Learning to Trust God When You Don’t Trust People

Is God trustworthy? Learning how to trust God.

 

“But you promised!”

Most people don’t like to break a promise, it’s not something we plan to do. Life happens, sometimes it becomes impossible to keep. Sometimes it’s broken through choice.

We have all probably known the disappointment of unfulfilled promises, the list I’m sure would be extensive and varied. The parent disappointing the child who had looked forward to the ice cream treat, or excited about dad/mom being there for the ball game. The employer withholding the promised pay rise or promotion. The spouse who promised to love and cherish until death do you part, now lives with someone else, or remains at home cold and indifferent.

Broken promises hurt!

It’s hard to trust when we become accustomed to broken promises, whether they come from one person or an accumulation of people. Walls erect to protect us from the let down. We listen to their words and think “Yeah, sure!” and prepare for the inevitable excuse.

God’s promises are eternal

This attitude follows us into all our relationships, including our relationship with the Lord. We want to believe Him, yet we wait for the let down. News Flash! God will not go back on His promises…EVER!  2 Corinthians 1: 20 informs us, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Did you get that? All the promises God makes He keeps! His track record of keeping His promises is a perfect 100%; and will always be.

We can trust Him!

The Bible is full of promises from God. Promises we can stand on. Promises made a long time ago that still holds water today, and will remain true throughout eternity. Nathan the Prophet in 2 Samuel:7, gave King David a message from the Lord concerning his family and the nation of Israel. This is David’s response in the second half of verse 29.

“For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”

God’s promises are not only for us today but for eternity!

Search the scriptures, get familiar with what it says and discover what He has promised. Here are a few to get you started.

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5: 5-6

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145: 8-9

Even if my Father and Mother abandon me, The Lord will hold me close. Psalm 27: 10

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17

Our Heavenly Father is compassionate. He is never going to leave, instead He chooses to go with us and gives us His rest. His plans gives us a future and a hope, others may abandon us but He will hold us close to himself. He promises if we will come to Him, He will come to us. He will pour out His Spirit on us.

We (you and I) can trust Him with….our hearts, our lives, our now and our future.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

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What promise from scripture speaks to you today? Or what promise from scripture have you held onto during a past storm in your life?

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Excited Yes Meets Hallelujah Dance: Reading the Word.

Victory is ours but it's hard to see when our eyes are on the problem and not the one who fights for us

Yellow Highlighters

Oh my gosh!! Is that saying what I think it’s saying?

Have you ever had that happen to you as you read the scriptures? One line or even one word standing out from the myriads of other God inspired words. You have read that particular chapter and read those particular words before, and they have sailed past without a so much of a raised eyebrow.

But this time it’s different! It’s almost as if a yellow highlighter with flashing lights is begging you to look at the words. You read and re-read the same words, the same line. You pause to ask God a question, then read the words once more. The penny drops! The light bulb lights up! And you do a hallelujah dance, or at least an excited ‘Yes!”.

What you once didn’t understand, you now do. Don’t you just love it when that happens?

Excited Yes, meets Hallelujah Dance

2 Samuel 5  we find David asking the Lord’s advice regarding attacking the approaching Philistines. He gets a “Yes” from God, David and his men send the Philistines packing. But the Philistines return. David once more enquires of the Lord whether to attack or not. The answer is still a yes, but with different How To instructions. How many of us think if God did something once then that is the only way to do it? I know we would never think like that, at least not out loud.

Verses 23-24 “And again David asked the Lord what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” the Lord replied. “Instead, circle around behind them and attack them near the poplar trees. When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! That will be the signal that the LORD is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.”

These are the words where my excited yes did a hallelujah dance…”When you hear a sound like feet marching in the tops of the poplar trees…”

I had to read it several times. If it had said “When you hear the sound of wind” or “When you hear the rustling of leaves,” it would of made sense and I would of kept on reading. But feet marching, not on the ground but in the tops of the trees. Who marches that high off the ground? Angels perhaps?

