God’s not going to do it all – you must do your part ~ Pastor George LehmanGod’s not going to do it all – you must do your part – Pastor George Lehman
Far too many Christians are waiting for God to do something in their lives. The truth is: The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that lives in you. When God called you, He already equipped you. You are without excuse. Refresh your commitment listen to this sermon. - Pastor George -
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God’s Not Going To Do It All –
You Must Do Your Part
“Christ within us is life and a power. As we conquer the flesh and give ourselves fully to Him, He will work mightily.”
“The more we labour in the work of the Lord, the greater measure of help we may expect from Him in it.” “What God calls men to He fits them for and does it with an Almighty power.” – Matthew Henry
There are some people who in their work for the Lord – expect God to do it all. – We have provision but pray God help the needy.
And then there are those who just run ahead and never stop to ask Him for His help.
Both camps are wrong.
What God wants us to realize is that He is the power at work in us – enabling us to do great and mighty feats for Him.
That means that slothfulness (words of un-involvement), laziness Idleness* (Ledigheid) and dullness is out of the question. Limitations and inhibitions have no place in God’s kingdom.
When God called you to work for Him, He has already equipped you to do the work, He expects you to run with it – not to crawl or get it done at any old pace, or when it suits you!
He expects you to put every effort and amount of diligence, passion, and zeal in it in order to accomplish your assignment.
No excuses are allowed! You can never say at any time that you were not able to perform the task with excellence.
The reason being is because it is a joint effort between you and God.
1 Thessalonians 2:12-13 (NIV) – 12Encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory. 13And we also thank God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
When He is in something, it simply cannot fail. – Ecc 3:14.
There are three principles that need to be enforced and emphasized in the hearts and minds of all believers. They are as follows:
Principle #1 – It is God who is the Power at Work in You
1 Corinthians 12:6 (NIV) says – There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Philippians 2:13 (NIV) says – For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil His good purpose.
Ephesians 1:19 (KJV) says – “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.”
Ephesians 3:7 (KJV) says – “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power.”
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) says – Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.
Notice the words, phrases, or clauses used here in these Scriptures –
God is constantly at work. He is the Energy and Energizer of the universe. All operations are traced to Him.
Every holy purpose, good word, comes from Him.
He gives the power to will, act, and work.
He exerts an influence over us so as to lead us to produce certain results.
He works in your heart that which is agreeable to Him in accordance with His will.
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that is exerted in you.
It is not your natural capacity, education, or acquired learning that is at work
Nor can you depend on your natural tendency or power.
It is the energy of His power that makes you successful.
We must never forget that God is omnipotent* (Almagitg). He is able to do all things – superabundantly, beyond, over and above all.
By the power of the Holy Ghost, He is able to go beyond the limits of human description.
He works strongly in you. He acts with energy in your heart.
He is all-sufficient and has almighty power.
Principle #2 – The Grace of God is the means by which every job is done
1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV) says – But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them-yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
The Apostle Paul was not idle. All the zeal, talents, success, or apostolic gifting that he enjoyed could be traced back to the grace of God at work in his life.
It wasn’t through his own wisdom or power that he was able to accomplish all that he did. It was through the Divine influence called “grace” that he “fully preached the Gospel”
2 Peter 1:3 (NIV) – His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.
Principle #3 – You must conquer your flesh & strive to get the job done.
Romans 15:20 (NIV) says – It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.
Colossians 1:29 (NIV) says – To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Paul had a holy ambition to preach the Gospel – especially in new fields. He earnestly desired to break up the fallow ground…lay the first stone…or penetrate regions that had not heard the Gospel.
God doesn’t sit with the sitters; He moves with the movers!
He laboured, used great diligence, and contended with many difficulties.
Even though he was conscious of God’s energy at work in him mightily – working in power like dynamite – he knew that he had to put forth the effort to contend and struggle – he had to commit all his energies to accomplish this.
Once again, we repeat the opening quotes –
“Christ within us is life and power. As we conquer the flesh and give ourselves fully to Him, He will work mightily.”
“The more we labour in the work of the Lord, the greater measure of help we may expect from Him in it.”
“What God calls men to: He fits them for and does it with an Almighty power.”
He guarantees His Power to all who will “conquer the flesh and give themselves entirely up to Him.”
Are you striving to do the work that God assigned for you?
Are you making sure that you are accomplishing the task according to His mighty working and not your own?