How can trusting God help me?

Focal Passages: Jeremiah 17:5-13
Life Question: How can trusting God help me?
Biblical Truth: When we follow God's directions, we can trust God's faithfulness even in the midst of crises.

What does it mean to trust in something or someone?

What does it mean to trust in God?

Upon what foundations do people build their lives? In what kinds of things or people do students place their trust?

Jeremiah 17:5-6
What does it mean to be cursed?
What are descriptions of a person who trusts in human strength?
Sometimes it is difficult for Christians to realize that God really does have a better plan for our lives. Oftentimes the real source of our problems is that we are aiming our lives at the goal of being happy and successful according to the world's standard. God has different definitions of these concepts. It is very important to realize that God's plan may have a different goal for us.

Jeremiah 17:7-8
There is an eternal promise to people who put their trust and confidence in the Lord to lead them through problems. Leaning on our own understanding, using our emotions as a guide, trying to reason our way through problems does not come with a promise. Ultimately, all of our self-based solutions will fail. God has promised that when we trust in Him, rely upon Him, place all our hope on His Word-then we will be able to confidently withstand, endure, and
triumph through our problems.

What does it mean to be blessed?
What are some descriptions of a person who trusts in God?

Do you feel more like a bush in the desert or a tree by the water?

Jeremiah 17:9-13
Rewrite Jeremiah 17:11 to reflect modern-day situations-using music for which you did not pay; turning in a term paper you did not write, etc.

How are the heart and the mind connected?

Do you sin in your mind, in your actions, or both? Where does sin begin?

What does it mean for God to search our hearts and examine our minds?

If the heart is deceitfully wicked, what do we do? Where is our hope? Read 2 Cor. 5:17 and Romans 12:2 - God makes us a new creation when we trust  Him and we are transformed by the renewing of our mind.

How are people ruined by trusting in things or people?

We want to be continually reminded that God is the only true problem-solver. His strategies are the ones that we should spend our time and energy trying to learn.

If you find yourself trusting in things or people rather than God, how do you change?

APPLICATION
How can we strengthen our spiritual roots in order to be more like the tree planted by the water?

Our own self-sufficiency oftentimes prevents us from turning to God for help in times of crisis. The same blessings that God has showered down upon us can then lead us to falsely believe that we can handle things on our own.

Other important Scriptures!

You will keep in perfect peace the mind that is dependent on You, for it is trusting in You. Trust in the LORD forever, because in Yah, the LORD, is an everlasting rock.  Isaiah 26:3-4

How happy is the man who has put his trust in the LORD and has not turned to the proud or to those who run after lies! Psalm 40:4

When I am afraid, I will trust in You.  Psalm 56:3

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

Because of the LORD's faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! Lamentations 3:22-23


Trust God all the time; during the good times and the bad times.