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Where is your trust!!

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Prayers:

**Jesus, I trust in You!

**Guide me Lord, You are my heart, You are my strength, You are my hope.  Teach me Lord,  and guide my way.

 

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What is in your fruit?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Did you notice that the “Fruit of the Spirit” is not written as fruits. That’s because these characteristics are all in one fruit. We cannot have one without the other. How can we say we have meekness and temperance but there is no love demonstrated. There is a blemish in that fruit.

If we wondering why we continued to go through the same trial, it’s because the blemish on our fruit was inspected and it did not pass the test.

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT) says, “Examine yourselves to see if your faith if genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not you failed the test of genuine faith.”

 

 

Count it all joy

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4

Everywhere you go there is trouble. Everywhere you go there is strife. Everywhere you go there is something that worries you are the words of a song written by Walter Hawkins that we all can relate to. These are times that try our very hearts which can caused us to have wavering faith and a despondent relationship with God.

The trials that we faced can either make us or break us in our relationship with God. We can become angry or disappointed with God that we don’t take that time to read his word, fast and pray or worship him like we use to. When the pressure is on us we will respond in hostility and opposition not only with God but also to other people.

The Apostle James has a remedy for this situation and that is TO COUNT IT ALL JOY!

Trials are a tool that can make us.  1 Peter 4:12 tells us to think it not strange concerning fiery trials which is to try you as though some strange thing happened to you. The trying of our faith helps strengthen our faith in God. It also brings out patience, when we allow it to have its complete work in us, we mature in our faith.

We are to count it as joy because we are not suffering because its the thing to do, but we are suffering so that God can get the glory out of our lives. We can go through the fire and come out as pure gold.

 

 

Trust the process

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

When I hear the words “Trust the process,” I think about what God said to me. Trusting the process is not an easy thing to do especially when there are bumps in the road. Let us go to the Book of Exodus when Moses appears on the scene and lets the children of Israel know that God is going to free them. When they heard that God had not forgotten them, they begin to worship him. They had to go through a process to be freed. It was not always a pleasant one because they had to come up against Pharoah. God had warned Moses that Pharoah was not going to make this easy task for them, but God said He would smite Egypt with a mighty hand with all his wonders and Pharoah will let them go.

God show his wonders to the Egypt with a mighty hand and the last wonder was the death of Egypt’s firstborn. Pharoah’s firstborn died and he had no other choice but to free them. You would had thought that was the end with Pharoah, but his heart was hardened and he followed hard after the children of Israel.  When they saw Pharoah and his armies were after them, their hearts became faint and they started complaining to Moses about dying in the wilderness. Moses had to tell the people to stop be afraid and see the deliverance of the Lord. Isn’t that like us? God begin to show his hand to us of his blessings that he has in stored for us and when trouble comes we start looking back from where we started. We start complaining and thinking that maybe it was better where we was before starting this journey.

Change can be difficult to maneuver and it can be scary because you don’t know what to expect. Fear will cloud your vision and make you feel that you’re going to fail. God will show you the ending, but you don’t see the road you have to maneuver through to get there. Then He says, “Trust the process.”

Process means a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. (Oxford Living Dictionaries)

For children of Israel to get where they needed to go, there was a process that they had to go through. For them to get to the Promise Land should had taken two weeks to travel there, but because of their attitude, it took them forty long years.

We have to trust God even though it may be uncomfortable or it might even be painful. What is trusting God? Having the assurance of knowing that God is in control and he knows what is best for us.

“For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

 

Have A Caleb Spirit

But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.  Numbers 14:24

Caleb and Joshua were the only two out of twelve spies who came back with a good report of the Canaan. They saw giants just like the others, but they believed what God had said that this was their land and they could do in and possess it. God called Caleb his servant and that he had another spirit meaning he had a different attitude. He had an attitude that he believed what God had promised and was ready to pursue it.

What kind of spirit do you have? Is your spirit like the ten spies who did not believe that God would give them the land? All they could see was the obstacles that they had to face. When something is difficult, it’s so much easier to take down. The ten spies complained about the giants in how tall they were and how the buildings were tall and fortified. It was easy to think of all the negative. But Caleb had a different attitude. He was with them and saw the same things, but he came back with a different mindset. He believed that they could take the land because God was with them. What are you facing today? Is it sickness, family problems, unemployment, or even financial problems? Have a Caleb spirit. Believed that God is with you and He will help you conqueror whatever problem you’re facing. He has already made the way, but he’s waiting on you to walk through it. Just think. The Israelites were at the brink of possessing their land, but they could not believe that God was with them. God had been with them all the time from Egypt up till now. God has been with you all the time.

Waiting on God

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.  Psalms 62:1-2

Just like a child that go through growth spurts, the godly will go through them also.  Growth spurts are not always a comfortable feeling and may cause us extreme pain.  When adversity come in our lives, it helps us to grow in our confidence in the Lord.  The solution that will help ease the pain is by patiently waiting on our God for our deliverance.  Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalms 30:5)

Only believe for all things are possible

For we walk by faith, not by sight …2 Corinthians 5:7

Faith is an action word.  Every day we put our faith in action in believing that when we drive our vehicle that it will get us to our destination.  We believe that as we sit in a chair we have  faith that it will hold us.  We also have faith that when our payroll check is direct deposit into our bank account, that it’s in our account,  and we will take funds out of it by writing a check or by using our debit card.  So why do we lack faith when it comes to God? Abraham had faith in God.  God told him to leave his country and from his family unto a land where he would show him.  How did Abraham show his faith?  By doing just what God told him to do.  He gathered up his belongings, his wife, and his nephew Lot and left.  I can imagine if God had told some of us to do this, we would be questioning him by saying, “Is that really you God speaking to me?”

To have faith, we must see with our spiritual eyes and not with our natural eyes.  We have to use our “Now Faith”  and have confidence in the things we hope for even though we cannot see it in the natural.  Unless we have faith, it’s impossible to please God.  For us to be able to approach Him, we must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.