04 How to Establish Trust

How To Enter Into Love Series, Audio: mp3

Psalm 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. 

1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. 

The world has used the word passion as love. We have images in the world of a heart with an arrow going through it. The love of this world is a broken heart. The love the Bible speaks of is a blending of characteristics which is kindness. All these attributes of a character put into one bundle is love. Love is the character of God. God is love. God is patient, kind, rejoices and has peace. God has all these attributes in his character and the whole collection of that is love. We are not born with love. It says the way of peace they have not known. There is none righteous no not one.

We have not been brought up with ingrained characteristics of love. This is the whole story of why Jesus has come. To build character for the eternal home, to put his character back into man. The question is how to enter into this state. We are to strive to enter into the straight gate. We are not to go through life leaning on our elbows to get all these attributes. We are to diligently seek after them. Joy doesn’t exist on this planet. Over one million preschoolers are clinically depressed. They are not just sad but clinically depressed. That joy has gone out of society.

How to Obtain this Joy

Real joy is to have fellowship with Jesus Christ and with his people.

Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice [and] my supplications. 2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon [him] as long as I live. 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. 4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. 116:5 Gracious [is] the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God [is] merciful. 6 The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. 

The principle of asking God for things and he answers and you get a joy that God is listening to me. One of the biggest causes of depression in this world is that no one is listening. Society has become self absorbed that we don’t listen to others but just ourselves. When we see God is listening, praise the Lord. David was in a sorrowful miserable condition. He said he loved him because God listens. The principle of obtaining joy is that we ask Jesus for things. Asking Jesus for help in dire straight needs and God will hear. The wicked are those who have not yielded fully to Jesus Christ.

The wicked is anyone who doesn’t have peace. God is wanting the wicked to come into his relationship with him that he can give them peace. The disciples were scared in the boat and Jesus said peace be still. God can give us victory over our feelings. Peace cannot come by anything but that which has boundaries. Boundaries are important. God’s rebukes that come to us are actually for our peace if we will exercise ourselves in that rebuke.

Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

The word exercise is important because many times we get rebuked and we don’t exercise ourselves in it. When Gods word rebukes us we are to exercise our mind and say, I’m only a child and Gods house needs to be in order. He is putting the boundaries around me which give me peace. The boundaries for spiritual peace are the moral law. If you want spiritual peace, you must be in the boundaries of the Ten Commandments. That boundary is given.

There is a boundary before our fellow brethren and neighbours that their life has a personal boundary. If we become busy bodies in other people’s matters, there is no peace. God has set boundaries in physical peace. Night is for sleeping, day is for working. If we disobey those boundaries, there is no peace. We get exhausted and our bodies can’t cope with the stress of the day. Those boundaries are for physical peace so our bodies can rest. The Sabbath is a boundary that gives peace. These boundaries that give peace are not a legalistic approach but what God has given to us. God has given us from his word the boundaries of social behaviour. We will now look at the topic of trust. Trust a very delicate thing. If someone gives you their trust, it can be broken very easy. Trust is similar to belief but it has within it more of an action.

Trust

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

This belief is clarified;

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

If we believe on Jesus we are saved but the devils also believe but they are not saved. There is a difference between believing fact and putting your action behind it. Not all that believe will be saved. Believing itself is an element to salvation.

Psalms 37:40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

The salvation in this text is coming from trust which is belief but more than belief. Trust is a part of love. We realise that in love everything is connected. Can we have joy without peace? Can we have patience without being kind? Can we have goodness without being gentle? If we don’t really have trust, our joy cannot be complete.

Psalms 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

The person who puts their trust in God, that person is joyous. If I trust God then I will ask him to help. If I am in a dire strait condition, who can help me? The person I trust. That person can help me and my joy will be full that I have been helped. We are going through the attributes of love to learn how to build our characters.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee. 4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [is] everlasting strength:

The person who is at peace has their trust in a place where they know it is secure. There are financial trusts and those trusts at the moment don’t bring peace but stress. My money has been placed in this company and I’m worried. The person who is at peace knows where their trust lies. It is in a place that is unbeatable, unconquerable. This is an incentive for us if we want joy and peace we must consider this topic of trust. Trust has in it an action. When you drive on the freeway, do you think you have just driven over a bridge? Trust has an immense amount of action. If we don’t trust something we will lock our doors, put a password on our computer because there is no trust. The Bible says we should not trust men of this world. If we trust a sales person, we will buy their product. Trust has a great weight on our actions.

