Allowing Jesus to Love You Through Trust

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You. (Psalm 143:8)

God works like a baker. Most of the ingredients that go into a cake are not tasty by themselves. But when these ingredients are combined and baked for a time in the oven, they produce a wonderful cake. When pottery goes into the kiln, the potter brings the temperature up slowly. As the pot stays in the kiln, it gains strength.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8;28)

When you trust in the Lord, you’re allowing Him to love you. If you’re pushing away, that’s self-righteousness. Stealing, for example, is not just wrong – it is also refusing to trust in God to provide. When you trust in Him, you’re placing your security in Him.

A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment. (Proverbs 18:1)

“Cause me…” Make this your prayer.

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.” (Psalm 31:14)

Jesus came to be the Advocate. When He stood before Pilate, who was not a Jew or a believer, Pilate said he found no fault with Jesus. Pilate’s wife told him not to have anything to do with Jesus. Even they could see Jesus was completely righteous. Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus, came back to the temple and threw the money he’d received on the floor, saying that he’d betrayed an innocent man. Later, the centurions at the cross said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” when Jesus died.

God provided His Son but He was rejected by His own people. They said to Pilate, “We have no king but Ceasar,” and unfortunately, that is what they received.

10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Allowing Jesus to Love You (part 2)

Sometimes we get so focused on a problem that we resist the love offered to us by people in our lives, and by God Himself.

21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem…. 23 But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4)

Jesus said this to a solitary Samaritan woman at a well. Samaritans were despised by Jews, especially those wanting to remain ceremonially clean. The woman had asked about where God is to be worshipped, probably because Samaritans weren’t allowed to go to Jerusalem to worship.

Through all things happening to us and in the world, God is still the same. We must keep our eyes on Him — worship is key! We need Him at all times.

Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people! Be miserable and mourn and weep. Your laughter must change to mourning and your joy to sorrow. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. (James 4)

Honor Him and He will honor you. Lift Him up and He will lift you up.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (James 1)

His Word is living! What are you troubled by today? Let Him transform your thinking through His Word. When you are troubled and frustrated, it’s easy to brood and harden our hearts and resist God and others in our lives. Don’t harden your heart. Instead, allow Him to love you.

If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10)

When we worship Him, our focus changes from self to Him. It’s hard not to focus on ourselves when we are troubled. But worship turns our focus to Jesus.

This week, read John 4.

Allowing Jesus to Love You

When Jesus

knocks on the door, do you open it, briefly hear what He says, then close the door and go about your business? Or is it more like this:

Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. (Revelations 3:20)

Many of us have seen the picture to the left… but it isn’t the original picture of Jesus knocking at the door. The original one (shown below) by Wm. Holman Hunt, is called “Light of the World.”

 

 

There’s no doorknob, and there’s quite a bit of weeds. The picture is dark (and even includes a bat!) — the only light comes from Jesus. Hunt used so much symbolism that he was criticized for making the painting “too Catholic.” Hunt said, “I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be by Divine command, and not simply as a good Subject.” The door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing “the obstinately shut mind.”

I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one can close; what he closes, no one can open. (Isaiah 22:22)

Don’t keep the door shut. As long as you’re breathing, there’s still time to open the door.