If we could figure out everything in our lives, then we would not need God.
I’ve been reading the account of David as he ran for his life escaping Saul’s wrath. Imagine the fear that would grip anyone’s heart knowing that the king, the most powerful man in the country, is after you. He hates you. And he and his whole army are out to get you. He will not rest until he finds you and kills you. He is so possessed by the powers of darkness that his sole mission is to destroy you. What would you do?
It is amazing to see how David responds to one of the most life-threatening experiences of his life. David found no other refuge but God. He trusted God wholeheartedly.
In a day when I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God—I keep praising His word—in God I trust, I will not fear. What can mere flesh do to me?Psalms 56:4-5
As David hid in caves with the men who joined him, he kept trusting in Adonai.
This I know – that God is for me. In God—I keep praising His word—in Adonai—I keep praising His word—in God I trust, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?Psalms 56:10-12
Like David, we must know that God is for us and we can trust Him. David did not trust in his own strength. And I don’t think he could trust his men either! Who were the men that followed him?
Anyone who was in distress, anyone in debt, and anyone embittered rallied around him, and he became their leader.1 Samuel 22:2
That was his first army – 400 non-illustrious men! No wonder David had no other choice but to look up to God!
David was relentless in seeking Adonai’s help. He did not shy away from asking God to save him:
Deliver me from my enemies, my God!Psalms 59:2-3, 5-6
Set me on high, away from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from workers of iniquity.
Rescue me from bloodthirsty men.
Awake! Help me! Look!
For You are Adonai Elohei-Tsva’ot, the God of Israel!
Give God Praise
In the midst of trouble and fear, don’t forget to praise God:
But I—I sing of Your strength!Psalms 59:17-18
Yes, in the morning I sing aloud of Your lovingkindness.
For You have been my fortress, a refuge in the day of my trouble.
O my strength, to You I sing praises.
For God is my strong tower—my God of lovingkindness.
Wow! No wonder God loved David and called him a man after His own heart!
Guard Your Vision
I believe God’s timing is perfect. As different opportunities to connect with other pastors unfold, my faith has been stirred and affirmed that God called my husband and me for such a time as this. In the natural, following God’s call to plant a new church during the global pandemic was crazy, abnormal, and some would say absurd. We started with nothing but faith, a vision, excitement, a little scared, and a $500 offering from my sister-in-law! That is why prior to taking the crazy step of faith we were careful to guard the vision God gave us. Not everyone understands. Some, unintentionally, could even say words of discouragement.
When God gives you a vision you must do everything to protect it. If the vision you’ve received is from God, the devil will not be happy and will do everything to make you abort it before you can even give birth to it.
Early on in life, I learned to have faith from my dear mother. She taught me not to be quick at divulging the things God is dealing with me personally. She taught me to remain in prayer in my secret place standing in faith and trusting Him. She taught me to wait until things are certain. Why? For two reasons: 1) Because you don’t know how things will turn out and 2) Because you give the adversary fuel with which to attack you.
One example of trust I can share goes back to my college days when I submitted my application to study abroad for my senior year in college. There was no assurance that I would get approved. Hence during the time of waiting, I was in prayer and did not share with anyone my intentions and dreams. My mother was also in prayer. She supported me faithfully to take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity. Many years prior when I was little, a friend counseled her that if she ever had a child that had the chance to study abroad, to support the effort. My mother did. One hundred percent. And it was an experience that the Lord used to develop me in so many ways to spread my wings and fly.
Once my application was approved and I had flight tickets on hand, then I shared the news with friends and family—not what I was thinking or wishing for, but what was now certain.
Believe and Trust
From the time that I was little my mother taught me to believe God’s Word and trust that He answers the prayers we submit in secret—
And your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.Matthew 6:4
I know religious folks would say that this verse is taken out of context as it refers to giving charity privately. And I concur. But God honors our faith. This method worked for my mother, it worked for me, it’s worked in my family, and continues to work in my life.
Just yesterday we were so encouraged by a local pastor who spoke at a pastor’s prayer network Nestor and I attended. He said the Lord has shown him that an “extreme revival” is coming. During the pandemic, he was the first in his congregation to get COVID. He said he would hear two voices. The voice of the enemy would tell him, “You will die.” And the voice of God would encourage him, “You will live.” He went through six weeks of hell fighting for his life.
