The Heart of a Reconciler (Philemon)

Pastor Scott Applegate

rec·on·cile (v): to win over to friendliness; cause to become amicable, to reconcile hostile persons, to compose or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.), to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent

Philemon (NIV)

“Paul, a prisonerof Christ Jesus, and Timothyour brother, 

To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker—also to Apphia our sister and Archippusour fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home: 

Grace and peace to youfrom God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I always thank my Godas I remember you in my prayers,because I hear about your love for all his holy peopleand your faith in the Lord Jesus.I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshedthe hearts of the Lord’s people. 

Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,yet I prefer to appeal to youon the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisonerof Christ Jesus—that I appeal to you for my sonOnesimus,who became my son while I was in chains.Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you.I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chainsfor the gospel.But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary.Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever—no longer as a slave,but better than a slave, as a dear brother.He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.

 So if you consider me a partner,welcome him as you would welcome me.If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand.I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self.I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refreshmy heart in Christ. Confidentof your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask. 

And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers. 

Epaphras,my fellow prisonerin Christ Jesus, sends you greetings.And so do Mark,Aristarchus,Demasand Luke, my fellow workers. 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”

Reconciler Knows and Believes: 

  • That Jesus is the real reconciler

“All this is from God,who reconciled us to himself through Christ…” 2 Corinthians 5:18a

  • That Jesus has called His church to continue His ministry of reconciliation and restoration

“…and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.” 2 Corinthians 5:18b-19 NIV

“…As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.” John 20:21 NIV

  • That reconciliation trumps revenge and that mercy trumps judgement

Be merciful,just as your Fatheris merciful.” Luke 6:36 NIV

  • That we are all Onesimus

“Jesus replied,“Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” John 8:34 NIV

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:12-16 NIV

  • That the gospel can change any person and any situation

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,the new creationhas come:The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

To Be a Reconciler Need To: 

  1. Be a friend (Vs 1-7)
  2. Be a forgiver (Vs 8)
  3. Be a future giver (Vs 11-15)

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3 MSG

The Truth Will Set You Free

Joel Dennis

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:31-36 ESV

 

IChrist We Have Three “Free Froms

  1. We are free from law/sin 

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 ESV

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:22-23 NIV

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 NIV

2.We are free from fear

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18 ESV

3. We are free from shame

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NIV

In Christ We Have Three “Free-Bes”  

  1. We are free to be righteous
  • Novation: the substitution of a new contract in place of an old one

“The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:22-24 ESV

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19 ESV

2. We are free to be courageous

Three people in the Bible who showed courage:

  • Peter
  • Mary
  • Stephen

3. We are free to be gracious (empathetic)

  • We need this for ourselves
  • We need this for others

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 ESV

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” Psalm 145:8 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

Fear

Pastor Scott Applegate

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

  • Fear is an intimidator and a bully that needs to be dealt with
  • Fear blows things out of proportion
  • Fear can be crippling and humiliating
  • Fear is a major source of stress

How to Stand Up to The Bully Called Fear (1 Samuel 17)

“On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.” 1 Samuel 17:11 NIV

  1. Find out Who God says He is and what He has promised
    (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22)

“I love you,Lord; you are my strength.TheLordis my rock, my fortress, and my savior;my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me,and my place of safety.I called on theLord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3 NLT

“My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.This I know: God is on my side! I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise theLordfor what he has promised.I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 56:9-11 NLT

2. Figure out who you should really fear
(1 Samuel 17:32)

  • David was confident in the face of fear because he feared the Lord

“The fear of theLordis the beginning of wisdom;all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” Psalm 111:10 NIV

“Fearof man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in theLordis kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 NIV

“TheLordis my lightand my salvation—whom shall I fear? TheLordis the strongholdof my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 NIV

“I tell you, my friends,do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” Luke 12:4-5 NIV

  • David refused to listen to competing voices
    (1 Samuel 17:33)

3. Work out your faith and courage muscles
(1 Samuel 17:37)

  • David was courageous in the face of fear because he exercised his faith beforehand

“TheLordwho rescuedme from the paw of the lionand the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37 NIV

4. Call out your biggest fear first
(1 Samuel 17:45-47)

“…When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.” 1 Samuel 17:51 NIV

Failure

Pastor Scott Applegate

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again…” Proverbs 24:16a NIV

The Connection of Stress and Failure:

  • Fear of failure is often worse than the experience of failure
  • Fear of failure can cause you to be indecisive
  • Fear of failure can cause you to be a workaholic
  • Fear of failure can cause you to be a perfectionist

What Did David and Peter Have in Common?

