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(By Dr. Charles Stanley)

Prayer:

Our Father who are in heaven, we praise Your holy Name. We give you glory, honor, and praise. Hallelujah to the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, we choose to trust You today in every situation, though we may feel insecure or fearful. Help us to obey You complete. Father God, increase our faith in You. Lord God, may the harvest You’re cultivating right now grow and flourish, even if we don’t see it in this lifetime. Thank You Heavenly Father, for eternal life that is given to us through Your Son Jesus. We do believe in You and in what You have promised us. Calm our fears and strengthen our faith. Enable us to live our life in You, relying on Your strength and resting in Your great love. AMEN.


Subject Lesson: Faith/Trust:

Let’s recap and then study more on faith and trust, then study more on faith and trust.

Faith:

Psalm 103:19 says, “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.” God controls everything—not only what happens but why and how it happens as well. His sovereignty is our firm foundation for believing and trusting Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 offers this advice: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
The only other option to faith is fretting. A godly life is one that steps beyond worry and into trust. Each time a situation causes us to fret, we should stop and remember who’s in charge. If God’s sovereignty rules over all, we have no reason to worry. The evidence of our faith is the absence of worry.
Trust in the Lord also builds intimacy with Him. As we talk and listen to Him and respond in obedience, He guides us, and we develop closeness with Him both in our heart and in our thinking.


The Walk of Faith:
Key Passage: Genesis 12:1-8

We have two options in the Christian life—to walk either by faith or by sight.

Walking by sight means we must have all the facts and see how God’s plan for our lives will unfold before we step out in obedience. If the outcome is secure, we’ll proceed. But walking by faith requires that we trust the Lord and His will for us, even if it’s risky, unknown, or difficult. God wants us to depend on Him, trusting Him to direct our steps one at a time so we can reach the destination He’s planned for us.
Sermon Points:
Abraham (originally called Abram) was a man who walked by faith, and his story is recorded in 14 chapters of the Bible. He was chosen by the Lord to be the recipient of amazing promises and become the father of the Jewish race. This may seem like an unlikely choice because Abraham came from a pagan society and may have been an idol worshipper. However, we must realize that God’s choices are based on His great wisdom and may not always make sense from our perspective.
Requirements for Walking by Faith
What God did in Abraham’s life is to some degree what He wants to do in all our lives. And as we see how Abraham responded in Genesis 12:1-8, we discover how we too can walk by faith rather than by sight.
• Listen to God. “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed’” (vv. 1-3).
After not having spoken to anyone for hundreds of years, God came to Abraham with a message that included instructions and promises, some of which may have seemed unbelievable to Abraham. It sounded like God was going to use him to change the world, yet despite the incredible nature of this message, Abraham listened.
We too must learn to listen to the Lord if we are going to walk with Him by faith. As Christians, our goal is to follow Jesus, and that requires knowing what He wants us to do. Instead of planning our days and rushing off to achieve our agendas, we should take some time each morning to seek the Lord’s guidance through His Word and prayer. This doesn’t mean we can’t make plans, but we should always present them to God and ask what He would have for us that day. If we don’t listen to the Lord, we won’t follow Him, and as a result, we’ll make wrong decisions that may turn out to be costly or painful. God speaks to us internally through the Holy Spirit and His Word, guiding us in our walk with Christ.
• Trust God. Abraham trusted God, even though the command to leave home must have been difficult to obey, the destination was unknown, and the promises may have seemed unbelievable. The proof of Abraham’s faith is seen in the fact that he followed God’s instructions. He was 75 years old when he left Haran (v. 4), yet he was still willing to undertake the journey. Furthermore, the trip was long and dangerous, but Abraham believed God would fulfill His promises and bring him to the land He’d chosen.
Like Abraham, we don’t always know where the Lord is leading us, and if we doubt Him, we may argue or come up with reasons why His plan will not work. In essence, we are saying to Him that we don’t think He will do what He’s said. It’s easy to follow God when everything seems logical and no risk is involved, but when He leads us in an unexpected direction and doesn’t explain what awaits us, our doubts may stop us from obeying. But if we don’t walk by faith, we’ll miss all that He’s planned for our lives. One way we can measure our spiritual growth is by how readily we trust the Lord and follow through with obedience.
• Obey the Lord. “So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him. . . Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan” (vv. 4-5). Having listened to and trusted God, Abraham took the first step of obedience and traveled to the land He’d promised to show him.
Obedience is a major theme in the Bible because it’s so important that we learn to do what God says. Most of what we’re experiencing in life right now is the result of either our obedience or disobedience. If we’ve trusted the Lord and followed Him faithfully, we are becoming the person He wants us to be and fulfilling His will for our lives.
• Worship God. “The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent . . . and there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord” (v. 7).
After arriving in Canaan, Abraham stopped to worship and thank the Lord, who had protected him on his journey and had now promised to give his descendants this land. God had been faithful to bring him this far and could be counted upon to fulfill all the rest of the promises He'd made to Abraham.
Worship is the response we too should have when we discover how faithful God is. Each time we step out in obedience and see how He works in our lives, we have reason to praise and thank Him for all He’s done. The walk of faith is one of listening, trusting, obeying, and worshipping God, and the end result is life at its best— not without problems and struggles—but a life lived in the will of God.

What is Trust?
The words translated “trust” in the Bible literally mean “a bold, confident, sure security or action based on that security.” Trust is not exactly the same as faith, which is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). Rather, trusting is what we do because of the faith we have been given. Trusting is believing in the promises of God in all circumstances, even in those where the evidence seems to be to the contrary. Hebrews 11 talks about faith, which is accepting and believing the truth that God reveals about Himself, supremely in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, the practical consequence of faith in God is trust, which we prove by living out our full acceptance of God’s promises day by day. Furthermore, it is by this trust that we are promised peace: “You will keep in peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).

The classic verse regarding trust is Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” This verse sums up the Bible’s teaching on trust. First, it is the Lord in whom we are to trust, not ourselves or our plans, and certainly not the world’s wisdom and devices. We trust in the Lord because He and He alone is truly trustworthy. His Word is trustworthy (Psalm 93:5; 111:7; Titus 1:9), His nature is faithful and true (Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 25:10; 145:13; 146:6), and His plans for us are perfect and purposeful (Isaiah 46:10; Jeremiah 29:11). Further, because of God’s nature, we are to trust Him with all our hearts, committing every aspect of our lives to Him in complete confidence. Finally, we are not in trust in ourselves because our understanding is temporal, finite, and tainted by our sin natures. Trusting in ourselves is like walking confidently across a rotten wooden bridge over a yawning chasm thousands of feet deep. Disaster inevitably follows.

Trust in God is a feature of many of the psalms of David. There are 39 references to trust in the Psalms alone, whether referring to trusting in God and His Word, or to not trusting in riches or the things of this world. It is on the basis of this trust that David finds deliverance from all the evil he encounters. Many of David’s psalms describe situations when he was pursued by Saul and his army, as well as his other enemies, and always did the Lord come to his aid. One thing that can be noted about biblical trust is that it always engenders further trust in our God. The man of God never stops trusting in God completely. His faith may be knocked, He may stumble, or He may fall into the foulest of sins, but “though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand” (Psalm 37:24). The man of God knows that, though trials will beset in this life, his trust will not waiver because that trust is based on faith in the promises of God: the promise of eternal joy with the Lord and the promise of an inheritance that “can never perish, spoil and fade” (1 Peter 1:4).

Week #2
Questions:

1). What is faith?
2). How do we walk by faith?
3). What is the requirement to walk by faith?
4). How do we listen to God?
5). Where was the proof in Abraham’s faith?
6). Obedience is better than what?
7). How do we worship God?
8). Define the difference between trust and faith.
9). Read Isaiah 26:3 and Proverbs 3:5.
10). Why are we to be so confident in God?

