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Topic: TRUST (07/21/16)
TITLE: Moving Into Survival Mode
By Louise Fugate
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Proverbs 3:5, NIV says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” It sounds pretty easy when we know the Lord, but at times, it is harder to do than it sounds.
I truly believe, and Scripture says so, that when we meditate on God’s Word, our minds are renewed, our faith becomes stronger, and it becomes easier for us to trust in the Lord for what we need. I know that even when I read the Scriptures, I usually don’t retain them verbatim, but when I need them the most, the Holy Spirit brings them to my mind. That was one of the promises Jesus left with us: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26, KJV).
Why then is it sometimes hard to trust in the Lord even when we do stay in God’s Word? We have an enemy who is always waiting for opportune times, times when we are vulnerable and weak, to shoot fiery darts at us through our minds to tempt us and try to move us away from God. Those darts usually come in the form of temptations and negative thoughts such as fear, worry, worthlessness, doubt, and whatever else he knows will discourage us. He understands our human frailties because he has been studying people since Jesus created them. It is during times like these that we need to trust God in our “blind” faith.
How do we do that? Not in our own strength. This battle, along with all the other spiritual battles with Satan, was fought and won by the blood of the Lamb. So we can trust Christ, because He defeated Satan at the cross; but we also need to put Satan on the run by reminding him that we belong to Jesus. We remind him by our actions and by the word of our testimony (our confession). When we do, we can run him off whenever he comes around to harass us.
When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert, He didn’t argue with him. Jesus quoted the Word of God that was written in the ancient Scrolls. When our enemy comes to bother us, we shouldn’t dialogue with him either; but we do need to speak the word of our testimony, just as Jesus spoke God’s truth to Satan.
Let me give you an example about what I mean. Occasionally I wake up in the middle of the night with fear, which was something I really struggled with for years. As soon as I am awake enough to recognize where the negative thoughts are coming from, I start thanking and praising God that I am His daughter. I begin to give Him honor and praise with my lips. Satan moves on because he hates God, and he realizes that I haven’t changed my mind about loving and trusting Jesus. It is amazing how fast God sends me His peace and rest.
For me, the word trust is a survival word. It goes into action when I can’t help myself, but I remember and believe that Jesus is near, and I can call upon Him to fight my immediate battle.
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