Trust the Lord, He’s Got You

Trust the Lord, He’s Got You

During trying and challenging times we have to be diligent in guarding our hearts and minds. It’s easy to let the “noise” of the world, headlines and social media chatter take our eyes off of Jesus and rob of us of peace. We all need to remember to trust in the Lord, it can be so easy to forget.
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Trust Issues

Trust issues. Lots and lots of people have trust issues. Someone has hurt you in the past. Maybe it’s been multiple times. This world can be a dangerous place.

But stop and think about how much your damaged trust affects your relationships now. Is there a way out of this long, dark tunnel?

John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

People who hurt others tend to continue their hurtful ways. Bottom line: that person might not stop targeting you. Why not rely on Jesus to be your shield? He promises us so much more than protection in this life, though He does that, too. But in putting your trust in Him, you’ll begin to shift your thinking to the long view that Jesus will keep you safe from the effects of sin, forever.

If you find yourself in the difficult position of being a target of a bad person, tell all that to Jesus. Tell Him you need His help. He’ll provide it and soothe your stress. In Him you will find the One person you can trust anytime, all the time. He doesn’t take days off. He doesn’t take His eyes off you.

Give Him your situation. Rest in the assurance His Word gives you, that everything will be all right.

Let’s pray. Lord, thank you for never letting us down, and never letting evil overcome us. Amen.

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The Ultimate Play

Rakeem Boyd is a special football player. A star high school running back from Houston, Boyd now plays for the University of Arkansas. In 2019, he had more than a thousand yards rushing. Because of rules changes in the last several years, he was eligible to declare for the NFL draft. Such a player can be set for life financially, signing a multi-million-dollar contract.

On Christmas Eve last year, Boyd announced he was returning to Arkansas. His decision stunned the team. Most juniors eligible to turn pro do so without hesitating.

One of the reasons he gave for returning was to help the team win.

You see, Rakeem Boyd is loyal. He put the needs of his team above a great personal opportunity.

John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

Loyalty here on Earth among humans is a great thing. The loyalty an athlete has for his teammates is admirable, even inspiring.

But it doesn’t compare to the loyalty Jesus Christ has for each of us. He could have stayed with the Father, but instead chose to come to us and stand in our place because of sin. His victory on the cross was the ultimate loyal play. And that loyalty is worth far more to us than riches in this life.

Have you chosen Jesus to take your place in the game of life? He will, and it will be the best decision you will ever make.

Let’s pray. Lord, your Son’s sacrifice for us stands for all time and shows us that His love is eternal. Amen.

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No Exclusions

One of the biggest criticisms of those who follow Jesus Christ is that such a model is very exclusive. In other words, it seems on the surface that Jesus leaves some people out of the salvation plan, because He says that He is the only way to God.

But what is He really telling us?

John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

Jesus is actually showing us the way. He gives us the path to being reconciled with God the Father. Sin separated us from Him long ago, but in His mercy, we can find eternal peace. In that way, we are able to fill the “God-shaped” hole in us. Solomon wrote about that.

When it comes to loyalty, we see that Jesus is in fact totally inclusive. He offered Himself as a sacrifice for sin for all men, women, and children in every era of history. What could be more open and loving than that?

If you’ve rejected Christ because you heard His love isn’t inclusive enough, we hope you’ll realize the opposite is true. He loves everyone equally.

Especially you.

Let’s pray. Lord, your Word shows us the expansive love that you have for all people. Help us share that Good News with everyone we come in contact with. Amen.

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Unbreakable Bond

Who is the most loyal person you’ve ever known? A parent? Spouse? Friend?

Truthfully, we all crave loyalty. It gives us a sense of safety. We feel that if there is some loyalty in our world, it’s like a warm blanket on a cold night. Life seems less scary.

As we discuss the role of Jesus in our personal stories, it is good to remind ourselves often of ultimate loyalty. In turn, it encourages us to be loyal to that One person we can always count on.

John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

Jesus gives us loyalty that cannot be broken. Are we willing to stay true to Him, as well? In other words, if life’s road gets rough, do we stay on the path He has set for us? Like Peter, we tend to think nothing could pry us from Jesus, but our choices can do that. Then we regret being disloyal to Christ.

Resolve to never let that happen to you. Keep His sacrifice for you in your mind and heart. That will help you stay true to Him when life isn’t so great.

He promised to never leave you. Tell Jesus that you love Him for that, and keep your eyes looking ahead to the eternity He has made for you.

Let’s pray. Lord, make us strong in our loyalty to our Savior. Then let that light shine for those who see us. Amen.

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Stuck 2U Like Glue

Do you tend to be a fair-weather friend? Do you stay strong when times are good, but run away if things are difficult? Nothing will ruin a relationship more than that.

Let’s be honest here: There is someone in your life who needs your help and strength. Maybe you need to step it up in that area.

Jesus is a perfect example of loyalty to others; by following His lead, we can learn what genuine loyalty looks like.  

John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

Jesus stuck to you like glue when He experienced the most danger to Him personally. His death on the cross was frankly so much bigger than anything you’re facing…we don’t have an excuse to let down anyone in our life.

Jesus held out His hand and told you that He would lead you home. Practicing that type of loyalty in our daily lives will serve as a remarkable example to those who need to see some loyalty.

Let’s pray. Lord, your love inspires us every day. Thank you most of all for what Jesus has done for us. Amen.

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