TRUSTING GOD COMPLETELY

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

Kenwood Fellowship Church
April 26, 2015
Ken Bashford, Pastor

Message –“Trusting in God, Completely”
Scripture Reading: Acts 5
Memory Verses
Isaiah 26:3-4
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
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A mind at rest, perfect peace, regardless what is happening in his/her world. To be able to not only survive, but to thrive where we live, work, go to church. Not being weighed down or held back because of the family you came from, the circumstances of your past, or you lack of opportunity that some have enjoyed but you did not. TRUSTING GOD, completely with your thoughts, and actions, submitting to God’s directing because He loves you and wants the best for you and because He knows what is best because He knows what lies ahead in the future.

The story of Ananias and Sapphira is a story of weak trust, half trust, in fact no trust in God. Both this husband and wife wanted to follow Jesus-they wanted what He offered them, what the spiritual community offered them, but their commitment and trust in God to fully provide was weak at best and completely lacking at worst. They had some property, they sold it and gave the money to the apostles to use for ministry, but they lied about the amount of the sale. They sold the property for a larger sum of money than they gave to the apostles but lied and told them that what they gave them was the sale price.
[the tragedy of this story is that this couple was not obligated to give any certain amount, they could easily have told the apostle that the money they were giving was only a partial of the sale price without any criticism or obligation] but they together chose to lie about the amount, to make it seem like they were giving all, when in fact, their lack of trust in God’s provision, caused them to hold some back. As a result both of them fell dead and were buried.

The power of the Holy Spirit became more and more apparent as the apostles reached out to more and more people [the more they counted on, trusted and used the power of God in them, the more that was accomplished and the more confident in God they became]

The apostles continued to go to the Temple and tell people about Jesus, and they were empowered by God to perform all kinds of healing, both physical and spiritual. The high priest and leaders of the Sanhedrin had them put in jail, but at night an angel of God came and opened the doors, so the next morning the apostles were once again at the Temple teaching about Jesus. [not knowing that the apostles had been freed during the night, the Sanhedrin met the next morning and sent for the prisoners. When the captain of the guard arrived at the prison, he found the cell doors still locked and the guards on duty, but no prisoners inside].

Once again the apostles were arrested and this time immediately brought before the Sanhedrin. The chief priest confronted the apostles concerning teaching about Jesus after they had been told not to by Chief Priest. Peter response was that he was more obligated to obey God than to obey man, and he told the leaders of the Sanhedrin that the Jesus they killed on the cross was the Son of God and was now back in heaven seated at His right hand.

The apostles were sent from the room while the leaders of the Sanhedrin tried to decide what to do, as the arguments went back and forth, one of the leaders of the Pharisee’s stood up and told the council to be careful how they dealt with these men because if there message was manmade it would cease, fail, but it if it were from God, they could not stop it and they could find themselves in opposition to God. The leadership decided to have the apostles flogged, to tell them to stop teaching this message of Jesus, then they let them go. Peter and the other apostles continued to teach that Jesus was the promised Messiah

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Additional Bible Verses to Review
Psalm 9:10
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 22:4-5
In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
Psalm 32:10
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
Psalm 37:3-6
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Psalm 125:1-2
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.
Psalm 118:6-9
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me .It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.
Psalm 125:1-2
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.
Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
Isaiah 12:1-2
You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.
Jeremiah 17:5-8
Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come .He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.