Tag Archive | our faith and trust in Jesus

I John 2:1 ” My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

As it tells us in Romans 8:34, at this very moment, Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf.  Jesus is our advocate…one who comes forward on behalf and as the representative for another.  He is then also our intercessor and substitute…standing in our place before God…intervening in our defense.  We have no greater advocate than Jesus…no greater champion and friend.

Psalm 118:8 ” It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

For all of you that enjoy Bible trivia, the middle Scripture of the Bible is this verse, Psalm 118:8 .  It’s the very center point of God’s Word.  So was it placed there by chance or divinely inspired?  Many times I’ve  prayed to find God’s perfect plan and purpose in my life…to be in the very center of His Will.   For I know that’s the safest and very best place to be.  And if I look at the fundamental truths in this verse, it makes that search easier.  Where am I placing my faith and trust…whose promises am I putting stock in…and where really does my confidence lie?  If it’s in man, I’m going to be disappointed…but if my trust is in the Lord, I will find His ultimate plan and purpose for my life.

John 9:1-2 ” As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ “

Jesus saw this blind beggar as an opportunity to heal a broken human being. But His disciples only saw him as a chance to debate the beggar’s situation…totally ignoring the man…they gathered around, talking about him rather than to him.  As Believers,  we love to talk about ministry work, out reach into the community, and other things we should be doing for the Lord.  We’ll debate, plan, and call together committees…always talking about but never actually getting around to doing.   The Lord is calling all of us to personal ministry…to rolling up our sleeves and ministering to that blind beggar sitting in front of us.  He wants us to stop just talking about it and start doing something.

Hebrews 10:39 ” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”

The gist of this Scripture is repeated in Habakkuk 2:3-4 where it says, ” But the righteous will live by faith.  And if they shrink back, I will not be pleased with them.”  We all claim to have faith and trust in God…but do we really?   Shrinking back is hesitation and self-doubt that we can really do what God is calling us to.  Sure, we can believe for great miracles in someone else’s life…but when it comes down to trusting God in our own, we falter.  Self-doubt can effectively stop any Kingdom work the Lord has for you…for when you hesitate, you’re essentially telling God you don’t trust Him.  We are to live by faith, believing that if God calls us to something, He will equip us also.

Micah 7:7 ” But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”

I don’t know about you, but patience has never been one of my greatest attributes.  I want something to happen now, not later…and I get antsy and anxious when I have to wait.  But if you look carefully at this Scripture, you’ll see Micah concluded there are two things we need to do…watch and wait.  So, what does it take to successfully watch and wait for the Lord?  In a word – it takes trust.   To trust in the Lord is not a one time, one size fits all event.  Trusting in God is an ongoing, ever-growing, process of waiting in hopeful expectation and increasing belief that He will do what He says.  Our job isn’t to manufacture the outcome…or job is to rest in Him, waiting and watching as He does the work in our life.

Genesis 2:15 ” The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

In this verse the concept of stewardship first appears.  Adam was to tend the garden.  He was to carry out the vision of the owner (God), be accountable to Him, and not be careless with what he was given.  So, what makes up a good steward?  First, it’s acknowledging that we own nothing…God owns it all – even our very lives.  We then need to trust Him completely, embracing the plan and purpose of our life and “tend the garden” He has given us.

Hebrews 11: 1 ” Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

I encourage you to read the entire 11th Chapter of Hebrews, for in it you will read of many kinds and shades of faith.  Faith is an ongoing lifetime journey of trusting God.  It’s a way of life, not just a one time action done at conversion.  Our faith grows as we grow in Christ…confidence in Him is forged and built  every time we make the decision to trust Him.  But as you read through Chapter 11 you’ll see the different nuances of faith shown… there’s expanding and growing faith, there’s  beyond logic and reasoning faith, there’s sacrificial, persecuted, and impossible faith.  Our life of faith begins with an internal response, which leads to  faith-filled action.  From there, it’s a life based on God’s promises…not on circumstances.  Though, when you get to the end of this chapter you’ll read, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.”   Every person you read about here in Chapter 11 was praised for their faith, yet not one saw their promise fulfilled in their lifetime. Instead, they all persevered under pressure, never giving up, and always putting their confidence in their Lord.