BY DR. DEBBIE LANIER
So, we’re a few weeks into this New Year. Have you hit your stride? Or do you already feel a bit stalled? Yep, I feel you.
It just so happens that one of the chapters in my new book, Awaken My Soul, speaks to you and me right where we are.
Stop Stalling! Start Again!
Zechariah 4:6 (NASB)
“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
says the LORD of Armies.”
Debilitating despair thickened the air. Drought and disease ravaged the land. A tiny remnant of God’s people, still under the enemy’s heavy hand, stood among the rubble heap of His House. Surrounding nations harassed them and thwarted their feeble efforts to improve the bleak situation. (Are you feeling the hopelessness? Why even try?)
The prophet Zechariah approaches the discouraged, disheartened leader, Zerubbabel, with a Word from the Lord. (Friend, all you need is a Word from the LORD!)
The prophet says to Zerubbabel, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.” (Zechariah 4:10) In other words? “Stop stalling, just start! Don’t become consumed by the enormity of the task. Just take that first step. Trust God for the steps that follow. He won’t set you up to fail!”
Then the prophet speaks a Word from the Lord that shoots lightning bolts into the spine of this weary leader. Paraphrasing Zechariah 4:6: “You’re not going to be able to accomplish ANY of this by force. You don’t have what it takes. I know that, and you know that. This battle won’t be won by your might or your strength, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” Essentially God is saying, “Stop looking at what you can bring to the table. It’s never going to be enough. But if you’ll move in Me and let Me move in you, this insurmountable barrier is coming down!”
“What are you, Oh, great mountain of obstacles that you will not bow low? By the Spirit of God that lives in Zerubbabel, you will come crashing down! My people WILL rebuild this temple and you, oh mountain of opposition, you will be leveled for all the world to see!” (Zechariah 4:7)
Friends! THAT SAME GOD is speaking new life into you this new day. He sees your disillusionment with the situation. It’s bad and only getting worse. He knows that, and you know that. The odds are stacked against you. Why even try?
I’ll tell you why . . . because it’s not what you’ve got that’s going to level this mountain anyway. Your force, your might, won’t budge this thing! But a fresh wind of God’s Spirit blowing through your soul will give you the confidence to speak TO that mountain. “Oh, great mountain of opposition, who do you think you are, that you won’t bow low to the Word of God in me?”
In “Never Lost”, Katherine Mullins sings it like this:
He is my Faithful Father calling me out of the dark
Night cannot whisper away what He said in the light
He is my firm foundation; My anchor won’t be moved
Storms may collide but my soul is on fire with His Word
Wind listen to the sound
Of power on my lips
Jesus has broken the curse
He has never lost a battle
Who are you great mountain
That you should not bow low?
Jesus defeated the darkness.
He has never lost a battle!
Friend, it’s time to stop stalling and start again! Jesus has NEVER lost a battle, and He won’t lose this one either! Stop being defeated by the mountain of obstacles in your way. Get the Word of the LORD in your mouth and stand on it with confidence. This mountain is going down for all the world to see! GOD is our firm foundation. HE won’t be moved!
What Difference Will This WORD Make In Me?
What is the name of your great mountain? Say it. Then speak to it. That’s right; speak to your mountain. “Who are you, great mountain, that you will not bow low? My God has NEVER lost a battle! NEVER!”
Awaken My Soul available on Amazon — www.amazon.com/Awaken-My-Soul-Devotions-Supercharge/dp/B08P1KLSJ3/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=debbie+lanier&qid=1609437726&sr=8-1.