Exercising in Faith: Learning to Trust in The Lord

As a Christian, faith and trust go hand in hand. As our faith is exercised, tested, and made stronger, we see this to be true.

We learn to trust in the mercy of God though faith in the sacrifice of the Son that covers us, despite our flaws in character or struggle with sin.

We learn to trust in the will of God that is always good for those who trust in Him and are called for His purposes, even when things around us do not always seem good.

We trust in the Lord’s promises. We know that He will bring the Kingdom of Heaven to us—to our hearts and to this world.

We trust that His words are true, and we gain some understanding of what it means to live out our Christianity, and we grow in confidence as we see Him work in us.

We trust that we have a place and purpose in this world and in the age to come for His glory, and He will provide us with whatever we need so that we do not fail—because as Jesus said that the Father in Him does the works, so will we say that the Son in us does the works.

Trust can encompass many things for us as Christians, and Jesus will work the trust in us that we need in order to fulfill the purpose God has ordained for our lives before the world began. We who love Jesus cannot fail, because our lives are written in the Book of Life. We can trust in this. We can trust that we live forever.

Below is a post that I wrote for KindlingTruth on January 8, 2019. It is a short post, but the ideas about praise, fear of the Lord, and trust are good to think on. Especially in regard to preparing for the “end time” – both the end of this age and the end of our own time in this world.

Trust in the Lord and Avoid Desolation

How do we stand against the great deception from “the one who makes desolate?” The answer is simple, yet living out the answer requires continual striving and growing in the faith. What is that answer? Praise, Trust and Fear of the Lord.

Praising the Lord in times of trouble with thankfulness for all the goodness of God settles a worrisome heart.

Trusting the Lord instead of man places our focus on He that is Holy and True instead of the confusion of this world.

Fear of The Lord is to love righteousness and hate iniquity as one who strives to tame his/her vessel and maintain sanctification through striving to walk in the things of the Holy Spirit.

An ungrateful and fearful heart full of sin is prone to deception and easily made desolate, no matter which time we live in, regardless of one’s beliefs about a pre-tribulation rapture (which I do not believe in).

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

If you have a story about how Jesus teaches you to trust in Him, or if you have problems with trust that you want to discuss, leave a reply. I’d love to hear from you. I will try to share a testimonial article about my own trust issues soon. Lord willing.

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