Posts tagged ‘trust’

July 24, 2013

Wisdom

Imparting wisdom is not that easy. Especially when it comes to young people. What I have learned though is that those who seek it will find it.

As you grow older you take notes of things that have worked and haven’t worked. Like wasting time with sales people in person or on the phone(Don’t do it). But, more importantly is God and your relationship with Jesus. This relationship will be your most important relationship of your entire life, bet!!

So to impart the most important wisdom is to share about my life experiences walking with God with you. Memorizing scripture is one of the first ways in which you can begin to grow in your walk with God. Building close relationships with other Christians is also important. You need those around you to keep you accountable and hold you to a higher standard. Reading scripture is second to none as well. You need to know what God says about topics you will face in your time here on earth and how Jesus responded to those situations as well. Having a healthy Church home(close to where you live) is also needed.

As I’m writing this I am thinking of many scriptures that come to mind to justify my imparted wisdom to you. Don’t give up the assembling of yourselves together(Hebrews 10:25) – As iron sharpens iron, so does one brother sharpen another(Proverbs 27:17). These are scriptures I know by heart.

The opposite of these is true as well. Pray for those you want to evangelise and spend quality time with them and build a rapport. Help them to know that you care and when they realize that, they will realize that your God is real and loves them too!

Stay away from those who are rebellious and spew hatred, racism and evil deeds. They will do nothing but cause you harm now and possibly forever. Pray for them, but keep those people out of your circle of friends.

Trust…that everyone in your life will disappoint you! The quicker you come to this realization, the better off you will be. Then realize that God will never leave nor forsake you. He loves you and always wants the best for you, even if you think that it is not the best in that moment. That HE should be your trust and he will take care of you.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge,
but Fools despise wisdom and instruction – Proverbs 1:7

April 21, 2010

Be Still

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will

see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.  The Egyptians you

see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you

need only be still.”  – Exodus 14:13-14

 

 Will you be still?  Sometimes, the toughest thing that we must do is

simply be still.  In the verses above, the Israelites had been released

by Pharaoh and had been led by Moses to the edge of the Red Sea.  After

their exodus, Pharaoh changed his mind and sent his army after them.

The Israelites now stood with their backs to the sea and watched the

army approach them.  They questioned why God had delivered them from

bondage only to have them killed on the banks of the Red Sea.  God

responded to their cries by instructing Moses to charge them to be

still.  If they would simply be still, the Lord would fight for them.

We are much like the people of Israel.  When God brings us through one

storm only to find that we face another, we are quick to question Him.

Why?  Why did you lead me through the prior trial only to leave me here

to face this bigger one?  The Lord instructs us, however, to be still.

God will fight for us.  We need only be still.  Take a moment today to

consider your life.  Are you standing on the edge of the Red Sea with

the Egyptians approaching?  Remember that God wants you to be still.  I

realize that every muscle in your body wants to do something.  The only

thing you need do, however, is trust in God.  He will fight for you.

You need only be still.

February 18, 2009

day of completion?

If there are so many promises in the Bible and you believe them, do you believe this one, “6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6

My interpretation of this is that God isn’t finished with me yet.  That He has a lot to do in me until Jesus returns or I leave this earth.  That there is so much good I have left to do and that His work in me is still be perfected and completed in me.  That He’s using me to accomplish His will here on earth.  The question then I have is…what am I doing right now for His kingdom come, His will be done?  Not what I did yesterday or might do tomorrow, but right now.

Let’s plan on making a difference for His kingdom here on earth this year, today, now… not making MY kingdom here on earth.  That’s a hard one, because I’m concerned about building financial security, about my future and yet this is all passing right?  Then I should be more concerned about His will and not so much mine, because He promises that He will take care of me!  Do I trust that?  Do you?  and yes I do!

The other aspect of this scripture verse is Him making me more of a disciple as well and not just wanting me to do things for His kingdom, but doing it for the ‘right’ reasons and the motivation is with a pure heart!

Blessings!

January 15, 2009

Serenity

God grant me the serenity . . . to accept the things I cannot change . . .
courage to change the things I can . . . and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time . . . accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this world as it is, not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will . . .
that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

                                                                  –Reinhold Niebuhr

January 12, 2009

new chapter

I have entered a new chapter in my life.  My wife and I are separated and in the process of a divorce.  I have moved into my own apartment because she wants the house, so I decided to move out.

I am sorry to whom this news may hurt as I am dissappointed as well.

It hurts me as well and it is not easy to go through this, especially when you gave your all for 10 years of marriage.

I ask for your prayers and support for me and for her as well.

I wrote about TRUST in my previous post and that is a must in any marriage.

I really do hope the best for you Angie.

January 11, 2009

T-R-U-S-T

Tally your gifts and graces   Ephesians 1:3

Recognize the source of your blessings    James 1:7

Understand God’s Principles   Matthew 6:24

Surrender everything to God   Proverbs 3:5-6

Test God’s Promises   Malachi 3:11

January 5, 2009

new year message

Richard Exley, author of Decent Exposure, writes about a minister who returned to his pulpit just ten days after his son’s suicide. Under emotional duress he read his text: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Then he said, “I cannot make my son’s death fit into this passage. It’s impossible for me to see how anything good can come out of it. Yet I realize that I only see in part. I only know in part.”

