Category Archives: Trust

The Happiest Place on Earth…

Our lives seem so rushed, busy and full of activity.  Maybe you feel like you never have a moment to yourself because it seems like there is always something which needs your attention: work, spouse, kids, bills, a relative’s failing health.  You never get a break.  If I were to ask if you have peace, you may say, “What’s that?!?”

What does it take for you to have peace?  Maybe you need to go to your happy place; a place where you can rest, clear your mind, get away from the commotion of life and then you’ll have peace.  Everyone has a different definition for this place….maybe it is getting your nails done, taking a walk through the woods, reading a book in solitude, spending time with a loved one, or locking yourself in the bathroom.  These examples really area  means of escape, and we think if we can escape people and situations then we will have peace.  Peace is not escapism.  If we envision peace only in a certain set of circumstances then we limit its availability and influence.

To be honest, most people think peace is conditional on their circumstances.  We think, “If I don’t get my morning cup of coffee, I’m going to have an irritable day.”  Really?  Is peace found in a cup, a relationship, or the perfect situation?  This is why we lack genuine peace: because we think of a perfect scenario where peace can thrive, and if we don’t experience our scenario then peace is illusive.

WRONG!

Psalm 34:14 tells us to “seek peace and pursue it.”  Of course, I believe peace can only be found in our God, but there’s another powerful principle of peace: If you lack peace in an area of your life, you need introduce peace into that place.  For instance, you are anxious about the future.  The more you dwell on what you fear, the less peace you have.  How can you have peace when there is so much uncertainty?  By looking to the future with confidence in God, rather than fear.  When you have confidence in Him, you will have peace.  Your trust in Him allows peace to re-enter your life, even though your situation has not changed.  When you know God is in control, you’ll have peace no matter what uncertainties you’re facing.  If you have a heated argument with someone, you’ve lost peace.  To regain peace, you’ll have to bring it back into the relationship by being a peacemaker.  Try offering an apology, forgive the other person, or even lower your voice – now you’ve given peace the opportunity to invade the situation rather than discord and anger.

Peace doesn’t just come to your life, you have to make a choice to pursue it, and God is the giver of peace.  If you trust in Him, you will have peace, but something we forget is this: If we will obey His Word, we will have peace.

The happiest place on earth isn’t a destination.  It is a place of confidence in God to experience His peace, and then to be an extension of that peace through our actions and words towards others.  When you begin to trust God and trust Him enough to do as He says, you may be pleasantly surprised where you begin to find peace – probably in the most unlikely of places.

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A Promise that could change your life!

life-change-aheadWhat could happen right now which could change your life forever?  Win a million dollars…..get married…..have a child…..or maybe meeting an extremely important person you admire?  I’m sure there’s many moments or opportunities we could list which seem like game changers for our life’s path.

What about trusting God?  Sure, we don’t think of this one because we’re generally oblivious to it.  Trusting in God is something we think we do subconsciously, second nature, or even in our sleep.  Think about this seriously…..wouldn’t learning to trust God, especially His promises change your life completely?  Let me challenge you briefly to learn to trust God completely, or you could continue to live the way you do.  “What’s wrong with how I’m living?”  Glad you asked, so let’s address two main issues.

When I fail to trust God and won’t live with faith in His promises…..

……Insecurity

governs my living.  We all make bad decisions; some more than others.  I’ve not met a person who was insecure and made good decisions.  Insecurity stems from a desire to do, or be, or attain something which you are not able to.  No matter what you do, you won’t be able and this doesn’t merely annoy you, but it makes you insecure.  The last thing we want anyone to know about us is we have limits, and yet we all know each of us is limited…how odd!  If you were to make a list right now of everything you’d like to do or be or have, that list would reveal where your heart is and where you put your confidence.  Where is your confidence?  It’s probably in yourself.  People put their confidence in the same person they know is limited and insecure about.  What you’ve found out even more so is your faith in God is lacking.  Faith in the promises of God guards you against insecurity.  What I have is given by God; whether that is my material possessions, my attributes, or my abilities, and whatever I do not have I can trust God to make up the difference.  What do we call this?  Faith in God, and with faith always comes trust.

When I fail to trust God and won’t live with faith in His promises…..

