It’s Far Better to Trust God than Man

It’s Far Better to Trust God than Man

The Bible says outright that it is immeasurably better to put our trust in God than to rely upon any human being.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.  (Ps 118:8)

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.  (Jer 17:5)

The Lord shares His wisdom with us from His Word.  It’s simply a matter of believing and trusting in what we read there!  The scriptures tell us that the one who trusts man more than God is cursed.  May that never be the case!

The Word reminds us to trust in the Lord completely and not to rely upon human reasoning or understanding.  As we look to our Savior and trust in Him, He’ll give us direction and guidance, as well as miraculous answers to prayer.

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.  (Pro 3:5-6)

He will bring us through to victory.  (1 Cor 15:57)

There are a number of good, practical reasons to trust God completely rather than man.  I’ll share some of them with you.

  • God doesn’t lie. (Nbrs 23:19)
  • God cannot fail. (Josh 23:14)
  • God has limitless power. (Job 36:22 TLB; Ps 147:5 ESV)
  • God never forgets a promise. (2 Pet 3:9 AMP)
  • God doesn’t change. (Mal 3:6 KJV; Heb 13:8)
  • God is all-knowing. (Isa 40:13-14; 28 ESV; Job 28:24 ESV; Ps 147:5 ESV; Col 2:3)

When you’re facing a difficult or frightening situation, especially when there seems like no way out and no one capable of helping, put your hope, trust, and faith in the Lord and in His Word. 

The Weapons of our Warfare

The Weapons of our Warfare

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.  (2 Cor 10:4 – emphasis added)

. . . that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (2 Tim 3:14)  As we study the Bible, the Lord helps us to become mature and to equip us for every good work.

Weak men we may be; but it is not as such that we fight our battles. (2 Cor 10:3 NEB)  We don’t have the mindset of being weak; but rather, we fight because we have a supernaturally mighty friend in Jesus, our Savior. 

What are our weapons?  Our weapons are the Word of God; prayer; preaching the Gospel and teaching the Word of God to all who are hungry.

The Holy Spirit is our Helper, and He accesses the power of God on our behalf. (Zech 4:6)

Paul did not use violence; psychological maneuvering; a crusade of lies against his enemies; political power; money; or denominational loyalty as weapons.  Paul used the spiritual weapons that were at his disposal, revealed to Him by God.

The same weapons that were available to the apostle Paul are available to each one of us today.  Pick up the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) and study to show yourself approved as one who “rightly divides the word of truth.”  (2 Tim 2:15)

It’s Never Too Late for Peace, Part 2

It’s Never Too Late for Peace, Part 2

We continue our study on making peace.  We serve the God who is the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6), so we must always cooperate with Him.

Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.  (Ps 34:14)

Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.  (Jas 3:18)

A very vital spiritual discipline is to pray for the other person involved in the broken relationship.  Never try to “get even,” because that motivation does not come from the Spirit of God but from the pit of hell.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you . . . (Mt 5:44)

Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse.  (Rom 12:14)

Make sure that no one repays evil for evil. Always pursue what is good for one another and for all people.  (1 Thes 5:15)        

If you’re the offended person and you receive a text, email, or note in the mail similar to what was described in our previous article, pray deeply and sincerely about your response.  Weigh the pros and cons of what actually happened between you. Was it an uncommon occurrence on the other person’s part?  Was it out of the ordinary or some kind of misunderstanding? 

Ask the Lord to give you His supernatural grace to forgive; and understand that when you ask Him to do something according to His will (1 Jo 5:14-15), that He hears you and gives you exactly what you’ve requested. 

Remember that you are also forgiven by the Lord.  The Lord said:  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  (Mt 6:15) 

If you’re able to forgive the other person, it is a victory for the Kingdom of God!  And it will enrich your life and the lives of those who may be aware of the problem.  Forgiveness and reconciliation is a testimony to God’s goodness, mercy, and grace. 

If you honestly and sincerely feel that the circumstance(s) that caused a rift between you was a predictable event, and that it will certainly happen again, then you still need to forgive the person.  But you can choose NOT to resume a relationship with the person who hurt you.  However, you should respond to their overture and let them know that you do forgive them, and that you wish them the very best.  You can then indicate that due to the history between you, you feel it’s best for you that you don’t resume a relationship with them. 

In following these guidelines, you will have cooperated with the other person (and with God) in establishing peace between you.  (2 Cor 13:11) God bless you.

