Philippians 2:13 “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
Excerpts from the book of Habakkuk:
Habakkuk - “Lord, how long will I call for help and you not listen? I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’, but you don’t deliver us. Why do you show me injustice and look at anguish so that devastation and violence are before me? There is strife, and conflict abounds. The Instruction is ineffective. Justice does not endure because the wicked surround the righteous. Justice becomes warped.”
God - “Look among the nations and watch! Be astonished and stare because something is happening in your days that you wouldn’t believe even if told. I am about to rouse the Chaldeans, that bitter and impetuous nation, which travels throughout the earth to possess dwelling places it does not own. The Chaldean is dreadful and fearful.”
- Ephesians 4:11-12, "God gave some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up."
- The people are the ministers. The pastors are the administrators.
- 1 Corinthians 12:4-7CEV, “There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries and the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good.”
Habakkuk -“While standing guard on the watchtower, I waited for the Lord’s answer, before explaining the reason for my complaint. Then the Lord told me:
God - ‘I will give you my message in the form of a vision. Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance. At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting – it will happen! I, the Lord, refuse to accept anyone who is proud. Only those who live by faith are acceptable to me.’”
- God uses unlikely instruments to accomplish His will..
- Our job is to...
- See Him
- Trust Him
- Work with Him
- To basically, Get out of His way!