A Microscopic View of Trust

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A common Scripture that most of us know and have memorized is: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Most of us also know what trust is; but do we know the depth or the microscopic view of what it actually looks like? Follow along with me for a minute or two to zoom in on the beautiful pictures and meanings that this word paints for us to better understand what trust means and looks like.

The Hebrew word for trust is batach (pronunciation: butack), made up of three Hebrew letters: Beit, Tet, and Chet, בָּטַח . Here, we are going to break down the definitions, gematria (numerical values), representations, and meanings of each letter. The first letter, Beit, is a representation and picture of a house, and has a value of two. The Tet has a pictograph of a snake coiled up inside of a basket, and it has a numerical value of 9. Tet can have a representation of two possibilities of man – good or evil. You can reflect upon your life and decide if you are allowing the enemy to control your inner being (thus reflecting the pictograph of Tet), or bowing down to Your Creator in submission (other pictograph of Tet). Last, the letter Chet has a pictograph of a wall or fence and has a gematria of eight. Chet is also the letter that represents life. Now, when we put each of these pictographs and representations together we get this: the house (us, the temple) of good or bad character, bowing in submission to the Creator, creating a fence of protection, which brings forth a new perspective of life. When we are in complete submission (a character of trust), God grants us the privilege of new beginnings (the meaning of the number 8), and helps us understand more clearly how to place our trust in Him.

Now, each of these letters that make up the word, batach, contains either a letter Vav (וֹ) or Zayin (זֵ) within each letter. For example, the first letter Beit (בָּ) has an integrated Vav within itself. In addition, the letter Tet (טַ) has an integrated Zayin, and so on. These two letters, Vav and Zayin, are what make up the entire word batach, so to speak. A Zayin is a representation of the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians. 6:17). It also can have the image of a crowned Vav, which represents Yeshua (Jesus). It has a gematria of seven, which is the number of perfection. In addition, the Hebrew letter Vav, has a pictograph of a nail or peg. It represents the nail that Yeshua our Savior and crowned King took for us on the cross. This letter has a gematria of six, which is the number of man. Stay with me! Adding to the depth of this, the very definition of perfection, Yeshua, who took the nail (sacrifice) for mankind, is the very same One that holds our trust. If there was no Vav (nail) or Zayin (crowned One, God’s Word) to hold up the other letters that make up the word “trust”, there would be no trust! In other words, Vav and Zayin are the structure of that word. This paints a picture in my mind of someone nailing a decree of some sort onto a wall for everyone to see. The Word of God and the sacrifice of His Son has to be stamped into our hearts and be the very set foundation for us to put our trust in Him. How can we trust if we first do not have a firm foundation in the very One from whom we came from? Just as those two letters are the structure for which all the other letters rely upon within the word trust, so also should the same structure be for us in our individual walk with God to fully put our trust in Him. When we can have this understanding, I believe we can fully trust Him with all of our heart, not leaning on what we think trusting God looks like, but rather, understanding and believing what has already been established and placed inside of our hearts. If we can acknowledge that, then His Word will stay true; He will direct our path.

 

2 Kings 18:5, “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah; nor who were before him.”

Psalm 4:5, “Offer sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.”

Psalm 9:10, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You: for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

 

 

The Relationship of Faith and Works

 

Hebrews 11:6 states, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” NIV

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” NIV

Faith is a trust in God, an assurance and belief of something that we cannot see or feel in the physical sense. A step of faith is taking the next step not knowing what is coming or what you’re walking into. It’s establishing a firm foundation of trust in your relationship with God. God often tests us, using faith in our walk with Him. More often than not we fail those tests, because they are “too hard” or “impossible” to overcome. We let our own reality and vision of things take over to cloud our mind, rather than His unknown reality that we have yet to discover in the moment, because we didn’t have enough faith. This will make us vulnerable to the enemy, thus crushing the faith that we once had, forcing us to start from the beginning of building a trusted relationship with our Creator. Do we want this? Of course not.

What are works? What are good works, verses bad works? “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV Having and displaying good works is putting your faith into action by keeping the commandments of God, believing and acting on His promises, and being a light to those around you. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NIV God has commandments for us to follow. We don’t have to understand how they work or why they are there, but they are there to exercise our faith, and keep our relationship with Him strong, healthy, and profitable. If we can do these good works that He has so graciously allowed us to walk out, we will begin to reap the harvest that will be bountiful in fruit. What are bad works? Well, it’s pretty obvious. Bad works are works of the flesh; works of the enemy. “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galations 5:19-21 

Can we just live life trusting God and having faith that it will all be okay, or must we really apply our good works into the mix? Can God just accept my faith how it is? Why do I have to apply works to my faith? “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?” James 2:14 Later in verse 20 we read, You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” NIV Whoa, what an example! God tested Abraham’s faith to see if He would obey. Abraham had such a trusted relationship with His Father, that He entrusted His firstborn son to be sacrificed, if it was God’s will. That’s an exercise of faith alright! Abraham put his faith into action, by trusting that God knew what He was doing, and obeying His command. I can imagine the kind of emotion, feeling and hurt that Abraham must have gone through for a moment, being in complete shock of what he was about to do. The result of his work (the sacrifice, obedience) was that his faith was completed. He passed the test. He was in the will of God. What parent could sacrifice their own son for the sake of pleasing and being in the will of their God? This, my friends, is the kind of faith that I not only want, but need. 

Here’s the bottom line. Faith is a beautiful tool to unlock God’s will. In addition, walking out His good works is an amazing way to create a stronger relationship with God and be in accordance with Him. But it is not possible to have one without the other! “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” James 2:26 NIV Let’s strive to add more works to our faith. We cannot rely on Him to do all of the work. He gave us the formula, if you will, the step-by-step guide on how we should walk out our faith. When those tests come, act upon that faith! Be humble, submit, and sacrifice if you need to, in order to have a strong, healthy, firm foundation of trust with your heavenly Father. All of your steps are ordained. You have a calling. Walk it out, exercise that faith, starting with trust. Just like you would build a friendship upon trust, build that relationship with God out of bricks of faith and trust, so that when the enemy tries to knock down those walls, you will be ready knock him down because you were strong and able enough to use not only your faith in God, but the works as well. When those two come together, there is no room for the enemy to persuade you the other way.

 

Give Me Faith

 

My Prayer Today

This is my prayer and I think it should be yours also:

Dear Heavenly Father I come before You right now and thank You for the giving of Your spirit. I ask that You would forgive me of my sin and help me to honor You more and more each day. Keep me in the shadow of Your wings, and help me to stay focused on what You have for me and my future. I know that You have ordained my path, and I trust You with what has been laid before me. I pray that You would help me to press forward in honesty, humility, transparency, Love and Truth. Help me to always put You first. Let me not be selfish in my ways, oh God, but help me to return to others what You have given to me. You are holy, You are righteous. There is none higher than You, my God. Abba Father, reach out Your mighty hand of healing to raise up the sick, renew dead souls, and restore broken hearts. Raise up Your disciples, Lord, so that we can be a light unto the nations. Protect the abused children, wrap Your arms around the orphaned. Save the unborn children, bless the broken mothers. You are the miracle Maker, You have the power to redeem. Rise us up, Oh God, teach us Your holy Ways. Help me to hide Your Word into my heart, and walk it out daily. I want to be faithful in Your sight. I NEED to fulfill my destiny so that You, Abba, can call me Your good and faithful servant; so that YOU can be blessed and pleased. Your achievements need to be my achievements. Your will needs to be my will. What I want and desire does not matter in this life. All I want and desire is for You to take over, for You to have control, and for You to be the center and sole purpose of my life. I know, God, and choose to believe that I am worthy in your sight. I choose to believe that You love me, that I have a purpose. Thank you for all that You do for me and my family. I may not feel You moving right now in this moment, but I choose to walk in faith and believe that You are ALWAYS working on my behalf to keep me safe, to keep me pure, and out of the enemy’s way. And when the enemy does come, I choose to believe that when those tests and trials come, I am made stronger and a better person through the process, which is what I want. I need to have the mindset of always trying to better myself, always striving to be a better person. So thank you, God, for helping me and teaching me to do more and be more. I love you, God.

My Prayer For You

How To Receive God’s Love

For many of us we can receive a gift or compliment with gratitude, be happy about it, and move on. There are others who don’t know how to take such gestures, so they just silently (or perhaps verbally) reject them and move on. I will tell you that I am one of those people who falls into the category of finding it difficult to accept a gift or compliment simply because I don’t feel deemed worthy enough to accept. This person did a very nice thing for me. Why can’t I just say thank you and accept? What about when it comes to the love of God. Do we ever have a hard time receiving His love? Do we even know when we reject or accept it?

I feel like we know how to give our love to God more than we know how to receive it. Perhaps that’s just me. But if you think about it, we can’t love, unless we know what love is, and have accepted it into our heart. 1 John 4:8-9 states, “The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” HCSB So when we accept Yeshua into our life, we are accepting love because He is love. All of the promises of God, all of the blessings and commandments are acts of love. 1 John 5:2-3, “This is how we know that we love God’s children when we love God and obey His commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden,”. He gave those commands to us to keep so that we are protected and kept from harm’s way. It is an act of love for us so we can stay pure and holy in His sight. And in return, if we follow those commandments, we are showing God our love for Him. So in a way, when we follow the commandments, we by default accept God’s love. For example, a parent makes certain rules/regulations for their children to follow by so they don’t get hurt. If those children abide by the rules, they are accepting the “unseen love” that they will later appreciate. They will later understand that those rules (or commands) were put into place purely out of love and protection.

So one way to receive God’s love is to simply follow what He says; obey His commandments. Strange concept, but it’s a beautiful picture. Another way to accept the love of God is an easy, five letter word. Can you guess? It’s faith! There are times when we simply will not understand God or His love. We can’t comprehend Him; He is beyond our understanding. So a lot of times we have to take what He says to heart, and apply a little faith. When God promises not to harm us but to give us a hope and future (Jer. 29:11), how can we receive that blessing of love if we are going through a living flame of fire? We simply have to believe and pray by faith to receive the promises of God. Those are promises of His love, and gifts of His Spirit. They are not to be rejected, but rather taken in by faith. We don’t have to understand why He loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son to die on our behalf (John 3:16). We don’t have to comprehend how we are projected valuable and worthy enough to even receive His love. We just have to trust that we deserve His love, no matter what we’ve been through. We have to believe that His love will never fail, nor give up. Learn the beauty of receiving God’s love and how effective it can be to your life. Recognize that His love protects, honors, cherishes, and gives grace. It’s the most beautiful kind of love that anyone could receive.

I encourage you to listen to this song, even if you’ve heard it before. One thing will always remain: His love.

https://youtu.be/6_KXsMCJgBQ

Thought Of the Day – Silence the Hastiness

“Do not be quick with your mouth nor hasty in your heart to utter a word in God’s presence. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth – therefore, let your words be few.” Ecc. 5:1 TLV What does this verse mean to you? So if we “utter a word in God’s presence”, we are saying a prayer. We are lifting up our cares and desires to Him. Why must we not be hasty in our prayers? What does it mean to be hasty with our words? And why should our words be few? Let’s get some answers to these questions.

“And it will come to pass that before they call, I will answer, and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” Is. 65:24 So God is saying that before we even utter a word, our prayers are answered. In this sense, He is always listening; He is an all-knowing God. Silence can be rewarding if you handle it the right way. There are times and situations when you need to remain silent and bite your tongue so as not to make the situation worse. “One with knowledge restrains his words, and a discerning person stays calm. Even a fool, who keeps quiet, is considered wise, discerning, if he seals his lips.” Pr. 17:27-28 I do not believe that it is wrong to fall on our knees for days in prayer, completely beseeching God. But, I think it is important to find a balance, because we don’t need to come to Him explaining what’s going on, and repeating ourselves over and over again. His scripture states that He already knows what we are going to ask *before* we ask! So I think it’s important to come to Him with a heart of humility and cry out to Him in prayer, but not trying to pray a “perfect” prayer, or make sure you are saying it a certain way, or using the correct words, etc. Our job is not always to speak hastily, trying to get something sent to the receiver. It is to listen. If we are too busy uttering word after word after word, where does that leave room for Yahweh (God) to speak and answer? Let me submit to you that sometimes we won’t receive an answer from God unless we remain quiet enough to let Him move and speak. “…For God is in heaven, and you are on earth.” Yes! God is in heaven. HE is higher, He has the voice to declare what should and shouldn’t be. His voice is the only one that matters. Now, don’t take me the wrong way. Our voice matters here on earth if it’s making a positive difference. But when it comes to prayer, sometimes in order for us to hear from Him, we have to be quiet long enough to hear Him speak. It won’t always be a direct answer. His answering of prayers can come in many different ways. Now, I don’t say all of this to say that prayer isn’t important. I’m simply talking within the context of this verse. We should absolutely come before God in prayer. The power of prayer is a completely different topic! God doesn’t want us to be hasty in our speech. If we are discerning with our words, and are slow to speak, we will allow there to be room for Him to work. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24