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Overflow Not Overwork

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerebbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6.

Picture yourself rowing your boat in the rough seas, working extremely hard and not really getting any closer to shore, all the while right behind you sits an idle outboard motor just waiting to be used to power your boat back to shore. Sounds silly, right? But it is true, that is how we sometimes operate, under our own power and strength. We so often find ourselves working harder and harder, but not necessarily smarter.

The same can be said of the things we do for God. We (Dave and Robyn) are church planters and we trust that God is pleased with our path, but sometimes disappointed in our approach. We find ourselves at times simply trying to push through the waves under our own power, often rowing into the wind, our muscles tiring and our energy drained from the endless exertion, and really getting no closer to the shoreline than when we started. But the work of ministry is overflow, not overwork. Scripture is clear that when we have Jesus we also have His power source, the Holy Spirit. His power is available, we just so often fail to tap into it! And as the verse at the beginning of this post tells us, we will accomplish bigger and better things when we rely first and foremost on the Holy Spirit, and let Him direct our path, rather than simply working harder and harder and harder.

So today, we encourage you (and we are speaking to ourselves as well!) to tap into the Holy Spirit’s power source and begin to be amazed at what you can accomplish when you work from His overflow rather than your overwork.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

1/29/2017

 

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