Why Should We Trust in Jesus?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

There’s only one thing that we as humans can trust in with all of our entire heart. That one thing we can trust in is Jesus Christ! Because He’s perfect in every way and therefore loves us perfectly, we can rest in the fact that because of His perfection and love, He will always act towards us in that love. That means He’ll never hurt us, leave us, lie to us, abuse us, cause us pain. It also means that He will save us when we put our faith in Him, along with protect us, cherish us, and do things according to our very best interest.

The second part of the verse, “lean not on your own understanding”, means that we as humans don’t see all the things that God sees nor do we understand all things. And because God knows all things and sees all things, as well as love us perfectly, we CAN trust Him with everything in us.

It doesn’t mean we understand all things, but we can trust that He does, and that because He’s God, He’s in control of all things. Trust requires faith because it relies on the One that we put our trust in. And when it is God that we put our trust in, we know that we are safe.

This world can be so uncertain and chaotic. But the one thing that will always remain, is God.

Jesus Rescued Me

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Do you ever think of God as a r e s c u e r?

We are saturated with love stories of the Knight in Shining Armour rescuing his bride from torture and death, then the two run off to live happily ever after in a paradise world.

But where did this idea come from?

Certainly, no real human love on earth even remotely resembles the perfect love found in fairy tales.

But the idea of perfect love, of a sacrificial rescuer who loves so passionately that he is willing to die for his bride…that h a d to have come from somewhere.

Why do we have such a high ideal and desire for perfect love when it has never been found between two imperfect humans?

Because this perfect, saving, transforming, unconditional love has been written on our hearts.

Because it’s alive.
It’s real.
And it’s why we exist.

This love is so real, and we’re made to crave it. It’s what leads us to our Creator. We know deep down even in the midst of imperfect love, that there IS perfect love out there, somewhere. There has to be. That’s because the One who d e f i n e s perfect love is the one who m a d e our hearts and that’s why we yearn for it so deeply. Whether we admit it or not.

We yearn and crave and ache and desire for this love all of our lives until that love rescues us from this hopeless reality. Because that perfect love is our only hope.

Jesus is the only answer to our ravished craving for wholeness and love that we all possess deep within our heart.

It’s our purpose as human beings to be filled with His love. To be saved by His love. And if this perfect love in Jesus isn’t found in a person’s lifetime, then they will die spiritually dead in their sins and miss out on the only true, perfect, love that ever existed.

And rejecting this perfect love will result in the greatest heartache that one will e v e r experience.

Let Him rescue you.

‭‭{Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬}
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Oh, how He loves His bride!

Design

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{Psalms‬ ‭104:1‬}
Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty.

I just can’t get over the exquisite beauty of snowflakes! The intelligent design in this one single tiny snowflake is undeniable. It bursts of displaying a Creator who delights in His creation.

A p e r s o n a l Creator.
A c r e a t i v e Creator.
A m a j e s t i c Creator.

A Creator who rejoices over every single little detail – even the ones we humans don’t even notice.

If He is like this with one single snowflake out of an infinite number of snowflakes that has graced this earth – a snowflake that is here momentarily and gone within seconds – how is He like with humans beings that He has made in His own image?

Oh, once you’re in the folds of God’s love,
once you drink from the rivers of His delight,
once you are lead by Him to green pastures and peaceful streams,
You will n e v e r be the same!

Your heart will be so overcome with love for Him that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Your heart will feel like bursting in deep love for Him as your eyes soak in the pages of His holy word. Every word will incite delight to your heart as you drink in His living waters and eat His bread. You will become utterly amazed at every single bit of His creation.

Because you’ll be in love with the Creator.

Pause and reflect on the glorious design in this tiny snowflake and sing praises to Him with all of your heart!

HE is L O V E L Y.
HE is W O R T H Y.
HE is G L O R I O U S.

{Psalm 36:8}
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

{Psalm 23}
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

{Ephesians 3:17-19}
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

{John 4:14}
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

{John 6:35}
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

I Become less, He Becomes More

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When we are in Jesus, His strength is perfected in our weakness.

We become less. He becomes more.

I remember weeks following the special moment that I gave my life to Jesus Christ, there was this strange new feeling within me.

I was dying to self.

