God’s Spirit has made his faithful servants powerful throughout history. I take comfort from Old Testament examples of how they prevailed against wickedness. So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Zechariah 4:6-7
God’s Holy Spirit is the only power source in the universe. In fact, everything in the universe, including me was made by his Spirit. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:2-3
“The Holy Spirit is the One who energizes and supplies life to the creation, not only at the time of creation but also moment by moment after that.” (Lambert Dolphin • January 1, 1997 What Holds the Universe Together? Koinonia House)
Miracles abound in the Old Testament. Miracles in Exodus of the Red Sea Crossing, Manna in the desert, water from the rock, etc. Miracles performed by the prophets. Often these miracles were done to execute the judgement of God on his enemies, but others were done for compassion toward the living.
And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. Hebrews 11:32-38
A gentle whisper
The Holy Spirit is gentle and careful to encourage me without disturbing my emotional well being. This gentle aspect of God’s Spirit is often overlooked. The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13
God speaks by his spirit to his prophets and holy people, but the days are coming when he will speak to all his people. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. Jeremiah 31:33
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21
Blow the trumpet in Zion
End of time prophecy is often confusing and mysterious. But the power of God’s spirit is summarized in this passage in Joel. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. Joel 2:25-32
Spirit of God, breathe your life into me. Fill me with your spirit and give me understanding that I may praise you forever. Amen.