Open His eyes Lord

It reminded me of another story found in 2 Kings 6. King Aram had sent an army to find and capture Elisha. Someone informed them Elisha was in Dothan, so King Aram’s men surrounded the city at night (vs 14). In the morning when Elisha’s servant got up he saw the army surrounding the city and he was afraid. Who wouldn’t be?

 

“When all we see is the problem, we need our eyes opened to the One who fights for us.”

 

Elisha was calm and told the servant in verse 16, ” Don’t be afraid”, the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  I wonder if the servant thought Elisha had finally lost it? All he could see was the invading army. When all we can see is the problem, we need our eyes opened to the One who fights for us.

Elisha prayed for the servants eyes to be opened and he saw (vs 17) “…the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Victory

We have not been left to battle alone, we don’t fight for victory but rather we stand in victory. Here are a few verses to help us remember God our Heavenly Father fights for us.

Romans 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to this? if God is for us, who can be against us?

Exodus 14:14 “The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Isaiah 54″17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgement you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15: 57″But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Joshua 1:9 ” Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I pray you have had a penny dropping, light bulb lightening revelation today.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.

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I Won’t Forget: Worship on Wednesday

Worship on Wednesday, a time to honor and be refreshed in the Lord. #singanewsong #worshiponwednesday

Milestone

One hundred and counting! No that’s not my age. This is my 100th post!!! Woohoo!

Some of you have been with me at Grace Lace and Polkadots since the beginning, and others have discovered the blog along the way. Whether you have read all 100 blog posts or this is your first time to visit…THANK YOU! Without you my writing would be lost in cyber space. Thank you for every Like, Comment and Share.

I appreciate each and everyone of you. I pray you have, and will continue to be, encouraged in the Lord through my writing. As the Apostle Paul said (my version) “I thank my God for y’all.”

Easter

The day when light shattered the dark. It blows my mind to think of how much God loves us that He was willing to pay the price for us to be reconciled to himself. Besides the physical torture Jesus experienced on the cross, I think maybe the emotional torture of separation was far greater. Mark 15:34 “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” – which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus was the purest person on earth, sinless, without spot or blemish. That is why He could pay the price for our salvation. That is why His death, His blood was acceptable to the Father. He didn’t deserve to die, He didn’t have to carry the weight of our (my) sin; He chose to. He knew it was the only way to reunite us back into fellowship and right standing with God.

“I won’t forget the price you paid. Though death was mine, You took my place.

I won’t forget the sacrifice, for to this love I owe my life.” (1st verse of I won’t Forget)

 

Maybe you are reading this post and you don’t know Jesus, let me introduce Him to you. He is kind, loving and generous. He is the son of God and He loves you very much just like God the Father does. He wants more than anything for you to know His love, He cares about you and every detail of your life.

He’s waiting for you. You don’t have to fix yourself before coming to Him. You can’t earn His love; He gives it freely. There is no set prayer to say or eloquent words needed, simply speak from your heart. Forgiveness is waiting for you, ask and receive.

Happy Easter everyone.

Helena

Enjoy this song by Bethel Music, I Won’t Forget.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Jesus at Easter and Beyond

Victories, we all have them, but do we take time to celebrate? Lessons I learn while climbing a mountain.

I Need to Join a Gym

We made it to marker 3 without incidence. It wasn’t an easy climb, the steep path twisted and turned through trees whose roots protruded above ground while rocks acted as stepping/tripping stones. Pausing, we turned to look to the valley, but no view was to be seen as the trees blocked our line of sight; still, we appreciated how far we had come.

Onwards and upwards my grandson and I climbed, the higher we went the more rocky it became. I’m telling you I don’t remember the climb being so rocky, but then it had been twenty years since I last climbed Pinnacle Mountain. My out-of-condition thighs were starting to feel as wobbly as jelly, a few more rest stops were going to be needed before we would reach the summit. At each marker we celebrated our progress.

Standing in Awe

Somewhere between marker 6 and marker 7 I stopped to look back at hikers a few steps behind us. The were quicker at climbing than me and I wondered if I needed to let them pass. I wondered no more, when my eyes fell on a beautiful picturesque scene of tree covered rolling hills framing a calm lake in the valley below. Together, Nana and grandson stood in awe of God’s handiwork. I love how my 5 year old grandson appreciates the beauty of nature.

