Faith Trusts the Lord Exclusively
- Date: June 16, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8)
- From Faith That Prevails
What we're looking at is God working in us; the ability to trust in Him to have full assurance and reliance that His promises are yea and amen. They're sure to a thousand generations. The Scripture tells us very clearly in Psalms 37, "Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass" (Psalms 37:5). As you're turning over there, the third verse just prior to that says, "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed." Now, that's a good Scripture for all of us-we all like to eat; right? So you trust in the Lord, and you do good, and you get to eat, praise God!
I want us to look at these passages for just a moment of that simplistic trusting in God like a little child. Our kids, you know, most of our kids-and this might be too bad in a way, because we've talked about it before-most of us don't even think about praying the Lord's Prayer and this phase of it, because there's a need, "Give us this day our daily bread." Now, some of us have been there. How many of you remember days where you literally didn't have anything to eat the next day? There's a few of us.
And here's another thing that we think improperly about Christianity: "I ate plenty good until I got saved." Getting saved doesn't make life better! Getting saved can actually make life much more difficult. But to pray and say, "Lord, give us today, we don't know what we're eating today, Lord, or if we're eating. But I just want to praise You, just want to thank You for Your goodness." Most of our kids don't leave the house praying, "Oh, Lord, I hope we can eat tonight. Lord, somehow, while I'm busy about kid stuff, fill the refrigerator with milk." They trust that you're going to have vittles; right? And when they get home, they go in there and rip the door open, and they're trusting that-as you've always provided-it's going to be there. Do you trust your Father like that? How many of us-and this is a question that we've got to address - how many of us get ready to have to confront reality - how many of us really don't trust God? "Well, I-I-I think I do." How did you deal with the last time you were facing a situation that was beyond your natural ability? And which way did you lean?
Psalms 118 says this-I want you to look at it very clearly: "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." Let me change that Scripture for you just a little bit, and this might help us: "It's better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in [yourself]." Now, we can say "man" and make "man" our banker. We can make him our doctor, but I think it would be better to start off and make "man" our selves. "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in [ourselves, in our own wisdom, in our own philosophies]"-to just move into the simplicity of trusting God and His Word. We sit down, we read the promises, and then we begin to analyze them. We begin to compare them with what so many other Christians might be doing, and without faith it is impossible to please God!
We know the Scripture, the biblical definition of faith: Faith is the substance of things hoped for, it is the evidence of things not seen. Faith is trust and reliance in God alone. Faith is not trust in God and me helping Him a little bit. "I'm believing God, and I'm going to give Him ten percent. I'm going to give God a ten percent push, just in case. I'm going to jumpstart God." He will have no other gods before Him; amen? Can I tell you something? Anything you add, anything you add to God negates God's presence. It doesn't just dilute it, it doesn't make our endeavor ninety percent God, ten percent us; to add to God does negates God's presence. Without Him, we can do nothing (John 5:15).