He Has Proven Himself

For You are my hope; O Lord GOD,
You are my confidence from my youth.
Psalm 71:5 NASB

God is the source of hope, and we can trust Him always. If we have trusted Him in the past, we can trust Him today and tomorrow.

He provides hope when circumstances appear hopeless. No matter what is happening to us, He has already proven His trustworthiness to us. He has always been and will always be faithful.

We have seen God’s provision and protection in our lives. We should trust Him more because He has already proven Himself.

Hope in God. Trust His faithfulness.

He is the source of hope. He is trustworthy and faithful. When we forget this truth, we often fall to fear, self-sufficiency, or hopelessness in the face of difficult circumstances.

We need God’s protection, provision, hope. He offers it to us. We must simply trust this One who has proven Himself eternally worthy of trust.

Pray this way:

I need faith, Lord. I need to trust You enough to give up the things I cling to – my sin, worldly security, my fleshly desires. Please God give me faith.

He’s proven Himself trustworthy and faithful by His gracious, sacrificial work on the cross. He will give us faith to trust Him. Then we will find hope in the Lord and not look for it in worldly things that do not provide it.

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He Is Faithful

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Psalm 55:22 NASB

If we trust God with our burdens, our trials, our suffering, He will take care of us. If we trust Him in difficulty, we still face difficulty, but it will not destroy us.

God will destroy those who are deceitful, those who seek to destroy His people – namely Satan, though this will apply to the unrepentant in the end. He defends and protects those who trust in Him. He brings us peace. He saves us when we call on Him. He hears the prayers of the righteous.

Those who trust God, the righteous, His children who truly believe will not be shaken, will not be destroyed by trial, difficulty, suffering. We will be made more like Christ – His strength is perfected in weakness.

Trust God at all times. Truly put your faith in Him. Then, when you call out to Him in need, Your trouble will be temporary, a refiner’s fire. It will strengthen you and not destroy you.

God protects His children, those who truly trust Him. He defends them, brings them through difficulty stronger, more Christlike. He answers their prayers. He saves those who call upon Him.

Ultimately, He is victorious over our enemy.

Are you afraid that true trial would shake you? Do you long to trust God more but know deep down that you yourself are limiting your faith.

(If we have even the tiniest faith, God will use it to do seemingly impossible things.)

It’s only by His grace that my faith can increase. If we received this truth, we would trust God in all things. We would not worry. We would face trials with courage because we would always remember that God can be trusted. He is faithful.

Why We Practice Religion

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
Psalm 51:17 NASB

What God truly wants from us, more than external ritual, is for our hearts and our spirits to be broken over our sin, for us to be truly sorrowful because we understand that our sin is an affront to, a rebellion against, an attack on God Himself. He won’t turn away from someone who is truly sorrowful over their sin.

Outward religious ritual, while commanded by God, is not the point. He wants us to understand why we practice the religion, why the sacrifices were necessary. He desires hearts that recognize Him for who He is and sin for what it is. He desires authentic recognition and true contrition.

Christ-followers are sinners saved by grace. When we sin, we break His heart, so our hearts should be broken. Perhaps you regret your sin, but you are still far from being sorrowful, contrite, broken-hearted over it.

God desires true contrition over our sin because a broken spirit and a contrite heart lead to true repentance.

We treat sin lightly, glibly. This, in turn, means that we don’t give Christ’s sacrifice on the cross the respect, the seriousness that it deserves. We don’t give God Himself the respect He deserves.

I need a broken spirits, hearts that are broken and contrite over our sin.

But this is not within our human nature. Christ must change not only our understanding of sin but our very nature, so that we see sin as the rebellion against God that it truly is. God wants to change us into the image of Christ. To be so, we need to be sorrowful and contrite over the things that make us unlike Him.

Pray simply this: “God, please break my heart over my sin.”