When we take ownership of our responsibilities and act on God's Word, the Lord takes on a responsibility in this process. He has made promises that He will unfailingly accomplish on our behalf.
PerspectiveDo the things God told you to do and let Him do the things He said He would do.
The second part can actually be more difficult than the first. Once we identify our tasks we can put them into perspective and get them done. The second part instructs us to go "hands off" and that can be scary when our faith has not been developed.
Let God do the things He said he would doWhen we bring our prayers, supplications and requests to our Father we are giving those things over to Him. Right on! Just like He has told us to do. Now let's trust Him.
Example to IllustrateGod has tasked us with working. When we need a job we give it up to the Lord in prayer and then we take the follow-up steps of faith.
- Prepare our resume.
- Get a haircut.
- Press our suit.
- Make our contacts.
- Worry incessantly. What? Wait! Whoa!
In our prayers we give the miracle part of our requests to God. Those things are God's responsibilities. Where we go astray is we attempt the miracle through force of will. This strategy is called, Worry.
- Let Him do His job. - Romans 8:28
- Let patience have it's perfect work. - James 1:4
- Let peace rule in your hearts. - Colossians 3:15
You are not tasked with being a miracle worker. You are not tasked with answering your own prayers. Our Father has told us to keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. Our Father knows how to give excellent gifts. He does this because He loves us and we ask. Let Him! :-)
What challenge is before you right now?
Identify the things that are your responsibilities. Then identify the things you are giving to God.
Lead with prayer and then do your part. Your Father will do His part.
Have you ever noticed the Lord doesn't do things the way you expect Him to?
The Lord does things in His time and in His way. It is a better way! He is intricately weaving blessings on people everywhere and it is impossible for us to see how He pulls these things off. It truly is a complex process beyond our senses. So wait and wait patiently.
Practice patience. It's God's turn to work.
Practice consistency. It's my turn to work.
Let these work and give them time for God's plan to unfold.
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