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Can I trust God and worry at the same time?

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How can a person know if they’re trusting God or they’re relying upon wishful thinking? 

Is it possible to trust God and worry at the same time?

Am I hoping and praying, or am I believing?

I’ve had people tell me, “Just trust God.” I would love to; all the time. And while I know I trust Him completely in some areas of my life, I have to be honest and say I struggle believing Him in others.

Is that a sin?

There are some who will say, “Yes, it’s a sin.” Then they’ll quote the verse, “…For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23 ESV)

Excuse me, but that isn’t the whole verse, or its context. If I could pick and choose parts of verses, I could argue that “Faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23)

But I won’t.

Faith isn’t a switch we flip on and off. Faith IS “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith knows, it doesn’t ask questions, it never doubts. 

Faith pleases God.

But there’s something else which pleases God.

Believing His word. Acting on His word.

“But I thought faith and believing were the same thing?” Not necessarily.

The man said to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief.” It seems like the man was struggling a bit, but was still pointed the right direction.

Notice this passage regarding the father of faith, faithful Abraham:

“And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. And he said to him, ‘I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.’ But he said, ‘O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?'” (Genesis 15:6 – 15:8 ESV)
Several times in the New Testament you’ll find the words, “And he believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness.”

He believed, but notice, while he believed he still asked the question, “…how am I to know…?”.

Faith would have said, “Terrific! It’s as good as done. I’ve got all the substance and evidence I need. I have God’s Word.”

The difference? Faith is something you have. Believing is something you do.

That’s why we struggle at times with believing.

Here’s another verse people like to quote, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5 – 1:8 ESV)

There isn’t one of us who hasn’t struggled with this passage at some point in our life.

But what’s James really saying?

Do you lack wisdom? Are you uncertain what move to make, or step to take? Ask God, in faith, without doubting.

Doubting what? Don’t doubt God will give you wisdom, because He will.

The struggle (I seem to be using that word a lot) lies in recognizing God’s answer. Sometimes it isn’t too clear and we start thinking we are double-minded because we just aren’t understanding our next step.

There have been times when I asked for wisdom, knowing God would give it. But I somehow allowed myself to be confused with the fine print. I know He gave it, I just wasn’t seeing it.

It is possible to believe and worry at the same time.

Back to father Abraham. Do you honestly think he wasn’t the least bit concerned as he raised the knife to slay his only son? He believed, but he didn’t leave his emotions or fears at the bottom of the mountain.

But in spite of them, because he believed, he obeyed.

I’m saying all of this for one primary reason: faith and believing pose huge problems for our adversary, the devil (1 Peter 5:8-9). And if he can make us think we’re a failure because we doubt and struggle (there it is again) in believing without worrying, many times he can get us to give up, throw in the towel, walk away from the Word, and say, “I’m such a loser; I’ll never please God.”

The devil is a liar!

Even if you don’t have the substance and evidence of faith, and there’s a bit of worry and doubt hanging around, don’t give in to the devil’s lies. If you’ve started believing, don’t stop.

Keep on believing! Keep doing what you know to do, what His Word said you can and should do, and let the feelings come and go.

You can believe and cry at the same time. John 11:35

You can believe and feel as though your heart has been ripped out of your chest. Mark 5:35,36

It is possible to trust and worry at the same time. 

But when you recognize the presence of worry, do what the scripture says in Philippians 4:6-7.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6 – 4:7 NLT)

Believe.

Brilliant Man?

20131006-230713.jpgKnowledge, inventions, scientific discoveries; these all seem to be increasing. Multiplying! Wouldn’t you agree that there are a lot of brilliant people in this world?

Just think of all the inventions within the last 60 years!

Since I’ve been on this earth, the world has seen some awesome things “invented”. For instance:

1955 TV Remote Control and the Polio Vaccine
1957 Birth Control Pill
1958 First Successful Commerical Jet Airliner Debuted
1960 Bar Codes First Used Commercially
1961 First Cordless Tool Released (Black and Decker)
1962 LED Invented by Nick Holonyak
1969 Smoke Detector
1970 ATM Machine
1973 First Cell Phone and MRI First Used for Medical Purposes
1978 GPS Launched
1980 First Online Shopping
1981 First Laptop Computer
1984 DNA Fingerprinting Technique Invented
1985 First Robotic Biopsies
1987 Prozac Invented
1992 Color Plasma Display Invented
1994 First Stents Approved for Use
1997 Toyota Pruis Released
1998 MP3 Player Invented
2001 iPod Released
2005 YouTube Launched
2007 iPhone released
2010 iPad Released First iPad released.

This is just a sample of man’s accomplishments over the last 60 years. The list would be much greater if I included all the space exploration inventions, military weapons technology, computer upgrades, and science/health related improvements.

Man has accomplished SO much; and I’m really glad, because I thoroughly enjoy my smartphone!

Some would even say that man can do anything he sets his mind to.


“Knowledge is Power!”

Now this may come as a shock to you, but man wouldn’t have had a clue to any of the discoveries listed if God hadn’t given him the desire, and the wisdom, to seek things out!

“Oh, no! You mentioned God!”

Yep!

I really pity the fool (Psalm 14:1) who will not believe in a Creator God, who thinks all this complex universe just “happened” to begin at some point eons and eons ago, but will celebrate man’s cunning and uncanny ability to invent such marvelous things! As if man is God!

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out even a rocket scientist couldn’t create what mankind has spent thousands of years studying; i.e. the heavens and the earth. You see, even with man’s brilliance, he’s no match for Almighty God! Man discovers only what God allows him to discover.


“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV)

When God created the heavens and the earth, He established every law of science KNOWN to man, AND those UNKNOWN. Electricity, computer science (mathematics), gravity, flight, etc, all were created by God to be discovered by man. All of God’s creation point to its Creator, and those who will listen to creation’s song will hear everything that breathes, and lives, praising God for His great and awesome works! Everything except God’s best; we can be too brilliant.

Mankind wants to try and live without the Source of Life. They want to shine without the Source of Light. They desire to be wise in their own eyes, and because of that, they’ll never witness the greatest “secrets” of all.

For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:19, 20, 25 ESV)

If mankind would stop for just a moment and acknowledge God as the Designer/Creator of all things seen and unseen, it would be an easy step for them to agree all things were created FOR Him.

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17 ESV)

If all things were created FOR Him, that means every “discovered” (uncovered) thing, law, principle, or equation has a God-given purpose!

One simple example is the internet and wireless technology. Man didn’t invent the technology any more than Al Gore invented the internet. God established the laws and principles and opened the minds of certain people to discover them. I realize I sound like I’m robbing man of a lot of credit; but think how God must feel at times!

But the technology was never intended to be used for evil; only good! Though people have used the internet for all kinds of wickedness, God still owns the rights for its usage; a tool for declaring to the nations the Glory of God!

The Word of God teaches there’ll be a day when knowledge will increase at an exponential rate! I believe that day is here. The Bible also seems to indicate that at the same time, stress and peril will increase; especially among Christ followers. Persecution and tribulation will increase, as well. Mankind has been duped by the devil to believe he, man, is the center of the universe and the creator of life. So, whenever man’s “deity” and wisdom is challenged, of course there’s going to be a battle.

The “battle” is not our call. Our call; God’s call for ALL MANKIND, the brilliant and the dim, is to KNOW HIM AND MAKE HIM KNOWN. Using the discoveries He’s allowed someone to find (or invent), let’s use them to declare to the nations the Glory of God, and the good news that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Mankind may be brilliant, but God is the source of his light!

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