GOD says: “Trust Me”! Do You?

Most Christians believe, without a doubt, God can be trusted.  But do we really live our lives trusting Him?

Hebrews 10:35 – 36 – “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” NLT

Do we realize that everything that God promises can be ours if we will do His will?  What have we missed by not trusting God to fulfill His promises?  You may ask: “What is God’s will?”  His will is that we study the Bible and live by its principles.  God, talking to Joshua as he was about to lead the Israelites into the promise land, gives us a capsule of what the Bible teaches to all Christians.

Joshua 1:5 – 9 – “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live.  For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.  ‘Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.  Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.  This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.’” NLT

 

Many believe but do not trust.  The Israelites saw God free them from slavery, divide the Red Sea, destroy the Egyptian Army, supernaturally feed and give them water and then led them through the desert.  Yet, when they were told to enter the promise land they became afraid and refused to obey and trust God.

 

I remember in 1991 when we decided to buy 80 acres for a new church and didn’t have the money.  We obtained the acreage.  We started building a $23 million building project when we didn’t have the money.  It was completed in December 1999.  Years later, we have never missed a mortgage payment.  On special events we will fill seven services with 30,000 people plus.  In addition, we have started a number of satellites and other ministries.   What if we have had the faith and lacked the trust as the ten Israeli spies who didn’t trust God to keep His promises when told to enter the promise land?  Thus, they convinced the others it couldn’t be done.  That could have happened to our church and I am sure has happened to many Christians.

 

Isaiah 12:2 – “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”  Isaiah 26:4 – “Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.”  Psalms 27:1 – “The Lord is my light and the One Who saves me.  Whom should I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life. Of whom should I be afraid?”

Are we not told that if we continually study the Bible, live by its principles and not deviate from it, we will be successful and prosper in all that we do?  Do you believe enough and have the faith to trust that God will keep His promises?  Isn’t it worth a try?  It starts with Bible study!

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