……Jealousy

governs my living.  Have you ever thought, “Why them and not me?”  If so, its because you were jealous.  Have you ever noticed people have such a difficult time being happy for someone else who has what they lack?  We will compare ourselves to others constantly, and pick apart their personality and character to justify why they shouldn’t have and we should have what they possess.  There’s probably a term for this…….oh, what is it?…….Jealousy!  Why do we find it so difficult to rejoice with those who are rejoicing.  We may be jumping up and down, screaming in excitement with them but deep down in the darkest recesses of our hearts we wish it were us and not them…..jealousy………it just eats at us and devours us, so we can never be thankful for God’s blessing on someone’s life.  Jealousy, like insecurity, stems from a life lacking faith to trust in God’s Word.  Faith understands and accepts God gives and takes away, and it receives what God does in either case.  You know what else….faith is satisfied with what God has given and is blessed.  God could give you and another person a cookie.  Jealousy looks and says, “God gave them a bigger cookie!” but faith says, “Thank you God for my cookie!”

If you want a pivotal moment which could change your life then I hope you will ask God for greater faith to trust Him, to be content, and be satisfied with what God has brought into your life.  What you have may not be what others have, and who you are may not be who others are but praise God for what He has given you and who He’s made you to be.  Often our insecurity and jealousy merely stem from misunderstanding how uniquely blessed we are.  The promises of God….His Word, and the faith He willfully gives us to accept both can be a life-changing moment which sets our course for eternity.

Do I Need a Second Opinion?

smiling Doctor holding stethoscopeIf you’ve ever been to the doctor, you may hear a diagnosis you don’t like or feel uneasy about, and the natural decision at this point is to seek a second opinion.  You probably want to check and make sure what you’re being told is absolutely correct, or pretty much correct, at least.  Honestly, there are so many times in our lives where we gather information from various resources or individuals and then we come to a decision.  If you do this with God’s Words to you, you will find yourself making one poor decision after another.

When God speaks…

….it establishes what He says.  We see in the creation account in Genesis that God spoke and so it was.  He speaks into existence light, a gathering of water so land would appear, the production of vegetation, life in the form of animals on the land, sea, and in the air, and of course, man and woman.  When God speaks it will be.

So, why do we not just accept God’s Word when He speaks to us?  Why do I struggle so much with the accuracy or the legitimacy of God’s Word?  God said it, but I’m not sure if I believe it, can count on it, or if it will even come to pass, and the problem is we fail to grasp the one thing which happens when God speaks – it always comes to pass.  Yet, I’m unsure if what He said is going to happen in MY life……here is my issue.  Somehow, I have some kind of ability to automatically deter God’s Word from being as He said it would be in my life.

Do we have free choice?  Of course, but what I’m saying is God’s Word is His Word and no one, not even you, is going to stand in the way of what God intends, so don’t second guess Him.

I Second Guess God…

….because I need a second opinion.  Do you know a spiritual second opinion can be fatal when God has spoken? This is proven in Genesis 3.  After God has spoken and established and shown His Word is true, Satan comes along and speaks to Eve who is open to second opinion, and if you know the story you know it doesn’t end well.

After God speaks, the enemy is quick to come along and try to get you into a debate over, “Did God really say?”  If we entertain this discussion we will begin to doubt God’s Word and it’s authority and power over our lives.  We will think God doesn’t intend to do for us what He said, we are undeserving, or it just can’t be realized in this lifetime.  Or just as bad will be the thinking God didn’t mean what he said, and we can start compromising God’s Word and even our relationship with Him.  What happens is we begin to deceive ourselves and our relationship not only suffers because we don’t trust Him, but the relationship is liquidated as we check out to listen to another voice.

One Last Thing…

….that needs to be said.  God cursed the serpent and He cursed the ground but He didn’t curse Adam and Eve.  There were and are consequences to the fall of mankind, and we readily see those same consequences today.  The ultimate judgment for their sin is death.  Yet, for those who repent and return to Him they will find victory over death through Jesus Christ (John 11:25-26).

You may have doubted God, rejected Him, run away from Him, but be assured of this…..Jesus died for you.  If you will accept Him, receive Him, repent of your sinful ways and commit to the LORD and abide in His Word, you will have new life.  New life to come, but new life now.  You don’t need any second opinions when you have the only one which matters!  Trust God!