The Lost Art of Trust
In these days we find ourselves in, most of our Christian attributes are being tested like never before. Trust is one that seems to be taking hits from every direction. The proliferation of social media, and all its weaknesses and flaws, have caused a lack of trust in words and stories. The national news syndications are being exposed as less than trustworthy. The vitality of weather patterns made weather forecasting a challenge and weather forecasts we find are less than trustworthy. And then we have politics! American people are bombarded with the message of mistrust. In an ever unstable world, finding something to place our trust in is difficult.
For us who have placed our hope and faith in an unshakable Kingdom of God, this should be no surprise. Yet we hear and witness many christians struggling these days. Their trust has been shaken. Trust is a necessary ingredient for a healthy soul, but a misplaced trust leads to fear, confusion, and loss of hope.
It is important to be aware that faith, which is our belief system, and trust are not the same. Trust, in a simplistic definition, is our action relating to our faith. We have to put action, which is trust, to our faith. James 2:20 says as much, "Faith without works (action activated by trust) is dead." Our faith is being tested in these days, but the result will be strength coming to the body of Christ like never before. The body of Christ is rising up to the challenges of the day with passion and zeal. I see the two-edged sword of faith and trust going forth and making a path in the wilderness of fear and confusion.
Friends, it is not over! The greatest days of the church are still ahead. Rise up in action activated by trust, and rid your life of the demonic forces working against you. You have already been commissioned as the head and not the tail, now act like you trust His word!
Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. 6 Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Proverbs 3:5-6 (Passion)
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Senior pastor at Grove Christian Center.