Then he said to me, “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 (NLT)

As we look to God to transform our lives, there are three aspects to this transformation. First, we must be guided and led by the word of God; any change that goes against Scripture is not from God. Second, we must equip or prepare ourselves to follow where God leads; this includes growing in the Scriptures and having Christian friends to help us stay accountable. But most importantly, we must have a spiritual posture of complete reliance upon the Holy Spirit to empower the process. If we attempt to do it in our own strength, we will either fail and give up, or become legalistic and thus fail even as we think we are succeeding. So begin today and every day asking God to send His Spirit to empower your obedience to God’s will.