Feb. 17, 2002


Volume 12 - Number 7     

Can God Trust Me?

The most important thing God has given you is your ability to choose your actions. Can God trust you with the ability to choose right from wrong free will. Can God trust you at school this coming week to go where you are supposed to go and do what you’re supposed to do? Can God trust you at work to be honest and faithful? Can God trust you, when you’re at home and nobody knows what you’re doing? Can God trust you when you’re away on a trip and nobody knows you’re a Christian?

There’s a funny thing about us. We have a tendency to want God to trust us in the areas we have not yet been, rather than in the areas we already are. We treat God like we treated our parents. We asked our parents, "Can I go to Squid’s party? It will be over at 11:45". The parent says "Why should I trust you to stay out until 11:45 when you didn’t make the 10:30 deadline I gave you last week." The response is, "Yes I know I didn’t make it then, but this time it’s going to be different, I just know it will." But why?

How many of us have tried a similar snow job on the Lord? God you can trust me with anything! That’s one of Satan’s great lies. SAUL could not be trusted with seeing someone else being praised. SAMSON could not be trusted with women. ANANIAS & SAPPHIRA could not be trusted with wealth. If we are smart, all of us should recognize we cannot fully trust ourselves to handle any and all situations.

Some of us are still walking in the Lord today, not because we can handle any and all temptation, but because the Lord has not allowed some temptations to come our way. When God does allow temptations of any form to enter our paths, can God trust us to do the right thing, or do we first look to the right and then to the left to see if anyone else is looking?

Each time we fail to show ourselves faithful, we miss out on something God wanted us to have. Jesus put it this way,

"He who is faithful (trustworthy) in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust (untrustworthy) in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?"

God wants to give most of us far more than what we have, but we’ve not demonstrated to God that we can be trusted with what He wants to give. Proverbs 15:3 says,

"The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good."

Keep in mind - before we sin, we are in control of the circumstances and the choices we make. After we sin, we will always be at the mercy of someone else. Sin truly does make us someone else’s slave.

When we face temptation, let’s not ask, how can we get away with it. Instead let’s list all the things which will happen to us, once we get caught. Sin is never as attractive when we go through all those steps. We are all sitting in church this morning where we ought to be , but God throws out the question to us, "Where have you been since the last time you were here?" "Where have your actions taken you?" "Where have you been in the secret corridors of your heart?" You see, we don’t always have to go somewhere to leave the presence of God. Can God trust us to be honest with Him about where we have been?

God is asking each of us this day, Is this the time to be taking, and thinking only of yourself, your enjoyment, your pleasure, and what you feel you want to do. When Jesus issued us a call to come follow Him, he told us to keep things in proper perspective by seeking first the kingdom of God and then allow God to add the other things in our lives. God can not trust many of us because we go first after the things, and then if anything is left over, we will give it to God or then have time to seek God. Don’t think we can live in that manner forever. Don’t think simply because it appears we got away with it that everything must be all right. Sometimes we might not get a second chance to make things right. Our whole world may come tumbling down. We may lose the respect of those from whom we desire it the most.

But keep in mind that in Jesus Christ we can begin again where we are now. Our past may keep us from reaching the original heights that God intended. But we do not know how high we may yet go in God and in life, if we make our confession a clean one, and begin today to show God, we are willing to earn his trust by being faithful in the small things at home, at school, at work, and in those times and places in which we think we won’t get caught.

Jesus is the master of our lives, let’s submit ourselves to doing what He requires of us.


"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
Colossians 3:17

Some expressed an interest in making a special contribution to the Building Fund. Envelopes will be made available in the foyer for those who would like to make a special contribution.

The contribution on each 5th Sunday will be placed into the Building Fund. The next 5th Sunday will be March 31st.

Also, please note that the budget has been raised to $ 2000.00 per week. Each family is asked to consider the new budget and the building program as they purpose what they will give.



AM SERMON:
Do I Trust God?
Proverbs 3:1-10
PM SERMON:
Absalom
2 Samuel 13:1-39


Please see Ted if you can help teach.

You may trust the Lord too little, but you can never trust Him too much.

UPCOMING AREA EVENTS

Ladies Day
March 16, 2002
Orange Street Church of Christ
Speaker: Joyce Kidwell Stearsman

Sign-up Sheet on Bulletin Board

Gospel Meeting
February 22-24, 2002
Lithia-Pinecrest Church of Christ
Speaker: Paul Curless

 

SERVICE OOPPORTUNITIES

 

Remember in Prayer

Announcements:

 Wayne Vowell

 

Frank Small
Walt & Jeanette Thompson
Michael Woods
Pansy McCord
Bill & Jeanne Sherman
Melissa Keyso
Leslie Johnson
Virginia Law
V iola Morinier
Mary Kaupilla

Ushers:

 

 Delbert Leavens

 

Morning Services

 

Bible Reading:

 Kerry Keathley  

Songs:

 David Coffman  

Sermon:

 Ted Wheeler

 

Closing Prayer:

 Glen Law

 
     

Evening Services

 

Opening Prayer:

 Mike Weber

 

Songs:

 David Coffman

 

Sermon:

 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach

 
Our Record - Last Week

Communion

Attendance:
99
Delbert Leavens
Dale Schwartz - Dick Navarre
Mike Weber
Contribution:
$ 4687.00
Budget:
$ 2695.00
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