“Not by might, nor by power” Zech 4:6
Phillip was born into what is known as fortunate circumstances. His father, aunts and uncles were all wealthy and influential people. They were self-starters, determined, disciplined and visionaries. Their father had invented several machines that proved invaluable to the automobile industry. As a result, he became wealthy beyond his dreams.
Grandpa George (as he was now known) taught his children and grandchildren the value of discipline, investing, believing in yourself and your abilities. He showed them how his wealth was due to his own ideas and hard work. “Life is an opportunity,” he would say, “It’s up to you to make it what you wish. Nothing is impossible if you have faith in yourself. The difference between a success and a failure is: A success fails more often!”
Into this world of self-starters and wealthy people, Phillip was born and raised. By his 25th birthday, he had various academic degrees, an investment portfolio that would allow him to retire any time and a flourishing graphic design business with twelve employees. But was he truly satisfied?
Something was gnawing at him, inside him, in his spirit. He had wealth and power but none of his accomplishments gave him peace or true satisfaction. There must be something beyond this he thought. And that’s when Phillip saw a magazine with the headline, “Life is Spiritual Warfare!” Reading that article was the beginning of his life change and introduction to Jesus Christ.
Zech. 4:6 ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty—you will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak.’
2 Cor 10:3-5 It is true that I am an ordinary, weak human being, but I don’t use human plans and methods to win my battles. I use God’s mighty weapons, not those made by men, to knock down the devil’s strongholds. These weapons can break down every proud argument against God and every wall that can be built to keep men from finding him. With these weapons I can capture rebels and bring them back to God and change them into men whose hearts’ desire is obedience to Christ.
1 Thess 5:8-11 But let us who live in the light keep sober, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the happy hope of salvation. For God has not chosen to pour out his anger upon us but to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ; he died for us so that we can live with him forever, whether we are dead or alive at the time of his return. So encourage each other to build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Phillip began to realize that life is war, but not against flesh and blood. Instead, it is a supernatural collision between the powers of Good versus those of evil. The truth washed over him with joy. He will line up with Christ and fight the war that wages against our souls.
2 Cor 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Chron 20:15 He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
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