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Summary: Look deeper into this age-old memory verse and find out how to truly trust God with the details of your life!

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Total Trust

How to Trust God Completely

10.18.06

I. Introduction

In preparation for the message tonight, I thought to myself, “What great wisdom shall I impart this time?” “What incredible nugget of truth should I communicate with such vigor and passion to serve as an inspiration to all who hear?” “What life-changing message should I craft that would tug at their hearts and spur them on to action?” And after over an hour of pouring over a message I thought would surely do the trick, I was reminded of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 2:4 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. And so I prayed this prayer right from the Scripture, “God, may the message I share not be about human wisdom, but rather a demonstration of Your Spirit and power. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” And suddenly my office was filled with a bright light and a voice from heaven spoke so clearly in a loud, booming voice…No. Actually, nothing happened. No bright light. No loud, booming voice. Nothing but the subtle hum of my computer piercing the silence.

Then, as I got quiet on the inside, I sensed the Holy Spirit’s whisper nudging me in one particular direction. So we’re going to talk about “TOTAL TRUST.” One of my favorite Disney movies of all time is Aladdin and there’s a scene in that movie that I want to show you.

(Show clip)

Aladdin asks the Princess one question, “Do you trust me?” and he stretches out his hand and waits for her response.

I love the picture that this scene paints…not because of the romantic love story that unfolds, but because it’s symbolic of our relationship with God. He has stretched out His hand and asked us, “Do you trust me?” and He waits patiently for us to step out in boldness and take His hand by faith.

Let’s pray.

II. The Trust Picture

There’s a Scripture that I memorized years ago in Sunday school and I imagine it’s still being used as a memory verse today. You’ve probably memorized it yourself, but I wonder if we really grasp the truth contained in this passage.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Perhaps reading it in a different translation may breathe some new life into its meaning.

Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

Hmmm…the familiarity of this passage disappears as we see it in a new light. It’s no longer a verse committed to memory. It’s a fresh Word for us today, right now.

Let’s break it down piece by piece.

That word TRUST in the Hebrew has the meaning of putting all your weight on something. If you think about it, we put our trust in things all the time. Even now, you’ve put your trust in that pew you’re sitting on to hold you up. I don’t see anybody squatting over their pew worried that the pew is going to break if they put all their weight on it. Well, when you put your trust in God, you put all your weight on Him.


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