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Growing in your faith during COVID

Brad McKenzie

I hope everyone reading this is doing well and I hope you have been able to find ways to trust in the Lord this week.  Like most of the previous weeks during this COVID season, life has continued to march forward.  There have been births, deaths, weddings, birthdays and more events in our nation and world.  I am confident you and your family are growing in your faith as you continue to trust in the Lord and encourage others to do the same.

Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NIV) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”

Last week I challenged us to join me on the journey of intentionally getting the word out to our area of the call to trust in God.  I remind us, if we can trust the Lord and journey on straight paths, there is nothing the devil can bring against us that will cause us to fall.

The word trust has both a noun and a verb form.  When using as a noun, it is confidence given to someone in our heart and mind believing they are trustworthy and should be trusted.  You could say this is an emotional form of trust.  When using as a verb, the inward, emotional confidence turns into an action relying on a person to the point of entrusting life or property with them.  Trusting in the Lord with all our heart takes both the noun and verb form to be authentic trust.  There is the absolute need on our part to yield to the Lord “intentional surrender” of our lives.  This is both an emotion and action.

My heart continues to be grieved by the pain and suffering we are experiencing via a virus.  The actual virus invading people’s bodies and sometimes causing great harm and even death, and the virus of fear and fearmongering running rampant in various areas of influence and vulnerability.  There is hope and there is a solution: “Trust in God!”  Period!  Now, we must put our trust into action.

Again, I would like to ask you to help me with this special project for the rest of the month of July.  Every weekday, Monday- Friday, at 3:05 p.m., I would like to ask you to share Proverbs 3:5-6 through some form with others.  This could be through social media, a phone call, email, text or even a note you mail to someone.

Trusting in Him Together!  You are valued and loved!

Rev. Brad McKenzie is Lead Pastor at Orange First Church of the Nazarene, 3810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange.