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Good things happen when you trust God


To trust God takes more than lip service. It requires strong faith, dedication and confidence; and knowing within your heart that God loves you and He wants to help. And only He alone can help. Many Christians think one has to be a follower of Jesus Christ for God to help you. Wrong. Some people follow Jesus, yet they do not trust God.

Learning to trust God takes some form of transformation which could take years to develop. But it could also take a moment or an occurrence of some sort. For instance, from all accounts, neither the Centurion nor his dying trusted worker referenced in Luke 7:1-10 were followers of Jesus. Still yet the Centurion was confident that Jesus could heal his worker. So, he sent for Him.

But while Jesus was on His way, the Centurion exercised strong faith. He sent word telling Jesus to stay put, “I am not worthy to have you under my roof”. He then suggested Jesus just say the word, from where he was, and his servant would become whole again. Jesus then commented that He had never seen such strong faith.

And the woman with an issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48), proved once again that good things happen when you trust God. Perhaps she learned about Jesus through friends and relatives. Still, she believed that her age-old problem would get solved if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.

Friends, contrary to popular belief, extraordinary things happen when you trust God. And you need not be a follower of Jesus before tribulation comes. Like the Centurion, you can confess your unworthiness to Him in that dark moment, and life changing results will happen.

Of course, it is better to have an ongoing sincere relationship with God before trouble starts. That way you will be more confident that the God you serve and trust will deliver you.

The three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3), had a relationship with God. So, when Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon threatened to throw them in a furnace seven times hotter than usual for failure to worship his golden image, they never flinched.

The boys were trusted servants, so the king gave them the option to escape his wrath. But they refused. Instead, the group told the king that they would not worship his gods or bow to his golden image. And they were confident that their God would deliver them.

The Bible says Nebuchadnezzar commanded his mightiest soldiers to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. But something extraordinary happened. Instead of three men, the king saw four men walking in the midst of the fire unhurt. Those boys knew whom they serve. And they knew the God of their ancestors never fails.

Indeed! Good things happen when you trust God. Not just for your benefit. But also for the glory of God. Nebuchadnezzar would later embrace the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday?


Sunday, March 24th is Palm Sunday in Christian tradition. Today Christians all over the world celebrate the day Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on a donkey to shouts of, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as “Passion Sunday,” marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. Today is call Palm Sunday because the crowds covered Jesus’ path with branches of palm leaves as He rode by on the donkey. It was a joyous welcome.stdas0760[1]

The biblical account of Palm Sunday can be found in Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; and John 12:12-19.

Matthew 21:1-11
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what (Zechariah 9:9) the prophet foretold five hundred years earlier.

“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. An extremely large crowd spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the city got stirred up and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”