My fatigued legs finally reached marker 10E. Woohoo! We had arrived. We had reached our goal. We had conquered the mountain, and we sat there perched on the rocky crest with our birds eye view of the Arkansas River winding its way down towards the Mississippi. And we celebrated!

Easter Celebration, Not Just For Easter

Easter weekend, for those who know Jesus as their personal savior is a time of remembering and celebrating what Jesus accomplished on the cross and through His resurrection. Although Easter is a wonderful time in the church calendar, I am glad we are not restricted to one weekend a year to remember and celebrate His victory.

 

Because Jesus is victorious; we are victorious.

 

As we journey with Jesus through this thing called life may we take time out to pause and celebrate what He has done in our lives. Celebrate the small and the large steps forward. Celebrate even when we can’t see for the trees. Celebrate when a clearing appears and stand back and admire His handiwork of grace. Celebrate each victory, each hurdle overcome. Each lie renounced. Because Jesus is victorious; we are victorious. We don’t fight for a victory, we stand in victory with Jesus.

 

“Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:24

 

I love how the Lord never leaves us but stays close by on this path we call life, how He holds our hand in smooth and rough terrain. We are His and His grip is secure.

I pray you have a wonderful Easter celebrating Jesus. Feel free to Brag on God in the comments and share a victory He has done in your life.

What is your favorite Easter candy? Mine is Cadbury Mini Eggs.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His radiance.

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Into The Deep: Worship on Wednesday

Worship on Wednesday, a time to honor and be refreshed in the Lord. #singanewsong #worshiponwednesday

 

Dry spells in our Christian walk are not uncommon, I have experienced those times myself on more than one occasion. Times when the joy of the Lord seems to have evaporated into thin air. Times when praying feels more like a conversation with the ceiling, than talking with my Heavenly Father. Times when church was a place to attend, rather than being part of the body of Christ. My dry spells occur when my focus is not on the Lord. When I’m caught up in doing things for Christ rather than abiding in Christ.

“When my hands stretch out towards the sky you never let me run dry.

When I dive into the depth of you my heart is made anew Jesus in you.”  (Into The Deep: Citipointe)

When we dive into a relationship with the Lord, the living water of His love refreshes us. Being immersed in His love will result in no more dry spells. Are you ready to dive headlong into His love? I am.

Father, we long to go deeper to be immersed in your presence. Take us deeper Lord. Amen

I give you Citipointe singing Into The Deep; enjoy!

Helena

 

 

 

Why I Couldn’t Hear From the Lord

I needed to know if I was in the Lord’s will before pursuing a course of action. I prayed. I asked for direction.

Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero communication; at least that is how it seemed from my end.

I texted a friend. She loved the original idea and saw no reason for me to change course. I wasn’t convinced. There was something inside me urging me to change, to move forward, to improve as the orginial idea now seemed sub-standard.

What was I missing? Why couldn’t I hear from the Lord? Why wasn’t he giving me the answer I desprately requested?

why I couldn't hear from God: What was the cause of the hindrance? We all have moments when we need an answer from God and all we seem to get is silence. #hearingGod #thehindrancethatblockedmyhearing

Taking Matters into Our Own Hands

The Philistine army had gathered against Israel. 1 Samuel 28:5 tells us, “When Saul saw the vast Philistine army, he became frantic with fear.” He needed answers and he wasn’t hearing from God, so Saul had his men search out a medium and they found one in Endor.

King Saul had given up waiting for an answer and took matters into his own hands. Not a wise choice, but let’s be real we have all probably given up waiting for God’s answer and found one we like through other venues.

Doing It the Right Way

When David was King he had the privilge of bringing the Ark of God from Judah to Jerusalem. On the way one of David’s men, Uzzah, tried to stop the Ark of God from falling off the cart when the oxen pulling it stumbled. Who of us have not on occassion tried to give God a helping hand? Uzzah was struck dead, David was angry and afraid to take the Ark of God into Jerusalem, so he put his dream on hold and he left the Ark of God at the home of Obed-edom.

