Presented on 1/31/2016 by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance
This is one fearless guy.
Few of us would be brave enough (or insane enough) to run that course. And while it’s good to have a well-reasoned fear of events like this, it is a bad thing to make your life-decisions from the platform of fear.
Faith – it’s an important concept in our relationship with God, right?
For years, I believe the opposite of faith was doubt. But these days, I feel the opposite of faith is fear. Fear and mistrust go hand in hand. So if I am afraid, I probably am struggling to trust — maybe even to trust God.
Think of the places you are most afraid. I am afraid when I drive in the snow. Not because of myself. I trust my own driving. I am afraid because I don’t trust other drivers. If I trusted them, I’d have little fear. Lack of trust plays a major role in the life marked by fear.
The Bible teaches that perfect love casts out all fear. Why? Because love creates trust.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 6/29/2014 by Pastor Steve
Everyone knows that trust is essential to healthy relationships. I have to choose to trust my wife. She chooses to trust me. I trust those who lead our district and national offices, they trust us — the ones they lead. When that trust is violated or refused, the relationship suffers, and unless we’re willing to risk trusting again, there’s little hope.
The Bible teaches that we are to trust God. Without faith, or trust, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). That makes perfect sense when you consider that what God desires isn’t faith for the sake of faith, but trust for the sake of a relationship. Relationships live and die on trust.
Many people, even Christians, have trouble trusting God. Oh — they will trust Jesus’ death to pay for their sins, but beyond that, they fear that God is out to make them miserable. When they receive a blessing, a thought — “just wait, something bad will happen now” — sprouts up in the back of their mind. And when they feel they are getting back on their feet, they secretly wonder, “When will God pull the rug out from under me?” This distrust is pagan. And it’s destructive.
Jesus gives us every reason to trust him. And in this podcast, we see him presenting a child as a object-lesson of his trustworthiness. If you’re wondering if you can really trust him, listen closely. ~Pastor Steve