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Believe God; Listen to God; Trust God; Obey God

BELIEVE GOD
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

To believe God means to be convinced He speaks Truth; to accept Him; to have no doubt He exists; to be certain of Him. Faith in God is confidence; assurance; dependence; unquestioning belief.

Most people believe that there is a God out there, some where; but that is NOT enough! Even the demons believe that! James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. [KJV] To simply have an uncertain feeling that there is a Supreme Being, does not and cannot please God, nor does it honor God.

To believe means you know you cannot save yourself. You must admit you are a sinner. To believe means that you know that salvation is through Christ alone, and only He can save you.
Acts 4:12 [KJV] Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV] The Father is in Heaven.
To believe means that if you want to go to Heaven, you must go through Christ Jesus. To believe means you know Christ is Who He says He is, and will do what He said He will do. Jesus was more than just a good Man who taught Truths. Jesus is God!
To believe means you accept what Christ did on the cross; redeeming your soul from God’s wrath and from Hell, and completely forgiving you of all your sins.
To believe means you must have a personal relationship with Christ; trusting Him as your loyal Friend and Guide in all things. You acknowledge and honor His awesome worth.

Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. [KJV]
To believe means you know you MUST obey Christ Jesus.

John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. [KJV]
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. [KJV] Jesus’ words. Believing! The only WORK we need to do!

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. [KJV] Jesus’ words.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [KJV] Jesus’ words.
DO YOU BELIEVE?

LISTENING to GOD

IF we want to hear what God is saying to us, we must have a right attitude in our hearts. If we really want to listen to God and receive instruction from Him, we must want to do His will. God honors the heart that is fully surrendered to Him. If we stubbornly cling to our own desires and lusts, we simply will not be able to hear God's Voice.

How does God speak to us today?
We know that God spoke to people in the Bible, but He also wants to speak personally to each of His children today . . . but we must pay attention because no one else can listen for us.
The main way of God speaking to us is through His Word. The Bible is not just an old Book, it is the inerrant, authoritative Word of God and the only source of Truth. When we read it, we are hearing directly from God. All other methods of listening to God must be checked and compared with the Scriptures to decide IF we are truly hearing Him. God also speaks to us through prayer. Prayer is our way of communicating with God by talking to Him, but prayer is also a time to be still and listen for His guidance. Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (KJV)

Instead of simply running through our list of requests, we need to learn to be still for a while to see if He has anything to say to our hearts.  God may often speak through our circumstances. When a situation is painful, we must remember that hearing from God is more important than our comfort and pleasure. God often uses difficulties and suffering to get our attention, but in everything that comes our way, God always has something to teach us . . . IF we will just listen!
Instead of wondering why the situation has happened, our first question should be, “Lord, what do you want to say to me?”  Sometimes God speaks to us through other people. It may come in the form of affirmation, confirmation, encouragement or maybe a scolding or warning. And the Lord can and does use anyone He chooses to deliver His message . . . even someone we may not like. No matter who brings it, we should carefully and prayerfully consider what is said.

God’s Voice is always consistent with His Word. Any message we receive must agree with what God has already said in His Book. His voice is super quiet. God speaks to our hearts through His Holy Spirit in a soundless but forceful way. God speaks clearly. If we will just tune our hearts to Him by setting aside time to read His Word and listen for His Spirit to speak, He will give us clear guidance.

How does the Lord get our attention?
 Sometimes He uses a sense of restlessness. Maybe we have already made a plan, but then felt uneasy about it. Prayer for specific guidance, might lead us in an unexpected direction.  At other times God may get our attention with a gentle whisper. Although His voice is soft and inaudible, it rings so loud and clear in our spirit so that we know we are hearing from Him. Consider Elijah’s predicament. 1 Kings 19:10-12 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (KJV)

WHY don’t we listen to God?
Many (probably most, Mat.7:13-14) do not believe that the Lord speaks to us today, so they do not listen for His Voice. But IF a person tunes in to Him every day, they realize that He does speak one on one to our spirits . . . IF we are listening. Maybe some are afraid of what He will say. What if God asks us to do something we do not want to do? Thinking like this displays a lack of trust and a failure to understand that His plan for our lives is always the best option. Some have a rebellious spirit. If they refuse to give up a specific sin in their lives, they do NOT want to hear the Spirit’s convicting voice.

