Posts Tagged ‘Trust

27
Jan
17

Lord, Lord

Good Friday morning to you! Jesus makes it clear that there will be people who think that they are going to Heaven who will sadly discover that they have no heavenly reward. He said:
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 7:21 (NIV)
Faith is more than just believing that a man named Jesus existed. Faith is about trusting Him for forgiveness and obeying Him in gratitude. Faith is about the transformation the Holy Spirit brings about in your life after you surrender to Jesus. He calls us to come and die each day. Die to ourselves and our sin. Die to being selfish and self-centered. Die to pride, lust, anger, resentment and bitterness caused when we don’t forgive. We must give ourselves to Jesus wholeheartedly in love and devotion. As the old hymn says, “There’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.”
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28
Nov
16

He’s Not Going Anywhere

John 6:67-71 (NIV)

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)

John 6:66 (NIV) says:

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

People couldn’t accept the hard teachings of Jesus and so they deserted Him. Then Jesus asks His twelve disciples if they were going to leave as well. Peter speaks for the group and asks where else they could go. They couldn’t go back to fishing or tax collecting. They had been with Jesus! They had a deep relationship with the Son of God. They knew Him and who He was. They understood what others did not understand – He was the Messiah sent by God. He had words of truth and life.
What about us? Do we have a deep enough relationship with Jesus that we won’t leave Him when life gets hard and the going gets tough? Through hardships and troubles and persecution, will we remain faithful to Him? Do we love Him enough? Do we know Him well enough? Do we trust Him enough?
If you are struggling with your faith and with doubt right now, turn back to Jesus and hear Him whisper those words of truth and life to your soul. Hear Him say to your heart that He loves you and He will not abandon you nor leave you. Spend time with the Father in prayer and in reading His Word. Spend time with His people in a church family. These are good things to do because they remind us that He is there and He’s not going anywhere. Find faith and strength in His presence, His powerful Word and His people.
PRAYER: I ask that You would reveal Yourself to me today that I may have a deeper faith in You, O God. I need to hear from You. I need to be comforted by Your presence. Help me to be committed and devoted to Jesus today. Amen.
14
Oct
16

God Knows What He’s Doing

John 6:1-7 (NIV)

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

You may not realize it, but God knows what He’s doing. He knows all about your situation. He knows what you’re going through. He knows your every need (even before you ask Him). Not only does He know about your situation, He knows how He’s going to deal with it.
When Jesus saw the great crowds approaching, He knew that they were hungry. He knew that they would need food. He also knew how He was going to feed them. So He turned to Philip to test his faith. Would Philip see the problem with earthly eyes or with spiritual eyes? To Philip, the problem could only be solved by buying bread.
I heard Andy Stanley at a recent leadership conference say that leaders need to focus on the wow instead of on the how. Philip was focused on the how. How could they possibly feed all of those people? He didn’t see the opportunity that was before them. He didn’t see the potential wow of what Jesus could do.
In your life today, whatever crisis or problem you’re facing, focus on trusting God to provide the wow for you. If you’re having a hard time making ends meet, trust God to provide and follow His leading. He knows what He’s doing. He knows how He will provide. He will wow you with His power and His love. You’ve got to trust Him to do so. See your problem as God’s opportunity to open your eyes to His amazing power.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, You know my every need. You know my situation that I am facing today. I pray that You will help me to give it over to You and to trust You for the answer and the solution. Help me to patiently wait upon You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
14
Jul
16

It Will Be Provided

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” — Genesis 22:6-8 (NIV)

One of the amazing things about the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac is Abraham’s trust and confidence in God.  He did not know how God would provide the lamb, he just knew that God would provide the lamb.  Maybe a thousand different scenarios ran through his mind.  Maybe he had it all planned out.  “We are going to do this and then God is going to do that and then everything will be cool.”  Or maybe Abraham truly trusted God.  He didn’t keep a lookout for lambs on the way up the hill.  He simply obeyed God and trusted that when the time was right, God would provide.

What about us?  When things are tough and we are having a hard time trusting, how do we respond?  Do we worry and fret?  Jesus said not to because the Father knows what we need.  If we will seek after the things of God, His kingdom and His righteousness, we’ll have everything we need.  We need to simply trust that God will provide.  Like Abraham, we don’t need to know the how, we just need to know the will.  He will provide.

PRAYER: Help me to trust You today, O Lord. May worry be far from me as I seek Your kingdom first. You know what I need before I ever say it. Thank You for this amazing love You have for me that was expressed through Jesus on the cross. Amen.