  • They were both men with hearts after God

“God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;he will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22 NIV

“Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus told him: Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! You didn’t discover this on your own. It was shown to you by my Father in heaven.So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.”  Matthew 16:16-18 CEV

  • They both had great failures and their failures caused them great stress

“My guilt has overwhelmedmelike a burden too heavy to bear.” Psalm 38:4 NIV

“Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken:“Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”And he went outside and wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:75 NIV

  • They both experienced God’s grace and growth on the other side of their failures

“Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinnedagainst theLord.” Nathan replied, “TheLordhas taken awayyour sin.You are not going to die.” 2 Samuel 12:13 NIV

(Peter) “Take care of my sheep and follow me…” John 21:15-19

What to Do When You’ve Blown It:

  1. Own up to it
  2. Don’t excuse it
  3. Trust God with it
  4. Learn from it

What to Remember When You Gave Your Best, but Your Best Wasn’t Good Enough:

  • Failure is not a failed dream, but failing to pursue your dream
  • Failure is not setting a goal and missing it, but failing to set one
  • Failure is not falling, but refusing to get up
  • Failure is often a perception, but success to God is faithfulness

Busyness

Pastor Scott Applegate

“Unless theLordbuilds a house,the work of the builders is wasted. Unless theLordprotects a city,guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hardfrom early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat;for God gives rest to his loved ones.” Psalm 127:1-2 NLT

Busyness: A life full of activity that is characterized by work, deadlines, and to do lists that result in a feeling of being overwhelmed and unfinished.

How to Know If You Are Under the Tyranny of a Busy Life?

  • Are you always in a hurry?
  • Is your calendar always full?
  • Do you use your time off or days off to catch up on unfinished work or tasks?
  • Has more than one person told you that you need to slow down or chill?
  • Are you often late for meetings, appointments and get-togethers?
  • Do you feel guilty when you relax?
  • Do you have to get sick in order to actually take time off?

“If you’re burning the candle at both endsyou’re not as bright as you think you are.” Anonymous

How to Fight the Tyranny of Busyness

  1. Think about why you do what you do

“Unless theLordbuilds a house,the work of the builders is wasted. Vs 1a

  • Are you busy and working for the right reasons?
  • Who are you trying to please?
  • Are you working in your own strength?
  • ]Have you invited God into your “busyness”?
  • Are you productive or just busy?
  • Are you willing to leave margin in your schedule?

“…A wise person does the right thing at the right time.” Ecclesiastes 8:5 NCV

2. Take time every day to get alone with God and His word

“Unless theLordprotects a city,guarding it with sentries will do no good.” Vs 1b

“Make me walk along the path of your commands,for that is where my happiness is found.Give me an eagerness for your lawsrather than a love for money!Turn my eyes from worthless things,and give me life through your word.” Psalm 119:35-37 NLT

  • If the Son of God needed alone time with God to fulfill His calling, how much more do we?

(Luke 6:12-17, Matthew 14:13-14)

“TheLordsaid, “Go out and stand on the mountainin the presence of theLord, for theLordis about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful windtore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before theLord, but theLordwas not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but theLordwas not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire,but theLordwas not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-12 NIV

3. Turn it off at least once a week

“It is useless for you to work so hardfrom early morning until late at night…” Vs 2a

“Then Jesus said to them,“The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27 NLT

  • Gather with God’s family

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25 NLT

  • Enjoy the simple things and enjoy what you already have

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?” Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 NLT 

“Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions,and the ability to enjoy them,to accept their lotand be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.” Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 NIV

  • Do the three “R’s (Rest, Relax, and Recreate)

4. Tailor your values and priorities to God’s values and priorities

“…anxiously working for food to eat;for God gives rest to his loved ones.” Vs 2b

  • Trust: “But seek first his kingdomand his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV
  • Contentment: “Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:4 NLT

“Then Jesus said,“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Mathew 11:28-29 NLT

Worry

Pastor Scott Applegate

“Therefore I tell you, do not worryabout your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are you not much more valuable than they?Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas dressed like one of these.If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34 NIV

Worry: Trying to control the uncontrollable

According to Jesus Worry Is:

  • Unreasonable (6:25)
  • Unnatural (6:26, 28-29)
  • Unhelpful (6:27) 
  • Unnecessary (6:30)

How Can I Overcome Worry?

