TITLE: Trust through Relationship 5-27-2015
By Roy Proctor
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Trust through Relationship
By Roy Proctor
“That will be my wife on the phone,” John said. He answered the phone and sure enough, it was her.
“How did you know it was her,” I asked, after he hung up.
“You pretty well know after living together for a period of time,”
“You must know each other pretty well.
“Yes, both of us are transparent and open with each other.”
“You probably trust each other, too,” I said.
“Yes, it has developed out of a long term relationship.”
Maybe someday, I’ll have a relationship like John and his wife enjoy.
Since meeting John and his wife, I’ve had the privilege of seeing other couples that experience a relationship of trust. But I was further surprised to learn that many Christians develop a loving trust of God. Down through the years I’ve discovered just how they do it.
Christians who learn to trust Jesus Christ usually have had a significant encounter with Him. Many encounters have been so dramatic that they were ruined, on the inside. But Jesus Christ entered into their hearts and their lives took on a new and glorious direction. They entered into the kingdom of God and learned to walk with Him.
Saul of Tarsus had a dramatic experience while journeying to Damascus. The Holy Spirit was so strong that Saul actually saw Jesus Christ. We see this man who crucified and even murdered Christians but became the most significant Apostle of the New Testament. Not everyone has an encounter as intense as that of Saul, but the same elements are there just the same.
Saul received thorough instruction in the Lord and was later commanded to pursue many apostolic journeys. This man, who was later named Paul, was fiercely loyal to the Lord. While under intense persecution, he proclaimed that he counted it all joy to be a bondservant of the most-high God. Paul undoubtedly had a deep abiding relationship with the Lord. One has only to read the epistles that he wrote to see a drama so sensational that no screen editor could capture.
Those I have seen who trust God with all their heart gain thorough knowledge of the Word. But they take it yet another step. They also meditate on the Word of God and it becomes lodged in their heart. The living Word changes them from the inside out.
As Christians we are admonished to develop a consistent prayer life. But there is another element to it that many miss. Those that trust in the Lord develop a power prayer and unique prayer life. It is much more than a mere Santa Clause list of their wants and needs. It is a two way communication between themselves and the Lord. If they don’t get an immediate response they know that through faith, an answer will eventually come. Thus, they develop a listening heart for the voice of the Lord.
If you look closely, you can see the fruit of the Spirit in the lives of those that trust in the Lord. The Fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) The most surprising thing of it all is they won’t have to tell you that their lives show this fruit. You see it in their lives. And it doesn’t matter what they say or do, the fruit is displayed because they allow Jesus Christ to make them into His image.
Our world is in real turmoil these days. Many see no hope for a brighter future. Some respond by taking up various causes of human endeavor. But the only hope for this world is for people to develop a close relationship of trust in Jesus Christ. He, in turn, will map out His course of action. It will be successful one day.
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