Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart
Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart (Scripture & Prayer)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not learn on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will straighten your paths.

- Proverbs 3:5-6

 God,

I trust you, I really do.

I mean, I follow you. I am trusting you with my eternal life because of the works of Jesus. 

Since I trust you with my eternal life, I should trust you with everything else!

So why is it so hard?

  • Why do I hold back on devoting my entire life to you?
  • Why do I hold back on pursuing you with my family instead of watching TV?
  • Why do I hold back on pushing into work you’ve called me to do?
  • Why am I afraid to do the things you’ve asked?
  • Why do I think I know better than you?

Every time I chose my own way against the speaking of your Spirit I proclaim that I know better than you. I’m saying that your guidance probably isn’t the best thing for me.

Is it cause I’m immature? Is a mature believer one who has control over his whole body and thoughts and mind and tongue?

Why do I do the things I do not want to do?? Is it because I do not trust you?

I will acknowledge you. You are my God. Lead me in your ways.

As I commit my life to you, I expect that you will make clear the directions to travel. You will show me the places to go, the people to connect with, the options to explore, the decisions to make.

So God, since you show me the way, supply me with the power to move. 

It doesn’t make sense that you would want to live with me for eternity. It also doesn’t make complete sense that you would want to walk with me every day. It is strange that you would come to die to show your power. But then again, if you didn’t die, how could you display your rule over death and your ability to give me eternal life?

So, I will follow you, regardless if I understand what is happening around me or not.

I trust you, I really do.

Why The Enemy Has Your Affirmation in the Crosshairs

Tim Young is the author of Heartstone: A Journey out of the midnight of my soul. He is a committed follower of Jesus Christ, a father, author, teacher, speaker and church leader on a mission to help people live courageously from their hearts.

There is an epic battle going on for the human heart because rescuing your heart is everything. God is pursuing your heart with an invitation of life — to become fully alive with a new name, a purpose, and a mission.

Why The Enemy Has Your Affirmation in the Crosshairs

This is the theme of Heartstone Journey, but it’s also the backdrop for our story too. The mistake many of us make is being blind to the battle over our lives. There is a God who is after our heart with the invitation of life; there is an enemy who will stop at nothing to take you out! Until we come to terms with this, we will misinterpret most of what is happening around us — and to us.

Are you tracking with me?

Our enemy is cunning and is systematically hunting us down, carefully watching every move we make, so he can take the shot. Once you come into clear focus, he takes the shot delivering a paralyzing blow. The worst part…we don’t even know what just hit us.

I Am a Sinful Man Lord

A few interesting facts and thoughts about fishermen in first century Palestine:

A fisherman would trust a rabbi’s teaching on religious matters, but why would any fisherman listen to a rabbi on their own professional expertise?

Moses, Gideon, and Jeremiah were overwhelmed by their initial calls from the Lord. But, Peter’s response is extremely similar to Isaiah’s: “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 6:5).

As God made David and Moses “shepherds” of people, so Jesus makes the disciples “fishers” of men.

Fisherman enjoyed better than average income, even if they had a bad night. Leaving their job is an act of radical commitment that they would expect to adversely affect them economically.

- Bible Background Commentary

God,

Peter saw a sign. He realized Jesus is the Messiah. I’ve seen your movements God. You’ve revealed to me that Jesus is my Savior.

Wow. Give me what is needed to respond like Peter, with total confidence that you are God, and I am not.

In your Holy presence, I am convicted of my sin. I see my uncleanliness in your purity. Looking at Jesus, I know I am a sinful man.

By calling me, by saving me, you’ve grafted me into your plan. You’ve made me a “shepherd” of people and a “fisher” of men.

Give me wisdom when casting the net. Give me knowledge to craft and spread the equipment, effectively catching people with your message and love. Supply me with understanding to gracefully guide and powerfully protect people in your ways. Fill me with your grace and power.

Embolden me with your Spirit. Bring me to the place of radical commitment the disciples held to you.

Jesus is my example on how to live life. But I can also follow the examples of Peter given throughout Scripture in response to your interactions with him.

So, I know I am a sinful man, Lord, but you’ve made me clean by your sacrifice. In light of my sinfulness, give me more of your Holy Spirit to be more effective in service to you.

Amen.

What Most Millionaires and the Apostle Paul Have in Common

What Most Millionaires and The Apostle Paul Have in Common

Have you ever desired to make millions? After all, having tons of money comes with tons of benefits right?

Having money gives you freedom. You can go do things that most people can’t afford. You can also give away all the money you make if you want.

If you don’t have to spend all day every day working to “make a living,” money can provide time to spend with your family. Having lots of cash can even buy you the time to go on missions trips. It provides you the opportunity to serve Jesus in ways many people cannot.

What Do Most Millionaires and the Apostle Paul Have in Common?

They can say this:

I know now how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of facing either poverty or plenty.

- Phil 4:12

Most millionaires understand what the apostle Paul knew: life isn’t about making money. Even when the drive for prosperity is couched in good, “godly,” goals – life still isn’t about making money. What does this mean?

Well for me, I must continually examine my inner motives and my drive to make money. I can say good things about feeling directed by God, but I can easily mix these righteous ideals with false motives and become deceived.

Money may give us certain freedoms, but money does not equal power. Most millionaires learned the secret to living with power before they made their millions.

What’s the Secret?

Click here to read the full article over at Heartstone.

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God,

Thank you for giving me freedom in Christ. I appreciate how you have given me the ability to enjoy things of this world. I am grateful how you have set me free from the weight of sin.

But I know, freedom in Christ does not give me liberty to live any way I desire.

I must follow your teachings. I need to live led by your Holy Spirit. I have to pattern my life after your revealed will in Scripture.

So help me.

Give me the understanding that I can live according to the rules and law of my government. Help me to stop the slander towards our political leaders. It does not matter if agree with what they do, what they stand for, or what they support. I’ve given up my freedom to live how I would like. I no longer have the option to talk in the ways I desire.

You’ve instructed me to submit to the rulers of our land. You told me to honor them.

Not worship them, but honor them.

Though I may not agree with some policies which may be enacted, help me to live according to them if they are not breaking your laws.

Make me a better slave to you.

I’ve traded my freedom for your righteousness. I’ve given up my choice to choose my way of living for your way of life.

Give me strength to do so. Grace me to “live as a free person, and not using my freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as a slave of God.”

Amen.