By My Spirit

Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, 'This is the word of Yahweh to Zerubbabel, saying, 'Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says Yahweh of Hosts.' Zechariah 4:6 WEB

David wrote in Psalm 37:4: 'Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.' After getting laid off from a great paying job as a foreman with an international construction company, I spent an humbling year polishing brass by hand at a buffing machine for one-third of the pay. My skin became green and black from the polishing compounds and dust. The work was mind-numbingly boring, but I knew that God wanted me there and I stuck it out. I listened to the Bible all day, fasted about as much as I ate, and prayed in the spirit for several hours a day.

At night, I worked on computers. It had become a passionate hobby and I had parts scattered everywhere that I had gathered, which I assembled in various configurations and then disassembled so I could do it again. I loved electronics and working with computers, but I had no education and had dropped out of high school early to go to work. I could only dream about those that were lucky enough to work with computers every day for a living, but I never, ever dreamed that I would.

My job at the brass plant ended when it merged with another company and I was not sure what I was going to do. One day I got a call from a business which had a network of twelve computers. Computer networks were rare then. Being completely self taught, I knew very little about them and this was well over my head.

This was before the Internet came to homes, and before we carried cell phones. Most computer work was done from a command prompt or a custom written program on a monochrome screen, usually green or amber.

While on the phone, the insurance company explained to me that they had purchased agency management software from an out-of-state business. Their technicians came down and installed the software a few years ago, but now one of the machines was no longer connected to the network. The company that had installed them had gone out of business and they didn't know who else to call. They had gotten my number from a friend.

I listened to them and was about ready to say: 'I can't help you' but then I felt more than heard: 'Go and I will go with you.' So I went. I prayed all the way to the location and when I arrived, they showed me the machine that was broken. There was a filing cabinet nearby, and I rested my arm on it as they told me about the problem.

As I was standing there with several people staring at me for answers, I had none, and fear began welling up within me. I looked around and laid my hand on a small black box with a lot of flashing lights that was sitting on top of the filing cabinet. When I did, another light came on. I removed my hand and the light went off.

That caught my attention, and looking closer I discovered that one of the network cables had a short in it. If I held it just right, it worked, but if I let it go, the computer went off line. I fixed the cable and the malfunctioning computer worked fine.

On the outside, it looked like I was a network guru as I had walked into the building and straight to the problem. Within ten minutes I had diagnosed and fixed an issue that had randomly plagued them for weeks. But on the inside, I totally knew that it was the Holy Spirit opening new doors. They were my client for the next fifteen years.

God did this type of thing day after day, and soon I had over fifty businesses that I was taking care of. Many would call with some impossible sounding problem that I had never dealt with before. I would pray all the way there and fix it in moments. It was truly a golden time in my life when I could literally do no wrong. Sometimes just putting my hands on the computer fixed the problem. I know it sounds crazy, but I did it for years. I was totally dependent on the Holy Spirit, and things that I could not even dream of doing, I was living.

Delight yourself in the Lord. Step out today into whatever He gives you to do. It is not by your might, power, or intellect that you will succeed in this life, but by His Holy Spirit. Just as David stepped out against Goliath and won, God will help you accomplish anything that He gives you to do. God doesn't always call the equipped, He equips those that He calls.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I delight in You! Please push me into deeper water and let me know that You are right there with me. Hold me tight and guide my every step. Let me be a conduit for Your power on this earth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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