Manpower

Manpower

 

We have often heard, and most likely used, terms such as “horsepower” and “manpower”. The power of armies was often measured in terms of the number of troops a nation possessed, or their “manpower”. But now we know that it is not simply the number of troops that a nation possesses that makes a nation powerful, but what weapons or power those troops possess. Likewise, it is true in the spiritual realm. A strong “man or woman of God” does not necessarily mean someone with the biggest muscles or the most physical strength. God has power available to us that we must harness if we are to be strong in the Lord. As Joshua gave his final message to the leaders of Israel in Joshua 23, he said

For the Lord has driven out from before you great and strong nations; but as for you, no one has been able to stand against you to this day.  One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.  Therefore take careful heed to yourselves, that you love the Lord your God.

Many churches and organizations have failed to begin a new ministry or outreach because they felt they did not have the “available manpower” to get the job done. But it is not the number of people available that is required but the power of God resting on the people who are available. God has given us His Holy Spirit, He has made available His power, His truth, His Word. We have the righteousness of Christ resting upon us. When we use these weapons, we find the power of the enemy is weakened. When we rely, not on our own strength, but God’s strength, we can have victory over sin and the devil. Zechariah 4:6 tells us

                Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.

No matter how difficult the spiritual task, if we are armed with a heart that is pure, faith in a Living God, and a purpose that is true, we can have victory – because God fights for us.