I was becoming less, and He was becoming more. It was very new and unfamiliar to me, because I had spent all of my entire life trying to be m o r e of me. In perfect unity, He was spiritually circumsicing me and giving me a new heart. From a hard heart to a tender heart.

In this, the sinful calloused, fleshly nature in me was being removed by the hand of God. In His refining fire, He was burning away the person previously known as Tanya for the past 29 years.

At first, this new feeling was u n c o m f o r t a b l e.

Because I wasn’t acquainted with being less of me so God could be more in me. I was used to always trying to be m o r e of me. But more of me without God is an ugly thing. Jesus completely reversed this within my new heart:

Selfishness to selflessness, vanity to humbleness, greed to giving, hate to love.

I knew what was happening was good, and I desired it. But in my new baby believer’s mind, dying to self was also just a little bit painful. I could f e e l it. I was a w a r e of it. It was an awareness through my entire being – mind, heart, and soul, that He allowed me to experience. My spiritual outer layer was full of dirt, defilement, and darkness, and it was being removed to reveal my t r u e identity as a daughter of the King.

When I came to Christ, I was transformed into a new creature. I went from dead to alive. Mortal to immortal in Jesus. The old had passed, and the new had come.

With the Holy Spirit freshly in me, I had to learn that more of me is bad, and less of me is so so so good. Because less of me means more of Him. And more of Him means more of His strength and power made perfect in my weaknesses.

It means my weaknesses can be used for His purposes and made into strength by His power.

Though ecstatically full of joy in the Lord, this discomfort I felt at the beginning of my relationship with God was my fleshly carnal nature being cut off of me.

But I’m so glad it did. And I’m so thankful that I’m s t i l l being refined. That I’m
s t i l l dying to self. And that I’ll a l w a y s be sanctified. Because He has become m o r e in me. And more of God is a very wonderful thing.

 

{Deuteronomy 30:6}
And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants [that is, He will remove the desire to sin from your heart] so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and all your soul, so that you may live.”

‭‭{Colossians‬ ‭2:11-14‬}
When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

{2 Corinthians 12:9}
Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough – always available – regardless of the situation]; for My power is perfect in your weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may completely enfold me and may dwell in me.”

{Ezekiel 36:26-27}
And I (God) will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.

{Romans 6:11}
Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

{Luke 9:23}
And He (Jesus) was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

{Galatians 2:20}
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

{Ephesians 4:22-24}
In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

{Isaiah 64:8}
Yet, oh LORD, You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter,
And we are all the work of your hand.

Falling for God

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There is no end to the depth of God’s love. It’s not human love, it will never tire. Or weaken. Or deteriorate. Or exhaust.
It will never abandon, be selfish, or become bored.
His magnificent love will never cease to be heart-thumping, thrilling, excited, hope-filled, euphoric and the best thing on this earth.
Loving Him is the ultimate kind of ecstasy and you never have to worry about falling out of love or looking into the ‘next thing’ because HE IS the One who holds you tightly, and HE IS the ultimate thing.
Once you love Him, there is no such thing as the next best thing.
He is the best thing, and His love is life-changing.
Every new day is a new day with Him.
Every new season is a new season with Him.
Good and bad, you have Him!
And there is nothing better than the King’s love.
It’s so decadent, rich, fine, luxurious,
and
soft, faithful, tender, compassionate, gentle and sweet,
But also
Jealous, intense, hot, fiery, consuming.
Oh, the depths of His love are irresistible.
Over and over, I fall for Him.

A Million Sunsets

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. (Psalm 19:1-6)💛

Jesus: magnificent Creator of all that exists. It’s all about Him. It always was about Him, always is about Him, and always will be about Him. He is God and He is more beautiful than anything we can see, magnified.

Sunsets are glorious and display the work of our Creator. He creates indescribably beautiful things. Things so beautiful, that they take our breath away. They make our heart flutter wildly inside of our chest as our eyes gaze upon the splendour of His creation.

And these are just a drop of His glory; these are only things He made, things that came from His mind, His heart, His wisdom, His unending intelligence. Imagine how much more beautiful He is Himself.

A million sunsets and sunrises and stars and suns combined couldn’t even begin to compare to His beauty and splendour. He’s so much better.

He is love Himself.