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Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.

As we see, we’re not meant to completely trust any human. There’s no exception to any human. That includes ministers.

Unfortunately, there are some not so great ministers out there. Because of their title and position, some of us trust them entirely. We trust they hear from God and believe they have our best interest at heart, but that’s not always the case. Some of these so called ministers provide poor unscriptual advice, tell all our business after we’ve confided in them, and don’t practice what they preach. And if our trust is betrayed, we don’t want anything to do with the church or God. God never intended for us to live this way. 

This all could be avoided if we remembered to place our trust in God and not man. As God leads, we can give a portion of our trust to a person, but always remembering they’re a person who intentionally or unintentionally will miss the mark. Place your trust in God.

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.

A lot of us have experienced hurt mainly because we’ve placed our entire trust in people. Some of us have been hurt by our parents, ministers, politicians, spouses, and children.

We can avoid all this hurt by trusting in the only One who cannot change. Place your trust in God. God won’t let us down. He has no hidden agenda and He’s not manipulative. He only wants what’s best for us.

As for people, God will tell us who we can give a portion of our trust to. He’ll tell us who we need to keep an eye on. He’ll even reveal some things about a person, through discernment, that were never spoken.

As much as we’d like to trust in the people closest to us, in the back of our minds we must remember that they’re humans living in a fallen world and cannot be trusted completely.

Mark 16:14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.

If Jesus was displeased with the unbelief of the disciples regarding His resurrection, how disappointed is He is with those who choose not to believe other promises that He obtained for us?

His sacrifice provided us with salvation, healing, deliverance, authority, desires, and so much more. All He asks is that we believe. He’s not asking us to work for it or buy it. Just internalize His promises and believe.

Don’t let His sacrifice be in vain and don’t allow His promises to go unclaimed. Believe and receive everything He promised you.

There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome, who also followed Him and ministered to Him when He was in Galilee, and many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.
Mark 15:40‭-‬41

Unfortunately, there are certain denominations in the body of Christ that minimize women. Even in the bible, because of the time period, they were rarely mentioned. Although women were rarely mentioned, we still have some beneficial scriptures that should encourage and inform others about women’s roles in the body of Christ.

As we can see from the scripture above, there were women disciples. Not only did they follow Jesus, they ministered to Him. Yes, they ministered to the Son of God. How awesome is that? I can’t think of anyone else who ministered to Jesus.

So, if anyone has a problem with women and their ministerial roles in the church, direct them to these scriptures. And women, if God has called you to minister, go with God and let Him deal with your adversaries.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

As we can see, one of the gifts of the Spirit is self-control. Self-control should be applied in multiple areas such as eating, sleeping, and parenting. One of the biggest areas where self-control is truly needed is self-control in our spending.

Some of us have a bad habit of spending our hard-earned money on the newest, latest, and greatest items. There’s a feeling like we’ve got to have it now (whatever it is). That’s a lack of self-control. People are going into debt because they can’t control their spending. That debt impacts their credit where they can’t make major purchases like a house or obtain the financial backing to start a business.

If we desire something, go to the Holy Spirit. Ask Him if it’s okay to buy the item. He’ll tell us to stand in faith for the item, yes, or not now. That desire may change in a couple of months. Don’t buy stuff to be with the cool crowd. Buy it because you like it and the Holy Spirit has given you permission. Have self-control.

Psalm 9:1 (AMP) I WILL praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth (recount and tell aloud) all Your marvelous works and wonderful deeds!

There are those who feel like sharing what God has done for them is boastful. They feel like it’s a lack of humility and you’re rubbing the less fortunate’s nose in it.

As we can see, with the right motives, we’re expected to show and tell others all the marvelous things God has done. It didn’t specify the type of person. They can be older or younger, richer or poorer, or believer or unbeliever. God’s word simply tells us to share what God has done in our lives with others.

Trying not to show or share what God has done doesn’t bring God any glory. Hopefully, our testimony will encourage others to trust God to fulfill their desires. Share your story.

If you had $500, and had to let someone keep it for the day, would you give it to someone you didn’t know, or would you give it to your spouse? Most of us would give it to our spouse because we trust them. We’ve developed trust by getting to know them over time.

When we first get saved, we don’t trust God in every area. We may trust Him to save us from hell, but we don’t trust Him with our money, in raising our children, or our careers. Like our spouses or anyone else close to us, we develop our trust in God by spending time with God. We spend time with God through worship, prayer, meditation, studying His word, and having conversations with Him throughout the day. Eventually, we’ll know God to the point where we’ll trust Him in every area of our lives.

The more time we spend with God, the more we’ll trust Him. Once we’ve spent quality time with God, we won’t be intimidated with scriptures that tell us to trust God with all our hearts or give God 10% of our paycheck. Why? Because we know Him which allows us to truly trust Him.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Inspired by Apostle Hilliard

Can you understand the mysteries surrounding God All-Powerful? They are higher than the heavens and deeper than the grave. So what can you do when you know so little, and these mysteries outreach the earth and the ocean?
Job 11:7‭-‬9 CEV

God is different. His ways are often illogical. He tells us to love the people who hate us. He tells us to give to get. He tells us humble ourselves to be honored. These are just illogical commands found in scripture.

Through the Holy Spirit, He’ll tell us to do uncommon things like buy land when it’s a seller’s market, open a business without all the necessary business plans, or wait another year to marry the person you’re in love with.

As He requests something illogical, we must trust Him. It may not make sense and it may go against everything we were taught, but we must believe His way is best. Understand He’s different, but trusting His different ways will lead us to a prosperous stress-free life.

When military personnel are out in their uniforms, people will approach them and thank them for their service. They’re thanking them for positioning themselves in harm’s way to guard, defend, and protect our freedoms.

Jesus wasn’t the first soldier, but He was the ultimate soldier. He positioned Himself to fight on our behalf. Instead of the enemy attacking us, they attacked Him. He was beaten, tormented, and separated from the One He’s known for all eternity. He fought for us all the way to the point of death and won.

If a military officer can be thanked, surely we can thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His service. Every time we see a cross, we should thank Jesus for His services to us.

Thank you Jesus for going over and above the call of duty so that we can be saved.

Colossians 2:15 (CEV) There Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away as prisoners when he celebrated his victory.

Colossians 3:15 (AMP) And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

Poor decisions can affect our current state and our future. It can impact our children and even our grandchildren. Poor decisions can slow down what God desires to do in our lives. What may normally take a couple of years to do may take ten years to complete because of our poor decisions.

Before we make any decision, we must complete the following steps:

  1. Confirm our decisions align with the word of God.
  2. Let peace be the determining factor if it’s not directly mentioned in the bible.
  3. Be directed by the Holy Spirit on when, where, and how a certain thing should done.

As we make good decisions, we can live a stress-free life knowing we consulted God in everything.

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