Trust and Obey 
When we walk with the Lord 

In the light of His Word 
What a glory He sheds on our way! 
While we do His good will, 
He abides with us still, 
And with all who will trust and obey. 

Not a shadow can rise, 
Not a cloud in the skies, 
But His smile quickly drives it away; 
Not a doubt nor a fear, 
Not a sigh nor a tear, 
Can abide while we trust and obey. 

Not a burden we bear, 
Not a sorrow we share, 
But our toil He doth richly repay; 
Not a grief nor a loss, 
Not a frown nor a cross, 
But is blest if we trust and obey. 

But we never can prove 
The delights of His love 
Until all on the altar we lay; 
For the favour He shows, 
And the joy He bestows, 
Are for them who will trust and obey. 

Then in fellowship sweet 
We will sit at His feet, 
Or we'll walk By His side in the way; 
What He says we will do, 
Where He sends we will go - 
Never fear, only trust and obey. 

Trust and obey, for there's no other way 
To be happy in Jesus, 
But to trust and obey. 

A favourite hymn. 

In our Sunday worship services recently, there has been an undercurrent of instruction of what faith actually is, not in theory, because it is stated clearly in the Bible, but practically, as it affects each of us in our daily living and how we react to that knowledge. 

In the beginning of our walk, each of us trusted in the Truth of the presence of God, and that Truth led us to realise our utter depravity in comparison to God's perfect righteousness; which in turn led us to repentance and this led to the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives - spirit soul and body. 

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 
(John 6:44-45)
Then came the strait gate and the narrow way - the spiritual pointer which is revealed in the following Scripture passages: 
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. 
(John 14:23-24)
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. 
(Acts 5:27-32)
Let's deal with trust first. What does it mean? 
Put in a nutshell and placed before our eyes by the words of a little boy: 
"Do you really mean it Father, or is it only a promise?" 
Let us ask ourselves "Do I really believe like Paul who said "to die is gain"; that there is certainty of a better place? Is this place real to me? Is God real to me?" 
Let's read some words from the Psalms: 
**Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.** I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah. 
(Psalms 89:1-4)
What about obedience? 
God said "Thou shalt not steal." 
He also said "Obey the laws of the land." 
He especially said, by Jesus "Feed the poor." 
OK, so now that you are a Christian, you no longer steal or lie. 
While driving, you also obey the directions given on the traffic signs. 
We know that these are sins and therefore try and keep ourselves from them. 
But, do you feed the poor? This doesn't mean giving money to charity, or to your church for them to feed the poor. Jesus said "Feed the poor." You are to decide who is poor and you are to hand the food over, eyeball to eyeball. Yes? 
If I don't steal, but don't feed the poor, my disobedience is the same to me as if I did steal, not so? I'm not being obedient to the words of my Saviour - who died to give me this freedom. 
Please understand, we are not dealing with the law here, but our willingness, our compassion to look upon those less fortunate than ourselves and help them in some small way, because even though we might be poor ourselves, they are poorer than we. Even a couple of slices of bread, a kind word and a mention of the Name above all names shall go a long way to comfort those in despair. 
It's called charity. 
This is especially the responsibility of husbands, who have been given the privilege of spiritual authority in the home. 
Jesus said: 
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. 
(Matthew 25:31-46)
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. 
(Mark 8:38)
Ask yourself "Do I trust Him enough to believe that what He says will happen, will happen to me?" 
Do I believe
Trust and Obey 
Can you ever come to the point of trusting that the following shall come to pass if you only believed? 
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. 
(Matthew 21:18-22)
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? 
(Mark 4:35-41)
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. 
(Mark 6:34-42)
And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.  
(Mark 6:47-52)
This was after:
And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; 
(Mark 6:7)
And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them
(Mark 6:12-13)
Let's see also:
And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. 
(Mark 6:1-6)
So, we see that if we trust and believe our Lord enough, spiritual power shall be given us* 
Can you make this into reality? Can I? 
Yes, I doubt that any mountains have yet been cast into the sea. But then, who, being a follower of Christ Jesus would find the need to do so. 
Do you see where this line of thought and prompting of the Holy Spirit can lead to? 
We must use our time wisely.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 
(1 Timothy 4:15-16)
* See "Four Stages of Faith"