Weekly Stay Focus:
Weekly Life Principle:
Weekly reading assignments: (Hebrews 3-4)
Weekly Prayer Focus:


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Questions/Answers

1). What is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen.” I believe faith is believing that you have something before you see it.
2). How do we walk by faith?
(II Corinthians 5:7). As said earlier, we are not to just believe when we see it, but before we see it; we must have trust God as (Proverbs 3:5) says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding, therefore we are walking by faith.
3). What is the requirement to walk by faith?
Listen to God, believe God and just go forth as Abraham did. The requirement is to trust God with all our heart.
4). How do we listen to God?
We must take some time each morning to seek the Lord’s guidance through His Word and prayer. God will respond.
5). Where was the proof in Abraham’s faith?
The proof of Abraham’s faith is seen in the fact that he followed God’s instructions, and went forth, not knowing where he was going.
6). Obedience is better than what?
I Samuel 15:22 says, “obeying the voice of God is better than sacrifice.”
7). How do we worship God?
Worship is responding to God with thanksgiving in our heart, talking with Him, and listening to Him and following His instructions. Worship is also honoring God for Who He really is.
8). Define the difference between trust and faith.
Trust is what we do because of the faith we have been given. Trusting is believing in the promises of God in all circumstances, even in those where the evidence seems to be to the contrary.
9). Read Isaiah 26:3 and Proverbs 3:5.
Good Scriptures!!!
10). Why are we to be so confident in God?


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Weekly Stay Focus:

In staying focus we must trust God with our future, because God has a plan for our lives. Our faith in God determines our future. Ever wish you could see into tomorrow? Wish you knew what was coming around the bend? While we can’t see into the future, we can prepare for it by trusting God to bring us His very best. And while our “literal” vision can’t glimpse the unseen tomorrow, we can prepare for it by staying close to the Lord and spending time in His Word. Peace and joy come when we trust God with our future, (Proverbs 29:18).


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Weekly Life Principle: Trust/Faith (Principle # 5)

God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable.

The enemy of our souls often tempts us in the same way he deceived the first man and woman; by suggesting that God can’t be trusted and that our lives would be better if we went our own way. Taking the course that seems most logical and comfortable certainly makes sense to the rest of the world. But how can our own limited wisdom-what we think we know-compare to the perfect wisdom and foresight of our heavenly Father?
God’s love is always trustworthy, even when the path He leads us on doesn’t make sense right way. But when we put our faith in His goodness, we no longer have to understand everything he asks us to do. Instead, we can enjoy the peace that comes with full submission to His leading, and we can look forward to seeing all the great things He will accomplish.


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Weekly Prayer Focus: Speak Lord Jesus

Trusting Me is a moment by moment choice. My people have not always understood this truth. After I performed miracles in the wilderness, My chosen children trusted Me intensely, but only temporally. Soon the grumbling began again, testing My patience to the utmost.

Isn’t it often the same way with you? You trust Me when things go well, when you see Me working on your behalf. This type of trust flows readily within you, requiring no exertion of your will. When things go wrong, your trust-flow slows down and solidifies. You are forced to choose between trusting Me intentionally or rebelling resenting My ways with you. This choice constitutes a fork in the road. Stay on the path of Life with Me, enjoying My presence. Choose to trust Me in all circumstances.

Read: Exodus 15:22; Psalm 31:14; Job 13:15; Psalm 18:33; Habakkuk 3:17-19


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Bible Study Devotional:

Our Faithful God

KEY PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 7:8-11

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES: Genesis 1:1 | Numbers 32:23 | Psalm 36:5 | Psalm 56:3 | Psalm 62:8 | Psalm 119:90 | Proverbs 3:5-6 | Lamentations 3:23 | Malachi 3:6 | Hebrews 9:27
SUMMARY

How well do you know God?
Is He someone you come to when you need help but give little thought to otherwise? The truth is that most people don’t know Him very well. Even those who say they believe in God and have trusted Him with their eternal life may not have an accurate understanding of Him because it’s not based on what the Bible says. Furthermore, what some people claim to believe about God is contradicted by the way they live.
SERMON POINTS
There are many qualities of God revealed in Scripture, and one of them is His faithfulness. When the Lord was about to lead His people into the Promised Land, He gave them this reminder: “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments; but repays those who hate Him to their faces, to destroy them; He will not delay with him who hates Him” (Deut. 7:9-10).
To be faithful means to be reliable:
We can count on God to do what He says in His own time and way. His promises are sure, but they are not always positive. His faithfulness applies not only to His commitment to show lovingkindness to those who are obedient followers of Christ, but it also includes a promise of judgment and retribution for those who hate Him.

God’s faithfulness is grounded in His unchanging nature:
He is the same God in Genesis 1:1 and throughout the sixty-six books of the Bible until the last chapter of Revelation. He is the inescapable, awesome, and righteous Judge of all mankind, and we must all stand before Him to give an account of our lives.
Yet so many people have a lesser view of God:
1). They think they are free to live as they please, but when trouble comes, God will bail them out.
2). They believe God doesn’t pay attention to sin unless it’s something really bad like murder.
3). They are confident that God understands their faults and failures and will overlook their sin.

All these perceptions of God are contradicted in Scripture. He sees all our sins and takes them very seriously. There is no such thing as a secret sin before the Lord. He says, “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23). Because He is holy and just, there is a penalty for sin. God in His faithfulness not only blesses us with His best but also confronts us with our worst.

People who don’t know God personally may see him as a distant deity who resides in heaven but can be called upon for help when needed. If asked to describe their God, they are quick to defend their nebulous perception of Him by saying that He’s too big for words. But in reality, they can’t
describe Him because they don’t really know Him. They have an unscriptural view of God; and therefore, they have no confidence in His faithfulness but can only hope that He will answer them when they need Him.

As humans, we tend to make our own version of God, but if He’s not the one described in the Bible, we don’t have the one true God because all others are false. Without the Bible, we’d have an excuse for our inaccurate ideas, but the Lord has given us His Word so that we can know Him and have a relationship with Him.

How does God display His faithfulness?
1). He always does what He has said and fulfills every promise He’s made.
2). He never forgets, falters, or fails to keep His Word.
3). He is reliable, trustworthy, unfailing, unwavering, constant, and steadfast.

This is who God is all the time—in the light and the darkness, in good times or bad. His unchanging nature is the essence of His faithfulness and the reason for our security and trust in Him.

God’s attributes are the foundation for His faithfulness:

1). Omniscient. The Lord knows all things—past, present, and future. He’s never surprised by events and cannot forget anything. He knows how we live, whether in godliness or
sin. Although we may turn a blind eye to Him, He’s aware of everything that takes place, and nothing is hidden from Him.
2). Omnipotent. God has all power to accomplish what He desires. We need never fear that He cannot answer prayer, provide for our needs, change situations, or fulfill His promises. If He doesn’t intervene in our lives the way we desire or expect, it is not because He doesn’t have the power but because He works to accomplish His will, not ours.
3). Omnipresent. The Lord is present everywhere all the time. Whether saint or sinner, we are all in His presence every moment. Although there may be times when we wish we could hide from Him because of our sin, there is no way of escape. But in reality, being without the Lord is not really what we want. When we belong to Him, He faithfully walks with us through every trial, heartache, and burden, bringing His comfort, guidance, and peace.
Truthful. Our God will never mislead us or deceive us. He’s the source of all truth and always speaks what is true in His Word. Within Scripture, the Lord has given us guidance for every possible situation we may face. If we’ll trust in Him and not in our own understanding, he’ll make our paths straight and lead us the right way (Prov. 3:5-6). His truth not only affirms His great love for us but also convicts us of sin so we can return to Him.
Unchanging. The Lord is always the same—absolutely holy and perfect. Although His actions vary, His nature and attributes do not. His power never lessens; His knowledge cannot decrease; His purposes stand firm; and His promises will not fail. We, on the other hand, constantly change. Sometimes we’re faithful, and at other times we sin, but we never have to fear that the Lord has changed His mind and taken our salvation away. Every time we come to Him He gives us grace, mercy, and wisdom for life and promises to bring us safely to heaven after death.

God’s Word testifies that the Lord is faithful and trustworthy.
Psalm 56:3
Psalm 62:8
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 36:5
Psalm 119:90
Lamentations 3:23

RESPONSE
How closely does your perception of God align with who He reveals Himself to be in His Word?
Are you more likely to view God according to your circumstances and experiences, others’ ideas, or Scripture?
Do you truly believe that God is faithful all the time? How do your responses to problems, suffering, or trouble affirm or deny this truth?


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Closing Prayer:

Lord, I choose to trust You in every situation, though I may feel insecure or fearful. Help me/us to obey You completely. Lord God, may the harvest You’re cultivating right now grow and flourish, even if I don’t see it in this lifetime. Please help us to trust You with our faith totally in You. AMEN.


Weekly reading assignments: (Hebrews 3-4)

I have read my weekly reading assignment!


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