Sunday, May 29, 2016

Faith and Trust

The other day the e-mail update from The Berean Call (my favorite ministry!) was a transcript of a radio program from years back, and the subject was: "Is Your Faith as a Grain of Mustard Seed?"

It was very good and talked about what true faith is . . . and what it isn't (such as the "name it, claim it" that is so prevalent today.) There was one simple quote in it that especially stood out to me and that I saved in my file of favorite quotes. It was:

". . . faith is simply confidence in God, in His grace, His love, His mercy, trusting in Him." (by Dave Hunt)

This simple description of faith sums it up well - abiding, resting, trusting in who God is. The more we know God and of His character, the deeper our trust in Him will become. And God is always so faithful as we put our faith and confidence in Him!


Many years ago, I did a study on the attributes of God and compiled a list of them and the verses that spoke of them. While I know I missed some and want to do the study again, here are the ones that I came up with then using the NASB Bible (minus all the verses :) . . . .

~ the Ancient of Days

~the Almighty

~Awesome

~Blessed

~the Bread of Life

~Compassionate

~a Consuming Fire

~the Creator, the Maker of All

~Eternal

~Everlasting

~Excellent

~Faithful

~the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega

~Forgiving

~Gentle, Meek and Humble

~Glorious

~God of our salvation

~God of all comfort

~Good

~Gracious

~Great

~the Helper and Sustainer

~the Highest One

~the High Priest

~Holy and Blameless

~the “I AM”

~Immanuel

~Immortal

~Incorruptible

~Invisible

~Jealous

~the Judge

~Just

~Kind

~King of kings and Lord of lords

~the Light

~Living

~the Living Water

~Lord of All

~Love/loving

~Majestic

~Merciful

~the Mighty One

~the Most High

~Omnipresent

~Omniscient

~the Only God

~Patient

~Peace, The Prince of Peace

~Perfect

~Powerful

~Pure

~the Redeemer

~Righteous

~our Rock

~our Fortress

~our Shield

~our Stronghold

~our Refuge

~the Savior

~the Shepherd

~Sovereign

~Truthful and True

~Truth

~Upright

~Wise

~Worthy

~the Word of Life . . . the Word of God

~Zealous

Just reading through this list fills my heart with awe of God, the Lord of all! And how much more so as we read His Word and seek to come to know Him intimately through it . . . and can realize as a result, a deepening faith and trust in Him.

There are hundreds of verses that speak of the above attributes, and how much more does God's Word in its entirety reveal who God is, His great love for us, His care, His plan of redemption and salvation, His guidance, and so very much more.


My favorite spot to read my Bible

All of this fit in well with another favorite quote of mine that I had shared last year on my blog and recently came across yet again (it also was in The Berean Call though the author is unknown) . . . .


"Just as you have left the whole burden of your sin, and have rested on the finished work of Christ, so leave the whole burden of your life and service, and rest upon the present in-working of the Holy Spirit. Give yourself up, morning by morning, to be led by the Holy Spirit and go forth praising and at rest, leaving Him to manage you and your day.

Cultivate the habit all through the day, of joyfully depending upon and obeying Him, expecting Him to guide, to enlighten, to reprove, to teach, to use, and to do in and with you what He wills. Count upon His working as a fact, altogether apart from sight or feeling. Only let us believe in and obey the Holy Spirit as the Ruler of our lives, and cease from the burden of trying to manage ourselves; then shall the fruit of the Spirit appear in us as He wills to the glory of God."

How convicting and inspiring this is! No matter how many times I read it, I find my heart encouraged and convicted.

This morning when I was reading the Bible, there were a couple of passages that fit in well with these, too . . .


". . . that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:9b-14



"Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory." Colossians 3:1-4



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On a different note, last evening we had a barbecue at our place with some of our church family (not everyone could come unfortunately.) It was such an enjoyable time together! So much good conversation and fellowship, laughter, delicious food, and fun. How very thankful I am for the great blessing of those in our church!

