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trustEveryone goes through difficulties. There are, however, six(6) steps to successfully endure — “Trusting God” is the second (not the first1) step.

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed” (Psalm 37:3)

Trust, in this verse, is translated from the Hebrew word meaning “bold”, even “careless”.

Not a command to feel bold but to do good boldly. Feelings may be absent or even negative but choosing to get up and do the right thing is the act of trusting in the Lord.

This means if you have a job get up and go to work faithfully. If you have a family get up and be there for them — that’s trusting God, a choice, an act of faith, the second step to enduring difficulty.

Step #2: Trust in the Lord and do good.
– fritz
1. Step #1: Fret not, 02/21/2013;

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“Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.” — Jesus (Luke 10:3)

The world expects (demands) toughness — notice truck decals, group mascots, and projected personae.

Jesus sent out his followers with a different mental picture — lambs among wolves.

Sheep can at least bite but lambs have nothing! Lambs can’t even pretend to be tough!

How can a lamb survive? Having a good shepherd at his/her side.

We don’t have to play the world’s game nor fix our vulnerability. We follow our shepherd, trust his care, use our “shield of faith” (Eph 6:16) when the enemy zings us with fear — embracing our personal vulnerability with faith in his intervention.

– fritz

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Carefree

So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. – 1st Peter 5:6-7 (MESSAGE)

Living carefree is a choice

– fritz

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John Ortberg, in a little book called Waiting On God, tells of a lesson from The Flying Roudellas.

There are two primary people involved in a successful trapeze act — the “Flyer” and the “Catcher”. The Flyer is the one who lets go and the Catcher is the one who catches.

There comes a time for the Flyer to release, arc into the air, then wait as still as possible for the catcher to pluck him from the air.

The one thing the Flyer must remember is to “never try to catch the Catcher!” — wait as still as possible and trust the catcher to do his job. Waiting on God is a lot like that.

There is a certain vulnerability in letting go of old ways, things we know are not right for us, that which holds us back. There are long pauses, afterwards, where we feel as if we are just hanging there with nothing under us. But God is a good catcher if we let go in obedience, trust his word, and don’t panic in the process.

“They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” — Psalm 9:10

“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.– Psalm 5:11

“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” — Deuteronomy 33:27a

— fritz

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The Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, … So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley … Abram settled in the land of Canaan…

The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes … and there he built an altar to the LORD. — Genesis 13:10=18

We don’t always get the opportunity to make the decisions we want. Sometimes the smartest guys in the room take the best for themselves.

What appears to be an inferior situation, however, turns out to be the best opportunity when God is there.

Abraham was wise enough to know that; Lot was not.

— fritz

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Who’s In the Details?

Then spake Joshua to the LORD … Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. — Joshua 10:12-13

Moses’s successor, Joshua, was burning daylight with too much to do so he, according to the Bible, told the Sun to hold still until he could finish. Realizing how fantastic that seems, the reader is pointed to another source, the now lost book of Jasher.

Joshua didn’t try to figure out what all it would take for God to answer his prayer (earth rotation, gravity, etc) — he had a need, had faith, and spoke trusting God would work the details.

Sometimes we concern ourselves with too many details and reasons why not, rather than trusting God to work it all out.

Sound bite:God is in the details!”
Prayer: “Jesus, sometimes I get too smart for my own good and it robbs me from trusting your care and provision. Help me to trust you are handling the details for my needs. Amen.”

— fritz@langgang.com

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But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them – Psalm 5:11a

It it difficult to express in one language what another language is trying to convey — so it is with the little word, trust.

We think of trust as a feeling of confidence, but the Hebrews thought of it a slightly different way. This word literally means to flee for protection.

This is not presuming God will somehow step in if we need him to as we live our lives but us taking the initiative to figuratively run to Him for the right way to proceed, stepping cautiously as he directs.

Better to get his guidance and protection on the front end then asking him to clean up the mess and damage later.

— fritz@langgang.com

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