Bible Reading: Zechariah 4:6-7
We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
As we continue to take personal inventory, we will be reminded that we are human. We are powerless in ourselves, weak and constantly in need of God's mighty power.
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples, "And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven" (Luke 24:49). When Zerubbabel was given the responsibility for rebuilding the Jewish Temple, God sent him this message: "It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven's Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel's way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!' " (Zechariah 4:6-7).
Every day we need to rely on God's Spirit to fill us with the power we need to live our new life. Just as Zerubbabel could not rely on his own might and power, we cannot trust in our own strength. But we can see our admitted weaknesses swallowed up in the power of God. We can succeed and scale whatever mountains we face by the power of God's Spirit. When we learn to live this way, we will be full of thanksgiving for God's mercy. We'll be able to tell everyone that it is the grace of God that keeps us.
Our weaknesses provide endless opportunities for God to prove his power.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.