The dangers of misappropriated trust

By Portia Williams

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Trust is a simple five letter word that when applied properly, can improve one’s life far beyond imagination. Trust can be defined as the act of putting one’s confidence in something, or someone. The television, radio, and now social media have the propensity to manipulate us into putting our trust in anything they want consumers to buy through the salacious commercials on TV or online. Our trust gets directed towards whoever they want us to vote for, or whatever agenda they want us to embrace. Being the mortal, and sometimes vulnerable human beings that we are, we are seduced by the wiles of the world, and become it’s prey. Henceforth, we make the fatal mistake of misappropriating our trust, placing our trust in people, things, in entities such as the government on the local, state and federal level, and even in ourselves until the unthinkable happens — we are devastated because our trust is disappointed, the expectation was not met, the outcome worked against and not for us as we so hoped for, all because we put our trust in the wrong place. Why is this, and how can this be? My friend, it is not a mystery. Misappropriated trust can lead to depression, to feelings of hopelessness, and despair. Whenever we put our trust in anything except the true and living, only wise God, disappointment is inevitable. Listen, when you circumvent the source, which is God, and God alone, and try to above or around him, disaster is eminent.The word trust appears in the Bible 147 times, each scripture directing us and encouraging us to trust in God in some way. Putting our trust in people and any other thing besides God is futile. Think about it my friend, we fail people, and people fail us, and we sometimes fail ourselves. Systems fail, governments fail, but God never fails. Below you will find 10 reasons that you can trust God. Though the reasons that we can trust God exceed eternity, I will share with you 10, and encourage you to put your trust in God and his word, so please take the time to look up these scriptures, and may we all endeavor to apply these scriptures to our lives, so that our trust will be in God alone.

Reasons you can trust God — 1. God is faithful, Lamentations 3:23. 2. God loves us so much, that he sent his son to die for us, St. John 3:16. 3. We are complete in God, Colossians 2:10. 4. God made the world, and it belongs to him, Psalm 24:1. 5. He puts rulers in authority, and takes them down at his discretion, Psalm 75:7. 6. God loves us with an everlasting love, Jeremiah 31:3 7. God cannot lie, Titus 1:2. 8. We never have to question God’s motives, Romans 8:31. 9. God is holy, 1 Peter 1:16. 10. God is good, and his mercy endures forever, Psalm 136:1.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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