Many concepts are in the Bible—even though the exact wording is not. The root idea here is individual responsibility. This is found from the early pages of Scripture and throughout. For example, consider the statement:“Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed’” (Genesis 12:1-3). Yes, this concept is in the Bible!
Scripture ~ “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15).
Comment ~ Popular saying, “Pull yourselves up by your bootstraps.” Have you ever tried (physically) to do that? You would look silly trying to do that! What is required is to recognize two sides of the same coin: you have absolute dependence upon God and at the same time you have an absolute responsibility before God.
Quote ~ “With a proper understanding of our dependence upon God, we will realize that we are dependent for everything including our next breath. We are dependent upon the Spirit of God for absolutely everything in life. At the same time, responsibility before God is also critical. The concept of responsibility allows no room for excuses or justification. Even in the secular world where one can delegate activities, you maintain full responsibility for the results. We may ignore what we are responsible for, but that does not change our accountability.” ~ “Thy Will Be Done On Earth: Understanding God’s Will For You”; Robert Lloyd Russell, pages 20-21.
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