During that time and when churches were shut down, he would go to church by himself in the daytime and pray at the altar. The Lord gave him so many revelations. One of them being that an extreme revival is coming and will manifest in those who remain standing. He said that God instructed him to connect with pastors who remain standing after the pandemic. To date, many churches are still closed. Many are spiritually asleep. They are not seeing the signs of the times.
My husband and I are so fortunate to be surrounded by pastors that have crazy faith and believe God. They don’t trust in their financial fortitude. They don’t have millionaires attending their churches. But Oh, do they have relentless faith! I savor every moment they share their stories of how God is providing for them even right now in miraculous ways both personally and church-wise.
Don’t Miss Out
As the pastor shared, it was another confirmation in my heart that it was God’s perfect timing to start Shalom Church. My husband and I do not see everything. All I know is I am so excited about church. God has done a mighty work in my heart and I’m sure it’s not for nothing. God did not go the extra mile of transforming my distorted views of pastoring just for me to sit back and do nothing.
As we pastor Shalom Church, we see God at work. We do not have it all figured out. We are following one the Holy Spirit’s leading one small step at a time. That is all God requires—a mustard seed size faith.
Imagine all we miss out on when we lack faith! When we don’t step out. When we fail to update our trust in God.
Had we not moved in faith, Nestor and I would be missing out on so much! Here are are few examples:
- We would have missed on getting priceless wisdom and faith other pastors are pouring into us.
- We would have missed connecting with pastors and other local leaders who are Spirit-filled and Spirit-led.
- We would have missed the amazing opportunity to celebrate Passover as a church with so many wonderful families and people who are hungry to get closer to God and celebrate the biblical feasts in a family atmosphere. The feasts are divine appointments to draw near to God. In turn, He unites our families too.
- We would have missed the chance to develop leaders and extend the opportunity to use their gifts in God’s Kingdom as they do in our weekend services.
- We would have missed the Mother’s Day panel discussion we had last weekend where we spoke about motherhood with past, present, and future moms. Each woman spoke from the heart and is a powerful speaker in their own right. My younger daughter, Nathalia, shared that as children grow older, parents need to update the way they relate with them as they become independent adults.
- We would have missed the amazing summer series OVERCOMER, seven weeks of teachings taught by Shalom Women. Each woman was a powerhouse! Little did we know that this would also bless my husband and give him rest as he recovered from COVID. God is all-knowing. We really need to trust Him more, don’t we?
Update Your Trust
I believe that as we grow “older” in our relationship with God, our trust in Him needs to mature as well. Our faith should deepen. Our trust should be stronger, unshakeable, unbreakable. May you and I never feel that we can do things ourselves or that we’ve arrived. That would be the day we would stop growing. May you and I never become “independent contractors” in God’s Kingdom. May you and I always remember that we are God’s children and He desires for us to trust him more. May we never, ever take for granted the beautiful gift of being children of God and thus depend on Him more and more.
What gives us the authority to request God for His help? John the apostle beautifully explains a mind-boggling truth:
He (Jesus) was in the world, and the world was made through Him; but the world did not know Him. He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him. But whoever did receive Him, those trusting in His name, to these He gave the right to become children of God. They were born not of a bloodline, nor of human desire, nor of man’s will, but of God.”John 1:10-13
Wow! Did you catch that? You and I who have received Jesus and trust Him, though we may not be of Jewish bloodline, we are born of God. We are NOT born of human desire or the will of man but of God Himself! Let. That. Sink. In.
Our faith, our trust in Yeshua gave us the right to become God’s children! And as His children, we can trust Him and we can ask Him for help in ANY and EVERY area of life. I personally have some very specific petitions to the Lord during this season of my life. And I know I will share my story in the near future of God’s faithfulness. I am putting my faith to work. I am following the examples of those that have gone before me. I am asking and seeking as Jesus instructs we do. I am approaching the throne of God with boldness because I am His daughter. Wow! By now your faith should be growing up inside you! So dream big my friend! Dream big.
If we don’t step out in faith, then what’s faith for anyway?
God is always looking for people who will believe and trust Him. Are you willing to update your trust in God?