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The Choice to Trust

Series: Trusting God

Message: The Choice to Trust

Scripture: Malachi 3:7-12

 

Introduction: Over the past two weeks we have considered together two questions in relationship to our Trusting God. We asked; “Do I trust God?” and “Can God trust me?” Trust is a critical factor in every relationship. In our relationship with God through Jesus Christ we will each come to a line of choice. The line represents whether or not we will grow towards our full potential in Christ or move away from Christ. This line of choice and commitment is not a one- time event. Throughout our journey of faith we will continually be brought to this line of commitment. Each decision moves us either closer to God meaning spiritual growth or farther away which is described as shrinking back or even spiritual shipwreck. (Hebrews 10:39; 1 Tim. 1: 19)

As we continue to give consideration to our level of trust in God. I want to use an acrostic to help us. We will use the word Trust.

 

T = Take a personal inventory

R = Recognize God as your source

U = Understand God’s Principles

S = Surrender everything to God

T = Test God’s Promises

 

 

T = Take a personal inventory – (Psalm 139:23-24)

 

  1. Only God knows everything about us
  2. Only God can lead us correctly
  3. Taking inventory of our trust in God requires cooperation
  4. Note the personal pronouns in Proverbs 3: 5-10
    1. Word your used 11 times
    2. God does His part- we must do ours

 

R = Recognize God as your source (James 1:17)

 

  1. Proverbs 3:5 – God is your source of Wisdom
  2. Proverbs 3: 6-7 – God is your source of Direction – in all your ways – the opposite is being wise in your own eyes
  3. Proverbs 3: 9-10 – God is your source of Provision

 

U = Understand God’s Principles

 

Three potential reasons why believers are unfaithful as Stewards (time, talent, relationships, possessions)

 

  1. They do not think they can give and still meet their own needs
  2. They do not know how to give
  3. They do not plan to give

 

 

God’s Principles of Trust (10 total)

 

Principle 1 -The who’s in charge principle         (Romans 11: 32-36)

 

 

 

 

Principle 2 -The Give and Grow principle

 

  1. Practicing faithful stewardship produces spiritual growth
  2. Teaching about stewardship is not about raising money. It is about growing as Christ’s followers. It helps believers too:

 

  • Find their spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12: 7)
  • Increase their faith ( Malachi 3:10)
  • Be fruitful in God’s Kingdom (Matt. 25:14-30)
  • Receive blessings from others (Malachi 3: 10-13)
  • Be a blessing to others (Galatians 6: 6-10)
  • Lay up treasures in heaven ( Matt. 6: 20)

 

Principle 3- The do it now principle

 

Quote- “The person who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything” Samuel Johnson

 

Do it now questions

 

  • How long should a believer wait to know which gifts God has given him to serve in ministry?

 

  • How long should a believer wait to use these gifts in ministry?

 

  • How long should a believer wait before trusting God can use her in the building of His Kingdom?

 

  • Luke 16: 10 – reminder of being faithful in the little things

 

  • How should the reality of the Judgment seat of Christ influence a believer?

 

1 Corinthians 3: 13-14

 

2 Corinthians 5:20

 

Quote – “Procrastination is my problem it causes me endless sorrow. I know I need to change, perhaps I’ll start tomorrow.”

 

Principle #4 –The I’m in Debt principle

 

  • We are in debt to God- all we have has come from Him and belongs to Him- (Psalm 24:1)
  • We are in debt to those who need to hear the gospel (Romans 1: 14-15) (2 Cor. 5: 14-15)

 

Principle #5 -The fountain of youth principle

 

  • Quote – “We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.”

 

  • Matthew 10: 38-39 / Matthew 19:21

 

  • Through faithful stewardship you are investing in eternity (1 Timothy 6: 17-21)

 

 

 

Principle #6 - The who is number one principle.

 

  1. God deserves and expects the first of everything
  2. Matthew 22: 37-38
  3. Proverbs 3:9
  4. Colossians 1:18b
  5. Illustration- Young man with his first paycheck

 

Principle #7 -The cheerful attitude principle

 

  1. 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7
  2. Stewardship begins with loving not giving
  3. We can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.
  4. Love asks how much can I give, legalism asks how little can I give

 

 

Principle #8 - The Big shovel principle

  1. Luke 6: 38 / Mark 4: 24-25
  2. You cannot out give God
  3. God’s promised provision is measured by our level of trust

 

Principle #9 - The river principle

  1. Our life is to be a river rather than a reservoir

 

  1. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give

 

Principle #10 -The who has who principle

  1. Until God is in control of our lives, we remain out of control. (tire without a hub)

 

  1. Quote – “Stewardship is more than the management of things- it is the refusal to allow things to manage us.

 

  1. Do we exercise control by the power of the Holy Spirit over the time, talents, and possessions we are given by God or do these things control us?

 

T = Take a personal inventory

R = Recognize God as your source

U = Understand God’s Principles

S = Surrender everything to God-Next point

T = Test God’s Promises

 

S = Surrender everything to God

 

  1. Surrender is an issue of trust. Will I be independent and wise in my own eyes or will I be dependent upon God following God’s principles cheerfully?

 

  1. There is a principle related to surrender which says it is not how much we have of the world that dictates our faithful stewardship but how much God has of us.

 

  1. It is only through surrender that peace can be found. It is only through continual praise and obedience that the peace can be maintained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T = Test God’s promises

 

  1. Every Bible character had to pass the trust test to be used by God.

 

  1. Noah – trusted in God, in the unfamiliar

 

  1. Abraham – trusted in God offered Isaac

 

  1. Daniel – trusted in God, in God’s ways,            provision, and purpose

 

  1. Jesus – trusted God’s promise as He yielded His will

 

 

  1. God makes three promises in Malachi 3 related to our putting Him first.

 

  • When we put Him first in giving He will Provide

                 Malachi 3:10

 

  • When we put Him first in giving He will Protect

                 Malachi 3: 11

 

  • When we put Him first in giving we will be a blessing to others – (evangelism and service) - Malachi 3: 12

 

Application

 

Are you willing to begin/continue to take a serious inventory of your life and your trust in God?

 

Are you growing in your trust in God as your only source of wisdom, direction, and provision?

 

Are you willing to cross the line of commitment in applying the principles of trust?

 

Give your life to Jesus Christ

 

T = Take a personal inventory

R = Recognize God as your source

U = Understand God’s Principles

S = Surrender everything to God

T = Test God’s Promises

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