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Sun, Mar 18, 2012
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The third pathway to divine blessing that we want to consider is trust in God. To trust God is to put one’s confidence in Him. Trust in God is a basic demand made by God of all who seek to have His divine blessings poured upon them. In Psalm 40:4, we read, “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” As simple as it sounds, putting one’s trust is a very difficult thing for the natural man or a Christian controlled by his sinful nature to do as a result of the evil heart of unbelief that became part of him after the Fall (Heb. 3:12-19). There is a basic distrust of God that can be found in every man after the Fall. Men do not readily believe His Word or comply with His demands. It all started with Adam and Eve. When God told them that they would die if they ate of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the Garden of Eden, they did not trust what God said, but trusted the lies of the devil (Gen. 3:1-7). Lack of trust in God characterized the Israelites as they journeyed from Egypt to Canaan. Whenever God displayed His great power on their behalf, they would put their trust in God (Ex. 14:26-31). But as soon as they faced another challenging situation, they would murmur, grumble, and complain against God (Ex. 16:1-7, 11-12, 19-20, 23-28). God’s word warns us against putting our trust in man (Psa. 118:9; Isa. 2:22; 31:1; Jer. 17:5); in riches (Psa. 49:6-7; 52:7; Job 31:24-25, 28; Prov. 18:11; Luke 12:19-20; 1 Tim. 6:17); in weapons (1 Sam. 17:45; Psa. 44:6; Hos. 1:7; Hag. 2:22); in one’s own righteousness or self (Ezek. 33:13; Prov. 28:26; Hos. 10:13; Matt. 26:33; Luke 18:9; 1 Cor. 10:12). God’s word encourages us to put our trust in God (Psa. 37:3-7; Prov. 3:5-7; Isa. 26:4; 50:10), and it pronounces special blessings upon those who put their trust in Him (Psa. 32:10; 125:1; Prov. 29:25; Isa. 26:3). But the question that we need to answer is this; “How can we put our trust in God, and thereby prepare the ground for God’s blessings to be poured out upon us?” One, by spending quality time to read and study the word of God in order to know the will of God for our life (Job 23:11-12). Two, by choosing to conduct our life in accordance with the will of God instead of living according to the standards of the world around us or the philosophies of men (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 2:13-14). They do not rely upon their own wisdom in deciding upon the course of action to take in any situation. They also do not copy the example of the world around them in doing anything. Three, by making God our first port of call in any and every challenging situation (2Kings 18:5-7; 19:1-7, 10-19). Those who truly trust God maintain an intimate fellowship with Him through prayer. They do not seek help from man, unless when directed by God to do so. Four, by waiting patiently for God’s answers to our prayers, instead of taking matters into our own hands or allowing other people’s behaviour to stampede us into action (Psa. 40:1-3).
Sun, Mar 04, 2012
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16 mins 35 secs
Having considered the necessity of divine blessing for the success and prosperity of human life on earth, we now turn to consider the pathway to such a blessing.
Sun, Jun 22, 2008
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1 hr 16 mins 30 secs
This is the first of a four part series addressing the God's ability and willingness to prosper everyone whose trust is in HIM. It exposes the folly of ill-acquired wealth while emphasizing God's omnipotence. It focuses on the relationship between God and Abraham as an admonition for us to trust God's word.
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