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What is it to Trust God?

How often have you heard someone say about God; "I just have to learn to trust Him more."

I was reminded of the time I was at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. I may have shared this before, but it is worth sharing again. At the top of the tower is a section of very thick glass about 4 foot square that you can stand on and look straight down to the bottom of the
tower. Now, if it was unsafe to stand on they would certainly have it roped off with something solid so that it would be impossible for anyone to stand on top of it. Everyone who goes up there knows it is safe to stand on. But few actually will. Why? Because although they know it is safe, they really do not really trust it.
 
Unfortunately many Christians are like that to. We say that we believe what God tells us, but we do not in actual fact really trust Him.
 
Here is another antidote of trust. Everyone knows of Niagara Falls in Ontario Canada. It is a very famous spot. Tourists come from all over the world to see it. There was a tight rope walker who was well known for walking and carrying all kinds of objects across the cable that traverses the falls. He would carry objects in a wheel barrel, on his shoulders etc.

When he asked others if they think he could carry someone safely across the cable in the wheel barrel, everyone would say "certainly." But none would let him do it to them.
 
Please read these postings on trusting God.

 
Trusting God

Job 13:15
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Job 13:15 (King James Version)

How much do we trust God? Do we trust Him in every situation, or only in some? Can we trust Him with our lives? Would we trust Him even if He took our life or the life of someone we love?


Trust can be defined as: a firm belief in another's honesty, ability or integrity.

Trust means that you believe that someone will do exactly what he says he will do, no matter what.

Trust means that doubt about another person never even enters your mind.


Many think that they have a deep trust because they obey God.

But that is not trust; that is obedience. It is easier to obey God than to trust Him. We can blindly obey someone because we think its the right thing to do?  But we trust someone because we believe in Him.


The example of Peter.


He thought that He trusted Christ; but he denied his Lord 3 times in one night. And he wept bitterly because of it. His trust wasn't based upon a true belief; it was based upon emotion.

Again Peter showed his lack of faith, lack of trust in Jesus when he walked upon the water. Matthew 14:22-33 Peter as we know was quick to speak, but more often than not did not back his mouth with action. He was quick to want to go for a walk on the water with Jesus when he saw Jesus out there. But once Peter saw the winds picking up and likely tossing the water, he lost trust in Jesus and began to sink.


Job's trust in God was not based upon emotion.

It was based upon a complete belief in God as the One who knew what was best for him in all situations.  It was based upon a complete belief that whatever God put into his life, God was still to be trusted.

Job uttered these classic words after he had gone through the worst testing that anyone has possibly gone through.
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Job 13:15 (King James Version)

He said this while everyone else told him to curse God and die!


Trusting God Boils Down To Whether We Believe What He Says Is True Or
Not.

How do we know that we can trust God?

Because what He has said in the past has come to pass. We have seen prophecy fulfilled exactly as God has said it would.  We know that His Word is trustworthy, we can count on Him.

Psalm 9:10 (King James Version): “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

Psalm 33:4 (King James Version): "For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth."

We see that others have trusted God before us.


Men have gladly laid down their lives, they have faced torture and pain; they have lost their homes and families.

Men like Daniel and the disciples have faced torture and pain.

Hebrews 11:36-38: "And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth." (King James Version)

They have lost their homes and families for Him. The early church was persecuted and hunted down because of their faith. In other countries this continues today. They have shown the truth of this by putting their faith into practice, by actions, not just with emotions and talk. We know very little of real persecution for our faith in North America.
What is the one thing that God has said that we find is the hardest to believe? That we will continue to live on after death and be raised from the dead. To really believe this is the supreme test of whether we trust Him or not. We all have to face death, but do we all truly believe that we will live again?  God has said yes, but do we trust Him enough to believe it without doubt?
 
That is where faith comes in.  Do we really trust Him enough to put our lives into His hands? Eternity is not the question. The question is, will we spend eternity with God in heaven, or will we be separated from God and tormented for all eternity in the Lake of Fire?  That is determined by our trust in God and His Word today? Do we trust Him for our salvation?  If you have never placed your trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary, we invite you to do so today!
 
Trusting God does not always mean that we will understand what He is doing, or why He is doing it. This is the real hard part! This is where faith and trust have to operate at their highest level!  When all of the sudden everything in our life starts going bad, we begin to wonder where God is at in all of this. We wonder if He has forgotten about us, or if He still cares about us.  When all of our best laid plans go bad, we wonder why God would allow this to happen to us!  We may even get mad at Him.
 
