A new energy source…
September 26th, 2019
NOTE: This devotional is a republish from June 6th, 2018. The content has been enhanced and amended to improve readability and content.
Anyone who is the least bit eco friendly is considering what alternative energy can and should mean to us. Green energy has transitioned from a mystery term into a cliché, but the purpose of the term has successfully turned our attention to the conservation of natural resources and the paramont thrust of that is to find energy sources that are clean, renewable, and cost efficient.
We as followers of Jesus, may overlook the tremendous power we have in our grasp, which the majority of us, never really tap into; Trust Power.
Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:30-31 (HCSB)
This has to be a favorite of many people. I know it is one of mine for sure.
As believers, our strength and endurance has nothing to do with us and has everything to do with the Lord in whom we trust. If we were asked to pick out one word in this passage that everything else hinges on it would be the word trust.
Trust is pivotal in our walk with the Lord. If you have never considered it, trust is a prerequisite of faith. The two may ignite in us in rapid sequence, but the fact of the matter is that we can’t have faith in anything or anyone, until such time as we place our trust first.
Just as conviction precedes repentance, trust precedes faith. You simply have nothing to repent of until the Holy Spirit convicts us of something; as soon as that happens we then have an obligation to repent. The sooner, the better!
It is similar with trust and faith; Jesus created us to have the ability to reason. We consciously or unconsciously reason that we place our trust in things. At times these things are proven out by our experience. Other times that trust is born out of understanding.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (HCSB)
When we come to an understanding that Jesus is the Son of God Almighty and He surrendered His life for us, bearing our punishment for our sins; then entombed in the grave He arose from death to triumph over both sin and death; just so he could impart His Grace on those who trust in Him; there is a reasoning that this trust is founded in truth and we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Those who know Your name trust in You because You have not abandoned those who seek You, Yahweh.
Psalms 9:10 (HCSB)
Faith kicks in and with the aid of the Holy Spirit then the heavy lifting of cross to follow Christ begins. But this begins with trust.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.
Matthew 16:24 (HCSB)
If we are experiencing an ineffective prayer life, it almost certainly can track back to a lack of trust. Some will say a lack of faith, but what we are talking about when we say ‘faith’ is that we don’t hold the faith (trust) that God is going to be interested in our supplication, or that God is too busy, or isn’t powerful enough.
All of these scream that we don’t trust God to be who He says He is, do what He says He will do, or follow through on the promises He has given us.
The other interesting thing that trust precedes is hope. Our investment in trust blossoms into faith and as faith takes hold we find the beauty of hope in Jesus. Hope in what he has done to redeem us. Hope in his promise that He is coming to take us home to live with Him and the Father forever. Hope that He will sustain us and provide that very power to soar as eagles upon the wings of His Grace.
For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Titus 2:11-13 (HCSB)
Trust in Jesus. Have faith in His Word and His Promise. Let us rise on the wings of His Grace filled with Hope that endures beyond anything the world has to offer. All of this is powered by the trust we have in the honesty and capability of our Lord and Savior.
Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.
Romans 12:12 (HCSB)
This is why too many Christians are lacking the power in their lives that they should be seeing. They don’t see the fruit being produced that should be more than a concept we read about. We should be experiencing this high efficiency, renewable, clean powersource that is “Trust Power”, each and everyday!