It’s Never Too Late for Peace, Part 1

It’s Never Too Late for Peace, Part 1

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.  (Pro 16:7)

And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.  (Rom 5:11)

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  (2 Cor 5:18, 19, emphases added)

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.  (Pro 19:11)

Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.  (Rom 14:19)

It’s never too late to make peace with estranged friends, family members and loved ones.  Reconciliation is the very crux of Jesus’ work for the Kingdom of God.

Whenever something has happened to cause a breakdown in a relationship, it’s best to pray about it and literally bathe the event in prayer (after it has happened).  Ask God to give you supernatural wisdom, insight, and understanding in the matter. 

If you’re the offender, respectfully approach the person whom you’ve hurt, and indicate that you would like to make peace.  This might involve you sending a “thinking of you” card in the mail (or a text message or an email, etc.) saying that you’d like to make things right between you.  Share your sincere apology for the offense (briefly say what it was), and that you would like to resume a relationship.  Indicate how important the other person is to you.

Now, whatever the response is—you’ve done your part.  Your mind and conscience can be at peace, even if the offended person doesn’t reply.  Or they may say that they forgive you, but they don’t want to resume the relationship.  Again, that’s their prerogative, and you’ll know that you did the responsible and godly thing.  At least you have participated in establishing peace between you and the other person.  (Rom 12:18)

Our next article will cover Part 2 of this subject.

Bear Fruit to God

Bear Fruit to God

Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to anotherto Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.  (Rom 7:4, emphasis added)

When we were born again as a result of accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became a new creation.  (2 Cor 5:17)  As a new creation, each one of us has been given a unique combination of gifts and talents to serve the kingdom of God.  Each one of us has been uniquely designed to bear fruit!

By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.  (Joh 15:8)

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”  (John 15:1-2)

Our Father rejoices when we bear fruit!  He is the Vinedresser who takes special care to cleanse and prune those who bring fruit, specifically so that they can bring more fruit.  The Lord wants us to bear fruit to our full potential.  As you know, the Lord doesn’t want any lukewarm followers. 

We need to be passionately following Jesus—wanting to change as the Holy Spirit leads us and desiring to bear abundant fruit unto God.  How may we bear fruit to God?

Here are some ideas:

  • One type of fruit is a changed character [in us] due to the operation of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-25)
  • Walk in what God has already prepared for you by doing good works (Eph 2:10)
  • Be watchful in prayer; love one another; be hospitable without grumbling; and as we have received gifts, we should minister them to one another (1 Pet 4:7-11)

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing….”By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”  (John 15:4-5, 8)

We need to abide in Christ—to be aware of His presence in our lives moment by moment.  Not one of us can bear fruit without the Lord, but as we abide in Him, we will bear fruit because the Word of God says so.  As we bear fruit, the Lord receives glory and thus, we validate that we are indeed Christ’s disciples.  Have a blessed day!

The Armor of Light, Part 1

The Armor of Light, Part 1

The armor of light (Rom 13:12) and the whole armor of God (Eph 6:11) are synonymous terms.  The armor enables us to cast off the works of darkness and to stand securely (endure) by faith in the Gospel of Peace.

Why do we need armor?  Because we’re engaged in a daily battle with evil.  We need to stand firm and to resist the attacks of the devil. 

This is a battle that requires our dedication and steadfastness.  It requires us to sacrifice our own desires and goals.  We are soldiers of the cross of Jesus Christ, and we were drafted into this army upon our salvation.

All of the armor is defensive except the sword of the Spirit—the Word of God.  The sword is the one offensive weapon to use against the enemy.  With it we can be victorious over his attacks.

All of the other armor is intended to aid us in our Christian life and walk.  According to the Scripture verses shown in these notes, the armor of light includes:

  1. Belt of Truth
  2. Breastplate of righteousness; breastplate of faith and love (Isa 59:17; Eph 6:14; 1 Thes 5:8)
  3. Helmet of salvation (the hope of salvation)
  4. Shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace
  5. Shield of Faith
  6. Sword of the Spirit—the Word of God

Two possible additions might be suitable—although not often named as part of the whole armor of God:

  • A cloak of zeal (Isa 59:17)
    This cloak represents our enthusiasm and passion for the battle.  It’s fitting for us to feel a keenness and fervor to bring glory and honor to our God.
  • Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (Eph 6:18)
    As we know, the Bible reminds us that man ought always to pray and not to faint.  (Lk 18:1)  Prayer is a significant tool in our arsenal that we must wield with skill and wisdom.

For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head;
He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
  (Isa 59:17)

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—  (Eph 6:14-18)

Watch for the next article which discusses how to employ the Armor of Light.