 

He went on to liken it to the miracle of the shipyard. If you take any single part of an ocean-going vessel and throw it into the sea it will sink. Steel doesn’t float. But when the shipbuilders are finished and the last plate is riveted into place, the vessel becomes virtually unsinkable.
 
The pastor pointed out how, taken by itself, his son’s death was senseless. Thrown into the sea of Romans 8:28 it could only sink. However, he believed that when the Eternal Shipbuilder finally finished his work, this senseless tragedy would be redeemed.
 
That is the kind of TRUST we need to demonstrate as we enter a new year. By any secular point of view there is much cause for pessimism about 2009. But our outlook is not limited by temporal circumstances. While we are in the middle of a serious economic crisis, let’s rest assured that we have a great God who can make a ship out of any sinking life. I cannot tell you what the immediate future holds for you, but I know who holds your future in his hands. I hope you will TRUST him to keep your life afloat, no matter how turbulent the waters. 
 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.
Romans 15:13

written by my pastor Godfrey Hubert

October 8, 2008

crazy times indeed!

I’m not sure what to name this post because I am continually being disgusted by reports that I read about our current financial crisis.  I don’t want to be witty about the title, just straight-forward(I named this after i wrote the article and I think I like it)

Anyway, the issue today is reading the latest story about AIG(The WORLD’S Largest Insurance Company) and how they spent $440 THOUSAND DOLLARS(almost half a MILLION Dollars) on an extravagant resort weekend for it’s Executives, a WEEK AFTER the Government decided to bail them out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t believe what I am reading!  Here is the article.

Was the bailout a good move?   Why isn’t there any repercussion’s for those that are guilty of spending OUR TAX Money selfishly?!?!?!   These executives get off scott-free, and enjoy million dollar bonuses, whilst you and me are left to hold the bag and pay for these people to enjoy and continue to enjoy lavish life-styles.  I’m disgusted and sick and think that this whole bailout package, without good oversight and without plans to convict any of these people for ultimately defrauding the government and you and me out of millions/billions, is just a disgrace.

Lehman brother’s were handing out million dollar bonuses during the same time they were asking the government for bail-out money to help them as well.  Fortunately, they didn’t receive it…shocker!

In such a time as this, what are we to do?  Who can we trust with our money?  Who can we trust to take care of us when you and me feel so helpless?  Who really is looking out for our concerns and our well-being?  How much would it cost to reform Social Security?  Would it be less than $700 Billion?  Can you imagine $700 BILLION?????????   That number is truly unfathomable.  It doesn’t even seem to help, being that we are continuing to lose money in our stock market and 401(k)’s and mutual funds and the drop of the DOW under 10,000 for the first time in over 4 years.

The answer is this, “Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him(God) and He will lead your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6.  More scripture to support our hope that is found not in worldly things, but in the Maker and Creator of ALL things!  “Call on me in times of trouble.  I will rescue you, and you will honor me” says the Lord.  Psalm 50:15.  “When people are tempted and still continue strong, they should be happy.  After they have proved their faith, God will reward them with life forever.”  James 1:12

Be encouraged today!

July 18, 2008

in a land of milk and honey

What is your faith and hope and trust in?  Is it money or an inanimate object that money can purchase?  I, along with many of you, have found that in these times of financial trouble, are you finding yourself asking similar questions?  Your 401(k) is going down the tubes and your investments are doing the same.  Are you worried?  Where is your hope and faith and trust placed currently?  If you are bothered and concerned about our economy, ask yourself why?  If you worried that God won’t take care of you?  Are you worried that you will have no money and lose everything?  

I’m focused on God and the promises he makes to me.  That he will provide and bless as I continue to be faithful to Him and place my hope, trust and faith in Him, not monetary or inanimate objects.  I will continue to do that in the good and bad times, for where my treasure is there my heart will be also. 

I am focused on my heavenly dwelling and the eventual location of my eternity, not my temporary concerns and the short life that I will live here on earth.  I will enjoy this day as long as it is called today, but I’m not worried about dying or where my final resting place will be because I know in whom I hope and trust-Jesus and His promises to all of us…his children.

where is your eternity going to be spent?

June 3, 2008

top 10

Here’s a great TOP 10:

1) People are illogical, unreasonable and self centered.  Love and trust them anyway.

2)If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.  Do good anyway.

3)If you are successful you will win false friends and true enemies.  Succeed anyway.

4)The service you render today will be forgotten tomorrow.  Serve people anyway.

5)Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable.  Be honest and frank anyway.

6)The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest ideas.  Think big anyway.

7)People pretend to love the “little people”, but sell their souls to the big people.  Fight for the little people anyway.

8)What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.  Build anyway.

9)People really need help, but may attack you if you do help.  Help people anyway.

10)Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.  Give the world the best you have anyway.