December 12th, 2017 — DEVOTE

So how much do you think you trust God? Think about it for just a moment, and then ask yourself the tough question: Do I really trust my God? Do you trust Him with your relationships? Your marriage? Your family? Do you trust Him with your money? Do you trust Him with your health? How about your future?

For a number of months now, I’ve included in my prayers a Bible verse to help me stayed focused. I pray it, not because I don’t have faith, but as a reminder that each day I’ve got to trust my God for every aspect of my life. Some days, my trust level is pretty high – though it probably never reaches it maximum. Other days, when things happen, my trust level diminishes, probably without me even thinking about it. And the first thing I do is try to fix the problem… come up with a solution… iron out the mess. I don’t know why I do that other than a lack of trust. Something inside of me determines that God must not be doing His job in taking care of me, so I’ve got to handle it myself.

There are times, when in my lack of trust, I lose my way. I forget which way I’m going. I lose sight of the goal set before me and I end up totally off course. And then what happens next is all too common. I have to backtrack to get to where I was supposed to be in the first place. If I would’ve just trusted my Father, I wouldn’t ever have to do that. I certainly hope this is making sense to you. You may not be anything like this and this isn’t encouraging you in the least bit… but it is sure helping me! 🙂

OK, so here’s what I’ve included in my prayers. It’s found in Revelation 3:7. This is from the letter that was written to the church in Philadelphia. From what we know, they were a small band of people, but had large faith. They lived out their faith even in the face of trial and hardship. This is what they were told…
“When I open a door, no one can close it. And when I close a door, no one can open it.” CEV

That’s become part of my prayer time. I really need God to eliminate all the other options for me and just give me the choice He wants. I need Him to open the doors He wants me to walk through and not allow anyone to close those doors. And I need Him to close doors, that even though they look great, are not the doors He want’s me to walk through. And if He closes them they can’t be opened, not even by me!

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Trust God! He’s offering you His help again today… why not take it?

Open doors that no man can shut… and shut doors that no man can open. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen