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“This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”--Zechariah 4:6

Do you ever get overwhelmed and then discouraged when you try to “do more” as a Christian? Even when you make an effort to start focusing more on God, you have this looming sense over you that you should or could be doing more.

While it’s true that God wants us to persevere through life’s obstacles to serve Him, we should all remember that our salvation was never and can never be EARNED.

Jesus’s gift of salvation is exactly that--a gift. It is not by our works, but by His Spirit that we are saved. Try applying this to your everyday routine as well. Instead of worrying so much about everything you’re NOT doing, take a minute to breathe.

Sit quietly with the Lord and offer up your day to Him. Stop trying so hard to figure out what it is He wants you to do; some things are not for us to figure out. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is offer Him our focus and our praise. When we take time to read God’s word and pray, the Holy Spirit can do the rest. If we give Him the opportunity to break through the noise, He will give us directions, but we have to stop “spinning” in order for Him to do that.

As this scripture points out, we should not take the baby steps for granted. It pleases the Lord when we take small steps and offer Him our hearts and our obedience.

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