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Question: “Do I have to do everything I can in the natural before God will do the rest?”
You may have heard the phrase: “God helps those who help themselves.”
Well, God didn’t say that. Benjamin Franklin did!
So what does the Word say about this question?
Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and LEAN NOT on your own understanding…”
God says DO NOT lean on, trust in, or rely on our own understanding – our wisdom, our knowledge, our solutions, our efforts, what we think is right – about the situation.
Martha was guilty of this in Luke 10:41 when Jesus advised her that she was careful and troubled about many things. Meanwhile Mary was simply sitting at the feet of Jesus (the Word) and He said she had chosen the good thing.
Imagine if the Israelites had run around trying different ways of getting across the Red Sea themselves instead of being still and letting God fight for them?!
God knows EXACTLY what needs to happen to solve our situation, which is why He tells us to CAST OUR CARE onto Him, and let Him do the caring FOR us. (1 Peter 5:7)
Instead of wasting valuable time, money, strength and resources trying to do “all we can”, when we cast all our care onto the Lord, the Holy Spirit will get us from A to Z the quickest way possible.
He will give us the answer, the solution, and the knowledge that we need when we refuse to carry the care and instead cast it onto Him.
How do we cast the care?
By saying, “Lord, I cast the care of this situation onto you. Thank you that you do the caring for me.” And speak the promise you’re holding onto.
Do this EVERY time a thought comes to you about the problem. Even if you have to do it every five minutes for the whole day – keep casting the care.
Then not only will the result be perfect peace (because you’re keeping your mind on the Word), but the answer will come and it will ALWAYS be in your favour!
Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness (what He says to do) and (then) ALL these things will be added to you! (Matthew 6:33)
For further teaching on this topic, listen to “What Does It Mean To Trust God?” Episode 45 on Faith Talks with Emily Preston.
Question: Do I have to have everyone around me in agreement with me for the Word to work?
The short answer is – No!
Now let’s look at what the Word says about it:
Romans 3:3 says, “For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true and every man a liar.”
In other words, other people’s unbelief WILL NOT cause the Word of God you are believing in, confessing and trusting in to be ineffective.
God says that His Word is the ONLY truth. Everything else, if it doesn’t line up with the Word, is a lie.
The next part of the verse encourages us with what will happen even if it’s just you believing the Word:
“That you may be justified in YOUR words, and may overcome when you are judged.”
In other words, what YOU are saying is what is important. You will be justified (or prove what is right) by YOUR words, and you will overcome in any test or trial that has come up against you or the person you’re believing for by YOUR words.
So no, you don’t have to have everyone around you in agreement. Their unbelief will not make the Word in your mouth ineffective.
In saying that, sometimes we may need to separate ourselves from people for a time if they’re always trying to pull us down with their unbelief or negativity.
But be encouraged! God’s Word in YOUR mouth – even if you’re just one person – is enough to change the situation and bring it into line with what He says about it!