I Trust Because Its the Only Thing I Know To Do

“But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” (Psalms 31:14 NKJV)

Alone, this verse is powerful right? There is no secret meaning, it gets right to the point.

In a quick attempt I would like to break it down as I understand it.

But as for me (the writer happens to be David, It could read, I David) I trust in You, O Lord; (this establishes his loyalty, it’s to The Lord. Yahweh, God. David’s complete trust is in God) I say, “You are my God.” (again David establishes his trust in God. I say is a definitive declaration, it’s recorded let my words be established. It is God who is his God. Of all the pagan Gods in the neighboring countries David aligns himself with Yahweh, the God of Israel)

When things are great I think its possible for us all to sing this tune. I trust in you Lord, You are my God. It isn’t until we read the entire passage in Psalms 31 that we understand David isn’t playing around.

He isn’t trusting God simply because everything is good.
He isn’t trusting God because its the right thing to do.
He isn’t trusting God because its the popular thing to do.

David is trusting God because its the only thing he knows to do.

Starting at verse 9 lets take a look and see how David came to this conclusion…

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; My eye wastes away with grief, Yes, my soul and my body! For my life is spent with grief, And my years with sighing; My strength fails because of my iniquity, And my bones waste away. I am a reproach among all my enemies, But especially among my neighbors, And am repulsive to my acquaintances; Those who see me outside flee from me. I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel. For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life. But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” (Psalms 31:9-14 NKJV)

One question, why do we trust God?
Is it a trust birthed out of complete dependance on Him no matter what situation or circumstance we find ourself in?

You Don’t Have to Give In

If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. – 1 Corinthians 10:12, 13 NLT

I have been guilty of saying this and maybe you have too. I will never be, say, or do ______________. We tend to think and make others believe, by what we portray on the outside, we are super Christians who never goes through a problem nor will ever blow it big time (fall). There are a few things that jump out to me from my reading today.

Don’t trust your own judgement. Paul wrote, If YOU THINK you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. Ultimately it’s not about us. I can’t trust my judgement based on how close I think I am to God. My salvation has everything to do with Christ. I didn’t earn it and I can’t think I am so big in the faith that I can’t fall. In other words, guard your life and walk with Christ. Don’t become so high and mighty thinking you are the next best thing to come around. Be careful not to fall. Guard your life and don’t trust your own judgement.

My temptation isn’t new. Paul gives us insight that what we go through individually is no different than what others go through. The temptations in your life have been experiences by others and guess what, some have overcome that temptation and serve as examples to us. However in order to know this we have to share what we are going through. That’s the beauty of the Church or Fellowship of the believers. You are part of a spiritual family to serve and share your life with one another.

God isn’t trying to trip me up but leaves me with the choice. God is faithful, he doesn’t put us in a maze called life and sit above us watching and laughing when we get stuck in a corner. God sets perimeters in our life in order that we live faithful and fruitful lives. He says what is allowed in our life and makes it plain that nothing enters more than what we can withstand. God knows our limitations. Further, when temptations come our way he even offers us help. He will show us the way out. Ultimately God gives me the choice to choose the way out or the option to give in. He wants us to choose the way out.

In conclusion, be careful not to fall. Don’t trust your own judgement. The temptations you face aren’t new. God isn’t trying to trip you up but ultimately the choice is up to us whether or not we get out of or give in to the temptations in our life. Choose to get out.

Present Suffering and Future Promises

“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.-Romans 8:18 NLT

I find it easy to focus on the here and now giving no thought to what will be. Our present sufferings have a way to dictate how we view the rest of our life. Again, we have choices. We can choose to allow our sufferings to distort the beauty that is truly around us or we can allow our sufferings to elevate us to a greater dependency upon God and hope in what will be.

I am amazed as I read through the book of Acts recently and saw how the suffering/persecution of the early Christians didn’t stop them from their God given task to being witnesses in the culture which they lived. Why, because they understood this truth which would be revealed in Romans 8, what we suffer NOW is NOTHING compared to the glory he will REVEAL to us LATER. The point is this, present suffering is nothing compared to future promises. Now and Later. What is now will not be later. Here are a few words which come to mind; Endurance, Persistence, Outlook, Hope, Steadfast, Immovable and the list could go on.

I will leave you with this, nothing your going through now can be compared to the glory which God will reveal to us later.

Keep pressing forward.

Am I Speaking Clearly

11 we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. – Acts 2:11 (NKJV)

Have you ever been misunderstood?

Have there been times between someone else speaking and it getting to your ears you completely misunderstand the point and are left dazed?

In reading Acts 2 I am encouraged. I am encouraged because I am reminded once again that the Holy Spirit working in our lives has the ability to empower you and I to be an effective witnesses. Though the disciples of Jesus Christ were unlearned in speaking to the various dialects of those that were in Jerusalem for Pentecost, they were empowered to speak in a tongue (language) they haven’t learned as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were supernaturally infused with the gift to speak of the wonderful works of God in a way that those who were there could understand. This stopped me dead in my tracks this morning as I read this passage and the thought hit me.

Are we speaking clearly to those around us on a day to day basis the wonderful works of God or is it just noise?

Simply, when others are around us are they able to state the following… “There is no doubt something is different about (insert your name here). What in the world could that difference be.” The point is this, our witness must be compelling, our witness must be engaging, and our witness must be clear. Your witness can only be those things by the supernatural empowering of the Holy Spirit. Determine today that as a believer you are going to allow the Holy Spirit to empower you in order to speak clearly to those around you.

