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God's Not Going To Do It All - You Must Do Your Part
 
"Christ within us is a life and a power. If we conquer the flesh and give ourselves entirely up to Him, He will work mightily." - People's New Testament
 
"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."
- both quotes are from Matthew Henry
 
There are some people who in their work for the Lord expect God to do it all. 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 or dullness is out of the question. Limitations and inhibitions have no place here.
 
When God calls you to do a job, He expects you to run with it - not to crawl or get it done at any ole pace. He expects you to put every effort and amount of diligence, passion, and zeal in it in order to accomplish the 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. When He is in something, it simply cannot fail.
 
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 says - "And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all."
Philippians 2:13 says - "For it is God Which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure."
Ephesians 1:19 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 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 says - "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us."
Colossians 1:29 says - "Whereunto I also labor, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily."
 
Notice the words, phrases, or clauses used here in these Scriptures - "God Which worketh all in all"..."it is God Which worketh in you"... "according to the working of His mighty power"..."given unto me by the effectual working of His power"..."according to the power that worketh in us"...and striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily."
 
God is constantly at work. He is the Energy and Energizer of the universe. All operations are traced to Him. Every holy purpose, pious resolution, good word, and good work comes from Him. He gives the power to will, act, and work. He exerts an influence over you so as to lead you to produce a certain result. 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 the effectual, energizing, and working of the strength of His might. It is not your natural capacity, liberal education, or acquired learning that is at work. Nor can you depend on any native inclination or power. It is the energy of His power that makes you successful. 
 
We must never forget that God is omnipotent. He is able to do all things - superabundantly, beyond, over and above, 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 says - "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly that they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."
 
The Apostle Paul was not idle. All the zeal, success, or apostolic endowments that he enjoyed could be traced back to the grace of God at work in his life. He had tremendous energy and used it. He exerted himself more than the other apostles. 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" - "keeping back nothing that was profitable" (Acts 20:20) unto the churches and "fulfilling the word of God"  (Colossians 1:25) whereby all the Gentiles were able to hear it (2 Timothy 4:17).
 
Principle #3 - You Must Conquer Your Flesh & Strive To Get The Job Done
 
Romans 15:20 says - "Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation."
Colossians 1:29 says - "Whereunto I also labor, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily."
 
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. This was a point for which he struggled and agonized. He taxed all of his energies to accomplish this goal. He labored, strove, 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 tax all his energies to accomplish this. 
 
Once again, we repeat the opening quotes -
 
"Christ within us is a life and a power. If we conquer the flesh and give ourselves entirely up 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."
 
God has His work cut out for Him, and so do you.
 
He guarantees His Power to all who will "conquer the flesh and give themselves entirely up to Him."
 
Paul strove to preach the Gospel. He did it "according to Christ's working, which worked in him mightily."
 
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?
 
 
May God Bless His Word. 
Connie
 
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