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3 Trust His Word

Proverbs 30:5

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

We are God’s creation, He made us to be dependent on Him, we were not meant to go it alone. We need God and He has provided a Revelation of Himself and His ways through the Bible. In it we find the solution to every situation. Through the Word there is wisdom for everyone regardless of poverty or wealth, it provides guidance to everyone whether in the first century or the twenty-first. His word is pure and when we trust in His word we discover our:

  • Person

Through God’s spoken Word we not only come to know Him but we have a true revelation of who we are. Many of us struggle through this life because we really don’t know who we are. We get our identity from the wrong place, we get our sense of self and identity from society, it’s part of a process called socialization. We gain our sense of self from the way others view us and social media is one of the biggest contributors helping to fuel many false identities. When we get our identity from the way other people view us, we are guaranteed to end up confused as to who we truly are. One person might say that I am smart; another might say that I am stupid. One person might say that I am beautiful; another might say that I am ugly. One person might say that I am funny; another that I am boring. Socialization will always give us mixed reviews about ourselves and the end product is that we will always end up being confused, insecure, and unsure of ourselves. The question, “Who am I?” is a question that everyone asks themselves at some point in their life and it is a question that desperately needs to be answered. Your understanding of who you are determines how you live your life. The truth is, the only one who knows you well enough to teach you who you really are is not your parents or your friends, but your Creator. The one who made you is the only one that knows you well enough to teach you who you really are. Unfortunately, you cannot sit down with Him as though he were human and interview him and get him to teach you about who he made you to be, but fortunately for us, he has given us a manual in which we can learn about our identity, who we really are. We also discover His:

  • Power

Proverbs says that God’s Word is pure but it is also powerful. In the beginning in Genesis the bible says that God spoke into the nothingness and the nothing became the something that He spoke. He said, “Let there be light,” and immediately there was light. Those were some power packed words and we need to be reminded that His Word can change not only our surroundings but our souls. Remember when Lazarus was dead for three days and Jesus came to the tomb and told them to roll away the stone? What did he do? He spoke, “Lazarus, come out!” and instantly, Lazarus stepped forth. He spoke light into darkness and life into death! Do you want to hear the words of light and life so that you can know who you truly are? Is it time to become a student of the scriptures to sit at His feet and have Him teach you through His Word? The Word of God is sufficient for you for whatever spiritual condition you are in today. If you are without Christ, you need the pure Word. Are you are backslidden and battling a terrible mess in your life? You need the pure Word. Are you hurting today? The Bible is the answer. Do you need washed from the dirt of this world? Bathe in the Bible. God’s Word is a mirror that allows us to see Christ and gives us the hope of becoming who God sees us to be. God’s word is pure and powerful and lastly through it we discover His:

  • Protection

In Matthew 4:4 Satan tempted Jesus to turn the stones into bread and Jesus said: “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

In the most extreme situation Satan comes with temptation and God allowed Christ to be in this dire circumstance to demonstrate the sufficiency of His Word. Jesus could have defeated the evil one in a number of ways, He could have overcome Satan with a host of angels. He could have used his own Almighty Power that he used to create the world, yet Christ chose not to exercise the authority of the Godhead. Christ could have defeated the tempter by unveiling his own glory. The brightness of the divine majesty was hidden within the humility of human form and he could have lifted the veil. But Jesus decided to conceal His power and glory and only defend himself with these words: “It is written.” He could have defended Himself with logic. He could have broken down the argument with the greatest philosophy, for there was no greater mind that walked the earth. Satan gave three great propositions but the Lord answered him each time with the same three words: “It is written.” He had only one argument to give Satan: The pure Word of God.

The pure Word of God is not only sufficient, it is superior for every situation. Whose word are you trusting in to discover who you are? Whose words are you depending on, socializations or the Saviors?

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2 Trust in Who He Is

Psalm 18:1-3

1 I love you Lord you are my strength. 2The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 3 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.

David starts out with his heart response to who God is not his response to his circumstances because God never changes. God is still the same regardless of the shifting winds of trouble that shape the dunes of our desert experiences. God’s love for you knows no bounds, He wants to fill your life with blessings and watch over you as though you were the only person alive whom He loves. His every thought is good toward you and the blessing He pours out on us can’t be contained. Do you love God in the difficulties of life? David makes a statement of fact based on who God is not his own feelings, “I will trust” because David knew the source of his strength! Trust has to do with where we place our faith, who we run to and where we choose to dwell. When David was under attack from his enemies he referred to his trust in God in military terms, His trust was not in himself but in God’s:

  • Foundation

Is God the rock on which you have built your life, when the storms of life pound away at your strength and the waves swamp your efforts, when everything you can do is washed away, what is left? If you dig down and remove the dirt what is the bedrock that your life is resting on?  In Matthew 7:24-27 we are introduced to two builders. The only difference between them was on what they chose to build on. Their success or failure had nothing to do with the buildings, the materials used, the effort put into the construction or the storm they experienced. What made the difference was their foundation. David said “the Lord is my rock” his foundation was anchored in a relationship with Jesus, based on fact not feelings. Trusting God is an activity, not just a nice set of beliefs, it must become lived out if it is to become a way of life. The “winds” of temptation and trial and the “winds” of false teaching can shatter our lives if we are not anchored to the rock. Is Jesus your foundation? Are you building on the shifting sand of self or the solid foundation of the Savior? What are you trusting in?

  • Fortress

God is not only David’s foundation but also his fortress. A fortress represents not only protection but also power and provision. When we see God for who He really is we will run to the fortress. Too many of us try to do life alone wandering far from the fortress, trying to carry our spiritual provisions with us rationing them out so we can be away on extended missions alone. Instead, we need to do life with Him daily. We need to let God be God in our lives, then we will see His will fulfilled in and through us. Part of the fortress is the high tower, and God is a high tower that stands high above all that is. The Lord sits on His heavenly throne and because of the elevation of his thoughts and motives He knows every move. He looks into the depths of our souls, He is the watchmen on the watchtower wall and He sees the enemy that is coming. He knows what will cause us trouble, He sees the temptations before they are near us. He knows the answers to the problems before the problems even arise. Isn’t it wonderful that God can see the whole situation even before it develops? Because of that He knows the way through, He knows the way out. God’s viewpoint over our life is not obscured in the dust of this world, He sees the whole picture. He doesn’t just have a good vantage point when it comes to our lives, He has an eternal view point. A fortress is also a place of safety and it is a wonderful thing to know that God is the safety of our life. God protects us from the enemy and He wants to give us a sense of security. We should be able to lay our head down at night and feel secure not because of what we can do, but because of who He is. The security of a fortress is in its walls and God has built walls of love all around us. God longs to defend us Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up;     the flames will not consume you.” God is truly our all in all, He knows who we are, what we need, and how to defend our souls. Sometimes it seems that the enemy just might get the best of me, as I look around I see all of the effects of sin in the heart of man. I see the pain it causes and the problems it creates but then I see His power, His provision, His protection, and His peace. Do you truly trust Him? Is He your fortress of protection? Have you entered into the ark of God’s safety? Do you trust God enough to accept Him as He wraps his arms of love and mercy around you?