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

Share this with a friend (or the world) encourage someone today.

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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So Will I: Worship on Wednesday

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

 

Sparkling Jewels

I wondered why were stopping as we traveled northwards from Queensland. I was tired and ready for the next hotel on our tour. I just wanted to close my eyes and sleep. You know the feeling, you have enjoyed the day and don’t want to appear rude to your host, but in all honesty it was time to say goodnight and put the day to bed.

Stars like sparkling jewels lit up the night sky with the brilliance and beauty of a gem covered ball gown. My friends left the car to stand and gaze upward, I viewed from the open door of the car too tired after my international flight to fully appreciate the wonder of what I was seeing. Though appreciate I did but not with the same enthusiasm as they.

We are surrounded by so much natural beauty on this planet we call home, majestic mountains, beautiful lakes, winding rivers and rolling oceans. Trees of all kinds, flowers from the sought after exotic to the humble daisy. Interesting cloud formation and blue skies,  sounds of thunder and flashes of lightening, they all declare the glory of God.

Unexpected Visitor

I woke up the other morning to birds chirping as they sang their morning song. Hmm! How come birds never sound off key? One night not too long ago I got up around 3am needing something to drink, so I headed for the kitchen. As I sat there with my cup of milk the outside light came on, I looked out the window to find out why. There waddling down the garden path and onto my deck was a raccoon, though not sure if my garden was the place for him to be, I had to admit he was beautiful.

He is loving and kind, longing for each of us to know Him in a deeper way each day

Creation is beautiful and the One who created it all is beautiful. He is loving and kind, longing for each one of us to know Him in a deeper way each day. We think nothing of standing in awe of a beautiful sunset, or a magnificent waterfall. Words fail us, we breath out a wow as our eyes widen to take in the beauty of our surroundings.

How much more is our creator, our Heavenly Father worthy of a breath taking wow from us? He is worthy of praise from the depth of our being. Worthy of our adoration. Worthy of unconditional obedience. I love how David encourages us in Psalm 100 to worship the Lord.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

It is our privilege as the redeemed children of God to praise Him. Will you worship Him today? So will I.

I give you So Will I by Hillsong United

Enjoy

Helena

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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One Desire: Worship on Wednesday

Worship on Wednesday is a time to come together and lift our hearts with song to the Lord.

Have you ever walked in late to worship at church? I have on a few occasions and honestly I found it difficult to enter in, almost like I was trying to play catch-up bringing my heart into line. Well today I feel like I am playing catch-up with the Worship on Wednesday post.

Life happens, we procrastinate and time goes by so we decide to put things off until tomorrow. Today is my tomorrow so to speak and my plans to write early went by the board with one phone call.

Daughter: “Mam, the baby has a temp, don’t think she should go to daycare.”

Me (sighing): “Bring her to me.”

The baby who will be three in July is now fast asleep, and so here I am playing press the keys as fast as I can before she wakes up. I know those of you with young children understand where I’m coming from.

This week for Worship on Wednesday I have chosen One Desire, from NLC Worship album Our God & Our King.

“Yours is the love of my heart, Lord Jesus. Desperate I pour out my life. To gaze on your beauty and worth forever. You’re my one desire.”

May Jesus be our one desire.

Helena

 

 

Worship on Wednesday: Reckless Love

Windshield wipers were full-on working hard to give me a clear view of the road as dark, heavy clouds continued to empty their water load upon an already wet Central Arkansas. I was not going to let the rain deter me from going to the worship night at church.

Worship on Wednesday is a time to come together and lift our hearts with song to the Lord.

When you are familiar with a song it’s easier to enter into worship as you don’t have to concentrate on the words. With my hands still raised and my eyes still closed, one of the worship team members began to sing these words;

“Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me. You have been so, so good to me.

Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me. You have been so, so kind to me.”

Gentle, reassuring words. Words I knew were true in my own life. He has been so, so good and, oh so kind to me. Not knowing the song I opened my eyes to read the words on the large screen.

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

I was hooked. So much truth in one song. God’s love for you and I overwhelms us in a good way. I am so glad that God chases us (me) with His love. A love that stays the course throughout eternity.

Listen to Cory Asbury sing Reckless Love. Let the words sink deep into your soul and be encouraged today that God is for you.

Helena

 

Out With the Old and In With the New: Healing our Thought Life

While I can’t claim that Arkansas has had a hard winter, I can say it certainly has been a wet one. I’m glad the temperatures have been above freezing as I’m not a fan of icy road conditions.

Nevertheless, I was happy to see buds and little white blossoms on the trees lining the main boulevard. Spring was letting the world around her know the old had gone and the new had arrived. Still the temperatures plummet at night to low 30’s F as if winter couldn’t let go.

Healing our thought life. We bring our old way of thinking into our Christian walk, how do we renew our minds? #healingourthoughtlife #Godkickswallsdown

When Old Thoughts Refuse to Go

As Christians we see evidence in our lives of the new life we have in and through Jesus. The freshness of His spirit infusing and regenerating our own spirit. We know we have been changed, yet, old thought patterns clings to us like a winter virus that refuses to go. Galatians 5:1 informs us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…” Don’t know about you but I don’t feel free when my mind is in bondage to lies.

Lies that left me feeling insecure, unwanted and ashamed. I needed healing in my thought belief system. Do you need healing there too?

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

Savior for Mind

For years I struggled to improve myself as a Christian by trying to do all the things I thought a Christian should do, I didn’t want God to be displeased with me. Try as I did, it didn’t work, my old thought pattern was well established with deep roots. I needed a savoir not only for my spirit, but also for my mind.

I knew the scriptures, had read all the way through the bible several times and memorized many verses, but it wasn’t until I asked God to teach me and show me who He says I am did I see any change. The verses I had learn years before took on new meaning and I claimed them as my own.

And the Walls Came a Tumbling Down

Walls that had built up were now tumbling down though some took longer than others to fall. I would love to tell you all my walls are fully down but they are not. They are weaker than they once were and are in the process of collapsing. The Lord is at work healing me as my mind stays fixed on Him and who His Word says I am.

Stop trying to change yourself, the Lord will do the same for you. He is madly in love with you and wants you to be truly free in Him. I leave you a few lines from the song Reckless by Bethel Music.

“There’s no wall You won’t kick down. Lie You won’t tear down. Coming after me.”

Thankful that our Heavenly Father is in the demolition business on our behalf. Thankful the old has gone and the new is here.

What walls has the Lord kicked down or lies has he torn down for you? You can brag on God in the comments.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

Reminder: Clocks go forward one hour on March 11th for all living in the USA. Suggestion for you, change your clocks before you go to bed on March 10th. That way you won’t be late for church on Sunday.

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