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Importance of trust

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Scripture emphasises the importance of putting one’s trust in God. This trust, which is nurtured by an understanding of God’s revealed truth, finds expression in a life lived according to his purpose. There are examples in Scripture of proper trust being placed in other people.

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Introduction To Trust

This morning we’re going to look at a Proverb, which deals with a biblical principal that I believe every Christian must have a firm understanding in.
And that principal is trusting.
And trusting is a principal that we seemed to understand as Children, yet struggle with as adults! (Elaborate)

Trust in God’s power and strength

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2 Timothy 1:12 ESV
12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.
Exodus 14:31 ESV
Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.
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Trust in God’s unfailing love

Psalm 13:5 ESV
But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
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Trust in God’s salvation

Isaiah 12:2 ESV
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
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Trust nurtured by God’s revealed truth

Proverbs 22:19–21 ESV
That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you. Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge, to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
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Expressions of trust in God

Praise and worship

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Perseverance in faith

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Holding on to God’s promise

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Jesus Christ’s trust in the Father

Luke 23:46 ESV
Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
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King Hezekiah’s trust in God

2 Kings 18:5–7 ESV
He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him; wherever he went out, he prospered. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and would not serve him.
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Further examples of trust in God

Ruth; the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; Daniel; the meek and humble; members of the NT churches

The results of trusting in God

Peace

Isaiah 26:3–4 ESV
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
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Security

Psalm 37:3 ESV
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
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Protection from danger

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Freedom from fear

Psalm 27:1 ESV
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
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Prosperity

In the OT material prosperity is often seen as a sign of the spiritual wealth that belongs to those who trust God; ;

Strength

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Physical life

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Trust in people

God’s servants entrusted with responsibility

1 Corinthians 4:1–2 ESV
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
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Trust at home and work

A good wife gives her husband confidence; Employees should be trustworthy.

Examples of trusting others

Genesis 39:4 ESV
So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.
See also ; Moses to be trusted by Israel; the gatekeepers appointed by David and Samuel; Nehemiah is trusted by Artaxerxes to return to Jerusalem; Daniel given responsibility; Paul’s confidence in Epaphroditus; Timothy to find others to be entrusted to teach the gospel

Continued trust in those who fail

God re-appoints Jonah despite earlier disobedience.
See also Jesus Christ reinstates Peter after his denial; Barnabas gives John Mark a second chance.
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