Trust in the Lord ( by Fenny West)

Trust in the Lord.

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“On mine arm shall they trust.” Isaiah 51:5

 Trust is very important in any relationship. It is the bedrock of any meaningful relationship.  When there is trust you can be yourself. You can afford to be vulnerable. You know you will not be taken advantaged of or poked fun at.  Without trust there can be no intimacy. Without trust there is suspicion. You watch your every word; you are a like a sheep amongst wolves or a fish out of water. You pretend, playact, and try to please or patronise for acceptance.

Whereas this characteristic is treasured when it is shared and desired in our daily interactions, we must all admit to have disappointed people who have trusted us, from time to time. This may be deliberate or unintentional because of our human weakness and limitations.

And because of our limitation, absolute trust in any human being will be misplaced. Only God can be trusted any day anytime-through thick and thin. That is why He counsels us not to trust in the arms of the flesh but trust in Him.

 

3     Trust in the LORD, and do good;

     Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

4     Delight yourself also in the LORD,

     And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

5     Commit your way to the LORD,

     Trust also in Him,

     And He shall bring it to pass.

6     He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,

        And your justice as the noonday.

40   And the LORD shall help them and deliver them;

     He shall deliver them from the wicked,

     And save them,

     Because they trust in Him.

Ps37:3-6, 40

5       Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

       And lean not on your own understanding;

6       In all your ways acknowledge Him,

                And He shall direct your paths.Prov3:5-6

3       You will keep him in perfect peace,

       Whose mind is stayed on You,

       Because he trusts in You.

4       Trust in the LORD forever,

                For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength. Isa26:4

God warned the Israelites not to forget Him when they were well fed and tempted to say:

17 …in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’

18        “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.Deut8:17-18

 

“Some trust in chariots”: This is symbolic of our trappings and pomp and pageantry or class. Others trust in their connections- their friends or family or business partners money in the bank. Yet others trust in their accolades, their prestige or reputation, wealth or physique- their beauty or hunky looks or talents.

Whereas these are not bad in themselves, but they become our weakness or even grave diggers when we begin to trust in them.

Why? They are fleeting, transient, ephemeral and will bring a rude awakening when they suddenly fail us without warning.

King Nebuchadnezzar was in this place when he climbed up his balcony and admired his Babylonian empire, arrogating to himself, the power, wisdom and sovereignty. He thought he was invincible.

As praised himself for his achievements-not acknowledging the Source, he was weighed and found wanting and driven into the forest, lost his mind and grew feathers like a bird and nails like claws, banished for seven years in the wilderness, until he repented was restored.

 

 

“Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”

31     While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”

33     That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

34     And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:

       For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,

       And His kingdom is from generation to generation.

35     All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;

       He does according to His will in the army of heaven

       And among the inhabitants of the earth.

       No one can restrain His hand

       Or say to Him, “What have You done?”

36                At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me.

Dan4:30-36

Later on, his son, Belteshazzar, took over the reins of the empire and never learnt a lesson from his father about the folly in trusting in himself. After the death of his father, he organised a great feast and ordered that the holy vessels which had been taken from the temple in Jerusalem be brought for his rave with his concubines.

Whilst they were waltzing, wining and dining, he saw the finger of a man writing on the wall: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.

His countenance changed, his joints gave way and he became wobbly and was gripped with fear and trepidation as his knees knocked. He became desperate for an interpretation but none of his astrologers were able to interpret the inscription.

Fortunately, he had a wise wife who knew that only one man could interpret that mystery and that was Daniel. He was summoned and he interpreted the inscription- meaning ‘You have been weigh and found wanting.’ He lost the kingdom to invaders that very night and died in the siege.

Power had intoxicated him. He was trusting in himself and his wealth and position.

Herod in the time of the persecution of the apostles was very renowned and was greatly gifted with oratory. He was like a colossus and demagogue and highly respected and sought after. Yes, he was alike some motivational speakers like Tony Blair who could rake in hundreds of thousands of pound with just a few speaking engagements.

