Encouragement, faith, Fear

Lonely Foggy Road

20070315093644_stranger_fogA lonely foggy road of fear develops when we don’t trust in God or others.  If we walk down that road our vision is hindered and an independent spirit arises to take over the situation and we try to depend upon ourselves instead of trusting God.  Trust is a choice, just like love you can choose how much or how little to give or to receive.  When you don’t know someone that well you usually don’t trust him or her.  The same is as with God.  We don’t trust Him because we don’t know Him.  If you don’t trust Him, you may find yourself walking alone down a foggy road alone.  And we really don’t know Him because we don’t trust him enough to risk interacting with him personally in a relationship. Oh I have seen many people to keep pretending to love and trust God because that is the way you are suppose to act as a Christian.  Those people think that they have a deep trust because they obey God.  However it is not trust they have in God, it’s obedience.  It is easier to obey God than to trust Him. 
We can blindly obey someone because we think it’s the right thing to do but we trust someone because we believe in Him.  Some people trust in God with an emotion and not on complete belief in God in what His Word says He will do for you. 

The Scriptures teach us the one great commandment, which is most important for all, and that is, “To love your Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.”  We learn to love and trust God by getting to know God.  Trust is a prediction of reliance on an action, based on what a party knows about the other party, so trusting doesn’t come easy if you don’t know the person or God.  It is important because trusting in God or others and allows us to form relationships with others and to depend on God for our needs. It is seeing clearly the plans God has for you. He doesn’t want you to walk alone without vision.  Trust is also a risk factor and some people just don’t want to step out of the boat and walk on water.  Trust leads us to a firm belief in another’s honesty, ability or integrity. It means that doubt will never enter your mind on any situation that the person or God you trust will not harm you and does what is best for you in any situation.  The second part of that commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.  The one thing that God has said that is the hardest to believe is, does He really want to pour out His blessings on us?  Yes, He does.  The Scriptures tells us, we are His children and there is nothing He would not do for us.  There are times when everything in life starts going bad, we begin to wonder where God is and we start to fear.  We wonder if He has forgotten about us, or if He still cares about us. 
 Fear will erupt when we let it take over the trust issue.  

As God has called us to Pastor, I find many times there will be people who God has entrusted us to look after.  Many people don’t realize that God will hold us accountable to look after His children.  It is a big responsibility.  Although each and every person will be accountable for their own soul, we also have a responsibility to help a person make it to heaven and to live in abundance while here on earth.  However in our midst there will be those who find it hard to trust us.  Trust is a big issue when it comes to preachers for some people.  I think it is because they have a trust issue with people in general who have hurt them in the past and it also is a trust issue with God.   Trusting your pastor is saying you trust in God enough to believe He has put your pastor in your life for a reason.  We can go along with the pastors teachings until an issue arrises that causes fear to come in.  Fear comes when you truly don’t believe in the person leading you.  When you try to cause division in the body of Christ, it may be with words to others or to your pastor.  It could be with actions of rebellion, whatever the issue it all boils down to trust.  We must all put trust in God and believe in Him, His Word and trust those who He has put in our lives to help us.  If you find yourself unhappy with any given situation with life, then check your trust level.  If you really trust in God by loving Him with all your heart, soul and mind then you will truly love others as yourself which in turn will manifest trust through relationship.  It is not about selfish motives it is about leading others to Christ and His Kingdom growing.  If a person is not growing and moving forward in relationship with God, it is because they have never chose to trust but instead choose to walk without vision down a lonely foggy road.

 Psalms 9:10  They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalms 33:4  For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.


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