Tag Archive | faith and trust in Jesus

Genesis 49:10 ” The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until He comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is His.”

This Messianic prophecy is of Jesus coming to rule and reign over all the people of the world…both Jew and Gentile.  This is also shown in Isaiah 49:6 where it says that Jesus is coming not only to Israel, but to the Gentiles…”that You may bring My salvation to the ends of the earth.”  It’s not that there’d be a continuous reign by the descendants of Judah…only the promise of the permanent right to rule…this being in Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  And at that time He will say, ” Before Me every knee will bow; by Me every tongue will swear.”  (Isaiah 45:23)

Luke 4:28-29 ” All the people in the Synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove Him out of the town, and took Him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. But He walked right through the crowd and went on His way.”

Jesus was back in His hometown of Nazareth…the place where He had been brought up, and where everyone knew Him and His family.  We find Him on the Sabbath in the Synagogue where someone handed Him the scroll of Isaiah to read from.  He read from Isaiah 61:1-2 …( Which was Jesus’ exact job description here on earth) and then sat down.  Everyone spoke well of Him until He uttered 8 words, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  No wonder the people were furious!  All they could see was Mary and Joseph’s little boy…and now He’s daring to claim to be the Messiah!  Their minds refused to believe…their hearts were hardened by pride…their eyes were blinded to His Deity.  Their long-awaited Messiah had come and was in their midst…yet they rejected Him.

James 2:5 ” Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the Kingdom He promised those who love Him? “

Everyday there are common, ordinary people -just like yourself – that do extraordinary things in the name of Jesus.  These people may be poor when it comes to material things, but they are rich in the things of God.   The Lord is depending on ordinary people – like yourself – to do His work here on earth.  These are people who, in the world’s eyes, may not have much to offer, but they are rich in faith, with confidence in their salvation and eternal life…and with that kind of trust, they can move mountains.  For Luke 6:20 says, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.”   The Lord is looking for common, ordinary people to advance His Kingdom here on earth…are you in?

Habakkuk 3:17-18 ” Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Habakkuk is asking, “Where are You God? And why aren’t You doing something about this situation?  Our most basic needs aren’t being met.  Don’t You care about us?”  This is a very common response when anyone is in the midst of troubles…our vision is very myopic, only seeing what’s right in front of us, not any further.  But it’s not until we can look beyond and see God’s “Big Picture” that we, like Habakkuk, can say, “In spite of what I see around me…regardless of this present situation, I will put my trust in You God!  I will place my faith in You for I know You will provide.”

Lamentations 3:40-42 ” Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say: ‘We have sinned and rebelled…’ “

Admitting we’re wrong and asking forgiveness is hard to do.  And when it comes to acknowledging our sin before God it gets even tougher.  It’s not that we’re deliberately rebelling against Him…of blatantly and conspicuously sinning for all to see.  No, it’s rather sins by omission that really mess us up.  These are secret sins that are easy to hide…things that only we may know about.  These sins of omission are things neglected and left undone in our lives…like regular time in the Word, or prayer.  Or they’re things we chose to turn a blind eye to…knowing the Lord wants us to act,  but choosing to be apathetic instead.  These sins of omission are disobedience at its best and need to be dealt with, for as time goes on, it becomes easier and easier to allow these sins to hide in our sub-conscience and justify them rather than admit they are wrong.

Mark 10:20-22 ” ‘Teacher,’ he declared, ‘all these I have kept since I was a boy.’ Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ He said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.’ At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

Jesus had answered the rich young man’s question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  But when the young man arrogantly stated he had kept all the 10 Commandments from childhood…Jesus stared directly at him.  Now Jesus could have called him out on it.  He could have run down a list of 100 times this young man had failed…but He didn’t.  Rather, Jesus looked into the young man’s eyes and saw his potential.  So He gave him an invitation, but within that invitation was also a hard decision.  A decision the young man sadly was not willing to make.  We all have an Achilles heel…a area of our lives we hold on to, stubbornly clinging to, unwilling to trust it completely to the Lord.  But it’s not until we surrender all aspects of our life to Jesus that we can fully follow Him.  Jesus told the rich young man,  “Trust in Me.” …and He’s asking that of you today.

I Kings 17:14 ” For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.’ “

There was a great famine in the land due to a drought. The prophet Elijah had been instructed by the Lord to find a certain widow in Zarephath who would supply him with food.  But when Elijah found her and asked for bread,  she told him she had only enough flour and oil to feed herself and her son for the very last time.  Elijah then said to her, “Don’t be afraid.  Go home and do as you have said.  But make a small cake of bread for me first.” In other words, “Before you feed your loved ones, I want you to trust God and feed me first.”  Elijah was asking the widow to stretch her faith farther than it had ever been stretched before.  He was challenging her to put her faith in God for the family’s provisions…no matter how long the famine lasted.  He reassured her that by trusting God the jar of flour and jug of oil wouldn’t run dry…and they miraculously didn’t.   Oh, to have the faith of that widow!  Her eyes only saw a handful of flour and a dribble of oil left…but yet she bravely stepped out in faith, trusting God to provide for her family.