Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Trust in the Lord

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.
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord.
[ Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies ] [ A Meditation of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite. ] O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me,
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
[Faith in the Lord’s Righteousness] [To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.] In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.
[The Lord a Fortress in Adversity] [To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.] In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.
Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17New King James Version (NKJV)

The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

The Day of the Lord

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Various Exhortations

12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
My Comments: Many are running hither and yon looking for comfort and safety, guidance and truth. Many are fearful and anxious and do not know who to trust. Many place their trust and faith in things, people and circumstances and even jobs and money or ideologies. Yet there is only one who can save. There is only one who has made a way for them and He will come again for those who are His.
Jesus the Messiah said He would come again. Those who follow Him know Him to be trustworthy and true. His word tells of Him from the first Book of the Bible to the End. Those who place their trust in Him will not find Him wanting. Does that mean life will be perfectly calm and without situations? No! It does mean He will be there in the storms as well as the joys of life as He has gone before us through them all. And no matter what happens He will not forsake us and will be there to welcome us home when our time is over here. Or He will come before that time. Either way it will not matter because we will be with Him. This is the assurance of salvation to those who place their trust in the Lord.
There were so many Scriptures that spoke to trusting in the Lord and knowing His word is true and He will do all He has said He will do. Yet I felt constrained by the Spirit to share these ones with you and pray they will strengthen you in the days to come.
Our Lord will come again and we do not know the day or the night. He will come and we must be ready. He will handle everything in our lives if we trust it to Him and go on in His name doing all He asks of us. We are His because we trusted in Him and accepted His Sacrifice and the Redemption He gave to us.
If you have not accepted Him then I encourage you to do so today. Talk to Him. Confess your sin. Believe in His Gospel (Jesus was born of a virgin, died for our sins on a cross, rose again on the third day as He said He would, and ascended into Heaven all so we might live with Him and be the Children of God.) Give your life to Him and He will come into you and your eternity will be assured. He died that all may live. Yet to live one must be Born Again by accepting His sacrifice as a gift freely given because He first loved us. Trust in the Lord and He will guide you through His Holy Spirit.
Abba Father I pray to You through Your Son Jesus our Messiah, Redeemer and Friend, Brother and Savior, may we all trust the Lord with all our hearts and souls and proclaim His Holy name before the world so many more will come to know You and serve You. Thank You for our Savior. Thank You for Your love that sent Him here to die in our place. Thank You for choosing us as Your children. We place our trust in the Lord. In Jesus name in union with the Holy Spirit we pray. Amen.


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