DayBreaks for 11/30/11 – Salvation Trust, Trust #3
While Galen is preparing to move (and moving!) we’ll be publishing from the DayBreaks archive. New DayBreaks will resume approx. 12/15/11.
From the DayBreaks archive, dated 11/08/01:
I was just thinking about this series of messages about trust. You know, it scares me to even write about this stuff. Why? Because God usually puts us to the test when we do something like this. It’s easy to write about trust, and as I write this, I do believe that I trust Him more now than at any other point of time in my life. But what if God chooses to take my children or my wife from me in a biochemical attack? What if my job vaporizes tomorrow? Scary things. Those are the kind of things that really put our trust to the test. But still, God has put these things on my heart and I feel that I must share them, so onward we go…
There is a measure of our “un-trust” that we often don’t consider. When you think of actions that don’t provide evidence of trust, what images come to your mind? Perhaps the Israelites cowering before Goliath and Saul strapping the armor on David. Perhaps King David numbering the warriors in Israel – indicating his trust was in his troops instead of his Commander in Chief. Those are worthy examples, and sadly, the Scripture is full of failures – such as these and the failure of Peter to acknowledge Jesus during his trial. My life is chock full of noteworthy examples of failure to trust, too.
But before we can really start to trust God, we have to come to terms with our salvation. After all, what good is any of this “God-thing” if there isn’t a payback for us some time, somewhere? And let’s face it: salvation is the big carrot. We long for a “better country”. We long for a peace and rest that we’ve never found on this planet. We hope it exists. And if you are a Christian, you are banking your earthly life and your eternity that the answer is found in Jesus who claimed to be “…THE way, THE truth, THE life…”.
The foundational trust for the Christian comes in accepting that God loves us and has (notice that is in the past tense) saved us by his grace (Eph. 2:5, 8). Sometimes that is hard to accept and believe, isn’t it? When you’ve fallen to the same temptation for the thousandth time it is hard to look at yourself in the mirror, let alone look God in the face and call Him “Abba, Father” (Daddy, Father). So what do we do? We wallow. We rip ourselves up one side and down the other. And we learn to hate – to hate ourselves for what we are and what we’ve done. “Wallowing in shame, remorse, self-hatred, and guilt over real or imagined failings in our past lives betrays a distrust in the love of God. It shows that we have not accepted the acceptance of Jesus Christ and thus have rejected the total sufficiency of his redeeming work.” (Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning)
So, the question is: can you look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am my Beloved’s and He is mine…”? Can you sing in your heart, “Jesus loves me, this I know…”? Can you, like Paul (who called himself the greatest sinner of his time), say: (2 Timothy 1:12b) – “…Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day”? Or are you displaying your lack of trust in the sufficiency of the blood of Christ to remove your guilt, sin and shame?
Consider the following verses:
Phil. 1:20-21 – “20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Isaiah 49:23 – “Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; THOSE WHO HOPE IN ME WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
Do you hope in Him? Desperately hope that somehow (even if by accident!!!) He will find it in His heart of hearts to forgive you? That somehow when the books are opened and everyone is judged, do you hope that your name will be found on the list of the saved? Listen to His very own words: “THOSE WHO HOPE IN ME WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” Breathe them in and make that your meditation. Trusting in anyone and anything else will leave you bitter. Trusting in him will set you free from your guilt. Jesus’ sacrifice was more than sufficient to save you. It WILL save you and it is what will save me, too.
First step: trust God with your salvation. Once you’ve REALLY done that, you’re on the way and the rest of life becomes so much easier.
PRAYER: Father, we find it so hard to let go of trying to save ourselves and to trust our salvation totally and fully to You! Thank You that those who trust in You will not be disappointed, ever, in any way! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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