Posts Tagged ‘Trust

15
Jun
18

The God Who Holds Your Hand

God’s people were in captivity and there were reports of a nation from the east, the Persians, who were conquering other nations. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to comfort His people and to prophesy the restoration of Judah and Jerusalem. God tells His people that He is with them and will help them. Isaiah wrote:

For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you. – Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

God doesn’t change. God is completely aware of and in control of your situation. He is still God. This is the same God who holds your hand and reassures you of His love. He comforts you when you are afraid. He helps you when you are in need. So do not fear the situation you’re facing today. Do not fear the future. God is with you and He will help you. Trust Him to do what He knows is best and when He does, thank Him and praise Him for His goodness.
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06
May
18

Jesus Is The Good Shepherd

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 10:11-21.

27
Dec
17

Into Whose Hands?

Good Wednesday morning to you! When someone wrongs us, our human nature takes over and we want to get revenge on that person. We want to even the score or get back at them. That’s not what Jesus did, even to those who were crucifying Him. Peter wrote:

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. – 1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)

Rather than taking matters into His own hands, which He would have every right to do, He trusted God. He put His situation and His trust in His Heavenly Father. We need to do the same thing. When someone wrongs you, into whose hands will you place the situation? Will you take matters into your own hands or will you trust the Judge of everyone? Do you have enough faith in God to know that nothing escapes His knowledge or sight. The next time someone wrongs you, don’t seek revenge. Let go of the anger and trust God to handle the situation. How you respond will say more about you than how you were wronged says about them.
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.”
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.




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