Day 11 Devo - Sent in the Spirit's Power

And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me with His Spirit (Isaiah 48:16b)     I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord... (Micah 3:8a)

Here we see a spiritual principle that was true in the Old Testament, and is still true today. God always sends the workers He has chosen to use with His Spirit empowering them and leading them. God never sends anyone out to serve His by their own power of wisdom.  Sometimes we try to serve God according to our own ideas of what to do. Although many times we think we know exactly what God wants of us, we are often wrong. It is the Spirit of God in us who leads us and guides us into the work God is calling us to do. Without the Spirit's leading, we miss many opportunities to be used by the Lord for His glory. We can also waste our time and efforts trying to accomplish something God is not leading us to do.

Another necessity for God's service is the special empowering of the Holy Spirit. Without the power and endurance the Spirit gives we can never finish the work God has given us to do. There are many forces that seek to stop God's work, and many disheartening and discouraging things will tempt us to give up. But those who have the Spirit's anointing for the work will endure to the end and ultimately be triumphant. When they are weary, they will find strength and encouragement from above, and the Hold Spirit Himself will work wonderfully in their behalf.

Point to Ponder:

Remember Zerubbabel. In the enemies' opposition and his deep despair, God's awesome power was shown. God's message to Zerubbabel is also His message to us today:

"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit," says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6b)