26
May
16

Be Still

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. — Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
The Israelites were terrified (Exodus 14:10).  The armies of Pharaoh were bearing down on them and quickly.  They started to believe that suffering as slaves in Egypt was a far better fate than being slaughtered in the desert.  Moses gives them reassurance and a command.  God will fight for you.  Be still.  The Hebrew word for “be still” literally means to become silent or remain inactive.
It’s been a stressful day here in my household.  We’ve been running around due to a family emergency for hours.  There is worry and fear and fret and anxiety all swirling around in a tornado of stress that doesn’t look to be going away any time soon.  It made touchdown several hours ago and it continues to cut a swath of stress through the peace of our lives.  We don’t know what is going to happen, all we know is that we are scared.
In the midst of all of this, I can hear Moses’ voice echo down through history.  “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  I hear Jesus’ command to the storm as His disciples feared for their lives on the Sea of Galilee, “Quiet!  Be still!”  There was instant calm.  Doesn’t that sound nice?  A little bit of peace in the midst of life’s storms?  A little bit of calm in the middle of the storm?  As life bears down on you, can you hear Moses’ words?  “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
16
Mar
16

Trusting and Obeying

1 John 3:19-24 (NIV)
This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
 
When I was a youngster, I remember that one of my father’s favorite hymns was “Trust and Obey.”  This is what John is telling followers of Jesus to do in verses 23-24 of chapter 3.  Trust Jesus for salvation by believing in Him and obey God’s command by loving people.  God’s Spirit dwells in the heart of the born-again believer.  When one accepts God’s offer of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus expressed by believing, repentance, confession and baptism, God’s Spirit fills you (Acts 2:38).  God’s very Spirit lives in you and begins to transform you.  We have nothing to fear and can stand before God in full confidence knowing that He lives in us.  The indwelling Holy Spirit convicts us of righteousness and truth.  The Holy Spirit helps us in our moments of weakness when it comes to fear, sin and doubt.  The Holy Spirit of God helps us to obey the commands of Christ.
What are the commands of Christ?  Love God and love people.  Why do we need the Spirit’s help?  Because love does not come naturally to us.  We look at the world around us and we see violence and hatred everywhere.  Where is the love?  Why don’t people love one another?  It is because they do not have the love of God within them?  Knowing the unconditional love of God motivates us to love others.  We can stand before God in the full assurance of His unfailing love.  We don’t have to be terrified of God.  He is for us and not against us.  His love frees us up to trust Him and obey Him.  We do not obey out of obligation or fear, but rather out of love.  We want to please Him because we are in a loving relationship with Him.  This is our motivation for obedience.  
 
PRAYER: Father, help me to trust You and obey Your commands today.  I want opportunities to love You and love people more.  Show me those who need Your love today that I might be like Jesus to them.  Thank You for Your unfailing love.  Amen.
29
Jan
16

Plenty

It’s hard to trust God, isn’t it?  We have a head knowledge that He has said He will provide for our needs.  We want to believe it.  We try so hard to trust Him when He says, “I will provide.”  But connecting the head with the heart is difficult.  There is a story in the book of Matthew where Jesus provides for the needs of people.

Then Jesus called his disciples and told them, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry, or they will faint along the way.”  The disciples replied, “Where would we get enough food here in the wilderness for such a huge crowd?”  Jesus asked, “How much bread do you have?”  They replied, “Seven loaves, and a few small fish.”
So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground.  Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd.  They all ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food.  There were 4,000 men who were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children.

– Matthew 15:32-38 (NLT)

Jesus had compassion on the people.  He felt sorry for them.  He saw them in their helpless, hungry state and felt for them.  So Jesus did what Jesus does.  He was moved to action.  He did something about their situation and lovingly provided for their needs.

He still does the same thing for us today.  When we are in a helpless situation, He helps.  When we are hopeless, He gives hope.  When we are hungry, He provides.  He loves us and has compassion for us.  He knows that we are weak and frail.  It is in our weakness that He demonstrates His incalculable strength.  He not only provides, but He abundantly provides!  He gives us so much more than we could ever ask or hope for!

Oh that we would learn to trust Him to provide!  Oh that we would know His compassion and love!  Oh that we would sense His strength and power in our lives!  May His loving presence in your life give you peace today.

PRAYER: Father, help me to trust You today.  Amen.

When is it hardest for you to trust God?

How does this story of Jesus’ compassion for people give you hope and comfort today?

What is one area of your life that you need to trust God with today (family, finances, relationships)?




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