Friday, February 5, 2016

Seal the Deal!

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man” Psalm 118:8.
This is probably one of the most difficult spiritual principles to incorporate into our lives. With the internet a few key punches away we can build a case in our imagination in favor of or in opposition to anything. I received an email last night from a friend whose loved one is experiencing some medical issues. She was immediately tempted to consult others, surf the internet on the topic and research other options. Instead, this woman of great faith chose to go against her flesh and glance to Jesus. She chose to trust where God had led her and to walk in His ‘referral’ instead of mans. She said that a devotional that she read about believing God 'sealed the deal' in her choice to trust Him. How was she able to go against her own judgement and choose the better way? She was able to move in faith because she has walked with God many times before, and He has always been faithful. She has built her confidence in Jesus brick by brick, establishing a firm foundation on Him.
A trust relationship grows only by stepping out in faith and making the choice to trust. The ability to believe God develops most often through pure experience: I found Him faithful yesterday. He will not be unfaithful today.” Living Free, p. 41. When God is trusted in our challenging circumstances, He will not let us down. He is not a fickle God but an unchanging God who views our situations through the telescope of love. Everything God does for each of us is part of a long-range plan instead of our temporary comfort. We can trust Him in our finances...we can have confidence in Him for our relationships...we can have faith in His will for our health.
The level of trust that we have in God in every situation will determine the peace we have in our lives. When fear rises from the ashes instead of beauty we can know that our choice was the unhealthy one. The beautiful thing about Jesus is He will always calm our fears and heal our wounds if we will just choose to trust Him. When we place our confidence in anyone other than the Lord we must realize that we are seeking wisdom from opinions wrapped in an individual’s experience. Seeking the wisdom from man should be in support of what God says on the matter...not in place of His wisdom.
To the faithful you show yourself faithful...” 2 Sam. 22:26.
"The word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does" Psalm 33:4)

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