Most bible readers know of David and Solomon as godly kings, but often the most godly of the kings of Judah after David is Josiah. Read more about him in this article from Crosswalk.com……
This is a really important and overall encouraging article. As I have mentioned in previous posts, a key to living a life of peace and usefulness to God is the ability to trust Jesus in all situations…but especially when you can’t see why God is doing something in your life. From Randy Alcorn and Eternal Perspectives Ministries…………….
Continuing this excellent series on the Beatitudes, this article focuses on those who are persecuted for Jesus’ name. While Christians in the West are not often truly persecuted in terms of financial standing or physical safety, we should remember that the majority of our brothers and sisters in other countries do actually face these issues as followers of Jesus! From PlaceforTruth.org……………………..
This article reminds all of us — but especially those going through trials and depression — that while we rely on God’s help, we also must have an attitude to fight for our joy. From Christian psychiatrist and author DrMichelleBengston.com…………………..
This article makes the biblically-grounded position that if believers have a scriptural fear of the Lord, then they will not struggle as much with earthly fears. From CoreChristianity.com………………….
In this article, Randy Alcorn discusses the fact that we need to have an honest faith in God and to admit that we have questions about God’s presence and direction. Moses, David, and even Jesus questioned God as to “why” in some instances, but giving credence to our doubts and fears can lead to a stronger and more honest trust in God. From Eternal Perspectives……………………….
Every Christian parent wants to see their children walk with Christ. Yet, unlike praying for unsaved relatives and friends, in which we might recognize that their salvation is not dependent on our prayers or our apologetics, parents struggle with the burden of believing it is mainly their job to get their kids saved. Not so! Parents have an important role in the spiritual journey of their children, but it is always God the Holy Spirit’s job to open hearts and minds to Jesus. From NewGrowthPress.com…………………………
This is a rather important article to build trust in the Lord. The writer first highlights the inevitability of suffering in this life, for both non-believers and believers. So then, we must decide if we would rather go through our sufferings all on our, or rather with God? From RickThomas.net
Trust is a funny thing. We talk about people with descriptions like, “She is a trusting soul,” or “He should not be trusted.” We all have to exercise trust in other drivers when we come to a stoplight. Or we trust in undeniable facts — even those we don’t understand, like gravity — as we live our daily lives. Trust is something all of us know and apply countless times a day. But for the believer, these everyday kinds of trust issues and situations cannot guide our spiritual lives like learning to trust in God.
Trusting God has always been a struggle for me, probably due to my tense relationship with my earthly father. But daily, I try to increase my trust in God in my actions and attitudes. As I see it, there are two necessary building blocks to a strong trust in the Lord.
The first category of ideas that make up a biblical trust in God is to understand and come to truly appreciate the attributes and character of God. While all of the attributes that theologians have delineated over the years, the most important for me are God’s omnipotence and His sovereignty. As I rack up my experiences with things like answered prayer and the teachings of Scripture, I can answer the first question about God: Can He take care of me? The more I dwell on God’s love demonstrated through the life and ministry of Jesus, the more I see and know what the Bible teaches about God’s power and His rule over all things in the world and my life. So, I recognize that God is powerful enough, aware enough, and loving enough to do good things for His children in any circumstance.
Then, to build a strong trust, I must also answer the question: Does God care about me in my struggle to live in this world and work with the Spirit to grow in likeness to Christ? In other words, God is good, and He is powerful and sees all, but does He actually know and like me? Is God only interested in some Christians and not others, or are my days lived out under God’s wise direction and knowing that He loves me individually. I believe we all have to come to a place where our emotions and even our circumstances are not the determining factors in God’s trustworthiness. So, I must choose to trust based on what I have seen God do in the past in my life, as well as the clear teaching of Scripture.
Jerry Bridges, in his book Trusting God, says:
“Let me emphasize that trusting God does not mean we do not experience pain. It means we believe God is at work even through our pain to bring about something good. It means we work back through the Scriptures regarding His sovereignty, wisdom, and goodness, and ask Him to use those Scriptures to bring comfort and peace to our hearts.”
Trust is absolutely essential for me to be able to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and to follow the leadings of God in my walk with Christ. I am not fully there yet but learning to truly trust God is the most important thing to me in living as a son of the Creator and Provider.
This is a nice article that uses a trick that I often use myself in my Christian life — to pair up a negative life experience with a positive spiritual benefit. Here, the topic is weariness. From Gospel Relevance……………….
Source: The Blessing of Weariness