Tag Archive | trusting God

It Doesn’t All Depend on Us

Sometimes we get all stressed out and can even make ourselves sick because we live as if everything depends on us. While we certainly have a part to play,  (get off our duffs and do what we know to do), the outcome does not depend solely on us. Whew! That’s a stress breaker right there. The final outcome is God’s business. Today’s devotional by Holley Gerth shouts this message loud and clear if we will open our hearts and ears a listen.

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“…This makes a difference because we don’t have to carry the weight of what ultimately happens. We also don’t claim it as our identity. The “failure” isn’t proof that we’re inadequate and the praise isn’t proof that we’re to be worshipped. Both are too much for us to carry. Instead we can release all the criticism and praise to God and simply do the next thing He asks. Whew.

And here’s the promise we can read more

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Living Loved

Today’s devotional gives practical advice on how to live loved and resist those pesky fleshly impulses that trip us up in our Christian journey. 

I can’t expect any other person to be my soul oxygen. I can’t live as if my next breath depends on whether or not they give me enough air for my lungs not to be screaming in pain. Because here’s the thing. People don’t mind doing CPR on a crisis victim, but no person isa href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/living-loved/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

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Trust

MA-image-1-18-16At one time or another we all have either betrayed the trust of another or been betrayed. The wounds caused by these betrayals make it difficult to trust other people with whom we are in relationship – including God, even though He is absolutely trustworthy and faithful. Click on the arrow below to listen to Pastor Marlan’s message on trust.

 

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Go to the Source

Since the institution of phones and cell phones as a regular part of our communication system we have had to deal with mis-dials and malfunctions of one sort or another; it just comes with the territory. However, in our communication with God there are no malfunctions or mis-dials; we can always get through. There’s no waiting in line or waiting for our “turn” to talk to Him. He is our source, and we can go to Him any time day or night and receive whatever we need. So don’t try to struggle along on your own through life – go to the source. Click on the arrow below to listen to Pastor Marlan’s message about going straight to the source.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Today’s devotional, reposted from Rebecca Barlow’s blog, will encourage your heart with reminders of God’s faithfulness when you’re going through hard places.

“Most of us have experienced times that leave us hanging between a rock and a hard place: times of confusion, fear, sorrow, loneliness. Relationships may fail; precious dreams die. Winters appear bleak; answers won’t come. Our circumstances vary, but we all go through them.

In those times I’ve learned to rehearse some things about God, times when Jesus has walked with me, held my hand,

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and brought me through the hard places. Here are 12 things I can remember that keep me from being discouraged. And this list is only a small portion of what I’ve recorded in my memory bank from Jesus’s track record of faithfulness:

When I was confused, Jesus offered peace.

When I was lost, Jesus rescued me.

When I was afraid, Jesus gave me courage.

When I needed a home, Jesus adopted me.

When I was tired, Jesus gave me rest.

When I needed love, Jesus held me close.

When I was sad, Jesus caught my tears.

When I was discouraged, Jesus encouraged me.

When I stumbled, Jesus steadied my feet.

When I was lonely, Jesus comforted me.

When I fell, Jesus picked me up.

When I needed a Savior, Jesus died for me.

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:1-3, MSG).

With a track record record like that, why would I ever doubt Jesus’s faithfulness?

My Personal Prayer for You

Lord Jesus, thank You for being with us in the difficulties of our lives. For all the times You’ve rescued us, held us, loved us, and filled us with your hope and peace, we are so grateful. When we’re in over our heads, You’re there. When we feel like we’re going down for the last time, You pull us up. Teach us to trust You more and more and to run from discouragement when we’re between a rock and a hard place. With You, there are no dead ends–only endless grace and possibilities. Thank You, Jesus! Rebecca Barlow Jordan”

(c) 2016 Rebecca Barlow Jordan Used with Permission All Rights Reserved  rebeccabarlowjordan.com

God Wins!

