It is accepted that salvation requires faith. We write books to that sentiment and sing songs about it at Church. The definition of faith often includes these synonyms: belief, reliance, assurance, trust. But, what if you just can’t? What if trust is the one thing you just don’t have, for anything or anyone?

Trust, while wrapped up in our definition of “faith” is seldom explored as a separate idea of its own. But if you profess the Christian faith, but don’t trust, how does that work?

Our level of trust determines our level of commitment. If we can’t trust a friend or our spouse, it may lead to the end of that relationship regardless of the promise or affection once shared therein. Such an erosion of spiritual trust can result in complete and total extraction from activities we once enjoyed, or in some cases, fellowship all together.

That’s why Ed Delph, co-author of Learning How to Trust Revised and Expanded Edition, has written for us on the subject of trust recovery. We’ve also included a portion of Dr. Myles Munroe’s newest book, Rediscovering Faith, which details 10 Qualities of Kingdom Faith.

The first chapter of Learning How to Trust Revised and Expanded Edition is available for free download here.

Also, a reminder that we are reorganizing our communique, and moving our list to a new service. Many of you have already received e-mails asking to re-confirm your subscription; for others, this will happen very soon. If you want to be sure to continue this service, just make sure you are watchful for this notification. If you're unsure and would like to be certain of your status, go to www.destinyimage.com to sign-up via the form on the bottom of our website.

Sincerely in Christ,

Sarah Baker
 


When the Rope is Cut: Understanding the Enemy’s plan to dissolve your trust in God
By Ed Delph

You were born to trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. Why? Because you will only rise to the level of that in which you trust. Satan, the liar, knows this.   Trust is the rope that connects you with God and satan is doing all he can to cut your trust rope.

So what does he do? He tries to get you to trust in anything other than God.  Unknowingly, you tie your trust rope to your bank account, your beauty or strength, your friends, your government, etc. Then, when these fail, he gets you to trust in yourself. You become self-sufficient, locking yourself in to a life without the resource of God and others. Then, the enemy’s plan becomes very simple: get you to fail.
Because you set your eyes on (behold) your object of trust, and you become what you behold, you cannot hope but to fail when your only object of trust is yourself.  It is only a matter of time.

When you fail, you make a vow never to trust again. At this point, your rope of trust has been cut. The liar has you right where he wants you. There is nothing in this world like the loneliness you feel when you have noone to trust. It feels as though you’ve fallen into a massive pit, only to keep tumbling downward with no end to the darkness.

What is this bottomless pit? This is the wandering of a soul unfettered by any loving anchor of trust. Without trust, our relationships become shallow and lack meaning, our spirit-life a shadow of what once was.

So what can be done? We have no choice but to get a new rope.

  1. Lay your hurt down before the Lord, confessing your injury and resulting loss of faith.
  2. Renew your mind upon God’s Word. Remember: don’t trust only what you feel; trust upon God’s Word that is real. This will jumpstart the renewing of your mind and help you to recognize “dragon eggs” or, dangerous trust-destroyers, in your life.
  3. Commit to the long haul: this trust recovery process will take time, and it will be painful. It will also be worth it.  
  4. Seek counseling, if appropriate. Relationships in your life that have suffered a trust breach may need a godly mediator to be fully restored. Likewise, in especially severe situations, we may need counseling one-on-one.
  5. Have faith that you can regain your trust, and that the Lord will help you to trust wisely.

Every good and perfect gift [including trustworthy companions] is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17 NIV).

 


Ed Delph has pastored in four churches for 26 years. He is a noted author and speaker having ministered in more than 100 countries. Dr. Delph has ministered to thousands of Christian singles, and is currently Dean of Faith in Culture at Phoenix University of Theology. He is also president of the worldwide ministry, NationStrategy. His most recent book, Learning How to Trust Revised & Expanded, is available wherever books are sold.


10 Qualities of Kingdom Faith

By Myles Munroe
 

This is an excerpt from Dr. Myles Munroe's newest book, Kingdom Faith. Click here to read this portion online for free.


Dr. Myles Munroe is founder, president, and senior pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International. He is a best-selling author, business consultant, and international speaker who empowers people to discover their God-given personal purpose and develop their true potential. He and his wife, Ruth, have two children. His newest book, Rediscovering Faith, is available wherever books are sold.