Tag Archive | our faith and trust in Jesus

James 2:14 ” What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? “

Throughout the Book of James we see him arguing the difference between faith and active faith.  Just believing in God, he says, isn’t enough…for even the demons believe in God. (James 2:19)  What the Lord demands from us is to demonstrate our inward trust in Him by outward actions.  In other words, to not only hear His Word, but put it into practice.  For faith without works is considered dead and accomplishes nothing for the Kingdom of God.

John 6:69 ” We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.”

Jesus asked Martha a pointed question in John 11:25-26 after telling her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  To know Jesus and believe in Him go hand in hand in both theses Scriptures.  To truly understand someone means spending time with them…getting to know them well and developing a deep personal relationship.  Kinda like when you met your future spouse…you wanted to know everything about them!  And after a while, your trust and assurance grew as you got to know that person better and better…finally resulting in committing and entrusting your life together as a married couple.  The same goes for our relationship with Jesus Christ.  We need to know Him before we can believe in Him.  For our faith can only grow out of our understanding of Him.

Mark 14:37 ” Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping…”

It could have been me among that group of dosing disciples.  There they were in the Garden of Gethsemane, having just been warned by Jesus to watch and pray as He moved off to pray alone.  Coming back to them, Jesus was dismayed to find them all sleeping and asked, “Are you sleeping?  Could you not keep watch for one hour?  Watch and pray so that you won’t fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (Mark 14:38)  Yes, it could have been me that Jesus found asleep.  For how many times have I started to pray only to have my mind wander and become distracted after only a few minutes?

Luke 11:9 ” So I say to you; Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

This verse hinges on our faith and trust in God.  For when we ask God for something, we must trust that He’ll give us what’s the very best  according to His Will.  When we seek, we must have faith that we’ll find His perfect plan and purpose for our life.  And when we knock, we must be confident to walk through the door He opens for us.

I Corinthians 15: 57-58 ” But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

In these verses the Apostle Paul is encouraging the Church in Corinth to not give up in doing the Lord’s work, no matter how unimportant it may seem.   Even today in this goal oriented world, we  want anything we do for the Lord to have measurable outcomes.  So if we aren’t achieving specific concrete results, we feel that our work is insignificant.  But Paul addresses this notion earlier in his letter when he writes, ” What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul?  Only servants, through whom you came to believe – as the Lord assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” (I Corinthians 3: 5-6) We need to realize that God’s purpose is in the process not in His final goal. And each one of us have a unique role to play in this process.  For nothing we’ll ever do in the name of the Lord is futile or pointless….and no matter how big or small the task,  will it ever be a waste of time when it comes to Kingdom work.  For as long as we are obedient and persevere in the race the Lord has laid out before us, we will be victorious.

I Samuel 16:7 ” The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Over the course of my career in Health Care Administration I have interviewed many people for positions I needed filled.  Many times I would size up the applicant in just a few minutes…looking at how they came dressed for the interview, or how they conducted themselves, etc.  But I learned early on that my immediate perception of the person was often flawed.  For it wasn’t until I could discern their hearts…their passion for caring for others, that I could then make an accurate decision about employment.  I am so thankful that God looks beyond my outward appearance and searches my heart…not looking at the superficial me but rather at my inner most being.  For God knows my heart and its secrets, (Psalm 44:21) and still loves me.  And for that, I will put my hope and trust in Him.

Exodus 15:2 ” The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Something happens to us as we learn to trust the Lord.  Our reliance on our-self diminishes as our dependence on Him increases.   Our old self, with all its baggage, slowly falls away as we learn to trust and have confidence in Him and His plan for our life.  And as we’re changed from the inside out, true joy, happiness, and hope fill us to overflowing…and we too can then join in this song of praise from Moses and Miriam.