DO WE REALLY TRUST GOD?
Trust implies instinctive unquestioning belief in and reliance upon.
January 22, 2004 Dave had a dream. The basics of the dream was: "Don't trust man." "Trust God, even for the smallest things."
The Bible has a lot to say about trusting God. I found out that the words; faith, believe, hope, confidence, assurance, & confide
mean to trust.
How do we trust God?
You have to get to know someone before you can trust them.
We get to know God through his Word.
Why Should We Trust God?
He Loved Us Enough To Send His Son To Die For Us: John 3:16
He's Aware - He Already Knows Everything About You: Matthew 6:8
He's Concerned: 1 Peter 5:7 Whatever concerns you concerns Him.
He's Faithful: You can always rely on Him. I Corinthians 1:9
He's Capable Of Meeting Every Need: Ephesians 3:20 & Philippians 4:19
He Has All Power: Matthew 28:18
He Is Our Healer: Isaiah 53:5 & Matthew 8:17
God Is Our Strength: Isaiah 26:3 & Psalm 18:2 & Psalm 28:1
He Is Our Protection: Isaiah 26:3 & Proverbs 3:25
God Is Our Refuge: Psalm 62:8 & Proverbs 14:26
He Answers Prayer: I John 3:21 & I John 5:14
Trusting him completely is acting upon the Word of God and assuming it to be true regardless of what feelings or sight is saying. Lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
Many times we don't realize the promises of God because we are hindered by our 5 senses.
2 Corinthians 5:7 says we walk by faith (trust) not by sight.
Trusting God requires action (obedience) regardless of our situation, regardless of what we see.
Obedience proves trust.
The full resources of God are at our disposal when we place our trust in Him.
The scripture says if we believe (trust) on Jesus we shall not be ashamed:
Romans 5:5 - Romans 9:33 - Romans 10:11 - Isaiah 45:17 - Isaiah 49:23 - Isaiah 50:7 - Isaiah 54:4 - Psalms 119:6 - Psalms 119:46 - Joel 2:26-27 - 2 Timothy 1:8 - 2 Timothy 1:12 - 2 Timothy 2:15 - 1 Peter 4:16 - 1 John 2:28
or confounded: Psalms 22:4-5 - Isaiah 45:17 - Isaiah 50:7 - Isaiah 54:4 - 1 Peter 2:6
Like they say, I have some bad news and some Good News.
1st THE BAD NEWS
NOT TRUSTING IN GOD BRINGS A CURSE
Read Deuteronomy 28:15-68 for the list of curses.
Psalm 55:23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
Isaiah 30:12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: 13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
Shame & Confusion:
Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: 2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! 3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
Jeremiah 13:25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood. 26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear.
Isaiah 42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.
Evil, Mischief, & Desolation:
Isaiah 47:10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. 11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
Inhabit Dry Places:
Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Jeremiah 29:31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie: 32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught rebellion against the LORD.
Fear & Wandering:
Jeremiah 49:4 Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backsliding daughter? that trusted in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me? 5 Behold, I will bring a fear upon thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts, from all those that be about thee; and ye shall be driven out every man right forth; and none shall gather up him that wandereth.
Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
NOW THE GOOD NEWS
TRUSTING GOD BRINGS BLESSINGS
Read Deuteronomy 28:1-14 for the list of blessings.
Psalm 2:12 Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Psalm 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
You Will Be Established & Prosper:
2 Chronicles 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
Happiness & Gladness:
Proverbs 16:20 ... and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.
Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness.
You Will Be Defended & Protected:
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler (protector) to all those that trust in him.
2 Samuel 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
Goodness Laid Up For You:
Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
You Shall Have Mercy:
Psalm 32:10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Kept Alive In Famine:
Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
You Will Not Be Barren:
2 Peter 1:8 For if these things (faith, virtue, love, etc.) be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
You Will Be Fruitful:
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
You Shall Be Fed:
Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Psalm 37:40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
You Shall Not Fear:
Psalm 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We Will Have Godly Wisdom In Matters:
Psalm 119:42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
Matthew 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
You Will Be Steadfast & Unmovable:
Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest (corrects), O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
You Shall Not Be In Want:
Psalm 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
If we trust God with the eternity of our souls, shouldn't we trust Him with our everyday life: Physical, Spiritual, and Financial?
Yes! He is very trustworthy and faithful!
DO WE REALLY TRUST GOD?
The Bible says in
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.