Tag Archive | trusting in Jesus

James 4:13-17 ” Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s Will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

So many times we plan major things…making important decisions that will effect our life with little to none of God’s input first.  We make up our minds that this is how it will be…and then as almost an afterthought… we ask the Lord to bless it.  That’s kinda putting the cart before the horse don’t you think?  Making choices without God’s input and counsel first is presumptuous and says we’re trusting in ourselves…not God.

Luke 5:16 ” But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

During His ministry here on earth, Jesus often sought out quiet places to pray.  But why?  It tells us in Mark 1:35, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”  The answer to “why He did this” is in what happened the night before.  The town of Capernaum had witnessed Jesus healing someone in the Synagogue…and so later that night the entire town converged at the house where Jesus was staying…bringing in tow every sick and demon-possessed person they could find.  And it says Jesus healed them.  When we give much, our emotional gas tanks gets low.  And the only way to fill them is to find a place of quiet reflection so that God can renew us .  Jesus was practicing the discipline of silence in order to replenish, restore, refresh, and revive His soul…and it’s something we could do well to imitate.

Psalm 112:7-8 ” He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.”

As the song title goes, “Whose Report will you Believe Today?”  The bad one the Doctor has just delivered to you…leaving you sad and filled with pain and calamity.  Or the report of the Lord’s which is filled with certainty and promise?  For when our strength comes from Him and not ourselves, we can rest securely, without fear…leaning heavily upon God’s grace and mercy.

Psalm 100:3 ” Know that the Lord is God. It is He Who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.”

We may not understand the circumstances…but You do Lord.  We may be overwhelmed by what we see…but we have faith that You remain in control…for we are the work of Your loving hands.  We thank You that You are a righteous and holy God…full of kindness and faithfulness towards Your people.  And so we will be still and put all our trust in You today.

Job 22:2 ” Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him? “

The short answer to both these questions is, No!  Even the most intelligent man in the world is of no practical use to God.  As Isaiah 55: 8-9 tells us, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  For Luke 17:10 says, we are just unworthy servants totally dependent on the Lord for His benevolence and must trust that He is in control of any and all situations.

Acts 9:40 ” Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning towards the dead woman, he said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.”

Peter sent the mourners and doubters out of the room much like Jesus did when He brought the dead little girl back to life in Matthew 9:25.  Both didn’t allow negativity and unbelief to remain in the room.  Nor did either permit skepticism and scoffing to change their confidence in what God could do.  So what can we take from this when praying for someone seriously ill?  First is to get rid of all distractions and those who can’t believe for a miracle.  Instead, gather around those who have faith for a healing, (remember, it can be as small as a mustard seed).  Next speak life and not death into the person and ask God to heal them.  Finally, continue to speak life into the person and watch God work.

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.