What is Trust?

Trust is the action taken to get to Faith. “For without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6. 

 

The opposite of faith is fear. 

 

The backbone of faith is trust. 

 

The legs of faith is obedience. 

 

When we have to know all the details about a trial, we’re walking by sight; but when we trust God while we cannot see the outcome, we’re walking by faith. When we trust and accept without question, we move into a dimension of greater peace and intimacy with God. When it looks like there’s no way out for you, just trust, believe, and pray. 

Faith is born in the storm, and conceived in the impossible. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Don’t stop short of the prize. The greater the conflict the greater the victory. “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” Psalms 37:5.

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.” Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Verse six tells us our reward for trusting the Lord. He will direct us in our lives and help us travel in the right direction. Sometimes we hear people say, “I wish I knew what I was supposed to do in this situation.” What they need to know is that the Lord will direct all of us if we will trust and acknowledge Him. 

People trust in things everyday. We go to our light switch and flip it on, expecting the lights to come on. We don’t even think about the electricity coming through the power lines. We trust, if we have paid our bill, that the lights will come on when we turn on the switch. We should have that same trust in God to supply our needs. 

If we pray, fast, and believe, it is the equivalent of paying our power bill. The power is there for our benefit if we have done what we need to do.

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

So pray and trust. 

-Rebecca Crider-

 


 

Rebecca Crider first and foremost loves God. She loves her husband, children, grandchildren, sons in law and all of her family. She is so devoted to them and their wellbeing, spiritually as well as physically. She is a prayer warrior and an encourager to many.

If her family is well and happy, she is happy (also the beach; that makes her happy too). Her goal is to be with Jesus for eternity and take somebody with her. 

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Thank you to my lovely grandmother for writing this guest post.

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The Crisis of Our Prayer Life…

“The crisis of our prayer life is that our minds may be filled with ideas of God while our hearts remain far from Him.” -Henri Nouwen-

 

This must be true, because even Jesus speaks of it in His walk on the earth. His words in Matthew 15:8 were, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”

 

So we must get our hearts to God. 

Let’s build a relationship- a real love relationship with God.

 

The other day, I was reading though some of the first things I posted on this blog; and this post seemed to fit right in to this month of prayer. So, today, I’m pulling out an old one. 

 

 

What’s this life all about anyway?

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Maybe to some it’s about success in the world.

“One day I’ll be rich and famous,” or “Someday I’ll live out my dream.” Well life is not about anything in this world. We live this life to purchase our ticket to the next.

The life we are living right now is determining our future. Our goal is to know God. Without knowing Him and Him knowing us, without a mutual love relationship with God, how can we enter into the Kingdom of Heaven?

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”                                                                                                                   Matthew 7:21-23

So, if knowing God and God knowing us is what it takes to get to Heaven, how do we accomplish this? How do we get God to know us?

What do we do when we want to get to know someone?

First, we introduce ourselves. A short chat might follow introduction and you’ll be on your way. That’s not a deep relationship though. To really become someones friend you’ll talk to them again and again, all the while finding out what they like, common interests, and growing to like the things that they like. If you grow to love them you will want to please them and give them what they desire, their will.

will

noun \ˈwil\

:  a particular person’s decision or choice <It’s the king’s will that he be jailed.>
 
Verse 21 says, he who does the will of God shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but a prayer or just a calling on God is not enough.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matt. 7:21)

Now that we know we must have an intimate relationship with God, we know how to get Him to know us, and we know that we must do His will above all else, we need to know what God’s will is for us.

“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.                                                                                                                                       And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:38-40

 
God wants you to be saved and to know Him. Just fall in love. Don’t be afraid. What if you love it?
 

1 John 2:3-4 says, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Do God’s will.

He is what’s important.

Don’t fall for the tricks of evil.

This thing does matter.

 1 Peter 3:17, “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”

 

Let’s build relationship with Him through communication of reading the Word of God and through prayer. Our hearts will grow nearer to Him. It takes discipline but we can do it.

-Olivia-

Rambles, On Doubt and Love.

This is what happens when I sit down and type. I don’t know. I started out with a prayer. It turned into a ramble that flowed into something that kinda’ sounded Ok. So, I don’t know. This is just me.

 

God, I feel called to write. What shall I write about. I don’t want to just write for the sake of writing. I want to write what You need to be said through me. I am Your vessel. I am your life. This life I live— it’s for You. 

I get distracted sometimes, though. Often, I forget why I’m living. I give myself some other excuse to do some other thing that’s only keeping me from You. 

I want Your will to be done, in me. I need Your will to be done. I understand that I cannot live without You, Jesus. I literally can’t live. You are the only hope. 

This love thing we’ve got going on, I want it to grow stronger. The bond between You and me— I pray it becomes a stronghold that others look to, for hope. Not so people will look to us, but because of me and You. Because we’ve got this love that is so powerful, it must not decrease. The only option I choose to see is it rooting deeper and deeper into a love no man can fathom. So strong and intimate, even my human self can’t understand and I’m left in a state of awe, just knowing that I’m in this love. Not understanding it. Not knowing how or what it really is. Just awe and wonder. 

I know it runs deeper than awe and wonder. It goes much farther than the enjoyable things. Love is commitment. Love is fighting for something. And being relentless in keeping it. Love is giving all of yourself to something no matter what, under any circumstance. No going back. No giving up. And for sure, no running. 

In Love, you want to run, sometimes. Running seems like the best option. But remember, this is Love we’re dealing with. Love doesn’t give up. Love doesn’t hide. Love doesn’t run, when the going gets tough. Love stays. And Love loves. As faithful a creature as Love is, we must show the same respectable steadfastness, in return. Besides, you know that deep down inside your bones, you want to stay. No matter how hard it gets. You want to stay.

Calm down. Take a breath. Let’s sit and think about this for a minute. This hurts. This love thing really hurts, sometimes. And sometimes, it’s really hard to remain. It’s really hard to remember that you committed yourself to this. No turning back. Yea, this thought gets overwhelming. But at the same time, it’s the thought that makes you giddy inside and grin from ear to ear, knowing that you’re safe. You’re safe, in this Love. 

About this time, you recollect yourself and you remember why you’re fighting. You remember why you started and you’re thankful for the doubt you had, because you’re stronger now. Now, you’ll know how to handle that measly but fierce creature, next time he comes sneaking around. Now, you have a better footing and you know a little bit more about how he works. You know how to prepare. So when Doubt strikes again, you’ll be ready.

Don’t get me wrong now, you’ll probably fall to Doubt again. But now you know you’re stronger and that you can get back up again.

 

a girl rambling to God

~Olivia~

In Route

Today, when we were all packed up and ready to move to our next destination, our camper jacks stopped working. So needless to say, we were stuck. We couldn’t go forward. We had to stay in the same place we’d been, with no way to keep going. You know what we did? We worked and prayed until there was a way.

Sometimes the same thing happens in our journey with God. We get broken. There seems like no way out. No way to move forward. No way to the next destination in our journey. But we must keep going. Nothing is wrong with where we’re at. In fact, it was necessary for us to be there, but everything has a season. Eventually, you must move forward. Eventually, change is a necessity. So we must work and pray until God makes a way. We are meant to keep moving forward and so we must. If you’re in the same place you’ve been for just a little too long, keep praying, keep working to fix what’s holding you in the same position you’ve been in. It’s time for you to make it to the next destination because you will do great things there. You were meant to go there and you were meant to leave here. So let’s Keep Moving Forward.

                        ~Olivia~