“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).
The days in which we live are very similar to those of the prophet Zechariah. As Israel was held captive by Babylon, so the church, to a great extent, is captivated by the world. Just as then, the Lord God wants to restore His people through the power of His Holy Spirit. Is the Lord not preparing a people for the New Kingdom to be established at the second coming of Christ?
A tremendous need
Christianity has sunk to an all-time low in our generation. Our churches have become formal and lifeless. While Islam advances through the world by the power of the sword, Bible-believing Christians are content to sleep on their comfortable pews, forgetting that they have the powerful sword of the Spirit at their disposal. Who can question e the desperate need of a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit?
Collectively and individually we must look Heavenward for God’s hand to move amongst us once again. The forces of Antichrist are already gathering for the last great battle. As each day passes society and the church become increasingly carnal and godless. Our nation’s politicians and religious leaders have no answer for the mindless violence and wickedness on our streets. But, as Christians, we do, but we do not have the power to stand up or speak up.
We claim that we have received the Holy Spirit, though the evidence for this is extremely scant, yet we are so ineffective. In light of the fact that countless millions are doomed to eternal damnation, it is criminal for us to be so powerless. How can a just God hold us guiltless when we shirk our God-given responsibilities? “if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand” (Ezekiel 33:6).
Religious nuts or spiritual fruit?
Our churches have become fixated with doing religious works, but there is very little fruit for our labours. Millions are spent on campaigns, gimmicks and novelties to make the unsaved churchgoers, and if they do come in, that is the highest level of spirituality they will ever reach. Our churches have become the storehouses for religious nuts.
There is plenty of Christian effort and zeal, but where is the effectiveness? What we need is not another push to sell Christianity to the masses, we need what we lack, the power and might of the Holy Spirit.
The remedy for all of our ills within the Body of Christ is a powerful outpouring of God’s power. Let there be a revival in our hearts and we will drive out bitterness and discontent from amongst us. Let there be a revival in our hearts and we will walk in holiness and righteousness in a godless world. Let there be a revival in our hearts and we will boldly proclaim the only Gospel that can save a person from Hell. Let there be a revival in our hearts and the church will once again shake the very foundations of Hell itself and millions will be delivered from the powers of darkness. “And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes” (Ezekiel 36:23).
We are meant to be the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14), but have we lost our “savour” and has our light become darkened? Since we have allowed this to happen, it is we who must cry out to God to be re-salted and empowered.
Pentecost is repeatable
Undeniably we need less religious machinery and more power. To receive the power of Pentecost we will have to meet the conditions. If we do, God will demonstrate the results of such power, the sae results seen amongst every generation of believers who have bowed the knee and decided to walk in holiness. We must open up the windows of our hearts and let the Holy Spirit fill and dominate us. What are the conditions?
* Prayer. The first century church prayed. When a nation has been visited with a mighty revival it resulted from Christians praying fervently. We must be definite about what we want from God. “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).
* Faith. Prayer without faith is mocking God. How will we ever receive anything from God if we cannot believe He will do?
* Holiness. Church members are experts in seeking a path between holiness and sin. Our love affair with easy religion and the world has to go if are to be blessed by God in this day.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). This is where the answer lies for the lack of spiritual enthusiasm in our churches and the awful conditions on our streets. But there will be no change until we see our desperate need, fall on our knees before God, and claim the mighty baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Is this too much to ask? Is there another way to bring revival? The “might” and “power” of religious gimmickry has been tried, now it is time to allow the LORD of Hosts to send His Spirit upon us.