 Sometimes it seems that Christians suffer more than unbelievers. But God doesn't always operate the way that we think. Our parents didn't always do things our way when we were children. But we can't let that keep us from trusting God!  He knows what's best! He knows the future, we don't!  Isaiah 46:10 says; "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:" (King James Version)

Trusting God Is Not Based On Whether He Gives Us Everything That We Ask for!

Selfishness doesn't produce trust. How many people have you known that have said something like this?

"I asked God for something, and He didn't give it to me, therefore I cant trust Him."  This is a very selfish motive. And this will never develop trust in God, only fear.
 
 The Apostle Paul gave us an example of a legitimate request of God.. He asked God to heal him.
2 Cor. 12:7 God said no three times verse 8. Did Paul stop trusting in God because He wouldn't heal him? No. He accepted the fact that God had another plan for him. He also realized that he would be strengthened in weakness to the glory of God. Verses 9-10  Paul accepted the fact that God knew what was best for him.
 
How do we develop a deep trust in God?  How do we get to the place where Job was where he could say, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him" Job 13:15 (King James Version). He had a relationship with God.  A real relationship. Not just one day a week, but 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He drew close to God.

Would you put your trust in a stranger?  No, of course not!  God doesn't want to be a stranger to any of us. He desires for us to have a personal relationship with Him. The more we know God, the more we will find Him faithful, and the more we will trust Him. This was Job's secret: He knew God. He had a deep personal relationship with God. Do you know Him? Do you trust Him for your salvation, for your daily needs, for everything?
 
It is hard to trust God at times. I am as guilty as most everyone else at one time or another in not trusting Him. We tend to not trust Him when things go bad. But when things are going great we praise and trust Him whole hearted. Yes, you are right. We must learn to trust Him. And that is achieved by developing a deep personnel relationship with Him.

How do you do that? How do you develop a true deep relationship with anybody? By spending lots of one on one quality time with them. You do that by learning their likes and dislikes, by having fun times with them, by listening to them, by being there at all times when they call upon you, in good times or bad. This we all do when we spend quality time with Him in prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, in just being quiet and listening to His Still Quiet Voice, reading His word and studying it.

Let us all, start anew, to trust Him, and spend lots of quality one on one time with Him. Nothing is more important in this life than God. Nothing, no person, no sport, no job, nothing is more important than God.
 
Are you scared to be alone to the point of falling into temptation? Why not turn off the computer, put down the paper, turn off the t.v. and pick up the Bible Instead? Take now that first step again, for the first time with God onto the glass floor and walk out on it with HIm. Trust Him to walk out on it and to be there with you in all things, in all situations good and bad. Trust Him!


The early church was persecuted and hunted down because of their faith.


In other countries this continues today. They really have to have trust in God. We know very little of real persecution for our faith.


The one thing that God has said that is the hardest to believe?


That we will continue to live on after death. To really believe this is the supreme test of whether we trust Him or not. We all have to face death, but do we all truly believe that we will live again?

God has said yes, but do we trust Him enough to believe it without doubt?

That is where faith comes in. Do we trust Him enough to put our lives in His hands?

Eternity is not the question? The question is will we spend eternity with God in heaven? Or will we be separated from God and tormented for all eternity in the lake of fire? That is determined by our trust in God and His Word today? Do we trust Him for our salvation?

If you have never placed your trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary, we invite you to do so today!


Trusting God Does Not Always Mean That We Will Understand What He Is
Doing, Or Why He Is Doing It.

This is the real hard part!

This is where faith and trust have to operate at their highest level! When all of the sudden everything in our life starts going bad, we begin to wonder where God is at! We wonder if He has forgotten about us, or if He still cares about us. When all of our best laid plans go bad, we wonder why God would allow this to happen to us! We may even get mad at God.


Sometimes Christians it seems that we suffer more than unbelievers.


But God doesn't always operate the way that we think. Our parents didn't always do things our way when we were children. But we can't let that keep us from trusting God! He knows best! He knows the future, we don't!

(Isa 46:10) "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (King James Version)


Trusting God Is Not Based On Whether He Gives Us Everything That We Ask
For.

Selfishness doesn't produce trust.

How many people have you known that have said something like this: "I asked God for something, and he didn't give it to one, therefore I cant trust Him."

This is a very selfish motive. And this will never develop trust in God, only fear.


The example of Paul


The Apostle Paul, who had a very legitimate request of God. He asked God to heal him. God said no. Did Paul stop trusting in God because He wouldn't heal him? No. He accepted the fact that God had another plan for him. He accepted the fact that God knew what was best for Paul.