2 Samuel 6:13 “Because you Levites did not carry the Ark the first time, the anger of the LORD our God burst out against us. We failed to ask God how to move it properly.”

Three months later, David suceeded in bring the Ark of God to Jerusalem when he did it according to God’s instructions.

Moving Out to Move In

For months my mind sought out an answer. I asked friends. I Googled. I read articles. I prayed asking the Lord to help me come to a decision soon. All this indecision was taxing my mind. I didn’t want to continue looking for answers in other places as if I was helping God out. I needed, wanted, to do it properly according to God’s instructions.

I discovered recently my urge to change and move forward, the thinking that the orginal idea was substandard all came out of pride. I had fallen into the comparison trap; not a good place to be. Coming before my Heavenly Father I asked for forgiveness and I moved out of pride and into His perfect plan.

Saul in his pride gave up on God. David in his pride failed to ask God for specific instructions. I in my pride compared myself to those further along them me, and I was not enough.

Let pride go and move into His perfect will.

Pride will look different to each of us. How has it presented itself to you? Share your thoughts in the comments, I look forward to hearing from you.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.

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Forgiveness: The Key to Healing

Forgiveness. We love to receive it, but it’s so hard to give when we are the one who hurts. Instead we hold onto the offense nurturing the wound on a minute by minute schedule. We rehash the scene/words over and over and practice what we will say when next we meet the person. Quite a mini series playing out in our imagination. Oh yes, I have been there and done that too.

“And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment]. Matthew 6:12

Forgiveness: The Key to Healing. Offense hurts, we can choose to wallow in unforgiveness or be healed. Misconceptions regarding forgiveness.

Use the Key

The key to healing is forgiveness. Choosing not to allow the offense to fester, but rather to nip it in the bud. This had worked for me on many occasions, sparing me the pain of a rotting wound.

I have been on the receiving end and have also been the offender many times. Some offensives I have done on purpose (shocking I know). I have also been totally unaware that I had offended, but offend I did. Could it be that when I have been offended, the other person had no clue to the offense they had caused.

One such occasion comes to mind. I was already stressed; frazzled to be exact. I was sleep deprived and my skill set was stretched way outside its normal comfort zone. I was emotionally, mentally and physically spent while at the same time trying to cope with everyday life and look good doing it. It’s just like Satan to kick us when we are already feeling down.

I felt betrayed, but instead of forgiving on the spot, I busied myself with the task at hand. As I lay exhausted in my bed that night my mind replayed the scene. The already gut wrenching hurt increased with each negative thought.

Jesus answered  him, “I say to you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven. Matthew 18:22

By morning I had chosen to forgive, more out of obedience to the Lord than a deep love for the person. Forgiveness is a choice not a feeling and I chose often, sometimes, several times a day. It took seven months before I felt release from the offense.

Though the person had not intended to hurt me by their action, it was nevertheless painful. It was a perceived offense but a very real hurt. Had I not obeyed God’s word to forgive, I would still be holding a grudge today.

Not all offenses are perceived, many offenses are intentional. Either way they hurt. Both perceived and intentional offenses need forgiving if we are to receive healing.

More Than a Business Deal

When we choose to forgive it doesn’t mean the offense or hurt wasn’t real. No-one is going to perform a lobotomy on our brain so we forget, but with healing from the Lord it will become a memory viewed from the side of victory. The offender does not have to do anything in order for us to forgive them, if they do, then it’s not real forgiveness on our part, rather it is a business deal.

I have heard people say that they won’t forgive because they cannot trust the person. News Alert! Forgiveness does not mean we have to trust the offender again. Sometimes trust can be rebuilt over time, but in some instances distance is best.

Father, help us learn to forgive quickly, like you. Heal our broken hearts and renew your spirit of gentleness and love in us. Help us to live in the light of your radiance and not in the darkness of unforgiveness. We can choose to forgive because we have been forgiven by you.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

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