PASTORAL POINT

PASTORAL POINT – “Rooted in Faith and Trust in God”
Psalm 1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or
stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but
whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law
day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever
they do prosper. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind
blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, or
sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the
way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Biblically, to be ‘rooted’ is to have Christ dwell in your heart by
faith and grounded in love be nourished, taught, and loved by God. And
put our trust in him for safety and salvation. Those who trust in the Lord
are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever, as the
mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from
this time forth and forever. (Psalm 125).

There are a great number of people who believe in God or believe
there is a God, but very few actually trust Him. To trust in God means to
be dependent on Him and no one else. Trusting in God is more than to
have a blind faith or belief; but it is to have hope, conviction, a
confidence, expectation and reliance on God for everything through his
mercy. ‘Mercy is simply receiving what you do not deserve.’ There is
a story about a young man who was court marshalled before Napoleon
and sentenced to death. The young man’s mother seeks out an audience
with Napoleon and pleads for mercy. Napoleon replies “Madam your son
doesn’t deserve mercy.” “Lord” she said, “if he deserved mercy it
wouldn’t be mercy!” God’s mercy is not earnt or warranted in any way,
shape or form. The young man was pardoned. (Author unknown). Mercy is the outcome of God’s grace.

If mercy is simply receiving what you do not deserve, then grace is simply the act of offering to you what
you don’t deserve through an act of faith. For without faith it is impossible to trust in Him. To trust God means to be dependent on Him and no one else. Trusting in God must be more than a religious saying or cliché; we have to live a life that demonstrates our trust in Him through our faith in Him.

The Christians faith is a gift from God. We must never consider faith as a theological transaction where God saves us by grace, as we muster up faith to believe in Him. Both grace and faith have their origins with God
and are bestowed upon us as a gift from God. (Act 1:2). The world may see faith as an irrational commitment to something in spite of strong evidence to the contrary. The Christian’s faith is far removed from this irrational
faith of the world. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1).

The truth is that we can and must rely on God in every situation in life. Times that just don’t make any sense in human terms; we need to trust in God. The more senseless life becomes the greater our need to trust in God.

We must hold nothing back and surrender to God all that we are, all that we have, all that we may become because without the presence and guidance of God we will go nowhere. Far too often in life we become completely focused on the trials and difficulties of life and we lose our focus on Christ. God can get us through the most impossible situations, but we must keep our focus and trust on Him. God is conscious and concerned about us. (1 Peter 5:7). And God is consistent and capable to do far more that all can think or imagine. (Eph. 3:20). Amen.

Amen, Pastor Baptista

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