Tag Archive | our faith and trust in Jesus

Philippians 3:12 ” Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus to hold of me.”

The Apostle Paul readily admits here that he’s not yet arrived at perfection in his spiritual life.   So how come we think as soon as we become a Christian we’re  a mature Believer that can’t fail?  I Timothy 6:12 tells us to, “Fight the good fight of faith.”   The journey of our Christian walk is going to be a struggle…it’s going to be a battle between good and evil,  with us sometimes coming out of the skirmish bruised and battered.  But we need to get back up and not allow failures to define who we are in God.  Failures simply mean we’re still trying…and still fighting the good fight of faith.

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.

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.

Mark 7:33 ” After He took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put His fingers into the man’s ears. Then He spit and touched the man’s tongue.”

Jesus used His own saliva several times in the Bible to heal.  In John 9:6 it says, “Having said this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.”  In Mark 8:23 it says, “He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.  When He had spit on the man’s eyes and put His hands on him, Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’ ”  So why did Jesus do this very primal act?  We know that Jesus was fully man but also fully God…and within His saliva was His DNA.   DNA that held His chromosomes…His genetic information.  But the spit Jesus smeared on these men held something much more powerful… it held within it the very essence of God.

John 21:17 ” Jesus said, ‘Feed My sheep.’ “

The Lord’s commission to “Feed My sheep” is without exception for all Believers.  But for all of you who have been around livestock and done chores, you know that it can be very frustrating moving and feeding animals.  They don’t want to go where you want them to…they’re noisy, dirty, stinky and pushy.  And on top of that, daily chores are mundane, boring, and at times unnerving when the animals act up.  You find yourself saying, “I wish someone else would do this!”  But “Feed My sheep” means much more than just giving nourishment.  For God, it means shepherding, tending, guarding and leading a group of at times unruly people.  People that you can tenderly lead to (Living) water, but then watch as they refuse to drink. That’s when discouragement can set in, but remember it’s not about you, so don’t take it personally… just continue to do the chores you’ve been called to.

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.

Mark 4:34 ” But when He was alone with His own disciples He explained everything.”

Jesus taught the crowds that clamored around Him with parables…but when He was alone with His disciples, He would explain the meaning behind them.  It tells us in Mark 4:10 that, “When He was alone, the Twelve and the others around Him asked Him about the parables.”  Reading about God from some author isn’t the same as being alone with God yourself.  Solitary time with God and His Word enables you to ask those tough questions you’re confused about.  And as you probe deeper into His Word,  that alone time with God becomes even more important…for it’s then that He can teach, edify, and exhort you.