The God You Can Trust (23 of 37) by John Barnett
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Series: Authentic Christian Living
Let's open in our Bibles to James 1. As you turn there, I want to remind you why we are looking here and what it is the Lord wants to teach us this morning. Very simply this: James is not writing his theological treatise to line the book shelves of some distant monastery where some theologs are studying some distant and verified truth about God. Rather he is writing to a group of people that are struggling with how to make it through their every day lives. They are struggling with the difficulties of materialism in Jerusalem in the middle of the first century. They are struggling with inevitable persecution that's going to come up on them. In fact they are scattered from Jerusalem at this time because of persecution. And in the midst of that struggle with their daily lives and their future lives, in chapter 1, look at verse 17 with me- this is what he says and he gives them something to hold on to.
James introduces us to the God we can trust in James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. NKJV
You know what he says to them- very simply? He said I want you to trust in the God that you can trust. I want you to put your trust in the One that doesn't change. I want you to stake your future on the One who will never shift or slide or slither out of the way- who will always be there. He will be there through the persecution, He will be there through the personal struggles, He will be there through the personal sacrifices, He will be there through the waning of your life. He says He will be there all the time. Trusting in God, the God we can trust. What a simple thought. Nothing profound but it is totally revolutionary to us.
Now let me explain something to you. Trusting God is something you can start doing this morning. In fact I am going to share wha ...
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