"It's Not Hocus Pocus!"
“Not By Might, Nor by Power but it’s by My Spirit”
 
Zechariah 4:6
 
 

One early morning, shortly before the break-of-dawn, I had a dream.  In it, I was rebuking a demon.  I was really doing it, too. I had the mean face on, my voice was raised, and I even had a hint of the “sista’-neck” going, but it was not working. In my frustration, the demon continued with its appointed task. Then, in the midst of this fiasco, the LORD clearly spoke to me, in a beautiful, full, audible voice and said: “It’s not by might, nor by power, but it’s by My Spirit.” 

In an instant, the Spirit of the Lord came upon me so much so, that in my sleep, I felt the power of the LORD all over me. Then in the dream, not loudly, but with authority, in the name of Yeshua Messiah I rebuked the demonic spirit and it literally shriveled up to nothing. 
 

Now the word of the LORD spoken to me, of course, was the same word spoken to the Prophet Zechariah in reference to the rebuilding of the LORD’s temple, a “mighty” undertaking. (Zechariah 4:6)   But what I love about the beginning of Zechariah 4 is the vision of the Gold Lamp stand and Two Olive Trees.  Clearly the olive trees provided a constant flow of ‘Fresh Oil” in the lamp stand which provided the “anointing” or “power” needed in order to keep it lit, continuously.   

It is this anointing or “Power” provided from the constant flow of the Fresh Oil of the Spirit that is necessary keep us “lit”  to carry out His Will. 
We cannot accomplish the Will of God without His anointing, or power flowing through us and on us.  It just will not happen.  


In Acts 1:8, Yeshua promises that we “will receive power after the Holy Ghost comes upon us.” 



Amazingly, the dream comes at a time, when lately, I had been literally asking the LORD, according to Mark 16: 17-18, “Where are my signs and wonders?” – 


“And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”
 

“I don’t want to just keep reading about them Father- believing- knowing that You are the Mighty, All-Powerful God, I want to be used to perform them!”        

Well, I’ve believed God for physical healings to my body and I am a living witness to miracles in my life.  I have also been a part of, and witness to, miracles in the lives of others through prayer and fasting. But I know there’s much more to do!  There is more for the Lord to accomplish through his people because we are his hands in the earth. We are the Body of Messiah.  To have his mind, be full of his Spirit and to do the Father’s will in the earth is His plan for us.  And it is all to the Glory of God.  

Let's Reminisce.


Remember Moses…
Remember Joshua and the walls of Jericho!!   

Remember Samson, a Nazirite to God? He was sanctified and separated as vowed, and he was to never cut his hair as was told to his mother by an Angel:   

“For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”
Judges 13:5

“and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan (Camp of Dan) between Zorah and Eshtaol.” Judges 13:25  

We all know that Samson did many awesome things in his life, and as we read here, Samson was born to deliver Israel out of the hand of their enemies, the Philistines- something one would consider to be a mighty task. But Samson had supernatural strength through the LORD’s Spirit. Yet even after Samson sinned in the eyesight of God, lost God’s Glory, and had his hair cut deceitfully, the LORD’s anointing, His power, manifests in Samson’s life through his one last feat when he, as a blind captive, “with one blow,” took vengeance on the Philistines:  

“Then Samson said, ‘Let me die with the Philistines!’ And he pushed with all his might and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.” Judges
16:30


Remember David
, when he defeated Goliath?  Though Goliath was massive in size, David trusted in the Power and Might of the Almighty God.

“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin.  But I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel,’”  “Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
I Samuel 17: 45 & 47


Yes, the stone provided the blow but it was the LORD’s Spirit that gave David the “mind” to use the stone, where to aim, and to trust in Him only to prevail!  

Incidentally, in I Samuel 16, the chapter just prior to this victory for David and God’s people over the Goliath and the Philistine army; God had used Samuel to anoint David as King, and the Bible states “the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.”  Is there any question as to why or how he prevailed?  I think not!      


Remember the Prophet Elijah
, as he out ran Ahab and the chariot on foot?!    

“Then the power of the LORD came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.”
I Kings 18:46  

This would be impossible for a man to accomplish in his own strength, but with the LORD’s Spirit, with His power;  it became a reality in the earth.


Remember Yeshua, Our Lord and Savior.
 

Yes, who is Immanuel, God with us, but who also took on the form of a man. Because of this, He did everything with, by, and through the Spirit of God, even unto His death and then His resurrection!  

“Then (Yeshua) Jesus, when He had been baptized, came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.” 


We all know of the mighty, numerous miracles Yeshua performed back then, and still perform today. It is by the same Spirit in which He operates in the earth realm that He has given to us to go on to do even “greater works!”     

"Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, the one who believes in me will also do what I am doing. He will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” –Yeshua    
John 14:12 

Remember the Apostles.  


“And you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”Yeshua

The Apostles went on to do mighty deeds and miracles in the Lord.  

Remember in Acts 3:6-8 when Peter healed the lame man at the “Beautiful Gate,” and in Acts 5 when many were healed: 

“And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. – And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. -Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” 
  Acts 5: 12, 14-16 

   

Do you know any modern-day Dorcus’s?
   

That’s the woman raised from the dead in Acts 9:37-42.  Well, I do.  


We could go on, and on and on!  

By the Spirit of God all things, absolutely ALL things are possible.  The Spirit of the LORD is here and moving in the earth today doing powerful acts through His people. With miracles, signs and wonders performed many will see and believe in Him just as it was with the early church.  

But… I would be remiss if I did not offer an example of those operating in their own flesh in seeking to do mighty, supernatural acts without the power and anointing of the Lord.  (In addition to the example in the opening paragraph, of course)  

Check out Acts 19:13-16

“Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, ‘We adjure (command) you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.’ Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.  And the evil spirit answered and said ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?’  Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” 


See, even evil spirits recognize and fall under the power and authority of, and only, the Spirit of God. 

Likewise, in my dream, the LORD was illustrating the same message to me; that if not by His Spirit and His anointing, I have no power.  
                                                                                                                              
Finally...In the words of a dear sister in the Lord, "It's not Hocus Pocus!"     

We cannot say a few words and wave some type of wand, blink our eyes, twist our necks, point our fingers, raise our voices, be wishin' and hopin,' etc., and expect the power of the LORD to show up. No.  It is only by His Anointing, His Spirit in, on, and through us that we can go on, just like the anointed ones in the past, and the many other anointed vessels today, and do mighty deeds in the name of the LORD!    

Hallelujah!