TRUST: Means to Believe

Since January, I have been posting about TRUST. Now that I have exhausted most of the applicable verses that use TRUST, I want to extend that thinking to reform our hearts and minds. Today, I submit TRUST: Means to Believe.

TRUST: Means to Believe. When we TRUST, we open our minds to accept what God has communicated to us about our circumstance, issue, or problem. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word for believe in Genesis 15:6 is ‘aman which means to figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain;

After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
    I am your shield,[a]
    your very great reward.[b]

But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”

He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[a] be.”

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”

If you have ever explored anything about the Christian faith, you know it has its origins in Judaism. Abram or Abraham as he later was named is the patriarch of the Christian faith. The promise God made Him was ultimately fulfilled through Jesus Christ. More immediately, it referred to his son Isaac that was born to he and Sarah years after God made the promise to give him an heir of his own flesh. It is a true story of TRUST: Means to Believe.

TRUST: Means to Believe. In every situation where we are to believe, we must overcome some natural or physical barrier to belief. One does not have to TRUST or believe if they are not stretched beyond what they can see or know can be done by man. True belief requires us to have faith in the promise God has made to us even if we cannot see how it will be done or accomplished.

Abram, at the time the promise was made, was well past the age at that time for conception to occur. It seemed impossible. It was beyond what was natural or physically plausible, but that is what it means to believe. We see this passage expounded upon in Romans 4 where Paul explains the importance of what it means to believe.

18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[d] 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

To believe means that we are fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised. The challenge many of us face is that we misappropriate what God has promised. Then when God does not do what we think He should do, we defame or discredit Him. The promise only applies to those who belong to God. One who has not expressed faith in God through surrendering his/her life to Christ as Savior and Lord has no share or right in the promise of God other than for him/her to be saved. Once one becomes a child of God , God obligates Himself to that person. Then, the promises of God become not a hope but a right as extended by God.

TRUST: Means to Believe. God wants us to TRUST or believe in Him, so He can use us to build His kingdom, bring glory to Himself and to conform us to the image of His Son which is the purpose for every believer. The question is do you believe. The question is have you put your confidence or trust in Jesus. If you have, then you know that TRUST: Means to Believe. If you have not, I, along with the Father, invite you to believe in Jesus because you are persuaded that He has the power to do what He has promised.


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