Where is Your Trust?

by John and Ruth Greene

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 14:12, NKJV

old-Roman-EmpireIn the ‘enlightened world’ [kosmos] that we live in today combined with the myriad of choices that we have to make each day, the idea of making a choice that is right may seem ridiculous. In fact, lines are often so blurred, the idea of a right or even a best choice is often blurred into non-existence. (Jeremiah 44:17; Proverbs 30:12) This is compounded by the philosophy of relative morality, which says that ‘morality’ or ‘ethics’ is based on circumstances rather than principle. How many times have you been confronted with a choice looking for divine guidance, even praying about your choice? Did that choice work for you? I certainly hope that it did. Did that make the choice right or even the best for you? (“Seeking a New Spirit“; “The Road to Enslavement“; “Is the Bible Losing Influence in the United States?“)

make or break your lifePeople make choices for all kinds of reasons, usually with the idea that the decision will somehow better their life. What are the true roots of that choice? The choice may have been easier. The choice may have looked more prosperous. The choice may have appeared as the thing to do. As you well know, life doesn’t always work as you hope, even with the ‘best’ information. Life has trials to be certain. Strongholds in life often delude you into making choices that are blind at best and dangerous or deadly at worst. To compound matters, you don’t live life in a vacuum. Your life is clouded by the decisions of millions, if not billions, of other people around you. Many times, you learn to listen to the opinions of others around you or what you are spoon-fed as reality. (“Delusion & the Tightening Noose of the Beast System“; “Disciple: Where Do You Place Your Trust?”; “The Lie Changes Everything“; “The War on Reality“)

The way that seems right may offer many options and require few sacrifices. Easy choices should make a Christian take a second look. Why is the choice right? Is it righteous by the standards of Elohim? Does the choice keep me in my comfort zone? Does the choice allow me be lazy? Does the choice allow me to depend on someone else instead of myself? Does the choice seem to make me independent? Does the choice reduce the need for moral restraint? Does the choice involve more hard work? The bottom line to each question should be where your trust is placed. Who are you listening to? (“Living in an Apostate World“; “Video: Love of the World“)

giving-life-in-trustOften, we are deluded by what we see in the world and where we place personal trust. (Psalm 49:18) We can be falsely reassured that a certain path is right based on political or societal encouragement, even based on pride. (Luke 18:11; Revelation 3:17; Psalm 10:6; Matthew 7:21-23) This can happen for decades or even for your entire life. You may even feel grounded in your own entitlement. (Deuteronomy 29:19; Luke 13:25-26; Jeremiah 5:12; 2 Peter 3:4) How many times do we know that choices that seem right can end in disaster? (Luke 12:16-21; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “Are You a Christian First or Last?“)

Il Banco di Santo Spirito

Il Banco di Santo Spirito

For example, how many Christians, including Christian leaders place personal trust in a morally bankrupt banking and investment system before it nearly collapsed in October 2008? How many have bought into a system of worldly prosperity as their source of hope and trust? (Psalm 30:6; Hosea 12:8; Luke 12:17-19; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11) Almost everyone was comfortable with the system in place and built life and limb around it. All of a sudden, millions have awakened to the fact that they had been deceived by thieves and fraudulent characters on multiple levels. Before that time, even Christian leaders firmed placed their trust in the system of investment gambling that had long prospered America as ‘God’s system of prosperity’. (Matthew 7:22-23; 25:11-12; Luke 13:24-25) Some have pulled back their agreement and moral investment with the system. Still, little has changed. Money and the lifestyle that goes along with it is still king. This is a long-overdue warning sign. Have you learned anything? (“Disciple: The Bible & Higher Authority“; “The Reality of the AntiChrist“; “Culture: Prompting Falsehood Through the Lie“)

government-idolatryWhen you are a Christian, where do you place your trust? Are you looking at your friends, your church, your government, a source of money for your trust? The fact remains that this is exactly where most Christians look. In the Madison Avenue advertising-based world that we now live in, your choices are usually sold to you as the best for you. You are no longer thinking or living for yourself, much less using your own judgment. You are manipulated or deceived. What you say you believe in may not even be your own or best for you, but the agenda of someone else that is benefiting from your choice. You are listening and living for someone else that doesn’t have the least bit of interest in you or what you believe, much less what is right before YHWH. Even more powerful is the fact that trust becomes a habit. Jeremiah uses a powerful illustration. The person who trusts in human beings will end up like a shriveled bush, while the person who trusts YHWH will be like a tree that has its roots sunk deep beside a stream (Jeremiah 17:6,8; “Roots of Salvation“; “Disease & Spiritual Roots“).

