(please forgive me for the duplication ~ I copied yesterday ~ here it today’s)
Colossians 2:6-7 says, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
The words ‘rooted’ and ‘built up’ denote a time investment. Building trust takes time. There are often emotional inner strongholds that resist the process. Buried emotional pain creates a barrier in the heart. In order to bridge that, a foundation of trust must be laid through faith.
When I first meet a person, I like to ask them how I can pray for them. Often I will see a play in their eyes as they weigh my request. Others will just simply say ‘No, I’m fine and don’t need any prayer.’ What? Resist a request to be prayed for? That is an indication that they have been hurt and are not willing to open up even in a small way.
Others will give a sigh of relief and easily share their burden. It is as though they were just waiting for someone to care enough. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
We are called with a holy calling. That not only means to share the gospel, but to walk as Jesus walked. Luke 4:18 Amplified says, “The Spirit of the Lord (is) upon Me…He has sent me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed (who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity).”
How do folks become captive to satan’s wiles? He is the oppressor. He seeks to destroy by using others through abusive relationships. That could be sexual, physical, or verbal. Either one tears down and plunders a heart.
If a predator wants to take down one animal in a herd, they will look for the weak and isolated. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Hosea 4:6 described someone who is weak. It says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge…you have forgotten the law of your God.” Hosea 10:13 says of the weak, “You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity, you have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way….”
Isaiah 5:13 says, “Therefore my people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge…” True knowledge that will fortify our faith is found in walking in the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Building trust in an interpersonal relationship therefore is founded first in our trust relationship with the Lord. Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” If you want to learn more about walking in the fear of the Lord, continue on reading verses 9-14.