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No. 0     Original Topic:  Let God Do His Work   
By:  Verbatim   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Nov 1, 2017 at 10:54 AM   Viewed 960 times     
It’s easy to think that it’s our responsibility to produce results. This causes us to place too much faith in our ability and too little faith in God’s.

Paul observed this same tendency in the Corinthian church. Certain believers extolled the seed-planting ministry of Paul, while others favored the seed-watering ministry of Apollos. In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul reminded them that it is God who brings the seed to fruition (vv.4-7). Yet Paul acknowledged that their faithful efforts were part of God’s plan, “and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor” (v.8 ).

Imagine a farmer sitting on his front porch. You ask him what he’s doing. He answers, “Farming.” You ask him what he’s growing. He replies, “Wheat.” “But your fields look unplowed and unplanted,” you say. “That’s right,” he answers, “I’m farming by faith. Believing God for a harvest.” “But shouldn’t you be doing something?” you protest. He replies, “I am. I’m praying and believing!”

This story reminds us that God won’t do our work for us, and 1 Corinthians teaches us that the results are not up to us. The best way to serve is to faithfully plant and water the seed, then trust God for the results.

God does not expect us
To make the seed bear fruit;
Jesus said to plant it,
And pray that it will root. —Pendergraft

We can plant the seed, but only God can give the harvest.

https://odb.org/2003/12/13/let-god-do-his-work/
No. 1     Reply: Re: Let God Do His Work   
By:  Verbatim   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Nov 1, 2017 at 11:22 AM     
Letting God do His work…comes down to is this: We need to let go of our own will. We must claim as our own the incredibly hard prayer that Jesus prayed:

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. Luke 22.42.

God, do what ye will, O Lord. This submission will lead to peace and joy...

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Luke 23.46.
No. 2     Reply: Re: Let God Do His Work   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Nov 1, 2017 at 12:02 PM     
I agree ! Like I always say ...

When I share a message from God ... He is speaking to me first.

Thanks Verbatim for sharing what He shared with you first ...

No. 3     Reply: Re: Let God Do His Work   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Dec 2, 2017 at 7:03 AM     
Andrew Wommack has an excellent teaching on this very subject I learned many years ago.

I forget the title of it at the moment but basically our job is to, "yield" to God's will by planting the Word into us. The Word is the seed.

As we plant the Word into us eventually it bears fruit in our lives.

This was how I was delivered from alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.

There was about a 7 year time period between when I first started planting the Word into me at the age of 22 or so until I saw and experienced a total and complete deliverence from all those cravings at the age of 29.

The cravings all simply, "went away".

There was no struggle anymore or anything.

The Word did all the work in me.

Eventually, it bore fruit!:ban_dance: