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Trust

You can’t get so hung up on where you’d rather be that you forget to make the most of where you are—-we got lost along the way, but we found each other. And made a life, a beautiful life, together.
Imagine everything you wanted you had, and then it almost came crashing down?
The character and nature of God is revealed through the stories of our lives.
IN this story today we discover how God is Trustworthy & Faithful
-Provides
-Upholds His Promises
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Notice how God provides and how the characters seek to provide?
Notice how God intervenes depending on the location and surrounding of the characters involved.
Notice how God works through our issues of trust & being trustworthy?
Overcoming our trust issues.
are—-we got lost along the way, but we found each other. And made a life, a beautiful life, together.
Overcoming our trust issues.
Signs of trust issues.
signs of trust issues.
-negative experiences (people or groups)
-betrayal
-lies
The lord provides.
Trust is the foundational value of a love relationship with God & one another
God works in spite of evil.
God delivers—in spite of evil (4 parts)
Jacob & Esau —family strife
Joseph-in spite of evil
Moses-overcoming darkness
-past hurts
-You assume betrayal. You assume someone has betrayed your trust even if you have no rightful reasoning. (We need to talk…)
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-You await betrayal. You assume someone will betray you in due time, despite how honest they have been in the past.
-You are overly protective. You are very protective of your loved ones, out of fear that they will become disloyal.
Joshua-against all odds
-You distance yourself from others. You decide it’s best to limit your relationships in order to avoid fears of betrayal or abandonment.
-You avoid commitment. No matter how much you care for someone, you refuse to commit yourself to him or her.
-You don’t forgive the smallest mistakes. You make a big deal out of nothing and it’s the end of the world if someone makes the slightest mistake.
-You are excessively wary of people. Everybody you meet you are extremely cautious and suspicious of.
-You feel lonely or depressed. Your fears have led you to isolate yourself from others and enter a state of depression.
Trust a foundational value of a love relationship with God & one another
“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” –Stephen R. Covey
If you have issues with trust, have had issues with trust, or are working through your issues of trust, I hope these stories invite you to consider new possibilities and to keep pressing into the spaces of hope and promises of God.
Trust a foundational value of a love relationship with God & one another
Living in Shalom
-God will provide a sacrifice (, , , )
Why do we not trust?
External circumstances? Or things brought on by ourselves.?
-God will provide a sacrifice
betrayal, abandonment, manipulation, traumatic events; learned at a young age (Trust vs. Mistrust) unpredictability of parents , environment of inconsistency, abuse, lack of parental integrity, trust destroyed by people that are critical, indifferent, or disrespectful (bullying)
meet needs consistently (Trust vs. Mistrust)
predictability of parents
environment of inconsistency
abuse
Identity vs. role confusion
Intimacy vs. isolation
Generativity vs. stagnation
Ego integirty vs. despair
lack of parental integrity
-judges
lack of parental integrity
trust destroyed by people that are critical, indifferent, or disrespectful (bullying)
Overcoming trust issues?
1) Stepping out in risk
2) face fears,
3) name traumatic events/betrayal/abandonment/,
4) coruage to fail forward
5) Ultimately, identify source(s) of reliability, truth, integrity
Trust a foundational value of a love relationship with God & with one another
As we enter into the realm of trusting God, trusting others, and becoming trustworthy people…is it possible this could be said of us?
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“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.” ---Bessie Anderson Stanley
Bessie Anderson Stanley
You have msiquoted it; but it's from a poem by Elisabeth-Anne "Bessie" Anderson Stanley titled  either What is success? or What Constitutes Success?
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it; Who has left the world better than he found it, Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; Whose life was an inspiration; Whose memory a benediction.
-kings
How many years did they wait? How many times did they ask God when he was going to fulfill his promises.
God is trustworthy by nature toward those who are not trustworthy by nature.
-prophets
He shows he is trustworthy to the untrustworthy, through the stories of our lives. If we are unfaithful, he is still faithful. If we are faithful, His faithfulness shines through all the more. He is guiding us into places of trusting him, this is called faithfulness & righteousness.
How do we respond to the trustworthiness and faithfulness of God?
Trust is the foundational value of a love relationship with God & one another
In the stories of our lives.
What do we do with the places He is not trustworthy? Or what gets in the way of trusting him?
Again in the story of scripture and in the stories of our lives.
I have struggled with trusting men.
I had a distant father, I was abused by a male family member, I was cruelty bullied by a group of boys in junior high, and ostracized by a high school teacher/basketball coach/pastor.
What’s the point of this series. Opening our eyes & ears to bear witness and speak to the stories of our lives redemptively!
We are able to go to the places as we speak to and bear witness of God’s redemptive activity revealed.
When we open our eyes and our ears to the stories of our lives, we allow the power of God to bring life, to overcome evil, to deliver, to save, to make holy, to fulfill promises, to bring into shalom
23 —Isaac (God will provide)
30 Jacob & Esau (God works through strife)
7 Joseph (What man meant for evil, God has turned into good)
14 -Moses (Overcoming the darkness—story of deliverence)
21 Joshua (Against all odds, walking through the lies we speak)
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Stories of gods provision
God works in spite of evil.
God delivers—in spite of evil (4 parts)
Jacob & Esau —family strife
Joseph-in spite of evil
Moses-overcoming darkness
Joshua-against all odds
Living in Shalom
-judges
-kings
-prophets
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