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Summary: Do we really trust Jesus with everything?

Trust Factor

John 14:1

Horses are amazing creatures!...They naturally are fear and flight animals…in order for us to become a horseman or horsewoman, then we must understand the Trust Factor.

I. Care

A. Time- Daily

B. Protecting Them – from harm inside and out…

C. Providing for Them – food, water, shelter from the storms

D. Loving Them – no animal, no person, knows how much you love them, till they see how much you care about them

II. Communication

A. Speak Their Language

1. Your Words

Poor communication can led to all kinds of misunderstandings;

A rather old fashioned lady, was planning a couple of weeks vacation in Florida. She also was quite delicate and elegant with her language. She wrote a letter to a particular campground and asked for reservations. She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped but didn’t know quite how to ask about the "toilet" facilities. She just couldn’t bring herself to write the word "toilet" in her letter. After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old fashioned term "Bathroom Commode," but when she wrote that down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she started all over again; rewrote the entire letter and referred to the Bathroom Commode" simply as the "B.C.". Does the campground have its own "B.C.?" is what she actually wrote.

Well, the campground owner wasn’t old fashioned at all, and then he got the letter, he couldn’t figure out what the lady was talking about. That "B.C." really stumped him. After worrying about it for several days, he showed the letter to other campers, but they couldn’t figure out what the lady meant either. The campground owner finally came to the conclusion that the lady was and must be asking about the location of the local Baptist Church.

So he sat down and wrote the following reply: "Dear Madam: I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take pleasure of informing in that the "B.C." is located nine miles north of the camp site and is capable of seating 250 people at one time. I admit it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along, and make a day of it..... They usually arrive early and stay late. The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now, there is a supper planned to raise money to buy more seats.....They plan to hold the supper in the middle of the B.C., so everyone can watch and talk about this great event.....I would like to say it pains me very much, not to be able to go more regularly, but it is surely not for lack of desire on my part....As we grow older, it seems to be more and more of an effort, particularly in cold weather..... If you decide to come down to the campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time you go...sit with you...and introduce you to all the other folks..... This is really a very friendly community.....

>>>> now that’s some poor communication

a. miscommunication causes more problems in this world than anything else.

1. marriages fail

2. friendships end

3. jobs are lost

4. churches split

5. people miss heaven because churches are not communicating the gospel by their actions…

2. Your Actions – along with words…

To work with horses you must…

B. Become One of Them – part of the herd

III. Command

A. Herd Dynamics

1. Alpha – leader of the herd

a. when you show that you care

and are able to communicate that to them, you have established what I call…

2. The Trust Factor.

a. when they Trust you

1. Then you can ask them to yield or submit to your leadership.

2. They will follow you…

Conc. This taught me a lesson about God.

John 3: 16…

We find His Care for us, how He loves us…

We find how He Communicated with us. No longer from the burning bushes, or clouds of fire and smoke, but by becoming one of us. He sent Himself, in the form of His Son Jesus Christ, so that we can see just who God really is.

He Spoke are language, He Protected us from the Storms of life, when He says Peace be Still…,

He provides for us by giving us jobs, families, friends, life, hope… He demonstrated His leadership by being the first to be resurrected into eternal life… where He goes we can follow…

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