the Spirit” and not in the flesh. He will teach you “ALL” if you’ll but receive it and obey it!
“But as it is written,
Eye hath not seen,
nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them
by his Spirit:
for the Spirit searcheth all things,
yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man,
save the spirit of man which is in him?
even so the things of God knoweth no man,
but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received,
not the spirit of the world,
but the spirit which is of God;
that we might know the things
that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak,
not in the words
which man’s wisdom teacheth,
but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;
comparing spiritual things
14 But the natural man
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual
judgeth all things,
yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord,
that he may instruct him?
but we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-16
Just as Job went through difficult trials trusting HIS God, so must we determine that with Job we will cry out:
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:” Job 19:25
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Job 13:15
So, what’s your problem? Will you choose to trust in chariots and horses, worldly might and power, or the Spirit of God? It’s your choice, but choose wisely! There’s a test!
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7