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Inflections 15-16 March 2014: TRUSTING GOD

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by Rev. Dominic Yeo

Many times we start off the year well with God, but slowly we get busier and increasingly rely on our own strengths.
The reason we start relying on more on our own strengths is because we do not entirely trust Him with our lives.
So, what does it mean to trust God?

In Proverbs 3:5-8, we are advised to trust in the LORD with all [our] heart, and do not lean on [our] own understanding.
In all [our] ways acknowledge him, and he
will make straight [our] paths.
Be not wise in [our] own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (ESV)

Trusting God is the most fundamental aspect of Christian life and how we go about it will determine our life’s experiences.

TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART

“Trust,” in Hebrew, means “to put our entire weight upon.”
When we stand up, we put our entire weight on the floor.
We never wonder whether the floor can handle our weight, but just assumes its ability in doing so.

Similarly, God asks us in Proverbs to trust in Him with all our hearts, putting our entire weight upon Him.
Trusting in the Lord is to trust in who He is-His character, His goodness and His faithfulness.
When we trust in the Lord, we offer a wholehearted devotion to Him.
With such devotion, our eyes look to Him and our hearts trust in Him during the different seasons of our lives.

When we choose not to trust Him, we lean on our own understanding instead.

LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING

To “lean”, on the other hand, is to “be supported.”
To lean on our understanding is to be supported by our own assessment or discernment of things, which may be what many of us are doing today.
When we lean on our own understanding, we give a half hearted devotion to God.
We give in and rely to our human nature, which is flawed and unreliable.
By doing this, we set up our lives for failure, disappointment and instability because we rely on a support that is bound to fail.

In verse 7, we are also  told not to be wise in our own eyes and to turn away from evil.
So, when we rely on our own understanding, we try to be wise and make ourselves susceptible to sin and obstacle in our lives.
Every time we do that, we choose not to acknowledge Him in our ways and our paths often seem obstructed.

ACKNOWLEDGE HIM IN ALL YOUR WAYS

All of us desire breakthrough in our lives. But how many of us acknowledge Him in everything we do?
Acknowledgement is more than just giving credit to God. It is making God known in our conduct.
In every task we do, we pray for His strength, do it with His excellence and give glory to Him-that other may know that He is Lord over us.

In Matthew 10:32, Jesus says if we acknowledge Him before others, He will acknowledge us before His Father in heaven.
When we make God known in all our ways, God will intervene and provide for us in every circumstance.
Like in Proverb 3:8, there will be healing to [our] flesh and refreshment for [our] bones. (ESV)

As we go about the rest of the year, let us put our trust in God, acknowledge Him in all that we do and He will set our paths straight, releasing up to a life of blessing and breakthrough in Him.

Posted April 17, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Dominic Yeo, Inflections

Pastor Dominic Yeo’s Sermon 15, March, 2014: When the Brook Dries Up

When the brook dries up.
Whenever we activate faith in God, something good happens: we will receive God’s attention.
Faith: putting one’s weight upon.

1 Kings 17
This is the story of faith. The brook dried up because there was no rain.
Initially we may receive blessing after blessing. Then one day, the blessing stops.

1.) When the brook dries up, faith knows God is up to something great.
God is good God. What God did in the past will ensure He will do in the present and the future.
The brook dried up, Elijah started to move.
When blessing stopped, we moved out of comfort zone as God has prepared a greater destiny.
We should not wallow in self pity.

2.) When the brook dries up, faith hears from God.
God loves to speak to His people, regardless whether we sin or don’t sin.
The ability to hear from God relates to proximity with God. God isn’t gonna shout over TV set.
We should come into a place of solitude so we can hear God’s small still voice.

3.) When the brook dries up, faith walks to the blessing.
God has a destiny. We should walk there.
Elijah might not want to Zarephath as it is the hometown of Jezebel. It is unlikely place.
Widow is the lowest in the economy. It is the unlikely person.
God’s economy means even the a poor person can supply.

4.) When the brook dries up, faith sees God’s work accomplished even before it happened.
Do we see it in the spirit? Faith sees what I have and not what I wish for.
There is always a challenge for life. But, God is able.

You can purchase his sermon here:
http://www.theinkroom.com.sg/when-the-brook-dries-up-15-mar-2014.html

Posted March 20, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Dominic Yeo, Sermon