Tag Archives: trust

All or Nothing

18 Jun

Today we are bombarded with countless choices. This constant decision-making keeps our minds actively planning, anticipating, and, worst of all, stressed.

 

This stress impacts us beyond what we might have imagined. According to Mayo Clinic.org, “stress that is left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.”

 

Yet the remedy that combats stress is freely available to all who will receive it. The cure, which is found in God’s word, instructs us simply to be anxious or stressed about…NOTHING. Not our families, not our finances, not the future, not our health, NOTHING.

 

Instead, in everything…in everything… in EVERYTHING— our families, our finances, the future, even our health—in everything: “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.” (Philippians 4:6 MSG).

 

Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “doesn’t God already know my concerns?” Yes, He does. However, as you release your worries to Him, He works everything, everything…everything, out for your good.

 

“Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:7 MSG).

 

So, it’s all or nothing. We can either choose to worry about EVERYTHING, or release it, in thanks and trust to God, and worry about…NOTHING.

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Do You Believe?

25 Mar

Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is just around the bend. Some are planning to serve special meals, while others are purchasing special clothes and baskets for children. But how do you really feel about Easter?

It’s ok to be honest with yourself. Do you believe that Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world, was buried, and rose again on the third day?

After Jesus rose from the grave, he appeared to the disciples. He showed them His hands and His sides. The disciples were glad that they were blessed to see Jesus alive again!

However, a disciple by the name of Thomas, wasn’t with the disciples when Jesus’ visitation took place. When Thomas later arrived on the scene, the disciples told him about their time time with Jesus. Thomas said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”” John‬ ‭20:25‬ ‭NKJV‬

Imagine the shock the disciples felt. Here was their very own bother, doubting that what they said was true about Jesus. Thomas was courageous. Some of us might have doubted too and not spoken up, but Thomas was honest. Thomas was in need of a personal experience.

Eight days later Jesus appeared in the place where the disciples were assembled. It was as though He came just for Thomas. “Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” ‭‭John‬ ‭20:26-29‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Just as Jesus reappeared for Thomas, He can do the same for you. You may not see Him physically walk through your door. He may even use another person to speak to you. While reading the Bible, you may sense His presence. Sometimes Jesus ministers to us through songs. He knows how to meet you where you are in a personal way.

This Easter, don’t let your doubt dissuade you from having a personal resurrection experience. Yes Jesus died for you. Yes Jesus wants you to know Him and experience abundant, eternal life. Yes Jesus loves you. Confess how you feel about Him, and ask Jesus to meet you where you are.

Thomas and the disciples believed because they saw Jesus and touched his hands and his side. Blessed are you and I, and we, who have not seen the physical manifestation of Jesus, and yet have believed!

Believe or Trust Separate and Not Equal

3 Mar

Believe or Trust Separate and Not Equal.

Getting Rid of “Just in Case”

19 Aug
Recently the Lord surprised me with blessings that are 
exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ask or think 
(Ephesians 3:20). My response - amazement and gratitude. 
While I am amazed, honestly a part of me was afraid to be 
excited. Would I be told that this blessing was an error 
on someone's part?

Strangely enough, this experience has caused me to wonder
whether I have allowed disappointments to cause me to miss
appointed blessings in other areas of my life. You see, I 
recall trudging through a time frame in which I allowed 
past experiences to stop me from hoping that anything 
extraordinary would ever happen to me. I hoped, but my hope
was usually surrounded by fear that my hope was 
probably in vain. 

Eventually, amazing things began to happen in my life. I
prayed and planned, and those things that were good, The
Lord worked out (Romans 8:28). But looking back now, I 
believe that I have continued to reserve a space within 
me for disappointments, "just in in case" - just in case
things don't turn out well. The space reserved for "just
in case" has overshadowed the joy that The Lord longs to
lavish upon those who trust Him infinitely (Philippians
4:4,Galatians 5:22,Romans 15:13, Proverbs 10:28). 

So today, by the grace of God, I'm allowing the 
Faith and Trust Construction Company to come in and 
destroy the room that I once reserved for 
"just in case". I'm rebuilding that room with more trust,
joy, faith, and expectation, along with gratitude for The
Lord's patience, and thanks for all that He has 
already done. There's no more space for just in case!

Instead of resting upon "just in case", I must lean more
heavily upon "NOW faith".  "NOW faith" is the substance 
of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen" 
(Hebrews 11:1).