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Yet that reliance is not enough by itself. And diligence, also inadequate in and of itself, needs to be combined with reliance on God.
What this means is that diligence and faith are two sides of a mystery. But they both have to be present if we are going to have spiritual success.
They never do anything great for God because they never take up the challenge. In behalf of God, he called for diligence, for effort, for zeal, for putting out and not putting off. The issue here is not working for salvation but because of salvation. Because we have been saved by trusting Christ, how determined and diligent we should be to serve with gratitude the God who saved us!
Present yourselves to God as a living and holy sacrifice Ro Again, God did not leave us without resource, and the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit enables us to obey, creating within us a desire for holiness and giving us the ability to live holy.
And that brings us to this study. Even after the magnificent truths that we have seen, you will notice that the basic call to "present yourselves" Rom.
When Paul says to "present ourselves", does that mean we are passive in obedience? Does God work thru us or do we do the work?
Can one who is walking by faith still work to obey? Jerry Bridges, in his excellent book, "The Pursuit of Holiness: Just as I received Christ Jesus by faith, so I was to seek a holy life only by faith.
Does that describe you? Have you had a similar point of view? Bridges answers his earlier self well: God has made provision for our holiness and He has also given us a responsibility for it. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and according to the new nature He gives, we are to put to death the misdeeds of the body Romans 8: In fact, it says that man can do nothing but trust.
David - Psalm The Lord and the workers. What happens if the workers take a long lunch? Head for the river to do a little fishing? Both are working, not the Lord only. They 1 prayed and 2 posted a guard. We might know a few folks who would take the spiritual approach and pray, disdaining the presumption of taking matters into our own hands to defend the work.
We can also imagine those who would hoot at the notion of praying for help when what is clearly needed is a guard to be posted! And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
Paul "labored," that is to say he toiled physically, striving the Greek means agonizing. Nothing passive about this! But they are not: Let us consider what regard we ought to have to our own duty and to the grace of God. Some would separate these things as inconsistent.Jesus had given a preview of the Spirit in John 7 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
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And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
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