by Ivor Powell

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Five Steps to Serenity (27 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment from Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell

During my ministry in South Africa, I talked with a retired minister, and after discussing a very important question I said, "Well, maybe we shall have to leave this in God's hands." The old gentleman thought for a few seconds and then replied, "Maybe not. The Lord is very busy and has a lot to do." He appeared to be irreverent, but I now appreciate his point of view. We should never expect the Lord to do our work. There is a time in life when divine grace meets with human responsibility. That combination can perform miracles. Only when man has exhausted his resources can he justifiably expect the Lord to assume complete responsibility for what needs to be done. The ability of God never excuses human laziness. Perhaps Paul had that thought in mind when he urged his friends in Philippi to "work out their own salvation." They had an important part to play and were expected to cooperate with their Savior. There are five texts in the Bible which illustrate this great truth.

The Come and See of Conversion... Sinners and Salvation (John 1:39)

The Jordan Valley was filled with people who were relaxing between the exciting services held by John the Baptist. A meeting had just ended, but another would soon begin. Some families were enjoying a meal, others were relaxing, and many were speaking about the events which were taking place. Even the preacher was enjoying a respite as he conversed with two of his associates. "Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi... where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and See. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day; for it was about the ...

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