Summary: Learning how to place full trust in God for our salvation.
Title: Trust In The Lord.
Text: (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV) "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
Introduction: Trust is a lonely word in our culture.
--No longer can we shake hands and make a deal and be sure it will stand.
--Politicians make promises that we, most of the time, doubt seriously.
--Even when brides and grooms say, “I do,” they don’t.
--People will say, “Oh, yea, I’ll be there,” and are late, or never show, and then don’t call.
--Children are told, “I’ll play with you,” only to have their hopes dashed be another event.
**It’s no wonder we have a problem with trust in our society.
**Trusting people has always been somewhat a problem, but with God it should be different.
**Do you ever think the lack of trust in God would ever show up among the Lord’s people?
**How many of us tonight trust in the Lord?
**You may ask, “What a question?!” Sure I trust in the Lord.
‒ This is the same God who spoke the world into existence.
‒ This is the same God who opened the Red Sea and closed it at His will.
‒ This is the same God who spoke and the first-born of all of Egypt died.
‒ This is the same God who caused the rains come and the fountains of the ocean break up in order to destroy the whole earth.
‒ This is the same God who caused the sun not to set for three days.
**Those statements and others about our God are all true, BUT, listen to God’s children, the Israelites. The following statements were made.
**They get to the Red Sea after witnessing the plagues on Egypt and immediately forgot the power of God.
(Exodus 14:11-12 NIV) "They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ’Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!""
--Listen to them, after seeing so many miracles of God, murmur about not having meat.
(Numbers 11:4-6 NIV) "The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, "If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6 But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!""
**What’s the point? The truth is;
‒ Though we might have seen the miracles in which we believe,
‒ Even if we had seen with our eyes the resurrection.
-- We still have a hard time trusting God.
**Through faith and trust we HAVE seen these things, yet so many times we fail to see God.
**Tonight we will see good consequences of trusting God and bad from bad.
**What are some things trust causes in our lives.
1. True trust in God means trusting in the POWER OF GOD.
A. How big is the God of the Universe? Sometimes we try to limit Him.
‒ Because of other religions and their distorted view that God is working in ways He no longer works, we allow them to take away our faith in a powerful God.
‒ This is one reason Jesus said, “You must become like little children.”
‒ Children do not discount the power of God. They see a God who can do anything.
‒ And we, as God’s children, need also not to discount His power.
B. Believing in a powerful God causes us to pray with conviction.
- James says, "You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." (James 4:2-3 NIV)
- Jesus said, "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."" (Matthew 21:22 NIV)
- Jesus also said "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ’Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."" (Matthew 17:20)
- These verses not only teach us to pray, but to pray and expect God to work.
2. True trust means trusting a GOD YOU CANNOT SEE with your own eyes.
A. How many of you here tonight have seen God literally? NOT ONE, Then WHY ARE YOU HERE?
- If you were not made to come, or are mentally unstable, you are here because of one little five letter word--FAITH.