Tommy Bates Ministries

Not By Might, nor By Power, but By His Spirit

Read Zechariah 4:6

The church has reached a time like never before. Darkness has multiplied on the earth. It can’t get any darker! Politics, the church, education, every area of the world is in a dark place and they need the light of Jesus Christ more than anything. The American church has begun to blend in, or as Jesus said, “they are neither hot nor cold.” Darkness and light cannot blend! Whenever the light comes, the darkness must flee.

In the Old Testament temple, the menorah was the only source of light. Oil needed to be added every morning and evening so that the light never went out. After the king of Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, redemption seemed hopeless. But God raised up Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple and restore Jerusalem. It looked impossible. He wondered how he’d succeed in his calling. But, God knew rebuilding looked impossible. With this He said, “it’s not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit!”

Your life may look ruined, completely in shambles, but hand the broken pieces over to God, who will supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory! He has more joy than you have depression, more healing than sickness, more victory than defeat, and more power than problems. He can do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think. Mighty is our God, worthy is our God!

If we’re going to shine the way God calls us to shine, we need to have the constant flow of oil. The Spirit is the spark that God gives to us the moment we are born again. But it takes the oil to keep the flame burning! God has called us to be the light of the world. It’s what you got on the inside that makes you shine on the outside. You have to hunger to be filled, thirst to be quenched.

The mistaken message of the modern church is that the grace of God doesn’t see your all the wicked things you involve yourself in. This is not what grace is. Grace comes to you in your sin, weakness and bondage. It’s grace that causes you to stand. Grace turns you from darkness to the light. By grace are you saved and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God! Grace is God’s action in your life!

There has to come a time that you need the Spirit of the Living God to flow on the inside. If you get a hunger for the Spirit of God, you can have revival right now! It doesn’t take the whole world to begin revival, revival needs to begin within each one of us!

We love you and we’re praying for you to shine your light into the dark world! We’re always saving you a seat at Community Family Church!

Pastor Tom