â€œThen he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.â€ (Zechariah 4:6)
Jonathan Goforth, who was a Canadian Presbyterian missionary to China, once said, â€œIf revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes; because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that, â€˜It is not by might, but by My Spirit.â€™â€
What idol â€œremains still enthronedâ€ in your heart? What takes precedence over God in your life? To what do you devote most of your time and energy? What is your first and foremost daily aspiration? Is it to please and glorify God or is it something else?
What â€œhuman schemesâ€ are you relying upon. Do you think that the answers for your own life are found in your own ingenuity, resources and abilities? Do you think that the answers for America are found in politicians, political parties and polling places? Are you looking to God for all that is needed in your life and nation or are you looking to your own means and human schemes?
Neither our lives nor land can be saved by our â€œmightâ€ or â€œpower.â€ Only God can save us! If salvation is to come it will be â€œby [Godâ€™s] Spirit.â€ Herein, lies the only hope for America. It lies in a move of the Spirit of God across our land, but such a move will never occur until weâ€™ve rid ourselves of idols and schemes.
Pray that Americans rid themselves of idols and schemes and throw themselves on the mercy of God, who alone can save us!