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THE MEANING OF “TRUST”

 Definition of trust:   

1) Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of    a person or thing;                

2) Confidence; confident expectation of something; hope.

Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” 

Psalms 118:8: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” 

Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

As Christians we often use the word “trust” (“Trust and Obey”, “put your trust in Him”, etc.); but, what does it really mean to “trust”?  Who do you really trust?  Do you trust your parents and members of your family?  Sometimes yes – and sometimes “not so much”!!  Do you trust all your friends?  Probably not!  Why is it that we lose trust in people?  Primarily, because we have been “let down” or “betrayed” by those we “trusted.”  I remember as a child, holding on to promises that were never kept.  The point is, human beings are fallible; they forget, lie, exaggerate, or are insincere.  Once in a while, you and I may even be guilty.

 “Trusting in the Lord” however, is a whole different matter IF you’re a “believer!”  Do you believe:

He is “Sovereign” – Omnipotent: having “supreme power and authority?”

  • He is “Omniscient” – All Knowing?
  • He is “Omnipresent” – Present everywhere at the same time?
  • He is “eternal and infinite” – He has always been and will always be?
  • He is the Creator of everything and controls the universe?
  • He is “Holy” – Pure, sinless, cannot lie, does not tolerate sin?

Now we’re talking about someone who deserves our “trust”!  Someone who will never “Let us down” or “betray” us!  You may be thinking, “Why would a God, who is all these things, even care about me – who is less than a speck in the universe?  That is a very good question, but we have His Word on it:

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. 

I don’t believe any of us would be willing to give our only child for someone we didn’t care about!

Jeremiah 29:11:  “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”. 

Romans 8:28:  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. 

Psalms 91:1-2: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust”. 

I am not saying that if we believe all these truths we’ll never have any problems in this life.  Jesus said in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

God has promised us “eternal life” (immortality) in heaven in His Presence!  Did you know there are 3,573 promises in the Bible?  Up to the present time, they have ALL been kept.  There are still promises to be fulfilled in the future (i.e., He will return to take us to the place He has prepared for us, promises to create a “New Heaven and a New Earth”)!  As believers, we have a “confident hope” and “trust” in the One who loves us and gave everything for our salvation!

We are living in very “perilous times” (mass shootings, rampant crime and violence, threats of war, uncertainty, division, hatred, rampant immorality, apostacy, etc.).  It is very easy to give in to worry, fear, doubt, despair).  Remember, everything around us is “temporary!”  It will all “pass away,” but God’s Word and promises will NEVER pass away!  Jesus told us:

John 14:1-3: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. 

We also have the following promise:

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18:  “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words”. 

If you haven’t put your complete trust in Jesus Christ ~ NOW is the time to do so!  He will keep ALL His promises!!


I don’t know about tomorrow; I just live from day to day.

I don’t borrow from its sunshine, for its skies may turn to gray.

I don’t worry o’er the future, for I know what Jesus said;

And today I’ll walk beside Him, for He knows what is ahead.

Every step is getting brighter, as the golden stairs I climb;

Every burden’s getting lighter, every cloud is silver lined.

There the sun is always shining, there no tear will dim the eye,

At the ending of the rainbow, where the mountains touch the sky.

Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand;

But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.

 

God Bless,

Dan

 

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This Sunday we had our parenting spotlight; sorry many of you were not able to attend.  We discussed the next generation coming up in America and how to reach them for Christ.  Below is a short recap of our teaching on this important subject.

Generation Z is a designation of people in the United States that were born between 1995 and 2015.  To better understand, these are the children currently attending school and college.  Over the next ten years I believe they will designate this group into two separate generations as they hit adulthood, but for now they are one.  This group consists of 26% of our population and advertising agencies are beginning their switch to target this generation, sorry Millennials. 

Some general stats about this generation: This group believes that security is a myth and they live in a broken world.   They are now entering a post Christian culture created by previous generations.  In this world they have a hard time seeing how the Bible and science go together.  Most say the Bible has its story and science has its and they cannot be reconciled.  Only 4% have a biblical worldview, so the science of the classroom will be the dominating thought of this generation.  They do not like to be categorized by denominations like Southern Baptist or Methodist.  A full 35% will claim no religious affiliation.  66% see lying as acceptable.  Now that we can see some of the issues of this group, what do we do?

First we help them from the beginning build a foundation of who God is and what He has done.  This generation needs to hear the basic stories.  God created the heavens and the earth.  Look at how science shows us just how precise the tilt of the earth has to be to maintain life.  Look at how the moon pulls in the tide at a predictable amount and stops.  Then we need them to see how God has helped people through history.  With some, you will have to show archeological digs that prove the history of the Bible.  This leads into showing them just how insecure others have been in the past, but God always provides a way for their lives.  It never says that life will be easy.  It says that He is always with us.

Second, they need to understand important concepts to receive salvation.  The first is Jesus.  For one of the first times in American history, you might have to introduce them to the man Jesus.  For many outside the church the name Jesus is a curse word.  The use of such language might be an introduction to sharing the gospel.  “You use this name to curse, but I know this man you are speaking of, can I help introduce Him to you?”  Then they will need to know that sin is having made an offence to God, and this has a barring on their eternal destination.   They will then need to understand that Jesus was the sacrifice for our sins.  One of the biggest concepts to get them to consider is making Jesus be Lord of their life.  You know what He wants by reading the Bible and going to church with others that believe with you.  This process might take years, but if they do not understand what they are being saved from they will not look, and if they do not understand the how they will not be able to be saved.  And if they are saved from Hell, they need to know where they are being saved to.  What is heaven and why just one sin would make heaven an imperfect place.

It has been said that we need to change our mindset when it comes to making disciples.  We are not to build disciples in Jerusalem, but rather disciples that will live in Babylon.  They will be known for their beliefs, because they will be outnumbered.  There will be a lot less fringe Christianity.  Either you are all in or you will be out. 

This group will lead us into a Christian blackout, or they will be the true church that revives a dry and thirsty land.  I pray you will be a part of bringing people to the water of Jesus Christ.

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