Psalms 36:7 How excellent [is] thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

Put your trust under the shadow of Gods wings. This gives me a different note to what trust is. It almost becomes an object your trust and you have to put it somewhere. What is trust other than just action?

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Put your trust in God. The call of God is;

Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

What is God saying to us as children? Give me what? Your hearts, trust. Giving your heart over. To give God our soft tender person, our heart and that sensitive part of us is the same as what marriage is all about. A young suitor will ask a young lady for her hand. The hand is a symbol of giving the heart. When Jehu came to destroy all of Ahabs house and when someone met him, he said, is your heart with my heart? He said yes, then he said, give me your hand. That is a story of trust. There was a war going on. Hand in hand, heart in heart is what God wants in trust. This is what children are to be to their parents. Will we as adults as complex beings who have lost sensitivity of life? Have you ever given your heart and someone and they hurt it and you say never again will give someone my heart? There is security, the doors are shut and I’m secure within myself.

The Bible says trust the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own security. To understand how to establish trust to do it is very simply but extremely difficult. To trust your heart into someone else. We sung in the hymn Take My Life and Let it be Consecrated Lord to Thee. This hymn is an all encompassing hymn on how we are to trust God every moment of our lives. Every aspect of our activity. Everything. This is the trust that God is calling. My son give me your heart. One beautiful thing about Jesus Christ is that this heart that he wants is the most sensitive part of our being. Because He understands that it is sensitive He stands at the door and knocks. He doesn’t barge in. He is so courteous and kind that He will just knock understanding and respecting the sensitivity of the soul and he will knock. Will you let me in? How do we know when Jesus knocks?

The True Witness says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.” Revelation 3:20. Every warning, reproof, and entreaty in the word of God through His messengers is a knock at the door of the heart. It is the voice of Jesus asking for entrance. With every knock unheeded, the disposition to open becomes weaker. The impressions of the Holy Spirit if disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow. {DA 489.5}

Can you see the respect in God? He is not going to knock as loud, but more and more gentle. God is calling us today in this message to put our trust in him. He is knocking at your heart. The reproofs God gives us is knocking at the heart. A reproof is only a reproof when it goes contrary to your own thoughts. A reproof is something that stops you and holds you in your tracks.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

God is teaching us that His ways aren’t our ways. When God shares with us our ways, it can come to us as a reproof because it can go against our way. That reproof is the Lord knocking at your heart.

How to Establish Trust

Walk the narrow plank of faith. Trust all on the promises of the Lord. Trust God in darkness. That is the time to have faith. But you often let feeling govern you. You look for worthiness in yourselves when you do not feel comforted by the Spirit of God, and despair because you cannot find it. You do not trust enough in Jesus, precious Jesus. You do not make His worthiness to be all, all. The very best you can do will not merit the favor of God. It is Jesus’ worthiness that will save you, His blood that will cleanse you. But you have efforts to make. You must do what you can on your part. Be zealous and repent, then believe. {1T 167.1}

Here is some instruction for us on how to establish trust. Be zealous, desire a good way of life, repent and apply it. Strive to enter in. All these attributes of love do not come by chance. You have to bend yourself towards repentance. Repentance is an experience you make to realise Jesus is everything and you are nothing. If you realise that, can you trust in the person who is everything? Be zealous, repent and believe. To learn to trust God we first must learn to distrust ourselves. If we half trust ourselves and God half, is that all our heart? It’s a divided throne. It’s in God’s mercy that He shows us how weak our door lock is and how miserable our roller shutters are. God has to teach us through His ways, warning and reproofs to learn to distrust self. This is nothing short than what Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

God is knocking at our heart. He is gentle but He knows what needs to be done. That is a rebirth. When you are reborn you go from being an adult to a little child. Jesus said except you be converted and become as little children, you can’t enter in. We must learn how to be childlike to be born again, to go from being an adult and knowing all that you know. When we enter into the Christian walk and we follow it with zeal, we begin to realise we are born again and we are losing control of our life and we become vulnerable. If you become vulnerable, you want to snatch it back again. We come to conversion and many people go back stronger the other way, no way am I locking up now because that vulnerability is fear because you are losing control of yourself.