wealth-of-menMany Christians think of faith as an almost magical force. If you can get enough of it, you will stay rich, healthy and live a happy contented life. Without trust, it is impossible to please your Heavenly Father. (Galatians 3:1-5; Hebrews 11:6) Closer review of Hebrews 11 and the rest of the Bible does not reveal belief or trust as easy. Words and phrases like ‘persevere’, ‘endure’ and ‘do not lose heart’ loom large. Life on earth is still life on earth in an imperfect system of world control. Many people of faith in the past did not receive the promise that they sought after. Some were horribly persecuted and became destitute, hiding out, even living out horrible deaths. Trusting in YHWH doesn’t guarantee an easy race. The disciple must keep his or her eyes on the prize, despite temptations and selfish desires to let up. Hebrews 12:1 recommends that disciples throw off everything that hinders and to strengthen feeble arms and weak knees. (Hebrews 12:12) Life in this world is tough, which challenges faith and trust. Yet, evidence shows that by placing trust in anything, life on planet earth has few guarantees that a man or woman can count on. The history of mankind bears this out continually. (“Listening to the Holy Spirit“; “Foundation of Salvation“; “YHWH is Your Shield & Salvation“)

foundation of trustMost Christians promote the ideal of ‘faith.’ Many love to talk about it as much as they do ‘hope.’ While faith is often seen as hard to grasp or understand by many, the truth behind faith can be clearly defined by the practical evidence of trust through understanding. Without understanding, ‘faith’ cannot exist. Where you invest or place your time, treasure and efforts is what you trust, where you place your ‘faith.’ (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) Lifestyle equals trust. When you spend your time on yourself, other people, a career, in politics, in learning, you are investing your trust. The fact is that faith equals trust, what you truly believe. Your trust is reflected by your lifestyle and how you spend your time. The personality quirks, flaws and strongholds that disciples and the rest of the world develop over time lend to understanding, although not always the understanding and righteousness of Elohim. People often blind themselves through their own thinking, even taking the thinking of others as their own. Many see this response to the world as the right course of action and the only way to prosper. (“Redeemed Through Obedience & Faith“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “Mind Filters“; “Mind Control of the Beast“)

The habit of trust can be very expensive, especially where the Most High is concerned. (1 Thessalonians 5:3) Where people place trust decides what they consider as their security. False security promises peace and long life. (Job 29:18) False security is ignorant of the real standards of Elohim and real truth. (Psalm 10:4; 50:21) False security trusts in falsehoods. (Isaiah 28:15; Revelation 3:17) False security is inconsiderate (Isaiah 47:7), prideful (Obadiah 3; Revelation 18:7; Amos 6:3; Ecclesiastes 8:11). In the end, the Bible declares that the refuge of false security is swept away, (Isaiah 28:17) overtaken by ruin. (Isaiah 47:9; Amos 6:1, 9:10; Jeremiah 21:13; Ezekiel 39:6; “World Order Built On Money and False Security“)

hardened-heartThe importance in all these matters is where personal thinking and the heart really is. Your heart condition matters. (Isaiah 29:13; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 6:24; 12:25-30) The root of ruin is a broken heart ravaged by the world and is evidenced by outward signs of conduct or fruit. (Mark 7:20-23; 7:15-17; Hebrews 2:15) Have you unknowingly rejected YHWH and His lifestyle because of the condition of your heart, through conditioned behavior and response, addiction, compulsion and lack of knowledge about the importance of negative life strongholds that Satan and the world attempt to foist upon disciples? (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) The world sees life as all about self-interest of the moment. The evidence is that life is at stake, both now and for eternity. (“What is the Standard of Life Conduct in a Disciple of Messiah?“; “The Kingdom of YHWH and the Drive for Self-Importance“; “The Importance of Practical Repentance“; “Disciple: Are You Bearing Fruit?“)

new-man-centeredThe miracle of the being new through the Messiah is much greater than what much of Christianity is living today because so many of us ignore the roots of demonic strongholds grounded in sin and iniquity of the past. (Ephesians 6:10-12) Christianity often ignores the purpose and power of the Holy Spirit [Dedicated, Set Apart Spirit], even being set apart in the righteousness of Elohim. The roots of sin matter if we can expect to effectively cast aside the dark kingdom of Satan and his agents (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) from personal lifestyle and actions. (Matthew 28:18-20) Rooting out sin and turning aside from that sin matters. Living in this world while breaking strongholds in mind, heart and body is what being a disciple is about. (Romans 12:2) It is time to live that instead of living in self-deception. (“Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“; “Incentives of Deception“; “Scriptures – Qodesh, Being Set Apart“)

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“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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