June 4, 2009

Trust

Over the past few days God has been teaching me a lot. There were three main things that He showed me. All of them point to trust.

The first one is found in Ephesians 6. Shawn Ammons talked about this passage on Monday during morning devotions at camp. It is about putting on the armor of God so that you can stand against the Devil. After reading Ephesians 6:15, Shawn said something that really caught my attention. He said “If you are not at peace then you have a trust issue.” At first I tried to deny it in my own heart, but God did not let that happen. He pointed out a couple of areas that I was not at peace and showed me that I did not trust Him. I asked the question do I need to submit to God’s control in these areas.

The next two things came on Tuesday. I had spent the evening playing the computer. I played until around twelve o-clock and then headed to bed. I laid down on my bed and started to feel very guilty about my day. I had wasted the evening and I had sinned against God. I turned to my night stand to turn off my light but instead I picked up my bible. I opened it randomly and began to read. I read three verses Galatians 6: 7, 8, & 9, which say:
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Those verses hit me hard. It was as if God had just said “The reason you sinned tonight is because you have been sowing to the flesh. If you spend time with me then I will give you the strength to overcome.” These three verses pointed out to me another area in which I was not trusting God. I did not believe that I would truly reap what I sowed. I had been living with the attitude that it didn’t really matter how much time I had spent with God. I was not trusting God that my time spent reading the bible and in prayer would be worthwhile.

The last thing God showed me happened just after I stopped praying. I opened the bible once again and read Psalm 149. It talks about praising God. I realized that I could not praise God if I did not trust Him. It is not possible to be thankful in a bad situation if you do not trust that God will work it out.

Trust is such a key element in our relationship with Christ. I would encourage you to take a few moments and ask God to reveal areas of your life in which trust is lacking.

1 comment:

  1. Great thoughts Titus! I enjoy earing about your continual walk with the Lord. Your words are very true.

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