What are the results of NOT listening to God?
We know that God spoke to people in the Bible, but He also wants to speak personally to each of His children today. We must pay attention or we will miss out on His plan for our lives. We will listen to wrong voices, be deceived, make costly decisions, and lose God’s best that He has in store for us. Being unwilling to listen to God not only affects us, but also our loved ones and friends.

When Jesus speaks, He wants us to listen (to pay attention).
Mark 4:9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (KJV)
Mark 4:23-24 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.(KJV)
Mar 7:14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: (KJV)
Luke 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (KJV)
Luke 14:35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (KJV)

The phrase, “Verily, verily, I say to you” is used 25 times by Christ Jesus in the book of John. It was His way of saying: Pay attention!
Have you ever felt a conviction regarding a particular sin? If so, you have heard God’s voice. How else have you sensed Him communicating with you?  As you’ve read the Bible, has a Passage ever spoken to a situation you were facing? What did God say to you through His Word? How has God's Word given you comfort, guidance or insight concerning a circumstance in your life? How can you be more sensitive to God’s Voice?

TRUSTING GOD

Consider the following:
#1: Lean Not On My Own Understanding
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV)
Life’s circumstances can sometimes overwhelm, burden and batter us. Many times we tend to trust in ourselves rather than take it to God. Sinful self-sufficiency is not the answer. We are tempted to think, I can do it myself. This is stupid. We are NOT wise enough to steer through the dangerous shoals of life, some submerged danger out ahead of us. We do not have the strength or wisdom to successfully weave through the obstacles that we come across.
God’s Word calls us to trust Him with all our heart and not lean one our own understanding. God calls us to discard our own understanding of the situation and trust Him completely. Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. (KJV)
Things might not make sense to us, but God knows exactly what He is doing. Trusting God starts with NOT leaning on my own understanding and trusting God with ALL my heart.

#2: Run to the Throne of Grace
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)
What a tremendous Promise this is! It is a comfort to know how honest God’s Book is! It clearly tells us that there will be times of need, times when we will be brought low.
The Bible tells us that there are times when life gets almost unbearable . . . BUT .  .  . it also tells us what to do in those times. There will be times when life is hard and circumstances baffle us, and trusting God seems impossible. Dear one, THAT is the time to run to God’s awesome Throne of grace. It is only there, that we can fine the comfort and peace of Jesus. He can give us exactly what we need, because He too endured hardship and heartbreak and suffering, and because of this, HE can give us grace when we experience the same things. When we struggle with trusting God, He invites us to run to Him for sustaining grace.

#3: Remember God’s Character
Lamentations 3:21-23 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (KJV)
Great is thy faithfulness . . . God’s faithfulness is a great grace, and is a gift of God to us, the operation of His Spirit, and to exercise it is a great thing. Great is His Promise, and a great thing it is to believe in Him, knowing that it shall be performed, and that He will keep what He has promised to us. We grow spiritually by trusting God, by whole-heartedly calling to mind God’s faithful, unwavering character. This Passage encourages us to call three specific things to mind:

  • The steadfast love of God never ceases.
  • The mercies of God never come to end and are new every morning.
  • Great is God’s faithfulness

God’s steadfastness, faithfulness and constant mercy should make me trust Him. How could I not trust a God whose love for me never varies and is always steadfast?
How could I doubt a God who has fresh kindnesses for me every morning?
How could I question a God who is reliably unfailingly and faithful?
But  . . . IF I want to succeed in trusting God, I must whole-heartedly and constantly remember these Truths about God. It is NOT enough just know them . . . I must keep these Truths lodged in my mind.
When I think of God’s character, I am able to trust God even when things don’t make any sense to me.
A great quote for Charles Spurgeon: Let us lean on God with all our weight. Let us throw ourselves on his faithfulness as we do on our beds, bringing all our weariness to his dear rest.