Today’s devotional, reposted from Francis Frangipane’s blog, helps us focus on who, in the end, really wins the day regardless of what it seems like at the present moment. It is a powerful antidote for the stresses of life that we face.

“It is time to abandon our fears and the stressful anxieties that come from not trusting in God.

One title for the Messiah is Immanuel, which means, “God with us.” Jesus promised to be with us, “even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). At some point we must accept the wonder and power of Christ’s promise. He is with us always! To mistrust this promise is to reject the very character of the divine nature. It is serious sin.

In the Psalms, the Lord gives us a promise for the day in which we find ourselves. He says,

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Ps. 46:10).

No matter what things look like now, God has decreed that He will be exalted in the earth. Not Satan, but God; not evil, but good. Hell may have its moment, but God will win the day.

All our lives we are taught to judge by what our eyes see and our ears hear. To do so is perfectly rational. The only problem is that when our decisions are based only upon our senses, we lose the perspective and wisdom of God. The living God not only sees the end from the beginning; in a heartbeat He can change the world we see into something that is full of redemption and grace.

God’s Word tells us to focus on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Phil. 4:8).

You see, fear is a magnifying lens that exaggerates whatever it looks at. The devil is a master illusionist who uses fear to take our eyes off the Lord. The result is that our stress level increases, and anxiety brings death into our world. Indeed, the more we talk about what’s wrong, the less we see what is right and good in our world.

Again, the Word tells us, “In repentance and rest you will be saved. In quietness and trust is your strength” (Isa. 30:15).

Be quiet. Wait upon the Lord and compose your soul. Don’t let your unbelieving words deplete your spirit; for the more you talk, the more peace you lose. Keep your soul focused upon Christ, the Lord. Those who believe enter His rest, and from the place of rest, we can hear His voice.

If you know who God truly is, anxiety will fade into trust. Therefore, cease worrying! God cares for you. Those who trust Him have peace that surpasses all understanding. Talk to the Lord and then quietly listen. As you do, your spirit will soar, and your heart expand and ascend into His presence.

It has been truly said, “Fear is the darkroom where Satan develops our negatives.” Therefore, renounce fear. Divorce anxiety. Beloved, the Lord is good. Trust Him with your battle. Yes, it’s time to cease striving and know that He is God.”

(C) 2016 Francis frangipane  used with permission all rights reserved  http://francisfrangipanemessages.blogspot.com/2016/01/cease-striving-and-know.html

Get Some Rest

Rest – such a lovely word! Difficult to do, though, when your brain is stuck on the “on” position and you feel like you’ve been run through the spin cycle a couple of times. Max Lucado reminds us that God is in control not us, so we can relax.

 

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matt. 6:34

Easy to say. Not always easy to do, right? We are so prone to worry. Just last night I was worrying in my sleep. I dreamed that I was diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative muscle disease, which took the life of my father. I awakened from the dream and, right there in the middle of the night, began to worry. Then Jesus’ words came to my mind: “Don’t worry about tomorrow.” And for once, I decided not to. I dropped the burlap sack. After all, why let tomorrow’s imaginary problem rob tonight’s rest? Can I prevent the disease by staying awake? Will I postpone the affliction by thinking about it? Of course not. So I did the most spiritual thing I could have done. I went back to sleep.

Why don’t you do the same? God is leading you. Leave tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow.

Arthur Hays Sulzberger was the publisher of the New York Times during the Second World War. Because of the world conflict, he found it almost impossible to sleep. He was never able to banish worries from his mind until he adopted as his motto these five words — “one step enough for me” — taken from the hymn “Lead Kindly Light.”

Lead, kindly Light …
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

God isn’t going to let you see the distant scene either. So you might as well quit looking for it. He promises a lamp unto our feet, not a crystal ball into the future. We do not need to know what will happen tomorrow. We only need to know he leads us and “we will find grace to help us when we need it” (Heb. 4:16 NLT).”

(c) 2015 Max Lucado Used with Permission maxlucado.com