IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE TRUST IS IN GOD INSTEAD OF IN THE ARM OF THE FLESH
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.”
A tree that is planted, and planted in the right place, and receives plenty of water grows to be tall, beautiful and strong. It becomes home for birds, shade for man and beast and sometimes even becomes a source of food for both man and beast.
Going through difficult waters will either cause you to drown or become stronger. In your own strength, you are likely to drown. However, by inviting God into your life and putting your trust in Him, He will carry you through the rivers, and no matter how difficult, they shall not overflow you; God will be with you through every trial and challenge, and furthermore, He will protect you ; not even the flames of fire will scorch you. Whatever trials or tribulations your facing, you are safe in His hand; victory is yours through Christ (1 CORINTHIANS 15:57).
So it is for the person that trusts only in God. They are placed by God, He is always near and they grow strong in the Lord becoming a blessing to God and man.
The truth is, despite their failings, all who give themselves to Christ through faith are protected; they are God’s special people who He calls by name. He redeemed them, and they belong to Him.
No problem is either too big or too small for our God. Whatever impossible situation you are facing is possible with God (LUKE 18:27; MATHEW 19:26).
You can trust God. Many of you are going through the biggest storm of your life, but I want you to know that you can really trust God. I’m not a motivational speaker. I’m not trying to be cliche with things that all Christians may say. I’m not telling you something that I haven’t experienced. There have been many times where I had to trust God.
I’ve been through the fire. I know how it is. You can trust Him. He is faithful. If you are going through a job loss, I want you to know that I’ve been laid off before.
If you are going through financial troubles, I want you to know that there was a time in my walk with Christ where I literally had nothing, but Christ. If you lost a loved one, I want you to know that I have lost a loved one.
If you have ever been disappointed, I want you to know that I’ve failed, I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve been disappointed many times. If you have a broken heart, I want you to know that I know how it feels to have a broken heart. If you are going through situations where your name is being slandered, I’ve been through that pain. I’ve been through the fire, but God has been faithful one situation after another.
“Sometimes God’s blessing are not in what He gives; but in what He takes away. He knows best, trust Him.”
“To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust him in the dark—that is faith.” Charles Spurgeon
“Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.”
“God has perfect timing trust Him.”
“The more you trust God the more He amazes you.”
“Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.” Saint Augustine
“Whatever is worrying you right now, forget about it. Take a deep breath and trust in God.”
“If God was faithful to you yesterday, you have reason to trust him for tomorrow.” Woodrow Kroll
“Faith is trusting God even when you don’t understand His plan.”
“If God wants a thing to succeed – you can’t mess it up. If He wants a thing to fail – you can’t save it. Rest and just be faithful.”
“We can trust God’s Word to be the absolute authority in all matters of life because it is the very words of Almighty God written through human vessels inspired by the Holy Spirit.”
“Keep trusting God. He is always in control even when your circumstances may seem out of control.”
“Man says, show me and I’ll trust you. God says, trust me and I’ll show you.”
“God never disappoints anyone who puts their trust in Him.”
“Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
“Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).
Millions have entrusted the salvation of their souls to man, rather than placing their trust in God. Millions believe in God, they believe He exists, but they do not place their trust in God.
Many place their trust in the wrong things.
Do not place your trust in weapons.
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God”
Do not place your trust in riches.
“He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage”
Do not place your trust in yourself.
“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” (Proverbs 3:5,6).
Many people place their trust in their own righteousness. But Jesus “spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.” And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God be merciful to me a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other'” (Luke 18:9-14).
Many trust in their own relative goodness. They think they will be saved just because others are worse. This ignores the consequences of sin. We are all sinners and can only be saved by the grace of God and on His terms.
On whom dost thou trust?” Oh, many have rested on some choice friend, and found him play the Judas! How often have our dearest counsellors turned away from us as Ahithophel did from David! How frequently have we confidently rested upon the integrity, friendship, and fidelity of some person whom we thought we knew and could trust, and we have found that “Cursed is he that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm.” Be cautious, my brethren—perhaps you need not that I should say this to you—but use discretion in all your transactions in life, as to how far you will trust the sons of men; or else this may be whispered in your ear, and may send you to your bed with a heavy heart. “Now on whom dost thou trust?”
