Trusting In Jesus – A Higher Level:
As we study the indwelling of the Holy
Spirit and how God lives within the “born again believer”, we must reaffirm our true belief to “Trust in
Jesus”. Often we only seem to express our faith in terms of a comfort zone faith. By this we mean we only
go so far to show our faith and many times our faith is so entangled with the ways of the world that it is hard to tell we
are “different” from the world—Christians. This is a sad statement for Christians, and the imagery
of Christianity is harmed by a weakened Christianity. Many of these Christians will be the first to express their relationship
to God, but seemingly drag their feet when it comes to a total commitment. This leads us to the concept of committing
more to God and seeking to live under His Love. Trusting in God’s leadership is the primary concept that shows
us this love.
There is a Scripture that expresses four important aspects of our knowing God in a way that we should. We will break
this down, but the first of these is one that is very familiar to us all. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge
Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 We could make a
whole message about this Scripture in that it tells us the whole of it in a nut shell. We are to trust in God to such
an extent that we put all aspects of “self” into it. One thing for sure is that we will never be able to
understand “life” as it reveals itself in us. This is even the more reason to trust in Jesus, due to the
fact that we cannot control many aspects of our lives. We are to acknowledge the One who can and trust that He will
lead us through His Grace. His leadership (through the Holy Spirit) will always be for our best. Every example
of this in the Bible reveals to us we can trust God’s Grace in our lives.
The second facet to this Scripture is:
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will
be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8 In many instance of the Christian’s
lifestyle, they seem to believe the concept: “I am the master of my destiny!” How this is so untrue!
As expressed earlier, we are far from in control. We are seemingly in control, but in reality, we are minimally in control.
There are so many things that are totally out of our control—global finances, weather, health, accidents, etc.
This list goes on and on, so what about the Scripture? Don’t be wise in your own eyes! The wisest person
is the one who realizes he knows very little. An old farmer once said, “I have farmed for decades and realize
I have yet to know it all.” We are to “fear”, is that right? Not the way you may interpret fear.
This fear is to respect God in a way that reverences Him and His influence in your life. It will be beneficial in all
aspects of your life.
The next is important because it expressed the ultimate in trusting in God. Yes, it is about tithing! Giving to
God of the firstfruits! Listen to how this is expressed in Scripture. “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will
be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs
3:9-10 We believe it is the most important part, but the world has such a hard time trusting God in this area. If you
do not tithe, you do not know the greatest of all blessings. Most Christians will toss a twenty in the offering plate,
but does that satisfy this Scripture? Not in the least! The key phrase here is “honor the Lord”.
Unless you honor Him in this area, you cannot fully say you trust God. There are many who give of their overabundance,
but the important part is to give in your need. It is hard to explain, but by giving, you open the flood gates of His
blessing. This is truly trusting! The one that gives of their fixed income is the one obedient to Him. For
God will truly bless in such cases—i.e. the widows mite is probably the greatest of examples.
The last of the
Scriptures to examine is: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor
detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12 This reveals to us the concept of God watching
over us in all aspect of our lives. He corrects us when necessary. He withholds blessings as a form of this correction.
Many would say He brings upon us hardship, but we argue this point. The hardships are brought when we pull away from
God and He lets us go—free-will-choice. This is the most revealing concept of His love for us. God’s
correction is the greatest example of His love, for He sees our pulling away and His love allows us to do so. It is
this that shows His greatest love to us—Grace. If it were not for His Grace, we would all be doomed to Hell for
our actions. Yet, it is by this Grace that Jesus died for our sin.
We have the choice to trust, the choice to honor Him,
the choice to give back of our increase and the choice to disrespect God by leaving Him out of our lives. If you trust
in Jesus’ sacrifice, you must go all the way; you must seek Him in all your ways. You must “trust in the Lord with all you heart”! Once we have learned to trust in all our ways,
we will be that much closer to God’s purposeful lifestyle. Allow God to have
access to your life by trusting in His Grace! Once you realize this, you are able to realize a life that is fulfilling
and joyous in all circumstances.