How do we develop a deep trust in God?


How do we get to the place where Job was where he could say, "Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him?"

He had a relationship with God. A real relationship. Not just one day a week, but 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He drew close to God. We won't trust a stranger? God doesn't want to be a stranger to any of us. He desires for us to have a personal relationship with Him. The more we know God, the more we will find Him faithful, and the more we will trust Him. This was Job's secret: He knew God.

Do we know Him? Do we trust Him? For our salvation? For our daily needs? For everything?
 
It is hard to trust God at times. I am as guilty as most everyone else at one time or another in not trusting Him. We tend to not trust Him when things go bad, But when things are going great we praise and trust Him whole heartedly. Yes, you are right. We must learn to trust Him. And that is achieved by developing a deep relationship with Him.

How do you do that? How do you develop a true deep relationship with anybody? By spending lots of one on one quality time with them. You do that by learning their likes and dislikes, by having fun times with them, by listening to them, by being there at all times when they call upon you. This we all do when we spend quality time with Him in prayer, meditation, just being quiet and listening to His still quiet voice, reading His word and studying it.

Let us all, start anew, to trust Him, and spend lots of quality one on one time with Him. Nothing is more important in this life than God. Nothing, no person, no sport, no job, nothing is more important than God.

Are you scared to be alone to the point of falling into temptation? Why not turn off the computer and pick up the Bible Instead?

Take now that first step again for the first time with God onto the glass floor and walk on it with HIM.

 



 

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Isaiah 40:31

He is always there for you!

Sadly, it is an unfortunate thing that we cannot always rely on other people. I am as guilty as any for not always being reliable at times, though I try to be. But, as scripture says, we have and advocate with Jesus . 1 John 2:1 says: "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (King James Version)
 
And remember also He also says: ".... I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."  Heb. 13:5 (King James Version)
 
This is one promise that you can count on eternally. He is always there for you and He will always be there to give you strength in the times of temptations. 2 Cor. 10:13 is that promise. Hang onto it and onto Him when tempted. I have said many times, when we turn to Him in times of temptation, whether in prayer, meditation, scripture reading etc. It is impossible to sin because you are no longer focusing on the temptation, but on Him.
 

God Bless
 
André

God Continues to Hold Out His Hand...

I am reminded  of  the  joke  about  a man sitting on a roof  as the  flood  waters  surround his  house.  Several  times  others  came to rescue him, but  he  refused their  help  saying: "I will wait  for  God to come and  save me." Finally  after  the man died  or  whatever it is  that happened to him, he talks with God  and  asks  God:  "why did  you not  come  and rescue me?" God  replied: "I tried  three times, but  you refused  the  help I sent you  by way of  three different  people  who came to rescue  you."
 
God firstly sent  our  greatest  hope, Jesus  Christ. And  He continually sends  us  help by way of  friends, family, acquaintances etc.  But all to often we reject  the help God  sends us.
 
Oh how much better it  would be  if  at first  we  reach out  and grab the hand that wants to rescue  us. I am so grateful that God  does  not  stop sending out  rescuers  only three times, but continues  to hold out His hand  every day for  us  and  sends us  hope and help by  ways of  friends, family, acquaintances. And most importantly by way of  His Son Jesus  Christ.
 
Let us never give up hope  of rescue, never let us refuse help sent our  way, and let us  grab hold  of the all saving, wonderful, powerful hand of our Lord God and Savior  Jesus Christ.
 
Trust and obey  folks, there is no other way, keeping our  eyes  focussed on Him.
 
Hang in there friends  One  and  All
 
Andre B.
 

Let Him Worry!

Staying focused sometimes on the present is sometimes hard. It seems silly for us to worry about what could have been rather to to consider what is. God is allowing now what is. Let Him worry about what might be.  As Jesus said, "So why do you worry about clothing?"  (Matthew 6:28. New King James Version).

This passage 6:25-34 is a reminder that we need not worry about what is not at the moment but what is and what He is doing. Let Him worry about your needs and your life. That is His job!!!!!!!!

Trust in God

Where else but in God can you hold out to trust in to help you along your new journey to being fulfilled to become the man He wants you to be. Trust in Him, for there is no other by whom we may call upon to cleanse us from unrighteousness. The path is tough, but hold on, hold out, allow Him to lead you and believe with all your heart, soul, and mind the promises he has made for you. He has drawn you to Him to help you. Do not allow His gifts to fall to the dogs.
 
