The Power of Trust

Two people stand before their friends and family in a well-prepared ceremony and declare their love for one another and promise to be faithful, and moments later the pastor or wedding officiant announces their union.

Weddings can be special moments full of lasting memories, but are they more than just an event?

When two people tie the knot there must be a foundation on which their marriage is built if it is going to last. That foundation must be made up of various precious stones and one of the most important is trust.

What is trust?

The dictionary defines it this way;

firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

If we build a marriage on trust, with that trust being on one another, chances are good that the marriage will face struggles.

Why? Because we are human and we dont trust one another.

Marriage expert Tim Lott, who wrote for The Guardian, stated that there are three aspects to a successful marriage — communication, respect and trust. He called trust “the hardest of all” since anyone who’s been let down, will struggle to trust someone in the future.

Trust is so important, but not only in marriage; it affects workplace relationships, church relationships and so many other aspects of life.

This all changes, however when our trust is based on someone who is truthful and has been proven to be reliable or worthy of trust over the long haul.

There is only one source who has proven to be trust-worthy always, and that is Almighty God.

When our trust is built on a foundation of faith and relationship with God, our lives are much more likely to be successful.

So, if you want some insurance for your marriage, your ministry and your relationships, be sure that your trust is built on a reliable object of trust — namely God.

That is the power of trust!

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Holding On

When you read those words, “holding on”, what comes to mind?

Maybe you are holding on through a tough time? Maybe your marriage is not all it should be? Maybe you have been working hard and are holding on for a promotion?

Each one of us is holding on to something and sometimes it’s good, but sometimes we hold on when we should let go!

When you are holding on so tight, it’s hard to receive anything, because both hands are closed.

God desires to bless us, but we are unable to receive it because we are holding on to unforgiveness, or fear.

We need to let go! We need to forgive those who hurt us.

This really hit home with me recently. I felt as though I were holding onto some anger about an event that happened in my life. Every day I dwelled upon my anger and became more depressed.

I have been reading a book on my lunch break and last week I read about letting go of the anger and bitterness and it left me feeling so much better that I had to share it.

Only you know what it is you are holding on to. Only you can make the decision to let go.

When you finally do let go, you will understand how it has been impacting your life. I encourage you to take step and free yourself from the burden you are bearing.

May God help you take that step today!

Is it possible?

If you were waiting for a promise to be fulfilled for forty years, you may grow tired and begin to doubt it would ever happen. Maybe you are going through something like that right now?

That is what it may have been like for the chosen nation of Israel in the first century. They were promised a Messiah who would come and save their people and their nation. But that promise grew dim the longer they waited.

When Jesus Christ did come into their lives, however they had lost sight of what the promise was. They were expecting a king, like David or Solomon, who would bring them prosperity and overrule the Roman goverment.

What happens when people reject Gods Son? It’s a very important question; one in which each of us should be interested to know the answer.

Have you ever purchased a Powerball ticket and felt you had the winning numbers, but never bothered to find out? It’s not likely! If we have the winning numbers we cash in, right?

God has wanted from the beginning of time to bless us, but so many have questioned his existence and therefore never bothered to accept his promise.

How about you? Have you read History (His story) and recognized that it was God who made nature? Science teaches us that there must be a cause in order to have an affect, but what about the first event?

It’s so easy to say it was a “big bang” and everything began, but can you really look at a newborn and tell yourself “evolution caused that!”?

In chapter 1 of Genesis we read, ” In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen. 1:1)

In chapter 1, verse 20 of the book of Romans, we read,

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

As I mentioned earlier, God has always wanted to bless us and offer us abundant life, but much of mankind has rejected his offer to believe in his son Jesus, and the sacrifice he made by bearing our sin (yours and mine) in his body on the cross.

God made it possible for us to have eternal life when he sent Jesus to take our sin and punishment on the cross.

It’s better than a winning lottery ticket, whose winnings last only awhile. If we cash in on God’s lottery, we have his Spirit – God within us forever. God didn’t limit salvation to one winner, or even a few, but Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection guaranteed that every person who received Him would become an heir of God.

My friend, if you could live one day with God’s many blessings and promises, you would never leave Him.

The first step to receive these blessings, is to receive Christ and believe that He is the Son of God.

I pray that God would draw you to himself and that you would receive that free gift of eternal life.

It begins with a conversation with God, where you ask for his forgiveness and ask that He would come live in you.

In Rev. 3:20, Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Friend, it is possible to have God forgive us of any and every sin!

The choice is yours!

If you have questions, please contact me and I will help.

Pray: Heavenly Father, I pray for this reader, that you would draw them to yourself and grant them your free gift of salvation. In Jesus name. Amen

If the Resurrection is True

Consider this…

If the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is true;

  1. There is a God
  2. Jesus is that God
  3. The bible is true
  4. Heaven and Hell are real

If you have not asked Jesus to forgive you of your sin and welcomed him in your heart, where will you be when he returns?

Don’t wait!

He is risen!

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday. I look forward to Easter even more than Christmas!

Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the day when death took a back seat, and life became joyful!

Happy Easter everyone!

What does God know?

Your friends know you to some degree, right? Your family members, brothers and sisters and your husband or wife,  know even more. There are some things that are hidden deep within you and yet God knows you deep within. He knows the things nobody else knows.

Despite the thoughts we have, good or bad, God loves us. In fact, He loves us so much that he was willing to leave his heavenly throne to become a sacrifice for our sins. His love for us was seen in his willingness to bear the forty lashes, minus one. You can see his love in the way he remained humble despite the cruel words spoken to and about him as he paid for our sins on the cross.

I am reminded of his love every time I see a telephone pole, like the one I noticed this week in the parking lot at work.

You may think it strange, but His Spirit living in the heart of every believer reminds us that He is always present, no matter where we are. Praise God!

Today, your thoughts may be wandering, even causing you to wonder if he knows the painful trials you are facing. Be assured…He knows and is available to you if you would ask for his help.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.  (1 John 5:14‭-‬15 NIV)

If you are not sure if something is God’s will, consider this; as long as it does not go against what the bible says, or what Jesus would say, it is likely within the will of God.

Friends, God wants you to know that He knows your every need and desire and loves you. If we would call on his name and ask for his help, he will provide.

Please feel free to contact me if I can pray for you in any way.

May God richly bless you this day!

What do we spend our time and money on?

Recently, I attended a wake and what came to mind is how we spend so much time with a person after life on earth is over. Why don’t we invest in our relationships whIle they are here?

We send cards and flowers to the funeral home after life, but did we show our appreciation for the person who passed when we had them with us?

Think about all the money that is spent on a casket, burial and plot. How much time and money did we spend planning where and who we would spend eternity with?

Imagine how wonderful it would be if we showed our respects and shared our faith with people before its too late.

Who do you know that would love a visit? Bring some flowers and share your favorite scripture and talk about your desire to be together after this life is passed.

Lord, help us to see where our values need changing and help us take time to visit our friends and loved ones while we can. In Jesus name. Amen