Can You Pass the Trust Exercise?

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James tells us that faith without deeds is useless. When we see a friend in need of basic necessities, do we simply tell them how wonderful God is and He has a great plan for our lives. Although we give a true statement, it doesn’t help with the immediate need. James 2:17 confirms that faith by itself, if it isn’t accompanied by action, is dead. We have to do more than tell folks about God’s love, we have to show them by actually loving them. Abraham was a man of great faith. God tested his faith by telling Abraham to sacrifice his own son. I cannot imagine anyone doing this. Abraham’s faith in God was so strong that he believed God would raise Isaac from the dead once he obeyed. God did provide by sending another sacrifice to take the place of Isaac. God will challenge our faith to make us grow stronger. After God provided the sacrifice, Abraham knew that God would provide for his every need no matter how great or small. God wants us to depend on Him for all things. Our faith grows as we see how He provides. This is a basic trust relationship.
Sometimes God may want us to change our future plans. Maybe another child is added to the family. Maybe God places someone in our lives that needs encouragement or just to be loved. Even though we feel too busy or not able to give, God wants us to obey. When we do, we receive a blessing. Our faith grows as a result. How do you know what God wants you to do? Just like any relationship, we have to spend time with God by reading the Bible and praying to Him. God gladly gives us direction and wisdom when we ask. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).

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