Have a great and Godly week
 
andre

Live for Him!

The more and more you live for Him, and the more and more you give to Him all your troubles, worries, hangups, temptations etc, the less the weight of shame you will feel. As you live more and more for Him, the cemented feet will gradually soften as His shed tears of love will soften the cement and release you from bondage.
 
Take care and have a great and Godly week.

Andre

Trusting God Today, Tomorrow, and in the Future Matthew. 6: 25-34; 24; 1 Pet.5:7

What is a Phobia? A Phobia is the extreme fear of something. For just about anything you can imagine, there are people who are afraid of it. For example some of the more common phobias are:

Claustrophobia: which is the fear of being in tight quarters, like a closet or an elevator.

Arachnophobia: is the fear of spiders.

Aerophobia: is the fear of heights.

There are very many other phobias, some of which are very strange.

For example: Barophobia is the fear of gravity, Chromophobia is the fear of colours.

And here is a real strange one. Genuphobia, is the fear of knees.

And how about this one, optophobia. This is very common among many of us, especially teens. It is the fear of opening one's eyes, especially in the morning. Mom, I don't want to get out of bed!

What fears do you have?

Another very common phobia is anxiety. Anxiety, or being anxious is the fear, or worry about things that may or not happen.

For example many are afraid often of going on a trip because of the many possible unknowns like; What if I get sick, what if we are involved in an accident, what if the plane is late arriving or leaving etc.

In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus gives us a picture of a few things that some may be anxious about.

Let's read these verses and see what He says about it and what to do about it.

"25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (NKJV)

In these verses Jesus is talking about another common phobia called anxiety.
Anxiety is the fear or shall we say, being worried about things which may or may not happen, of things of which we have no control of.

What are the things that Jesus said that some people are anxious about, worried about.?
In verse 25 He says "do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on." (NKJV).

What does Jesus use to compare you to as to what God takes care of?  Answer the birds.

What does Jesus say that God, the Father does for the birds?  Answer- Feed them. V:26, and God of course has built within them the knowledge of how and where to build their nests.

And what does Jesus say about them as compared to you? He asks a rhetorical question and the answer is that you are more valuable than the birds to God the Father. A rhetorical question is a question asked to illustrate something that does not need and answer, because the answer is already known by the person it is asked of.

Jesus then gives a strange statement by asking you basically, can you add to your height by worrying about how tall you are?
He is in essence saying it is foolish to worry about things which you have no control of.

But by illustration of the following verse about who looks after the flowers and trees, He is showing us that we are also of more value to God than the flowers and the trees. And who looks after the flowers and the trees to make sure that they grow as they should, to make sure that they get the right amount of moisture and nutrients in the ground for them to grow? God does of course.

Jesus continues to tell us, that rather than worrying about the things of the world that He knows you need, we should instead be considering and spending more time with Him in reading His Word, the Bible, praying, and talking to others about Him.
(Matt 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." NKJV)

In conclusion to this lesson Jesus tells us we should not worry about the things which He knows we need or about things of the future. He is God and is in control of all things.

God is able and wants to take care of the needs in our lives.
By worrying, we are not giving Him the honour, the credit of being God.
By worrying it denies that God loves us.
By worrying it shows that we do not think that He is able to take care of us.
If we stop worrying, and  let Him be God, and instead focus our attention on the things of God, He promises us that he will take care of everything we need now and in the future in every area of our life.
So why worry, why bother being anxious.

Or as I am fond of saying, why worry? If you worry you are going to die, if you don't worry you are still going to die, so why worry!

Let God be God. Let Him take care of the needs of your life. Leave all your worries, your problems, your anxieties to Him.

When God led His people through the wilderness after rescuing them from the bondage of Egypt, He took care of all their needs along the way. Did you notice that their clothing did not wear to the point where they did not need to keep looking for new clothes. God took care of that. Were they in  need of food, or water, God took care of that. But sadly even though all their needs were being provided for, the people still not trust God to look after them. We too are like that all the time. We worry about tomorrow, we worry about two minutes from now. Why?

Does not God look after the birds of the air, the flowers and the trees? Does He not love you more than these?
 
So why worry, why allow yourself to be anxious and get yourself all tied up in knots, fretting about things that you have no control of to begin with. Being anxious causes sickness in your body. So why worry? Let God be God and let Him take care of all your needs and let Him be your God, doing what He loves to do, being your God and taking care of your daily needs. Let Him, will ya!
 
André

(Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

 

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