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03/02/2015

TRUST AND FAITH, QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (cont)
by Rev. Don Rivers

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  As we continue to examine some common questions a couple came to mind. Who do we place our trust in? Who do we have faith in? In our lives we put our trust and faith in many things. Sometimes we are not aware of how much we trust others. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  How do we determine who is trustworthy and faithful? For most of us experience is the method we use. We determine the answer to the question by putting trust and faith in something or someone until they prove to be not worthy of it.

  In racing we put our trust in many people; our crew, other drivers, track safety workers, officials. We sometimes trust so much we put ourselves at risk without even knowing it. We need to take a look at the things we trust in life and racing.

  There was a situation at New Smyrna Speedway during Speedweeks that brought this home in a shocking way. A Late Model competitor spun into the third turn, backed into the wall and a fire broke out. The fire engulfed the entire car and destroyed it. The driver was able to escape safely but the car was destroyed.

  The situation wasnít something that happens every day but racetracks and personnel should be prepared for anything. The competitors should be able to trust that. Looking at the photos of the scene it was apparent that this wasnít the case.

  Another situation at a race proved different. In Trenton there was a bad crash involving an injury to the driver. This was a temporary facility setup for indoor racing but the crew and safety people were prepared. They had all the equipment they needed to secure the driver and not cause further injury extracting him from the car.

  We need to evaluate the situations we put our trust in, especially when it is a life and death situation. Have we been putting our trust and faith in things that have proved unworthy?

  As I waited at a stop sign the other day I thought, does that person look like they are going to stop or should I wait? It hit me that every day we put our trust in the hands of others. People we donít even know are entrusted with our lives. We take so much for granted. When you stop and think about the level of trust we put in others it is overwhelming. Whose hands have you entrusted your life with?

  Some people say that to trust in Jesus is foolish, you canít see him, and how do you know he exists? Some say that to trust in Jesus means you are weak and cannot stand on your own. Others say it is silly to have faith in something that you canít talk to, touch or feel. Why is it that we are willing to trust so many things in our life that will eventually fail, but we are unwilling to trust the one person in all the world that will never fail?

  The writer of Hebrews explains the meaning of faith for us;

 Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

  God has plans for our life. He has planned out everything. David Scott puts it this way;

  From: God
  To: you@earth.com
  RE: today

  Today may seem like an accident. But, believe it or not, I actually know what is going on, and I have everything under control. Really. So, donít freak out. It was my idea. It seems crazy, I know. Iíll explain later. Just do what you can and Iíll take care of the rest.

  God

  P.S.
If you have any questions, Iíll be here if you need me.


  Are we ready to put our trust and faith in the only person worthy of trust, Jesus Christ? Are we ready to take direction from God and live our life in a way that honors Him? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves. These are things we need to consider before we put our faith in someone else.

  What keeps us from putting our trust and faith in God? The writer of Hebrews again helps us with some things to consider.

Hebrews 12:1, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

  There are three words in this verse that we need to look at hinder, entangle and perseverance. These three let us know that the road to putting your faith and trust in God has some obstacles. Hindrances come from our own mind; decisions we make that donít honor God. They create circumstances that we were not meant to experience. They distract us from finding God.

  Entanglements take the hindrances to their natural conclusion. This happens when we try to fix things ourselves. We canít. We end up sinning. Sin separates us from God.

  That leaves perseverance, we need to work through the obstacles we face and not give up. God has a plan for us, a good plan, but that doesnít mean there wonít be tests and trials. Perseverance means we make it through as we put our trust and faith in God.

  Letís make a commitment to put our faith in God through Jesus. Let God lead us through our lives. Have a great week.
 

  THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

 
WHO TURNED OFF THE HEAT? I guess the forties in Florida were great compared to what awaited us back in Connecticut. I think I am going back. We had an eventful ride home. We tried to adjust our route around the ice and snow but that was not possible. We spent the night in southern Virginia after witnessing a car leaving the road into the median. That proved to be the smart choice.

  When we continued the journey north we saw several tractor trailers overturned and stuck in the median on I-81. We also saw several cars that met the same fate along with evidence of many more off-road excursions. God helped us avoid that potential fate when I overcame my pride and pulled off for the night.

  I apologize for the delay in getting this out but when we returned home there were a few things that required attention. We had running water in the living room, no water in the bathroom and water running from places it shouldnít in the kitchen sink. After shoveling the roof, thawing out the pipes and changing the kitchen faucet I think we are ready for spring!

  But we are back in the freezer awaiting springtime. I guess this is why some head south for a few months. I saw some great racing, enough to carry me for a few weeks. Letís hope the Icebreaker is just that and opens the racing season here in the Great White North!

 
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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

   May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
 


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: March 2, 2015

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