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Summary: The Lord wants us to do what we can and He will do the rest. When we do what is possible then God will do the impossible. When we give what we have then God can use it to perform miracles. The Lord does not ask to do what we cannot do .

DO WHAT YOU CAN AND GOD WILL DO THE REST : DO WHAT IS POSSIBLE AND GOD WILL DO WHAT IS IMPOSSIBLE

OUTLINE

THEY DID WHAT THEY COULD - EXAMPLES FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT

1. MARY OF BETHANY POURED PRECIOUS OINTMENT ON JESUS . JESUS COMMENDED HER AND SAID SHE DID WHAT SHE COULD AND THAT IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED

2. FRIENDS OF THE PARALYTIC MAN CARRIED HIM TO JESUS TO BE HEALED. JESUS SAW THEIR FAITH AND HEALED THE PARALYTIC MAN

3. THE LITTLE BOY GAVE HIS FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISHES WHICH JESUS MULTIPLIED TO FEED THE FIVE THOUSAND

4. THE WIDOW WHO GAVE TWO MITES AND WAS PRAISED BY JESUS THAT SHE GAVE MORE THAN ALL THE RICH PEOPLE

5. PETER LENT HIS BOAT TO JESUS AND WAS BLESSED WITH AN ABUNDANT CATCH OF FISH

6. THE PEOPLE WHO ROLLED AWAY THE STONE AT THE TOMB OF LAZARUS DID WHAT THEY COULD AND THEN JESUS RAISED LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD

7. PETER AND JOHN DID NOT HAVE SILVER AND GOLD . BUT THEY USED THEIR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY TO HEAL THE LAME MAN

EXAMPLES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT

1. MOSES : GOD ASKED HIM WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR HAND . GOD USED THE ROD IN THE HAND OF MOSES AS A MIRACULOUS SIGN TO MAKE THE PEOPLE BELIEVE

2. AARON AND HUR UPHELD THE HANDS OF MOSES WHEN HE WAS WEARY AND HELPED THE ISRAELITES TO WIN THE BATTLE

3. THE FATHER IN LAW OF MOSES GAVE VALUABLE ADVICE WHICH GREATLY ENHANCED THE LEADERSHIP ABILITY OF MOSES

4. GIDEON : GOD TOLD GIDEON ’GO IN THE STRENGTH YOU HAVE AND YOU WILL DEFEAT THE MIDIANITES’

5. DAVID DEFEATED GOLIATH WITH A SLING AND A STONE IN HIS HAND. HE DID NOT NEED TO USE THE UNFAMILIAR ARMOUR OF THE SOLDIER

6. THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH FED ELIJAH WITH THE LITTLE FLOUR AND OIL THAT SHE HAD. SHE THEREFORE RECEIVED DIVINE PROVISION TILL THE END OF THE FAMINE

7. THE LITTLE SLAVE GIRL TOLD HOW NAAMAN COULD BE HEALED OF LEPROSY. SHE DID WHAT SHE COULD AND NAAMAN WAS HEALED OF LEPROSY.

INTRODUCTION

The Lord wants us to do what we can and He will do the rest. When we do what is possible then God will do the impossible. When we give what we have then God

can use it to perform miracles. The Lord does not ask to do what we cannot do . He does not ask us to give what we do not have . He is not putting

unreasonable pressure on us to do what is beyond our ability to do. He only wants us to faithful to do what we can do and give what we can give and He will

be faithful to bless us abundantly.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

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PROVERBS 3:27-28

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.

Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you"-- when you already have it with you.

JAMES 4:17

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

GALATIANS 6:9-10

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

JAMES 2:14-17

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.

If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

PSALM 41:1-3

Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.

The LORD protects and preserves them-- they are counted among the blessed in the land-- he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.

The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.

MATTHEW 5:13-16

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown

out and trampled underfoot.

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

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