On one occasion as he was performing, people were in awe;

 And as he lapped it all up, he was suddenly struck down and died and immediately worms came out of him.

 

22 And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!”23 Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.Acts12:22-23

 

So my friend where is your trust? Is it in your wealth or connections or reputation? I hope not.

It is all sinking sand. It’s all pie in the sky. It’s all vanity upon vanity. It’s all grasping of the wind and pursuing the wind. It will not hold water on the evil day.

5     Thus says the LORD:

       ” Cursed is the man who trusts in man

       And makes flesh his strength,

                Whose heart departs from the LORD.Jer17:5

 

7     Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;

     But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Ps20:7

 

Trust in the Lord

 

Trust in the Lord at ALL times and you will stand and withstand any adversity. Trust in the Lord at all times and your trust will not be mislaid or misplaced. When everything else fails God will not fail those who trust in Him.

24   “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.Matt7:24-25

He told Moses: “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.”Ex33:21

1     Those who trust in the LORD

     Are like Mount Zion,

     Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

2     As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

     So the LORD surrounds His people

     From this time forth and forever.

Ps126:1-2

 

Yes, when you trust the Lord, you will be like mount Zion and you will not be moved. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord will surround you. His angels will be round about you to keep you in all your ways.

 When He is your refuge and strength, He will hide you under the shadow of His wings.  No harm will befall you. No disaster will come near your dwelling. He will make room for you. He will set you high upon a rock and your head will be lifted high above your enemies and any storms.  You will soar like an eagle- using the adverse wind to scale heights hitherto unknown to you.  You will step out of your comfort zone and walk on water like Peter. In your weakness, His strength will be made perfect. He will enable you to leap over walls and run through troops. He will fight your battles. No weapon fashioned against you will prosper. They may throw you into the pit and steal your coat and sell you like a chattel as they did Joseph but the adversities you face will work for you. And as you maintain your diligence and integrity and excellence like Joseph, you will be a blessing wherever you. You will prosper even in prison. God will order your steps. He will provide for you even in the day of famine. When you go through rivers and waters, you will not drown. When you go through the fire, the fire will set you free to fulfil your vision, like Daniel and friends.

Trust in the Lord and you will not rust. Trust in the Lord and He will thrust you into the Land of good things; the Land flowing with milk and honey. Trust in the Lord and the boundary lines will fall for you in pleasant places. Trust in the Lord. Again I say, trust in the Lord.

Waiting Takes Time but Pays Fine ( by C.H. Spurgeon)

Waiting Takes Time but Pays Fine

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“Wait on the Lord.”


Psalm 27:14

It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures which a Christian soldier learns not without years of teaching. Marching and quick-marching are much easier to God’s warriors than standing still. There are hours of perplexity when the most willing spirit, anxiously desirous to serve the Lord, knows not what part to take. Then what shall it do? Vex itself by despair? Fly back in cowardice, turn to the right hand in fear, or rush forward in presumption? No, but simply wait. Wait in prayer, however. Call upon God, and spread the case before him; tell him your difficulty, and plead his promise of aid. In dilemmas between one duty and another, it is sweet to be humble as a child, and wait with simplicity of soul upon the Lord. It is sure to be well with us when we feel and know our own folly, and are heartily willing to be guided by the will of God. But wait in faith. Express your unstaggering confidence in him; for unfaithful, untrusting waiting, is but an insult to the Lord. Believe that if he keep you tarrying even till midnight, yet he will come at the right time; the vision shall come and shall not tarry. Wait in quiet patience, not rebelling because you are under the affliction, but blessing your God for it. Never murmur against the second cause, as the children of Israel did against Moses; never wish you could go back to the world again, but accept the case as it is, and put it as it stands, simply and with your whole heart, without any self-will, into the hand of your covenant God, saying, “Now, Lord, not my will, but thine be done. I know not what to do; I am brought to extremities, but I will wait until thou shalt cleave the floods, or drive back my foes. I will wait, if thou keep me many a day, for my heart is fixed upon thee alone, O God, and my spirit waiteth for thee in the full conviction that thou wilt yet be my joy and my salvation, my refuge and my strong tower.”

