Okay, so let me ask: How many of you are working for the Lord; you’re on the battlefield for the Lord; in whatever way you serve Him? How many are working on a job, doing things in the community, or doing things for your family? Maybe you’re going to high school, attending college, or grad school? You could now be choosing a career path, planning for your future, volunteering with various civic organizations (NAACP, The Food Bank, etc..); involved with your sorority, fraternity, Masonic Lodge, or maybe Order of the Eastern Star. Or, you may be focusing on simply being a good parent, grandparent, mentor, or care-giver.
We wear many different hats these days. And so again, on this evening, we want to look at, “How to Get Things Accomplished in Our Lives”.
There are two roads that you can follow; go down. You can choose the easy way; and then there is the hard way.
- The Easy Way
1). Matthew 11:30- For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
On this road you utilize God’s strength, power, and wisdom. Burdens become hard, when they become your burdens. We must learn how to literally “let go and let God”. This saying can no longer be a cliché. You can “labor” to get things done, but pretty soon you will give out.
- The Hard Way
On this road you utilize your own strength, determination, and best thinking.
- God’s Way to Get More Things Accomplished in Your Life
- The # 1 Approach:
You must switch from relying upon your own strength, and begin using God’s strength. You must know, believe, and then began to do this. This is what we must do.
1). Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. This is not self-determination.
Our problem is that this is simply a scripture that we quote, but don’t really apply.
2). Isaiah 41:10- Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
3). Psalm 46:1- God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble
You can go with either your strength, or His strength, but not both.
4). Colossians 1:10-11- 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
***** God’s angels will literally strengthen you: Ask God to send you some heavenly help.
a). I Kings 19:5; 7-8- 5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. 7 And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
There is natural strength. And then there is supernatural strength.
5). I Corinthians 2:14-15- 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
We looked at what we must do. Now let’s focus on how to do it. How do we do it? How can we make the switch?
A). Cry- First, you must realize that you need to switch. You will get to that point!!! God (thru the devil and other people) will make sure that you arrive at this point in your life. Something will happen that gets you there.
1). Psalm 34:6;15; 17- 6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. 17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
B). Cast- Here you let God know what you are about to do. You say, “Here it is Lord. My children, grandchildren, relationship, job, school, health, finances, etc..”
1). I Peter 5:7- Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
C). Come- Here you continue to keep coming to Him over and over again. It’s not a one-time occurrence. You must keep “praying” and “saying”.
1). Matthew 11:28- Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
2). Matthew 26:44- And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.