Tag Archive | faith and trust in Jesus

John 16:23 ” In that day you will no longer ask Me anything.”

When you’re waiting for important test results to come back…your head can be filled with questions, doubts, and uncertainty.  But if you allow the Lord to take you back, He will show you the many times that He carried you through equally tough times.  And with each event He brings to mind, your faith and trust grows…for you’ll see where He has worked mightily on your behalf.  Jesus tells us in John 14:1, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in Me.”   Total reliance and confidence in the Lord means that we no longer need to question God’s plan or purpose for our lives…for we know with certainty  what He’s done for us in the past… will continue into the future.

Hebrews 1:1-2 ” In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.”

I may be very old fashion, but I still like to talk to people on the phone…or better yet, face to face!  Texting is ok, but I like to hear a person’s voice and interact in a more personal way.  At the beginning of time God could have been silent, but He chose to speak through prophetic disclosure.  But then Jesus Christ was born into the world, making a way for all of us to have an intimate relationship with our Savior.  No longer did we have to hear about God…we could experience Him for ourselves.

Psalm 112:4 ” Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”

This verse tells us that even in the midst of suffering…God’s love shines forth and His favor surrounds us as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12)   Circumstances can still be dark around us, but people will notice something different…a light shining forth from us, as we steadfastly  put our faith and trust in God.  Situations may not change, for we live in a broken world…but what can change is our attitude  and reaction to them.

Matthew 6:30 ” If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Jesus didn’t mince words with the Disciples.  He used the phrase, “O you of little faith” many times throughout the book of Matthew in dealing with them.  In Matthew 8:26 Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”  In Matthew 14:31 He again asked, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  Here were men who had witnessed miracle after miracle…bodies made whole, blind eyes receiving sight, dead bodies brought back to life…and they still hesitated to fully trust Jesus.  If these men had trouble with their faith, why should it surprise me if I fall short?  The Believer’s journey is taking that meager crumb of faith we’re given and growing it day by day…of  being open and honest when we doubt…and asking the Lord to help us in our unbelief.

Revelation 3:7-8 ” These are the words of Him Who is holy and true, Who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.”

Jesus Christ is that open door, sacrificing His life in order to make a way to God.  And it’s only through His death, burial, and resurrection that we have this open door of faith that we can freely walk through. The final sentence in these Scriptures states, “See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.”  This has to give hope to all that have been praying for a lost love one.  No one can shut this door on them.  This open door of hope will always be there…standing wide open to welcome them in.

John 11:7-8 ” Then He said to His disciples, ‘Let us go back to Judea.’ ‘But Rabbi,’ they said, ‘a short while ago the Jews tried to stone You, and yet You are going back there?’ “

The disciples thought Jesus was confused and making a mistake for wanting to go back to a place where He had almost been killed.  But where they were coming from was a very incorrect and sorely limited understanding, perception, and interpretation of just who Jesus was and what He could do.  Psalm 18:30 tells us that, “As for God, His way is perfect.”  Nothing that God has done or will ever do is a miscalculation or blunder.  His Will in your life is faultless, flawless, and correct in every detail…and His timing is always perfect.

Proverbs 16:7 ” When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies live at peace with him.”

When the Holy Spirit is deeply embedded in you and what you do, the Lord takes great delight.   But you also need to remember that it’s about the people you touch, not about the things you think you need to accomplish.  Projects are wonderful…outreach into the community, volunteer work, leading Bible Studies, etc.  But they only become notches in your gun if that’s the sole reason you’re doing them.  Sorry to say, but touching others for Christ isn’t about you at all.  It’s about demonstrating God’s love in tangible ways to others and pointing them towards Jesus.