Be Ruled by the Word ( by Fenny West)

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Be Ruled By the Word

Be Ruled By the Word.

Let it saturated your mind;

Permeate you through and through.

Let it govern your thoughts.

Be controlled by the Word.

Let it be your desire and diet.

Let it be your craving and music.

Be addicted to it day and night.

Be enamoured by the Word.

Let it be your medicine and joy.

Let it be your light and assurance.

See it as more than gold-a great spoil.

Accept what the Word says of you.

Continually declare it, no matter what.

Continually meditate on it.

Continually and quickly do what it says.

 

4 But He answered and said ,  “It is written ,   ‘Man shall not live by bread alone , but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’   ” Matt4:4 8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth , but you shall meditate in it day and night , that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous , and then you will have good success. Jos1:8 6

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children , and shall talk of them when you sit in your house , when you walk by the way , when you lie down , and when you rise up. Deut6:6-7  

9 How can a young man cleanse his way?  By taking heed according to Your word. Ps119:9

 

 

God has Made You His Mouthpiece ( by Fenny West)

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God has made you His mouthpiece,

To carry His message of peace,

To those who mourn and are weary

And are steeped in deep pits and misery.

Let your heart be filled with compassion

So that you can speak with holy conviction

And yet not being insensitive or judgemental

But being empathetic and practical.

Speak as the very oracles of God-

Every word seasoned and powered by God’s Word.

Let your motives be loving and pure

And your mission will be success-sure.

 

11 If anyone speaks , let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers , let him do it as with the ability which God supplies , that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ , to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1Pet.4:11 6

But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet , and the people are not warned , and the sword comes and takes any person from among them , He is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’ 7 “So you , son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. Ezek33:6-7 8 

But you shall receive power   when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and   you shall be   witnesses to Me   in Jerusalem , and in all Judea and   Samaria , and to the   end of the earth.” Acts1:8

4  ” The Lord GOD has given Me
  The tongue of the learned,
  That I should know how to speak
  A word in season to him who is weary.
  He awakens Me morning by morning,
  He awakens My ear
  To hear as the learned.Isa50:4

1 “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
  Says your God.
2  ” Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her,
  That her warfare is ended,
  That her iniquity is pardoned;
  For she has received from the LORD’s hand
  Double for all her sins.”
3  The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
  ” Prepare the way of the LORD;
  Make straight in the desert
  A highway for our God.
4  Every valley shall be exalted
  And every mountain and hill brought low;
  The crooked places shall be made straight
  And the rough places smooth;
5  The glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
  And all flesh shall see it together;
  For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”Isa40:1-5

Your Garden of Grace will Bloom and Boom ( by C.H. Spurgeon)

Your Garden of Grace will Bloom and Boom

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Sing, O barren.”
Isaiah 54:1

Though we have brought forth some fruit unto Christ, and have a joyful hope that we are “plants of his own right hand planting,” yet there are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. We are like flowers in the hot sun, requiring the refreshing shower. In such a condition what are we to do? The text is addressed to us in just such a state. “Sing, O barren, break forth and cry aloud.” But what can I sing about? I cannot talk about the present, and even the past looks full of barrenness. Ah! I can sing of Jesus Christ. I can talk of visits which the Redeemer has aforetimes paid to me; or if not of these, I can magnify the great love wherewith he loved his people when he came from the heights of heaven for their redemption. I will go to the cross again. Come, my soul, heavy laden thou wast once, and thou didst lose thy burden there. Go to Calvary again. Perhaps that very cross which gave thee life may give thee fruitfulness. What is my barrenness? It is the platform for his fruit-creating power. What is my desolation? It is the black setting for the sapphire of his everlasting love. I will go in poverty, I will go in helplessness, I will go in all my shame and backsliding, I will tell him that I am still his child, and in confidence in his faithful heart, even I, the barren one, will sing and cry aloud.

