Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart

I have never given my testimony before, or even written it down, but the Lord impressed upon me that it was time to do so. So this is my testament of how I accepted Jesus into my heart and learned to trust God as my Heavenly Father

 I have always been thankful that I grew up in a Christian home. Two wonderful parents, that were a shining example of Christ, in word and deed. We always went to church, Sunday mornings to Sunday School then church service. When we were young, Dad would go to church for the evening service, but mum would have church with us in the living room.  We would sing our favourite songs and then mum would tell us a story. I cherish those times.  

Friday night the church had a children's program called "Happy Hour". I am sure that there were other speakers, but the one night I remember in my mind and heart was the night that Mr. Parlaine told us the story of the Prodigal Son with flannel-graph.  I was only 5, but I remember it clearly. I was too shy when he asked

if anyone wanted to accept Jesus into their heart...but I wanted to so badly. So when I got home I asked my sister Carolyn, who was only 8, if she had Jesus in her heart and she said yes. So I asked if she would pray with me. So we knelt down by the bed and prayed and I asked Jesus into my heart. That night changed my life. Even at that age, I knew that something was different.

 

One night I had a bad dream, and I remember going in to my parents room.  Both were asleep.  I tried to wake my mom, but she didn't hear me.  So I cuddled up in the chair beside the bed. She must have sensed me there because she turned over and asked why I was there. I told her and this is what she said. "You go back to your room, and you pray and ask God to take the dream away, and help you to sleep." Reluctantly I did. I really wanted to snuggle in with her. But it was the best thing she could have said. As young as I was, it was a transforming night for me.  I prayed and I asked the Father to take away the bad dream, and that I would never dream a bad dream again, and to help me go to sleep. He did and I fell asleep. That was the beginning of my journey of learning to go straight to God when I had a problem. And he has always been there for me.

 

When I got old enough, I got to go to Pioneer Girls, a wonderful group in our church that taught us the Bible during the week. This is where I learned a lot of Bible scriptures, that I memorized, and still know by heart today. We also learned the books of the Bible.  All of this was for points, but I now know that God's true purpose was to help us to learn the Bible. Little did I know at that time, just how much I was going to use that as I got older.

 

Looking back now I see how God's hand was in all of this, and just how important it would be to make me the Christian I am today, and how it literally saved my life more then once. God gave me a revelation of this, and that is what I want to share with you.

 

Two scriptures that I learned all those years ago have been a stronghold in my life. I didn't realize at the time, just how much. God knows what you need, way before you do, and way before it happens. These two scriptures have been the backbone of everything I have learned in my Christian walk and have become my life scriptures.

 

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 shall direct your paths.

 

Psalm 119:105 

Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

 

Little did I know that learning these scriptures as a young child, I was feeding them into my spirit. That every time I would say them, I was reinforcing their truths, making them a part of me. Instilling Faith and confidence in God, His Son and the Holy Spirit, and that they would be leading me and guiding me my whole life.

 

Having done a study by Dr. Caroline Leaf, I now understand how by repetition, we feed our mind and spirit, until it becomes a part of us.  Eventually becoming just a normal part of what we believe and speak. It will flow out of our inner most being.

 

John 7:38

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

 

When God showed me this I shared it with Tom. I was overwhelmed at the goodness of God and His love for me, and all of us that are His children. When we are little children, he knows our whole life, and will lead us along the path he knows we belong on, but we must be obedient and not stray from that path, in order to fulfill the plans he has for us.

 

If you take Proverbs 3:5-7 and meditate on it, I pray that God will give you the same revelation He gave me. Let's break it down so we can get a fuller understanding.

 

"Trust in the Lord, with all your heart."

 

Do you trust God no matter what? Can you place your life in His hands and know that He will never harm you? That He loves you, as much as He loves Jesus?

No that is not blasphemy, Jesus said it himself ...

 

John 17:23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

 

I trust God with my life, and the lives of my family. Putting them all into His hands was the easiest thing I have ever done. How? By taking the next part of that verse...

 

"And lean not on your own understanding"

 

Our understanding can get us into a lot of trouble. The mind will believe anything that is fed into it. So we need to feed it the Word of God, not anything else. If someone tells you something, don't believe it unless it lines up with the Word of God. I don't care how convincing or sincere it sounds. Our understanding is based on what we see, in the physical world around us. We need to be believe, based on what  the Word of God says.

 

Romans 3:3-4

For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.

 

Hebrews 11:1

By Faith We Understand

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Whatever we need, that pertains to life and godliness, God has already provided. If it promises life...it is God.  If it promises death...it is the devil.  Plain and simple!

 

John 10:10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

 

2 Peter 1:2-4a

2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature.

 

Many Christians do not understand this. But God has provided everything we will ever need to live. And not only promises but "Exceeding Great and Precious Promises" and through these promises, we have the divine nature of God in us!

 

Meditate on that for while and let it sink in! We have God living in us, and we in Him!

 

The next part of the verse.

 

"In all your ways acknowledge Him"

 

The definition of acknowledge means to state that something is real, factual or true.

To admit to be true or as stated; confess

To recognize the authority or claims of

 

No matter what the circumstances, stop and think of what God would have you to do and find it in the Word of God to be sure.  His Word has final authority!

 

Matthew 4:4

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

 

And after you Trust, don't lean on your own understanding and acknowledge Him as final authority...Then you are ready for him to direct your path.

 

"And He shall direct your paths."

 

And how does He direct your path?

 

Psalm 119:105 

Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path

 

Through His Word! Who is the Word?  Who is the Light?

 

John 1

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

 

John 1:14 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

Psalm 27:1a

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

 

John 8:12

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

 

1 John 1:5

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

So God is the Word! Jesus is the Word!

God is Light! Jesus is the Light!

The Holy Spirit is the Teacher

 

John 14:26

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

 

John 16:13

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

 

All three members of the Trinity will lead and guide us along our path, if we will obey them by obeying the Word!

 

Many times over the years, the devil has tried to steal my life. Some before I had a lot of knowledge of the Word, but God saved me from them all. So many times I have asked God...how come you made me so strong and hungry for your Word? And finally I listened for an answer...and He said this to me...

Because you came to me as a little child and have trusted me all of your life, that is your reward.

By learning these scriptures as a young child, I opened the way for God's protection in my life.

 

No wonder Jesus said this...

 

Mark 10:13-15

13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

 

Matthew 18:2-4

2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Some new words I have never heard before of a very old song.

 

Jesus loves me! This I know,

For the Bible tells me so;

Little ones to Him belong;

They are weak, but He is strong.

 

Refrain

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

 

Jesus loves me! This I know,

As He loved so long ago,

Taking children on His knee,

Saying, “Let them come to Me.”

Jesus loves me still today,

 

Walking with me on my way,

Wanting as a friend to give

Light and love to all who live.

Jesus loves me! He who died

Heaven’s gate to open wide;

 

He will wash away my sin,

Let His little child come in.

Jesus loves me! He will stay

Close beside me all the way;

Thou hast bled and died for me,

I will henceforth live for Thee

 

It doesn't matter how old you are, it is never too late to start to study God's word and memorize scriptures. 

As long as you come as a His little child, he will lead you along that path too.

Hide His Word in your heart...in your spirit.

 

Psalm 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

 

Isaiah 26:3- You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

 

This is me with my sister Carolyn that prayed with me to accept Jesus.

Carolyn on the left and me on the right.

 

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God Bless You!
 

By Judy Warren

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