“On whom do I trust? Why, I trust in my priest; he has been regularly ordained; he belongs to an Apostolic Church; he tells me that he will forgive my sins if I confess them to him, and that when I come to die he will give me my viaticum; he will grease my boots for the last journey, and send me off in such a state that the devil himself cannot hold me with this anointing oil upon me. If I cannot trust to a priest, where can I fix my confidence?” I can give you an answer to that last enquiry, where can you trust; but let me appeal to any man of sense who is here to-night, and who may have been relying upon a priest—What is there in any man, though he be six foot of clay, that you should put your trust in him. No doubt there have been some mystical incantations performed upon him, but in this nineteenth century are you such a fool as to believe that he has any grace to spare for you? If you would read the Scriptures, dear friend—only your priest does not care that you should do this, except it be his own version which he has well doctored before you get it—if you read the Bible, you will find that if you are a follower of Christ, you are as much a priest as he can be, that one man is as much a priest as another when he believes in Jesus; for according to Scripture, all saints are a “royal priesthood.” As for myself, though I preach in this place the word of God, I hate the very thought and name of priest, and I wonder how it can be that persons calling themselves Evangelical clergymen can talk of themselves as priests. Priests, indeed, I fear many of them are, but I wonder at the effrontery which should make them take the name and wear it. Priests! Great God! There is but one priest before thy throne who can offer acceptable sacrifice, and that is thy dear Son, who offers himself for ever as a great sacrifice unto thee; and as for us, we are but secondary priests under him, and here none of us has any superiority over his brother, for all the saints are made in Christ Jesus kings and priests unto God, and they shall reign with him for ever and ever. Do not be misled, dear friend, your priest might as well trust in you as you trust in him.
Wisdom is man’s true path—that which enables him to accomplish best the end of his being, and which, therefore, gives to him the richest enjoyment, and the greatest scope for all his powers.
“My times are in thy hand.”-Psalm 31:15.
DAVID WAS SAD: his life was spent with grief, and his years with sighing. His sorrow had wasted his strength, and even his bones were consumed within him. Cruel enemies pursued him with malicious craft, even seeking his life. At such a time he used the best resource of grief; for he says in verse 14, “But I trusted in thee, O Lord.” He had no other refuge but that which he found in faith in the Lord his God. If enemies slandered him, he did not render railing for railing; if they devised to take away his life, he did not meet violence with violence; but he calmly trusted in the Lord. They ran hither and thither, using all kinds of nets and traps to make the man of God their victim; but he met all their inventions with the one simple defense of trust in God. Many are the fiery darts of the wicked one; but our shield is one. The shield of faith not only quenches fiery darts, but it breaks arrows of steel. Though the javelins of the foe were dipped in the venom of hell, yet our one shield of faith would hold us harmless, casting them off from us. Thus David had the grand resource of faith in the hour of danger. Note well that he uttered a glorious claim, the greatest claim that man has ever made: “I said, Thou art my God.” He that can say, “This kingdom is mine,” makes a royal claim; he that can say, “This mountain of silver is mine,” makes a wealthy claim; but he that can say to the Lord, “Thou art my God,” hath said more than all monarchs and millionaires can reach. If this God is your God by his gift of himself to you, what can you have more? If Jehovah has been made your own by an act of appropriating faith, what more can be conceived of? You have not the world, but you have the Maker of the world; and that is far more. There is no measuring the greatness of his treasure who hath God to be his all in all.
“He who handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.”
Let us listen, then, to the voice of the Lord, for he has declared the secret; he has revealed to the sons of men where true wisdom lies, and we have it in the text above, “Whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he;” and that sentence is put in conjunction with another which teaches us this truth, that to handle a matter wisely is to find good, and the true way to handle a matter wisely is to trust God. This is the short and brief method of escaping the greatest difficulties: this is the clue to the most intricate labyrinths; this is the lever which shall lift the most tremendous weights. He who trusts in the Lord has found out the way to handle matters wisely, and happy is he.
Mortal cease from care and sorrow, God provides for the morrow.
Care is good, note, if it is good care; but care is bad when it comes to be bad care, and it is bad care if I dare not cast it upon him who cares for me.
If we learn to trust in God, we shall be happy. We are not to be idle, that would show we did not trust in God but in the devil, who is the father of idleness. We are not to be impudent and rash; that would be to trust chance, but not to trust God, for God is a God of economy and order. We are to trust God; acting in all prudence, and in all uprightness, we are to rely simply and entirely upon him.
Regardless of the good and bad things that come your way, God is always trustworthy in every situation. No matter the difficulties, you can look to heaven’s promises and trust in God to carry you through, protect you, and provide. God will never let you down. He is always faithful and consistent and worthy of your confidence. You are always better off trusting God than relying on anything or anyone else. Trust Him! Allow Him to show Himself strong in your life!
Truly I tell you,
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord (JEREMIAH 17:7).
All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.
FOR MORE SPIRITUAL INSIGHT/PRAYER REQUESTS PLEASE CONTACT US AT:
WEBSITES: www.rhemaproductionstv.com, www.rptvblog.com