14 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah, what a very interesting post; I have never seen the qualities of God listed like that, all in one place...it's amazing, majestic. And yet despite all those towering epithets Jesus is our simple, trustworthy Friend. I find that breathtaking.
    Love the gentle picture of the supper table (with that pretty- antique?- lamp.
    Your blog is looking lovely too, with the new banner.
    It is good to see you enjoying the blessings of family friends and the summer.
    Many good wishes to you.

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    1. Thank you for all you shared, Alex! It is amazing to think that God Himself - the One who is all of those qualities - desires a relationship with us. And as you shared, that Jesus is indeed our trustworthy friend! How very wonderful that is!

      Yes, that is one of my antique lamps. :) Thank you so much for all your kind words!

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  2. A beautifully written post, Sarah, with much to ponder.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. :)

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  3. AnonymousMay 30, 2016

    What a wonderfully encouraging post, Sarah. Thank you so much - this has been such a blessing to me already!
    With love from Ireland,
    Anne
    xx

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    1. I am so glad that it could be a blessing to you, Anne! And you're very welcome. :)

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  4. How I loved this. Thank you.

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    1. I am so glad, Suze! And you're welcome. :)

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  5. Sarah, loved this post! Worshipping and praising our God for loving us who are but dust... God is so good and so awesome! Thank you for sharing! Looks like fun was had by all at your cookout! Love church family! May God richly bless you and your family! Linda

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    1. Thanks so much for all you shared in your comment, Linda! God is indeed so good and awesome . . . and so much more so than our finite minds can even comprehend!

      Yes, we had a lot of fun at our cookout. :) Church family is indeed wonderful!

      You're welcome for sharing!

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  6. This blog post was EXACTLY what I needed to read today. Thank you so much for sharing. I really love this blog.

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  7. I am so glad it was a blessing to you, Stephanie! You're welcome for sharing. And I'm glad you enjoy my blog. :)

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  8. AnonymousJune 04, 2016

    Hi Sarah!

    One thing that I found, and do treasure, in studying the bible came by way of using a concordance. When looking up the word 'faith' in the concordance, I learnt that, for the most part, 'faith' really means 'faithfulness', pointing to the theme of faithfulness between the Eternal and His people described in the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy chapter thirty-two. The Song of Moses, we are told, is supposed to be taught from generation to generation of Israel, being the story of our people. This song shows us how the unfaithfulness/disloyalty of our people is worked as idolatry in church practices. Faithfulness pertains to the statutes and commandments provided for all generations, which also show our people how to make amends according to the Eternal's ways. We are shown, in conjunction with Hosea 11:11 and Isaiah 11:11 (verses I remember easily), the future exile of our people from our land, and the eventual rescue of our nation by Christ, whose atonement gives us life!

    Take courage!!

    With warm regards,
    Rachel Holt (Australia)

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Rachel, and for all you shared! Faithfulness to the Lord is so important isn't it? And it does indeed follow true faith in God. While the two are closely linked, they are distinctly separate, too, and particularly in the New Testament.

      It is really interesting when studying the Greek words for 'faith' and 'believe' to find that they are nearly synonymous, which gives even more understanding to what true faith is. To put it simply, it is to recognize our need of Him and to trust and believe in Him fully as our Lord and Savior. How glorious to think that He took our sins upon Himself and died in our place, so that if we repent and believe in Him, we will be forgiven all of our sins and will be eternally saved! As you shared, His atonement does indeed give us life!

      I love the verse in Hebrews which defines faith further as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). True faith will then bear the fruit of increasing faithfulness which is to walk in obedience to His commands out of our love for Him (1 John 5:3.)

      It is so interesting to study the Old Testament and see God's relationship with His chosen nation, Israel! And yes, their unfaithfulness is often paralleled in the church today (though the church and Israel are two separate entities.) We can learn so much from both Israel's faithfulness and unfaithfulness.

      It is wonderful to think that God will indeed rescue His nation Israel! And before even that is His return for His church at the rapture. What an incredible day that will be to meet the Lord in the air and to be forever with Him!

      Thank you again!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)