Do you trust? Who do you trust? What do you trust? How do you trust? When do you trust?Where do you trust? Why do you trust?

What does it take for you to trust? Where does your trust come from? How long does it take to get you to trust? How long does it take to break your trust?

Put your trust in God! When you look at the US money, you find “In God We Trust”. When you read the Declaration of Independence, you find “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” When people take an oath or are taking office, you find them saying “so help me God”.

We as people aren’t perfect so we need to put our trust in someone who is beyond reproach! God! Money can’t save you so we need to put our trust in God!

I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? – Ps 56:11

But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. – Jeremiah 17:7

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding – Proverbs 3:5

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. – Proverbs 3:6

Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD God is the eternal Rock. – Isaiah 26:4

Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Psalms 37:3

Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. – Proverbs 30:5

So let’s not be leaning on our own understanding! Let’s not be leaning on people for hope! Let’s put our trust in God! Go beyond the circumstances you are facing and call on Jesus where we can find hope beyond our circumstances! Looking for something to help with this? Take a read through the book of Philippians! Take a listen to the series on Hope beyond our circumstances! Jesus tells us that in this world we will have troubles, not may, not might, not could, but will have troubles and continues so that we can have hope in Him when He finishes the statement with take heart for I have overcome the world! Let’s be overcomers!

Today’s reading speaks to the doom and gloom for Moab! It speaks to the dangers of putting your trust in people rather than God! It speaks to the detriment of having gone against God! Don’t be so proud that you think you are better than that or better than them! Come to God in humility!

Rather than suffering the consequences of a society without God, let’s humble ourselves, let’s seek God’s face, let’s pray for ourselves and for our nation, let’s ask for forgiveness, so that we can take hold of the promise

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. –2 Chronicles 7:14

Do you want to be special? Do you want to be different? Do you want to be like everyone else around you? Ever read about when people wanted a king rather than just God? Are you really wanting to reject God? Ever heard or read about the warnings? Ever heard what happened once that happened? The rollercoaster from kings that obeyed God to those who didn’t! The rollercoaster of having to deal with the troubles that came upon all the people because of it! Do you want such things to happen in your world today? Why not turn back to God before it is too late! Why not be part of the group of people who will stand with God in and through it all! Be like a Daniel who had to deal with the lions den, who with his friends who rejected worshipping the king and got thrown into the furnace, who didn’t give up on God and doing what was right just because there was pressure from the top to do what was against God’s will!

Consider God’s judgment in relations to what was, is, will take place and consider the impact you and your life can make on trying to point people back to God!

Today’s reading continues with warnings against those who are going against God’s people! Who do you trust? Where are you putting your trust? Is it in God or in man? Put your trust in God!

Turn to God and seek His wisdom! Vengeance belongs to the Lord! He knows what has been done and what is required! He also knows that everyone has messed up but He doesn’t want anyone to die for their sins and so He sent Jesus! Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, but rather He came to save it! He gave His all in obedience even to the point of death on a cross to make a way for you and me to have the option of how we would choose to live eternity! With God? Away from God? — I have chosen that as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! How about you?

Not all nations faced with a decision have made the right one! Some have received the message of warning and doom and turned back to God and been saved (Nineveh is a great example of that – even though Jonah had to be swallowed by a large fish before He would go and deliver the message and the people of Nineveh would repent and turn to God asking for forgiveness). Others have received the message of warning and doom and have not and have been decimated and destroyed!

With all the messages to all the nations from this morning’s reading, what message would your nation receive today? How would they respond? What is going to happen?

It takes faith in God! It takes trust in God! Faith does make a difference! Let’s conclude today’s post with the reading from Romans…

Abraham Justified by Faith

1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
4Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

7“Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”

9Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abrahamʼs faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abrahamʼs offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
18Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”19Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarahʼs womb was also dead. 20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

–from Romans 4


Today’s reading from Jeremiah 4849, Romans 4


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