Sing, believer, for it will cheer thine own heart, and the hearts of other desolate ones. Sing on, for now that thou art really ashamed of being barren, thou wilt be fruitful soon; now that God makes thee loath to be without fruit he will soon cover thee with clusters. The experience of our barrenness is painful, but the Lord’s visitations are delightful. A sense of our own poverty drives us to Christ, and that is where we need to be, for in him is our fruit found.

Tread Down Unbelief ( by C. H. Spurgeon)

Tread Down Unbelief

How long will it be ere they believe me?”
Numbers 14:11

Strive with all diligence to keep out that monster unbelief. It so dishonours Christ, that he will withdraw his visible presence if we insult him by indulging it. It is true it is a weed, the seeds of which we can never entirely extract from the soil, but we must aim at its root with zeal and perseverance. Among hateful things it is the most to be abhorred. Its injurious nature is so venomous that he that exerciseth it and he upon whom it is exercised are both hurt thereby. In thy case, O believer! it is most wicked, for the mercies of thy Lord in the past, increase thy guilt in doubting him now. When thou dost distrust the Lord Jesus, he may well cry out, “Behold I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.” This is crowning his head with thorns of the sharpest kind. It is very cruel for a well-beloved wife to mistrust a kind and faithful husband. The sin is needless, foolish, and unwarranted. Jesus has never given the slightest ground for suspicion, and it is hard to be doubted by those to whom our conduct is uniformly affectionate and true. Jesus is the Son of the Highest, and has unbounded wealth; it is shameful to doubt Omnipotence and distrust all-sufficiency. The cattle on a thousand hills will suffice for our most hungry feeding, and the granaries of heaven are not likely to be emptied by our eating. If Christ were only a cistern, we might soon exhaust his fulness, but who can drain a fountain? Myriads of spirits have drawn their supplies from him, and not one of them has murmured at the scantiness of his resources. Away, then, with this lying traitor unbelief, for his only errand is to cut the bonds of communion and make us mourn an absent Saviour. Bunyan tells us that unbelief has “as many lives as a cat:” if so, let us kill one life now, and continue the work till the whole nine are gone. Down with thee, thou traitor, my heart abhors thee.

The Fight of Faith ( by Fenny West)

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The Fight of Faith

The Fight of Faith is good

If it is well understood

Jesus began it and ended it.

He showed us how to fight it

He won it for us

on Calvary’s cross

It made us overcomers

And more than conquerors.

The fight of faith is spiritual

Beyond the natural

We see the invisible

And do the impossible.

Because you’re on the winning side.

And regardless of the ocean wide,

No matter what betide,

On the storms of life you can ride;

All because of the Greater One on the inside.

Yes, Jesus has gone ahead of you

To clinch the victory.

He is in you. He is for you,

And with you.

So rejoice, again I say rejoice

Because there are more with you

 than are against you.

The Fight of Faith Is a good fight.

For you to fight

Not by your might

But as of a right

By the Spirit

Day and night.

So let’s do it

With boldness

And confidence

And importunity

at every opportunity.

To Maintain Your Drive ( by Fenny West)

To Maintain Your Drive…

To maintain your drive Never say:

“I’ve arrived

But keep being hungry

Without being angry.

Keep reaching forth

From strength to strength.

Keep going from glory to glory.

Keep longing, burning,

glowing, growing,

Achieving and accomplishing.

 

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection , and the fellowship of His sufferings , being conformed to His death , Pressing Toward the Goal  12 Not that I have already attained , or am already perfected; but I press on , that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren , I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do ,  forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead , 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil3:10,12-14

 

From Maniac to Minister ( by Fenny West)

From Maniac to Minister

 

From Maniac to Minister

Mary of Magdala.

From believer

to avid helper.

Demons: seven, left her

She was no longer

their harbinger.

Jesus was her Deliverer

He was her restorer.

 

From incarceration

Came liberation.

From serfdom

 to freedom.

 

From being afar

She came so near.

At the foot of the cross,

She was there

At the sepulchre

She was there.

Before He ascended

She was there

So He made her

His messenger.

 

“He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9