  • Don’t think or act like an orphan (Matthew 6:32)

“And my God will meet all your needsaccording to the riches of his gloryin Christ Jesus. To our God and Fatherbe glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:19-20 NIV

  • Put God first in every area of your life (Matthew 6:31-33)
  • Take life one day at a time (Matthew 6:34)
  • Trust that God really cares about every detail of your life (Matthew 6:30)

“Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me.” John 14:1 LB
“Cast all your anxiety on himbecause he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

I Thirst

Pastor Scott Applegate

“Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said,“I am thirsty.”A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.” John 19:28-29 NLT

What is the significance of Jesus’ thirst on the cross?

  • It showed His humanity

“Who, being in very natureGod,did not consider equality with Godsomething to be used to his own advantage;rather, he made himself nothingby taking the very natureof a servant,being made in human likeness.And being found in appearance as a man,he humbled himselfby becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:6-8 NIV

  • It was the fulfillment of prophesy 

“…they offer me sour wine for my thirst.” Psalms 69:21b NLT

“Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning.” Exodus 12:22 NLT

  • It was a demonstration of His love for us

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NIV

How do I get my thirst satisfied? 

  • I need to realize what I am thirsty for

“You, God, are my God,earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you,my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched landwhere there is no water.” Psalms 63:1 NIV

  • I need to stop looking for fulfillment in the wrong places – and find it in the right One

“For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me—    the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!” Jeremiah 2:13 NLT

“On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds,“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”(When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given,because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)” John 7:37-39 NLT

  • I need to pursue satisfaction in serving and caring for those who are broken and forgotten

“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus:‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 NLT

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25:37-40 NLT

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;ensure justice for those being crushed.Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT

Mockery to Mercy

Pastor Brian Sump

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the Jews. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:32-43 NIV

Mercy: God withholding the judgment we deserve, and instead granting to us the forgiveness we have not earned

The Three Crosses Highlight: ‘

1.Our disposition toward rebellion

“One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” Luke 23:39 NLT

He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.” Matthew 27:42-44 NLT

2. Our need for repentance
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:40-41 NLT

What do we see from the thief on the right?

  • He had an encounter with God
  • He realized the end was near
  • He realized he would face his maker and be held accountable
  • He admitted that he had sinned and deserved death
  • Then he acknowledged Jesus was perfect

3. Christ’s gift of redemption

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43 NIV

Learning to Love Like Jesus

Pastor Scott Applegate

Near the crossof Jesus stood his mother,his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he lovedstanding nearby, he said to her,“Woman,here is your son,”and to the disciple,“Here is your mother.”From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” John 19:25-27 NIV

Three Questions to Ponder That Should Encourage Our Faith

1.If He took care of them then, how much more will He will take care of us now?

“My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.” Luke 8:21 NLT

2. If He took care of them during His most difficult hour, how much more will He take care of us now as our resurrected King?

“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty powerthat raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT

3. If He provided for the relational needs of John and Mary, how much more has He provided this for us through the Church?

Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.” “Yes,”Jesus replied,“and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God,will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.” Luke 18:28-20 NLT

To Love Like Jesus I Must: 

1.Care for my own family

  • Pay attention to what’s going on
  • Show respect
  • Meet practical needs
  • Give emotional support
  • Stick together

2. Treat fellow believers as family

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do goodto all people, especially to those who belong to the familyof believers.” Galatians 6:10 NIV

“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” 1 Timothy 5:1-2 NIV

3. Learn to see the pain of others, even when I am in pain

“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:4-5 NLT

4. Meet the needs of others, even if my needs aren’t met

“We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.” Romans 15:2-3 NLT

How to Live and Die Well

Pastor Scott Applegate

“By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.” Luke 23:44-46 NLT

What is the secret to living and dying well? Trusting God

  • Trusting God marked the life and death of Jesus

How do I learn to trust God?

1.I get to know the Father’s heart for me

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate,slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:8-9 NIV

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!…” 1 John 3:1 NIV

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Ephesians 1:3-6 NIV

2. I believe that the Father always knows best

My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Matthew 26:39 NLT

  • He can be trusted because He is Sovereign, All-Knowing, and perfect in His love

“Trust in the Lord with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

  • He is taking care of things that I cannot see and do not understand (Romans 8:28)

3. I put all my life into His hands

  • The things that are eternal

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” Matthew 16:26 NIV

“My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30 CSB

  • The things that are temporal

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV