Walk in the Strength of the Lord

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1. How do you exert your strength in such a way that you are actually relying on the strength of another Person?  Following are some Bible verses that explain how this works.
  a) How do we put to death the deeds of the body? (Romans 8:13)
   
  b) Read Philippians 2:12-13. Verse 12 says that it is OUR responsibility to work out our salvation with
   
    For the believer, this isn’t the fear of hell or damnation. Rather it should be the righteous and awe-filled reverence of God, and the joyful trembling of a personal encounter with the glory of God.
    What is the only way we are able to conform our will and actions to Him? (vs. 13)
   
  c) Paul felt that his sins were worse than most people’s, and he also said that he worked harder than most. But he said his efforts were not his alone. To whom did he give all the credit for the strength to accomplish so much for the Lord? (1 Corinthians 15:10)
   
  d) In Colossians 1:29, Paul made a similar statement. He explained that he worked, he struggled, and he put forth a lot of effort and energy. He didn’t go about his work half-heartedly, hoping somehow that grace would fill in the gaps if he got tired.  He gave it his full effort, but he was also working hard according to
   
  e) Like the apostle Paul, we too serve. We too expend effort and energy of our own. But, like Paul, our serving also is the result of God’s gracious power and strength. Explain how this works according to 1 Peter 4:11.
    i) When we speak, we speak
   
    ii) When we minister, we do it
   
    iii) What is the purpose of our service?
   

2. When David was feeling frazzled by the events around him, he always strengthened himself in the Lord his God (I Samuel 30:6). How can we receive more of the strengthening power of the Lord into our own hearts and lives?
  a) Psalm 28:7:
   
  b) Psalm 61:2:
   
  c) Psalm 105:4:
   
  d) Psalm 138:3:
   
  e) Isaiah 40:31:
   
  f) 1 Chronicles 16:11:
   
  g) Matthew 11:28:
   
  h) Ephesians 6:10-20:
   

3. In today’s society, people are encouraged to believe in themselves, and to display a “can do” attitude - especially at work. Is this wrong? (Thought question – answers will vary.)
 
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