Whether you are a new Christian, or someone who has served the Lord for many years, trusting God and what He has for your life is the most rewarding way you can live.
It doesn’t mean that you will never be tempted to take the control away from God, but it does mean that trusting Him will teach you how faithful and committed He is when you let Him lead the way.
His Word will show you the attributes of your Savior, and through each situation you face, trusting Him and His plan will bring an outcome that causes your trust in Him to grow continually.
1. Do you believe that God wants you to have your best life? Hand over the reins and don’t beg Him to give them back when you don’t understand where He’s taking you. You can trust Him!
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5 – 3:6)
2. Your God loves you! He doesn’t wish evil on those He loves. He wants you to have peace. His peace.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
3. Want to please God? Put on your faith! Want a heavenly reward? Search His Word, dig in deep! God will reward you with knowledge and wisdom that can’t be purchased with money.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
4. Possessions cannot help you when you don’t know what to do. Power cannot guide you in making the right decisions. Trusting in the One who loves your soul can do both.
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalms 20:7)
5. There is nothing life can throw your way that can separate you from your Savior. No earthly element is stronger than Him!
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour…” (Isaiah 43:2 – 43:3)
6. The repercussions of man cannot intimidate you when you stand firm in your faith. Threats and bribes will not prevail against your convictions, and you will come out the victor!
“In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” (Psalms 56:4)
No matter what trial comes your way, hold tight to the unchanging hand of God: the One who will keep you and give you strength. The alternative is not worth it!
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” (Jeremiah 17:5)
8. God never promised your walk with Him would be easy. He promised it would be worth it. You will face many of the same things a non-believer faces, yet you have hope, you have a Helper, and you have a promise of renewed strength!
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
9. The world thinks that money will save them, or perhaps knowing the right people and having this world’s fame. God has shown you where true salvation is—the kind that makes your heart sing and gives you the strength to face each new day and all of its challenges!
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)
10. “I want! I want! I want!” will not draw the ear of the Lord near to you. Instead, try, “Lord, what is Your will for me?”, and “Lord, I’d like to have this certain thing in my life, if it’s Your will.”
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” (1 John 5:14)
11. Making your heart’s permanent place of residence next to the Savior will give you the assurance of His strength behind you, and a place of retreat and rest for your spirit.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” (Psalms 91:1 – 91:2)
12. When you put faith into action, you aren’t saying, “I believe I will receive anything I want.” You are actually saying, “Lord, this is what I am praying for, and I have faith in Your answer because You know what is best for me.”
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” (James 1:6)
13. His promises are sure! He’ll keep you! He’ll strengthen you! He’ll take care of you! You never need to question whether His promises are still in effect!
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
14. Your own thoughts about handling a dilemma may seem right, but do they line up with the Word? If your goal is to have a good outcome, and your thoughts are different from God’s thoughts on the matter, choose His way over yours. You’ll be glad you did.
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)
15. When you make God your top priority, He will put the desires in your heart that should be there. When you act on those desires and your commitment to God is solid, you have the ingredients to see those longings fulfilled!
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalms 37:4 – 37:5)
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