To fear that you have lost control is part of the process. There are two baptisms – water and the spirit. The disciples were baptised by water but when were they baptised by the spirit? Wasn’t it Pentecost? What was upon their heads? Flames of fire. The Bible speaks about being baptised with fire. Before they were in their upper room experience what did they go through? Did they not think that Jesus was going to take the throne? Judas was controlling. When Gethsemane and the cross experience came the disciples fled, Jesus died and they had no glimmer of hope anymore. They were plunged in the fire of baptism. They realised they can’t control things. Judas controlled things the worst and hung himself. Because we have controlled our lives, we have a painful experience to go through. Jesus said to his disciples, are you able to drink of the cup that I drink? When the disciples went through the dark experience of Gethsemane and the cross, at that point they were born again. In the upper room they were scared and for days they pled to God like little children.

Matthew 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt]. 39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt].

What was the humanity of Jesus communicating? This way I don’t really want it. Isn’t that real trust that Jesus was at the edge of death? Would you still trust God at the edge of your life when you’ve obeyed God and it’s led you to lose everything? If your house was burnt down and every physical thing done to you, would you still trust God at the point of death? What did Job say? Though he slay me yet will I trust him. Job lost everything. Satan was coming against him, all this harassment yet he said I will still trust God although it feels like I’m dying. This was Jobs birth experience. He had great blessing. We are to learn and trust God and we shall have the kingdom of heaven as a reward. Did Isaac trust Abraham? Abraham went to kill his son. Abraham said my father has dementia, he’s too old and I don’t trust him but he knew his father was a symbol of God and in Gods position. For a child to trust God, first they have to learn to trust their earthly parents. If we can’t trust those close to us, how can we trust God? Jesus Christ has had to learn by the things which he suffered.

God desires that men shall feel their dependence upon Him and trust to that Hand that can save to the uttermost, that Heart that throbs in response to the appeals of suffering humanity. We must not trust in man or make flesh our arm. Our trust must be placed in a Hand that is warm with life and a Heart that throbs with love for the helpless. {HP 258.7}

That is Jesus. To actually put that tender being of you in the hand that is warm with love. The heart that throbs with the exact pain that you suffer, he suffered all our pain. He was stricken and smitten of God. Jesus knows your suffering and if you place your trust in him is to place it in a warm loving place that is conquerable. Have the gates of hell prevailed against Jesus Christ? Put your trust in him. Put your whole life in him, your money in him, everything you have, in Christ. Although in feeling you feel vulnerable, don’t stop, but trust him. This baptism we go through is a water and a fire baptism. Jesus says although you pass through the waters and fire, I will be with you. Although we go through this free fall experience that Jesus had at Gethsemane, it’s up to God. If he kills me, he kills me.

Whatever God wants to do, let him do it. Let not your heart be troubled, believe and trust also in me. When Jesus comes again, He will take us with Him because we are in Him because our trust is there. We can then say I am crucified with Christ. I have made a bitter experience of free falling into Gods hands. It’s like standing at a top of a tower, how do you let go?

When we take into our hands the management of things with which we have to do, and depend upon our own wisdom for success, we are taking a burden which God has not given us, and are trying to bear it without His aid. We are taking upon ourselves the responsibility that belongs to God, and thus are really putting ourselves in His place. We may well have anxiety and anticipate danger and loss, for it is certain to befall us. But when we really believe that God loves us and means to do us good we shall cease to worry about the future. We shall trust God as a child trusts a loving parent. Then our troubles and torments will disappear, for our will is swallowed up in the will of God. {MB 100.2}

Amen.

Posted on November 6, 2009, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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