This week Bro. Leo continues us on our study of the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus, by looking deeper at how God works in us and with us. Can you identify the areas in your life where you have fully turned it over to God? Is there areas in your life that you haven’t turned it over to God and are still trying to carry the load yourself?
This week we take a deeper look at what is “our part” and what is “God’s part” of Christ’ power working in us, through us and with us. In Matt.28:18 Jesus tells us that all of God’s power has been given to Him and in vs.20 He tells us that He is always with us. So, all of God’s power is always available to us. With this truth we should always be content, because we should be relying in and trusting in His power, knowing that He is with us to help us (Heb.13:5-6).
In Psa.103:13 the word “pitieth” is translated from the Hebrew word “râcham” which means to posses a deep compassion for, a kind sympathy for with a strong desire to relieve hardship and suffering. God is compassionate towards us and He desires to relieve our hardships and sufferings.
God’s part is to make our lives easier by carrying our burdens for us “I will give you rest” (Matt.11:28-30). Our part is to “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden” (Matt.11:28-30). We do this by telling Him “Lord Jesus I want you to take over this part of my life”.
In 1Pet.5:7 we are told to “cast” our troubles on Him. The word “cast” is translated from the Greek word “epirrhiptō” which means to cast off and upon, transferal with confidence. We are to transfer our troubles from our own control and power to the control of Jesus and His power. Jesus will gladly handle our troubles because He cares for us (1Pet.5:7). The word “cares” is translated from the Greek word “melō” which means concern for, care about deeply.
In 2Tim.1:12 the word “keep” is translated from the Greek word “phulassō” which means to watch over, guard, protect and take responsibility for. God’s part is to be responsible for our wellbeing. The word “committed” is translated from the Greek word “committed” which means to make a deposit, establish a trust, to committ something to someone elses responsibility and care. Our part is to trust in Jesus and His power to the point of allowing Him to take control and care of the trouble (Psa.56:9,3-4,11).
Scriptures used in today’s study:
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Mat 28:18 ……….. All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:20 ………… I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Psa 59:9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
Psa 59:3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
Psa 59:4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
Psa 59:11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
Psa 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
2Ti 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
2Ti 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.