#4: Recall God’s Past Faithfulness
Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (KJV)
All that God has been, He will be forever . . . from this present moment, and for evermore. All that Christ Jesus has been, He will be forever . . . He is at this very moment for you. Think of Him in the fullest disclosure of His glory. Think of Him in the incredible closeness of the union you have with Him. Think of Him and His love which shall be yours from here to eternity! Let your faith say, all that He ever was, He is today. He does NOT change! There are NO changes in Jesus, ever!  All that He will be in eternity, He is that to you today! The same yesterday, today and forever. Even with all the changes in the church and the world, and the circumstances all around us, or within our heart, in this one statement is a strength and a joy nothing can take away: Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today, and forever.

What does this have to do with trusting God?
Since God never changes, and He has been faithful to me in the past, then I can be sure that He will be faithful to me in the future.
God most certainly has been faithful to me in the past. He has sustained me through troubling times, heartbreak, overwhelming doubts, and so many other trials, toils and snares. From the moment I was born, God has been faithful to me.
Since God never changes, His past faithfulness is a guarantee of future faithfulness. I can be sure that God will continue to stand by me, continue to support me, continue to shepherd me to green pastures.
God has indeed held me fast, and He will continue to hold me fast. For this reason, trusting God in the midst of any trials is possible for me and for you!

#5: Pray For Faith
Phillipians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (KJV)
Trusting God is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Even if I know all the truths above, the Holy Spirit must empower me to take hold of them by faith.
I must believe them even when circumstances would say otherwise.
I must not lean on my own understanding.
The Holy Spirit must move these glorious truths from my head to my heart. IF that does not happen, trusting God will be impossible for me . . . SO . . . I must constantly pray that God would enable me to trust Him. Dear one, God will help me believe His Promises and trust Him even when life does not make a bit of sense. He will also help me to wait patiently for Him. The simple, yet deep truth is that I can do nothing (including trust God) apart from God.
Jesus said: John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (KJV)
To actively put our trust in God, we must work at it. To do this, God must empower us to obey. So let us pray and then let us obey Him. 

OBEDIENCE to GOD

Obedience to God proves we love Him.
1 John 5:2-3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (KJV)
Obedience to God demonstrates our faithfulness to Him.
1 John 2:3-6 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (KJV)
Faith is absolutely necessary to please God (Heb.11:6), and if our faith is genuine and true, we will live a lifestyle characterized by righteousness, modeling the example set for us by our Lord, Jesus. We obey His commands, not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love Him. We are able to obey because we have the Holy Spirit abiding within us (Jn.14:16-17).
Obedience glorifies Him in the world.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (KJV)
1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (KJV)
Obedience opens avenues of blessing for us.
John 13:16-17 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. (KJV)
When we obey the Lord, we can live a life of joy, without shame, for it is deeply rooted in the Lord and confident of our eternal hope. Our obedience to God is actually a BIG part of our declaration that we truly KNOW God.
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (KJV)
When God’s children obey their Heavenly Father, He is glorified.
Jesus said: Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (KJV)
To perform “good works” involves obedience to the One who calls us to do good deeds. A Christian’s testimony of holiness is a strong witness that God is at work in the world.

Psalm 128:1-2 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. (KJV)
Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in OBEDIENCE to him. We must not just listen to the Word, we must DO what it says!
Psalm 119:1-2 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. (KJV)

SUMMARY

God is gracious, good, kind, loving and merciful. We as His children, should be living for Him and following His commandments.
Matthew 22:36-30 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV)
In reality, these two commandments summarize the entire Mosaic Law and the Prophets. IF we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves, we will NEVER do any harm to anyone. The logic is clearly this, that ALL the commandments that are in the Law and the Prophets are consistent with, and dependent upon these two commandments that Jesus gives us here. These two commandments cover the whole Old Testament! They are the Christian’s Law!

If you have been living in and for the world, you can be transformed by the precious Blood of Jesus. 1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (KJV) You can ask God for forgiveness, and if you are sincere in your repentance, He will give it. God is glorified when He extends forgiveness. Hebrews 10:16-17 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (KJV) . . . When God forgives our sins, He will not remember those sins, but will forgive them forever.

Trust and Obey is beautiful hymn summing up God’s purpose for our lives. When we practice these two commands, a remarkable cycle begins. Trusting God makes obedience easier, and obedience to Him produces an increase in faith and trust in Him. These two commands are very important if we ever expect to gain His Promise of eternal life in Heaven. We cannot Trust and Obey God IF we do not LISTEN to what He tries to tell us!

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