Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Jewel Called Trust

One of my greatest battles in life has been fear. When I was sixteen I went through the greatest fear I can imagine facing: not knowing if I was genuinely born again. I had believed on Jesus years earlier, but over time Satan had deceived me into believing I hadn't believed enough. Those were dark days. Thankfully, Jesus rescued me from my fear, assured me through His word and taught me how to trust Him. Since then trust has become one of the most beautiful words in the Bible to me. I pray it does for you too.

Blessedness of Trust

(Psalms 2:12) …Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

(Psalms 34:8) O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

(Psalms 84:12) O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

(Jeremiah 17:7) “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.”

The Bible cries over and over how blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. Trust is the opposite of fear. Fear has torment; trust has rest.

Trust Victorious Over Fear

(Psalms 56:3-4) “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”

David was a man who knew fear. Yet even when his emotions screamed all was lost, he choose to trust in the Lord. The Bible does not deny the reality of our fears, but it does reveal that we can choose trust over fear.

Trust Our Guide To The Refuge

(Psalms 36:7) “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.”

(Psalms 57:1) “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”

(Psalms 91:4) “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”

While trust is a choice, we have a God who is ready to help us trust Him. Over and over He proves Himself worthy of our trust and promises to cover us from our fear. Your very worst fear is not a match for the Refuge you can hid in until the calamities are over past.

For All Times

(Psalms 62:8) “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”

Trust is for all the times of life. When the future looms full of questions that shake our inmost core, trust says “Fear not”. When hopes are disappointed again and again, trust pours the hopes out to God, knowing He has something better. When finances overwhelm us and we receive a bill we have no means to pay, trust lifts the need to God and looks to Him to supply. We may be shaken for a moment, but trust is running to our Refuge and believing He will hold us up. Every time.

(Psalms 5:11) “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”

(Isaiah 26:3-4) “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:”

Freedom from fear is only the beginning of the blessedness of trusting in the Lord. When our hearts become fixed on the Lord, joy and peace become our trademarks. Think of every fear you have. What if there was peace and joy instead? Trust in the Lord, and rest in Him. Choose to keep your mind on Him instead of your fear. Sing. Praise the Lord even when you don't feel like it. Take the verses here and underline them in your Bible; continue this every time you find a “trust” verse. Then when your fears threaten to engulf you, read the underlined portions and do whatever they say. These promises are true! The goodness He has laid up for you is deep and great if you'll trust Him.

But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God...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!” (Psalms 31:14 and 19)

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