I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.” – Psalm 91:2
What do you think of when you think about trust? Do you think of someone always having your back? Do you think about someone who does what they say? What does trust mean to you? When it comes to relationships, any relationship, most of the time trust comes with time. As time passes, you see the person in a variety of different situations and you begin to see who they really are. You see how they think and respond to situations. Over time, you begin to trust that person. You begin to know if what they say is true and if they’ll follow through.
Psalm 91:2 is all about trust. Can you say that God is who you trust? Have you spent time getting to know Him, getting to see how He responds in different situations, and building trust with Him? God is someone you can rely on and trust in, but to build that trust, you’ve got to spend time reading your Bible. That’s one of the best ways you can get to know God. You begin to see in the Bible how God responded to different people throughout history. You can see that God always comes through and is faithful. To build trust in God, you’ve got to spend time reading the Bible. Challenge yourself today to spend time getting to know the God of the Bible. Take some time out of your day to read some of the great stories in the Old Testament of how God came through for His people. As you do, you begin to realize that He will do the same for you!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8 (NLT)
Its easy to read this verse and think, so what? Who cares if Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. What does that really mean? The fact that Jesus is the same is a big deal. It means that He doesn’t hate you one day and love you the next. It means that He doesn’t send lightning bolts down to zap you because He’s having a bad day. It means He is consistent. His love for you is consistent.
Many people in our lives vary depending on the type of day they have had, but not Jesus Christ. You may have friends who one day turn on you because you wore the wrong clothes or said the wrong thing. That’s not at all how Jesus is. Jesus is the same Savior, Lamb of God, Protector, Father, or how ever you sim Him, everyday. And He’s never going to change. He loves you, and that love is the same everyday.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.– Col 3:1 (NIV)
If you’re a born again Christian, you are now completely different on the inside. In your spirit, you’ve died with Jesus and have been raised up to heavenly places just like Jesus. Your whole life is now different. However, the only way to get this new life on the inside of you to really change your world is to think like Jesus. The way to think like Jesus, is to keep your mind focused on what the Bible says about you. This is what it means when this verse says, “set your hearts on things above…”. How do you do this? You can go through the New Testament for starters, and look at all the instances where you see, “in Him”, “in Christ” or “by Whom”. Then you take those scriptures and believe that this is a reality in your new spirit inside you. The more you renew your mind to what the Bible says about you and then believe it, think on it and act like it, the more it will affect your life here on earth.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:7
How many times in life, or college, do we get stressed out about something going on? It might be an upcoming test, a relationship with a friend, or just looking at your planner for the week. Its easy to internalize those stresses and let them build until they almost feel overwhelming. However, there’s a better way. That’s what Philippians 4:7 talks about. It tells us that we can experience God’s peace in all the craziness. In the midst of the chaos, drama and things going on around us, we can be at peace. We don’t have to take on the cares and concerns of the world, instead we can hand our concerns to God because we know He cares for us. Once we’ve given God our concerns, we can live in peace. Choose today to not take on lots of cares and worries. Decide instead to live in God’s peace. Let His peace fill your heart and mind. You can live in peace knowing that God will always take care of you.
We are all at different places in our walk with Jesus. Some of us have known Jesus for years. Others began their faith journey recently. Regardless of where you are on your faith journey, here are three questions that will help challenge your faith.
Who is Jesus?
This is an important question to ask yourself. Who is Jesus to you? Is he just some good teacher? Is he just your ticket to heaven? Do you try to get to know something about Him each day? Each of us must answer the question who is Jesus to us. We might say he’s our Lord, but is He really influencing the decisions we make and the things we do each day? Jesus asked this question to His followers in Matthew 16:15. Peter piped up and said something amazing.
Then Jesus said to his followers, “And who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:15 (ERV)
Peter had answered this question for himself. He knew who Jesus was to him. So, ask yourself the same question. Who is Jesus to you?
Who am I?
How you view Jesus determines to a big degree how you view yourself. If you haven’t trusted Jesus as your savior, then you’re going to feel like you’ve got to do something to earn heaven. If you haven’t ever spent time learning how Jesus feels about you and how much He loves you, then you’re not going to have His perspective on who you are. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to find out what Jesus says about you. You do that by reading the Bible. Knowing how Jesus feels about you is powerful. It is what will keep you going when you feel like no one loves you. You can see that you have great value to God by reading the Bible.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it. – Psalm 139:14 (NLT)
What am I going to do?
Once you’ve determined who Jesus is and who you are, then you’ve got some work to do. What are you going to do about it? Are you going to keep the life change you’ve experienced in Jesus a secret? Or are you going to share it with others? Are you going to let the way you live your life change as a result of knowing who Jesus is and who you are? Is knowing who you are in Jesus going to affect your day to day choices? As you realize that God loves you in a huge way, it helps you love others. Determine to live out of your relationship with Jesus. Let Jesus influence the things you say, the things you think about and the things you do. Romans 8: 28 says “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”