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Trusting In The LORD
11/26/2013

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV)

I remember as a young child trying to please my parents.  I would do what they asked and would work hard to help by doing my list of chores.  Each day my brother, sister, and I were given a list of things to do, and we were told if we completed our appointed tasks we would be given an allowance of money to use as we chose.  I chose to believe what our parents said, and as a result I would complete everything on the list to the best of my ability.  The result was my parents were pleased, and were faithful to do what they had promised.

I have found it to be the same way with our Heavenly Father—He too, has made many promises of blessing to us within His Word. As we place our faith in Him and His promises our actions should follow by obeying what He has asked of us.  Our obedient actions will reflect our love for Him and will bring glory to His name.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

The word faith used here in this passage of Scripture is translated from the Greek word, “pistis, pis´-tis;” and it is the possessing of a moral conviction of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God, especially reliance upon Christ for salvation.  It is to believe in the Gospel truth (1 Cor. 15:1-4). 

To have faith is to believe in something or someone.  It is to fully trust, and to be so confident we choose to base our actions on what we believe. To have faith is to be fully convinced of the truthfulness and reliability of what we believe.

We see this type of faith being displayed in the book of Numbers.  God had spoken to Moses saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”  Moses did as God had requested and he sent out 12 spies to check out the land.  Upon returning 10 spies gave discouraging reports, full of fear and doubt, while just two spies (Caleb & Joshua) came back with favorable reports and were full of faith in God’s promise to give them the land (Num. 13:30-31).

We can learn a lot from the 12 spies—they all saw the same things, but two of them—Caleb and Joshua—had faith in God’s promises, and therefore viewed things differently.  As a result they wholly surrendered their heart to believe God and His promises.  We need to exercise our faith daily.  God is not asking us to go to war with giants twice our size, but He is going to test us to see if we will continue to act upon His promises contained within His Word. 

I want to encourage you to keep the faith—hold on to it and never let it go, no matter what happens.  God will never leave us nor forsake us, and He will be with us in every test we face.  I don’t know about you, but I want to please my Heavenly Father, and I know to do this I must have faith.

STUDY QUESTION: What promise have we been given in Jeremiah 17:7-8 if we trust in the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God implicitly?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: If you have found yourself doubting your future, or being afraid of what lies ahead, then cast your burdens upon the Lord, and choose to believe His promises within His Word.   You will be immediately rewarded (See Isa. 26:3; Jer. 17:7-8).

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for giving us Your promises contained within Your Word.  Thank You for giving us the stories of men who chose to believe and act upon Your promises.  We are sorry for the times where we have doubted based on what we have seen with our eyes, rather than trusting You completely.  We repent of this, and ask for Your forgiveness.  Help us to remember these biblical truths today, as we face each test that comes our way.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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