I want to talk today about what we heard in Church so that you won’t miss out if you couldn’t go to Church.
Here are six reasons why we should trust God.
1. He knows you by name.
But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine (Isaiah 43:1, NLT).
The LORD replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, and I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17, NLT).
I want you to think about this before continuing. Write these Scriptures down as well for meditation purposes.
2. God will fight for you.
The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (Exodus 14:14, NLT).
The following Scripture came to mind as our Pastor read the above Scripture:
- As all the men of Judah stood before the LORD with their little ones, wives and children, the Spirit of the LORD came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeil, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph. He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’S victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!” (2 Chronicles 20:13-17, NLT).
Do not be afraid of the nations there, for the LORD your God will fight for you (Deuteronomy 3:22, NKT). 3. He thinks about you.
Every single moment you are thinking of me! How precious and wonderful to consider that you cherish me constantly in your every thought! O God, your desires toward me are more than the sand on every shore! When I awake each morning, you’re still with me (Psalms 139:17-18, emphasis added, TPT). He used the King James version in reading Psalms 139:17, but The Passion puts verse 18 together with 17, so I typed them both.
O Lord, our God, no one can compare with you. Such wonderful works and miracles are all found with you! And you think of us all the time with your countless expressions of love– far exceeding our expectations (Psalms 40:5, TPT).
Before we end this section, I want to tell you of a story that our Pastor tells us when given the chance:
He says that there was a time when he thought, “When I get to Heaven, I won’t get God all to myself.” Then it dawned on him: God is not a human that He is as limited as we are. He is omnipresent and can sit and talk with each of us all at the same time. Reflect on these verses and this story before continuing.
4. God has plans for you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT).
The question that was asked today at Church (again the King James was used the), was this: What is your expected end?
We all agreed in having this version at hand that it was Heaven. However, I want to ask this another way: What future has the Lord asked you to plan for your life? What plans does He have for you? Selah!
So it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord (Lamentations 3:26, NLT).
5. He is your refuge.
There is only one Scripture to consider for this section.
For he alone is my safe place. His wrap-around presence always protects me as my champion defender. The’s no risk of failure with God! So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me? God’s glory is all around me! His wrap-around presence is all I need, for the Lord is my Savior, my hero, and my life-giving strength. Join me, everyone! Trust only in God every moment! Tell him all your troubles and pour out your heart-longings to him. Believe me when I tell you–he will help you. Pause in his presence (Psalms 62:6-8, TPT, emphasis added).
There are two Scriptures that came to mind as I wrote the above passage:
- The mature children of God are those who are led by the impulses of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14, TPT, emphasis added).
- Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of GOD, praising him always (Philippians 4:6-8, TPT, emphasis added).
- Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own oppinions. With all your heart rely on HIM to guid you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in WHATEVER you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong. Then you will find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for (Proverbs 3:5-8, TPT, emphasis added).
The above Scriptures–every one of them have a common theme: surrender, surrender, surrender! We pray, “Show me your glory,” when we haven’t been willing to turn back to God’s Word, which is where His power can only be found. As I established previously, doing a whole lot of research is never good for your spiritual health. Therefore, it is always better to limit this research. I confess that even I fall short of this, but all of us are obligated–at least we should out of love for Christ–to surrender our all to Christ. For gdness sake! He died on the cross for our sins and gave His all, first and foremost, for the glory of Father God, but then, on our behalf. We should show our gratitude and give Him our all as well.
I also established in this article that watching too much of the news–whatever that may be–is never good for our spiritual health. It will be to your own peril if you continue, knowing what you know now, to watch your regular TV shows etc. without at least trying to cut back! Heck! We can’t even sit still before God, as is described here and, I think, here. I cannot remember since it has been a while and I’ve watched a myriad of other interviews by Abby Johnson, but as I described in the blogs previously, she does mention it in her book called Unplanned.
The generations that make up the 21st century always want things instantly–the microwave mentality, even going so far as to make a JG Witward commercial saying, “It’s my money and I want it now!” I think we need to take a step back–especially the teachers in the body of Christ, since we’re subject to a higher judgment (James 3).
6. He will always be with you.
Listen! A virgin will be pregnant, she will give birth to a Son, and he will be known as “Emmanuel,” which means in Hebrew, “God became one of us.” (Matthew 1:23, TPT).
Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All the authority of the universe has been given to me. Now wherever you go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, TPT).
This is our final Scripture to ponder. I want us to consider what I’ve stated: Surrender is key. We must pray about even the information we read.
A Note Concerning Research
I want to make something clear: Under no circumstances are we to take what we humans say down here at face value. This is because we must know what the truth is concerning these things. It goes back to following the impulses of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Truth within will never just lead you into truth just concerning the spiritual things of the Bible. He will make all truth known, just like Jesus said! Something is written out there on the internet that sides with the truth, but both sides make a compelling case, as I outline here concerning Masks.
I have also noticed that both sides–the antivaxers, antimasks etc. and the pro-vaxers and the pro-maskers etc. both call the other side “crazy,” or “stupid,” or insinuate that they have a “lack of common sense.” Let’s take a step back as Christians and pray concerning our beliefs and oppinions concerning the controversial and hot topics of our day. I am no longer asking. I’m telling! God bless!