Summary: We need to put all our trust in God. He is the source of all we do and need.
Title: God Is My Source
Text: Psalm 118:8-9
8 “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. 9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.”
I want to remind you of a very simple truth. "God is My Source." Sometimes we get off track a little and need to be reminded of this very simple truth. Too many times we have a tendency of always depending on ourselves to meet our needs. We run behind in our bills, so we look for a part-time job to make up for it. And if you are able to get another part-time job, then I say you need to do that. But when we depend on the arm of flesh to meet needs for us more than the hand of God that is when we go wrong.
Matthew 6:24-34; “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NIV)
When we realize that God is truly the source of all our successes, then we will:
I. GET RID OF THE BAGGAGE
Sometimes we think that baggage just means sins. Baggage is anything that is holding you back from receiving everything that God has for you.
The biggest baggage that we can have is worry! The only time that we worry is when we start depending on ourselves to see us through. God loves you and He is concerned with everything that you are facing. He cares about you. Listen to how He wants to take care of you:
Psalm 37:5; “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 55:22; “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
I Peter 5:7; “Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.”
When we realize the source of all our answers is Jesus, then we will have no problem giving our problems and concerns over to Jesus. When you depend on yourself, you carry all the stress, you carry all the burdens, you carry all the anxieties from life, you carry all the baggage, but when you learn to depend on Jesus for every need in your life, then you can be free from all that turmoil and all that baggage.
Hebrews 12:1-2; ¶ “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
ILLUSTRATION: Letting weights pile up on me and eventually getting too much to handle. Lay aside those weights.
Actually the Scripture gives us a promise that we need to grab a hold of.
Philippians 4:6-7; “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”