Saturday, March 6, 2010

Leaning Hard

Trust in the Lord and the Holy Spirit will guide you into ALL truth.

Good Evening to All!

Today's Seed: "Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture." Psalm 37:3 I have to say again I definitely prefer the KJV. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

This tells me to trust in God, stand fast, watch and wait, and He will take care of me. Don't lose faith. An excellent example is when Peter started to walk toward Jesus on the water, and then started to doubt. Then and only then he started to sink. As long as we keep our eyes upon God, we will not sink.
Throughout the Bible we are told to trust in the Lord. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, "How do I trust in the Lord?" Interestingly enough, we find it easy to trust many things everyday. We trust that the chair in which we sit is going to hold us. We trust that the food we eat will nourish us. But we find it difficult to trust in the Lord.

That may be because we have found, the hard way, that it is easier to trust things than it is to trust people. We get our disappointments with other people mixed up with our relationship with the Lord. Time and again we have been disappointed. Our expectations have not been realized. Sometimes even our expectations of what God would do have not come to pass. Our trust has been undermined--perhaps because we we have misunderstood what God means when he asks us to trust him.

Dig Deeper: Trust means to turn from independence to total dependence. It is taking God at His word. It is leaning hard on Him and depending on Him to be able to hold our weight.

Whenever we start trusting in ourselves, our own abilities, more than God, that is when we get into trouble. Next time things don't go as you had planned, stop and think back. Did I pray about this? Did I include God in my decision-making? If not, that is where the problem lies. God is interested in everything we do. Not just the big things. I have actually heard people say "it wasn't important enough to pray about." They couldn't be more wrong. Even something as insignificant as losing your car keys. I can't count the times I have laid my keys down and forgot where. Unfortunately, sometimes I don't practice what I preach and I look and look for them, and am usually late for where I'm suppose to be. Other times I lose them, and right off the bat I say ok God, I know you are looking at my keys right now, you saw where I put them lead me to them so I won't be late. He puts it in my heart where they are and I go right to them. We have a mighty God that cares about the number of hairs on our head, so we should trust Him with everything about our lives as well.

Background Bulb: In mark 9:21-24, we read about the man who came to Jesus. His son was possessed by an evil spirit since childhood. The father pleaded with Jesus to help them if he could. Jesus responded, "Everything is possible for him who believes."

The boy's father cried out, "I do believe: help me overcome my unbelief!"

Doubts and unbelief aren't new. The disciples had tried to heal the boy but failed. So the man's faith had been tested. No doubt he had already done everything humanly possible to help his son. Jesus was his last resort. His faith was frail, but he did not give up.

Weed & Water: It is easy to tell others to trust God. Why is it so hard for us? Fear often intervenes in our ability to trust--fear that God may not see things as we do or want what we want. We want to believe God's plans are best, but the enemy assaults us with doubts and fears.

First John 4:28, Living Bible reminds us : "We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; his perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what he might do to us. If we are afraid, it is for fear of what he might do to us and shows that we are not fully convinced that he really loves us." In the midst of doubts and fears, remember this man's actions and prayer: "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"

Typing this blog has helped me so much. As I said earlier, I sometimes do not practice what I preach, and I am one of those who are always saying to trust God, God is in Control, He knows us better than we know ourselves and on and on. Then when it comes to me having to put my trust in Him I catch myself saying "I trust God, but I better do this just in case!" Right there, I showed God that I didn't have trust in Him. I'm getting a lot better since I started this blog 6 months ago. I am trusting Him more, and I pray and ask for help from HIM a lot more.

Don't get me wrong. I have been a devout, Holy Ghost-filled Christian for 10 years, but since I started my blog, it has strengthened me on so many levels, and I hope it has done the same for you.

Think about it:
What has happened in your past that keeps you from trusting God?

What do you fear about turning from independence to total dependence on God?

what can you do to lean hard, putting your total trust in God

Prayer Pot: Dear God, help me to understand your wonderful love for me and to trust you for....

Take -Away Idea: Fear not! God can be trusted!

Good Night to All and May God Bless!