From: Rich Carlson
Date: September 17, 2019
Subject: It's September 17; Good Morning Union

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord Almighty.”     Zechariah 4:6

OK, so I’m kind of into the minor prophets right now! A few years ago I had an epiphany as I related these old messengers of God to the actual setting in which they wrote. It not only filled a major gap in my understanding of the Old Testament, but it continues to give me amazing insights for my life today. Zechariah is where I looked this morning. His is a common name with 29 other people in the Bible sharing it, and in Hebrew it means, “Jehovah remembers.”

Remembers what? Hebrew names usually had very specific meanings. I can imagine the Israelite people coming back to their destitute homeland, after 70 years in Babylonian captivity, and seeing the prophet coming their way, when one says, “Hey, here comes old ‘Jehovah remembers.” To which his companion might say, “Remembers what?” To which the prophet just might have said, “REMEMBER, it’s ‘not by might, nor by power, but by God’s Spirit,’ that anything good is going to come as you re-establish yourself in your homeland.”

And that was my ah-ha reminder this morning. Whatever I’m doing, whatever my plans are, whatever my goals and dreams, it’s “not by (my) might, or by (my) power, but by God’s Spirit” leading and guiding me as far as I’ll let Him. That what “the Lord Almighty” said to Israel through old “Jehovah remembers,” and that’s what He said through His Spirit to me this morning. I can’t get confused or distracted; it is HIS leading and HIS Spirit, that will bring me through today and to the end. I just have to acknowledge that as I begin my day, and remember that all through my day. Zechariah—“God remembers.” I hope I do too!

Have a great day focusing on His Might, Power, and Spirit,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”            Ronald Reagan


PS           Christ on Demand- every Tuesday evening at 7:30 in the Rees Hall Chapel join Amber and friends for 30 minutes of singing and a devotional thought. The theme for this year is “Trusting in God.” This week come hear Trina Cress share her journey. All are welcome.