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The Waiting Period

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:4-5,8 (NKJV)

The Waiting Period

I am learning that in order for things to work effectively and smoothly systems have to be in place. Our life is made up of systems. We have a system for everything we do. Even those who say they are unorganized have a system in place. Our morning routine is a system. The day to day activities at our job is a system. Our life is full of systems. In order to advance the message of Jesus Christ a system was implemented.

Today as a Church we moved into the book of Acts in our six month journey through the New Testament. I am reminded that Jesus instructed his Disciples to follow a system in order to be effective with sharing their faith (being witnesses). I will call this system, the waiting period. Being effective at doing any “one thing” we have to be empowered to do it. It could mean a certain strength, skill set, or knowledge must be acquired. Each of those things empower us, yet they come through a period of waiting. It doesn’t happen over night and you have to work at it.

In order to be effective in our life an ministry waiting is necessary. The disciples were asked to wait in order that they may be empowered to be a witness. A witness simply confesses what they have seen and heard. Yet, Jesus taught that in order for his followers to tell what they have seen and heard, it would take power. Waiting was necessary. For us, waiting is still necessary. I am learning that the waiting period is an important part of our life. Some people have a hard time waiting. I know I do, but our ministries and and personal life will be better off if we learned to implement the system of waiting.

What’s one piece of advice you can share as it relates to waiting? Be sure to leave a comment below.

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Dark Day’s Can Be A Blessing

John 18: 12-14 (NKJV)Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

There was no doubt John 18 leads up to what could be said as the darkest day in History. In today’s post I want to highlight a post which my wife wrote in April. May the following offer you insight and encouragement.

Dark Day’s Can Be  Blessing

Have you ever been in the midst of something that you wanted to overcome so badly?
Whether its a job situation, a financial strain, a less than ideal living circumstance, or something else less than “ideal”.

You just begin to exist in your life praying that you will overcome your situation sooner rather than later.

Then, the day comes. Something happens, God answers your prayers, the tides change. The end of your trial has been determined and a new journey is beginning. Adios old job, hello better finances. Goodbye gray days, thank God for sunny skies ahead.

Then, days, weeks, months, maybe even years, pass. You realize. Those long ago gray days weren’t actually as awful as they seemed when you were in the midst of them. They were really just tests and trials that you needed to overcome to be the you God wanted you to be.

He was molding you into the person He designed. You begin to thank God for your trial. For the dark days that you thought would never cease. And you realize in the end, your thankful for the dark times. Thankful for how it changed you because even in the dark days, God was leading you…

Chanelle Tallmage, Apr. 2013 | She Provides Food

Keep Pressing Forward!

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Authority and Guts

John 16:1-4 (NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.

It’s a great feeling to know you have been empowered in order to accomplish a certain duty. Many times the thought of failing can cripple us and cause us to stop before we ever get started. Our good intentions, our desires, our duty gets placed on the back burner and other things get moved to the front burner of our lives.

Accomplishing any thing requires authority and guts.

In this passage of Scripture I see that Jesus offered his disciples just that, Authority and Guts (confidence). Keep in mind Jesus is dropping a bombshell on his closest followers. In a very short amount of time Jesus will be gone and the disciples will be left to continue on the message of redemption that came through Jesus’ death on the cross. This message wouldn’t be spread on their own but with the help of the Holy Spirit comforting, teaching, and empowering them. Though the power of His words Jesus gave them authority and confidence to keep going and spreading his message even though they would encounter all sorts of peril such as but not limited to; Being thrown out of their place of worship, being killed and those who do the killing will do it thinking they are doing it for God. Ultimately he was saying don’t be surprised when these things happen neither allow it to cause you to fall back.

Authority and Guts go a long way.

Jesus spoke in advance so that when those perilous things began to take place it would not take them by surprise. When you have the Authority to do something and the Guts to see it through your able to keep going forward when others fall back.

Keep Pressing Forward!

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Good Things to Those Who Ask

Have you ever needed something? Maybe something as simple as help with a move, or as difficult and time consuming as building a house. No matter how simple or vast the help may be, there is a common denominator with each request. The more likely you are to ask the more chances you are going to get help. In the same way, if you fail to ask you definitely will not receive the help. In order to receive you have to ask. In my devotional reading I focused on Matthew 7:7-11. In case you are unfamiliar with the passage here it is.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

It is hard for me to ask for help most times. I don’t mind giving my time, money, and resources to others but when it comes to me needing something I will most of the time do without rather than asking for help. God wants us to ask, God has good things for us however we must use our voice to ask. Sometimes how he wants to bless us is through others. I encourage you to ask, you never know what good things are heading your way when you do.

Do you have a hard time asking? In what ways has God shown you that he is faithful to give good things when you just ask?

Speak Up

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” | Proverbs 31:8-9

Who will speak up for those that can’t speak for themselves. Who will defend those that cannot defend themselves. We are called as Children of God to be the voice for those who have no voice. Be the provision for those who cannot provide for themselves. We are not to be silent but to Speak Up. There are a few practical examples where I believe each individual can make a huge impact and speak up. How about for those with special needs in the community. How about those mothers and children, even fathers, who are left hurt and alone after a brutal divorce. How about those that have lost their jobs. How about all those opportunities we have on a daily basis on our jobs and community to Speak Up.

In my own experience I have found that at times it can be easier to look the other way, BUT God has not called us to look the other way. We must speak up. If our actions speak louder than words our actions must do the talking. We must speak up with our hands and feet. Don’t choose to look the other way, SPEAK UP. Think about what way’s God may be asking you to speak up for those that you encounter on a daily basis. Next time you encounter the opportunity…Speak Up!