|Outer Banks - Ocracoke Island, NC|
|Is this brotherly love, or what?|
|Our silly boys in the van heading to the OBX, NC.|
The need to trust God is like this bridge. It seems to suddenly just drop off. Can you trust that this road continues to get you across the water safely, or will you drop off the edge and land in the water? We have to trust God because He loves us. He created us. He wants our trust, just like we want our families and friends to trust in us. Only God wants it more. He literally holds our lives in His hands. We can trust Him. Trust seems like such an easy thing. Oh, just trust in God to see you through safely, I've been told. Let me tell you, that is a lot easier said than done at times.
|Matthew 4:10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: |
'Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only."
John 8:44 "You belong to your father, the devil...for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native tongue, for he is a liar and the father of lies."
It can be so easy to fall into his trap, believing all he whispers to be truth. God is angry with the devil for his lies. Satan tries to cause us to stumble, to stop believing in God and trusting in God. This makes God angry. The ultimate parent rises and is angered. When we believe the lies and deceits, God gets sad. He wants us to be secure in Him. Trust completely in Him.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Satan can be defeated. Temptations can be withstood. Pray for God to keep you from all temptation and that when temptation does arise, that He gives you the strength and the ability to withstand them and ignore the lies. Prayer can seem just such a small thing, a last resort when nothing else works. Prayer is so much bigger and better than we dream it to be. Instead of last, it should be first.
Prayer is the reason that I am still alive. The trials that I've been a survivor of, I'm a true survivor. There were times when I almost did not. Accidents, attacks.... Satan did them all and I am still here. He isn't happy about that. We stumble, catch our feet on sticks, unseen hands grab at our feet and legs. We sometimes continue to stumble and never find our footing. We spend our lives lost and searching but don't know what we search for. Other times, we step over and around those stumbling blocks he tries to put in our way and we have complete trust in God to see us through life safely. There are times when we are in between. We stumble, find our footing only to stumble again. Find our footing again. A never-ending cycle. God is with us through it all. When life is too much, He carries us through.
To stop believing the lies, open your bible to John 3:16, which says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (Emphasis mine.) God loved the whole world - that means you and I both - enough that He sacrificed His only son for us - imperfect beings that we are. You see, we go through life thinking that we are surprising God by our action, our choices. Nothing surprises Him. Nothing. He knows what is going to happen, and when and He still loves us. There is nothing that we can do to ever make Him stop loving us.
Romans 8:38-39 "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Isn't that an amazing love? There is nothing that will separate us from God's love. Even if we spend our entire life making the wrong choices, even choosing to believe the falsehoods instead of in Jesus, He will still love us. I don't know about you, but that kind of love gives me chills. Good chills.
God wants us to choose Him. He wants to stand at the door of our heart and knock. He wants us to throw open that door, wide open and reach out with both hands, and say, "Yes Lord. I believe in You. I believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven, not by my works, nor my action, but by Christ alone. Come into my heart, Lord. I want to live my life for you."
I did this when I was seven years old. Sure, I've backslid but God has never left my side. I've come back to God even though I never really, really left Him. He was waiting for me with open arms.