Learn a New Habit-Trust
Difficult to continue trusting when nothing seems to happen
(Gn 30:22-24) Eventually God answered Rachel’s prayers and gave her a child of her own. In the meantime, however, she had given her maidservant to Jacob. Trusting God when nothing seems to happen is difficult. But it is harder still to live with the consequences of taking matters into our own hands. Resist the temptation to think God has forgotten you. Have patience and courage to wait for God to act.
Takes time to build it up
(Gn 50:5) Joseph had proven himself trustworthy as Pharaoh’s adviser. Because of his good record. Pharaoh had little doubt that he would return to Egypt as promised after burying his father in Canaan. Privileges and freedom often result when we have demonstrated our trustworthiness. Since trust must be built gradually over time, take every opportunity to prove your reliability even in minor matters.
Trusting God for the First Time
(Ex 14:10-11) Trapped against the sea, the Israelites faced the Egyptian army sweeping in for the kill. The Israelites thought they were doomed. After watching God’s powerful hand delivered them from Egypt their only response was fear, whining, and despair. Where was their trust in God? Israel had to learn from repeated experience that God was able to provide for them. God has preserved examples in the Bible so that we can learn to trust him the first time. By focusing on God’s faithfulness in the past we can face crises with confidence rather than with fear and complaining.
Trusting God spares us much grief
(Ex 14;11-12) This is the first instance of grumbling and complaining by the Israelites. Their lack of faith in God is startling. Tet how often do we find ourselves doing the same thing – complaining over in-conveniences or discomforts? The Israelites were about to learn some tough lessons. Had they trusted God, they would have been spared much grief.
Lack of trust leads to stress.
(Ex 16:2) It happened again. As the Israelites encountered danger, shortages, and inconvenience, they complained bitterly and longed to be back in Egypt. But as always, God provided for their needs. Difficult circumstances often lead to stress, and complaining is a natural response. The Israelites didn’t really want to be back in Egypt, they just wanted life to get a little easier. In the pressure of the moment, they could not focus on the cause of their stress (in this case, lack of trust in god), they could only think about the quickest way of escape. When pressure comes your way, resist the temptation to make a quick escape. Instead, focus on God’s power and wisdom to help you deal with the cause of your stress.
Essential to marriage.
(Nm 5:11-31) This test for adultery served to remove a jealous husband’s suspicion. Trust between husband and wife had to be completely eroded for a man to bring his wife to the priest for this type of test. Today priests and pastors help restore marriages by counselling couples who have lost faith in each other. Whether justified or not, suspicion must be removed for a marriage to survive and trust to be restored.
Don’t trust God with only small problems
(Nm 14:5-9) With great miracles, God had led the Israelites out of slavery, through the desolate desert, and up to the very edge of the promised land. He had protected them, fed them, and fulfilled every promise. Yet when encouraged to take that last step of faith and enter the land, the people refused. After witnessing so many miracles, why did they stop trusting God? Why did they refuse to enter the promised land when they had been their goal since leaving Egypt? They were afraid. Often we do the same thing. We trust God to handle the smaller issues but doubt his ability to take care of the big problems, the rough decisions, the frightening situations. Don’t stop trusting God just as you are ready to reach your goal. He brought you this far and won’t let you down now. We can continue trusting God by remembering all He has done for us.
Failing to trust God brings problems.
(Nm 14:34) God’s judgment came in the form the people feared most. The people were afraid of dying in the desert, so God punished them by making them wander in the desert until they died. Now they wished they had the problem of facing the giants and the fortified cities of the promised land. Failing to trust God often brings even greater problems than those we originally faced. When we run from God, we inevitably run into problems.
Wipes out fear.
(1 Sm 14:6) Jonathan and his armor-bearer weren’t much of a force to attack the huge Philistine army. But while everyone else was afraid, they trusted God, knowing that the size of the enemy army would not restrict God’s ability to help them. God honored the faith and brave action of these two men with a tremendous victory.
Can you trust in God no matter what?
(Jb 1:1) Job lost all he had through no fault of his own. As he struggled to understand why all this was happening to him. It became clear that he was not meant to know the reasons. He would have to face life with the answers and explanations held back. Only then would his faith fully develop.
We must experience life as job did – one day at a time and without complete answers to all of life’s questions. Will we, like Job trust God no matter what? Or will we give in to the temptation to say that God doesn’t really care.?
God won’t forsake those who trust Him
(Ps 9:10) God will never forsake those who seek him. To forsake someone is to abandon that person. God’s promise does not mean that if we trust in him we will escape loss or suffering, it means that God Himself will never leave us no matter what we face.
Real trust brings consistency of character.
(Ps 125;1) Have you ever known people who were drawn to every new fad or idea? Such people are inconsistent and therefore unreliable. The secret to consistency is to trust in God, because he never changes. He cannot be shaken by the changes in our world and He endures forever. The fads and ideas of our world, and our world itself, will not.
Trust with a Childlike faith.
(Mk 10:14) Adults are not as trusting as little children. To feel secure, all children need is a loving look and a gentle touch from someone who cares. Complete intellectual understanding is not one of their requirements. They believe us if they trust us. Jesus said that people should believe in Him with this kind of childlike faith. We should not have to understand all the mysteries of the universe; it should be enough to know that God loves us and provides forgiveness for our sin. This doesn’t mean that we should be childish or immature, but we should trust God with a child’s simplicity and receptivity.
How worry affects our trust in God.
(Mt 6:34) Jesus says we can have only one master. We live in a materialistic society where many people serve money. They spend all their lives collecting and storing it, only to die and leave it behind. Their desire for money and what it can buy far outweighs their commitment to God and spiritual matters. Whatever you store up, you will spend much of your time and energy thinking about. Don’t fall into the materialistic trap, because “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Can you honestly say that God, and not money is your master. One test is to ask which one occupies more of you7r thoughts, time and efforts.
Children Learn it from parents
(Mt 18:6) Children are trusting by nature. They trust adults, and through that trust their capacity to trust God grows. God hold’s parents and other adults who influence young children accountable for how they affect these little ones’ ability to trust. Jesus warned that anyone who turns little children away from faith will receive severe punishment.
Helps with fear.
(Mk 4;38-40) The disciples panicked because the storm threatened to destroy them all and Jesus seemed unaware and unconcerned. Theirs was a physical storm, but storms come in other forms. Think about the storms in your life – the situations that cause you great anxiety. Whatever your difficulty, you have two options. You can worry and assume that Jesus no longer cares, or you can resist fear, putting your trust in Him. When you feel like panicking confess your need for God and then trust him to care for you.
A part of Faith.
(Mk 9:24) The attitude of trust and confidence that the Bible calls belief or faith (Hebrews 11:1-6) is not something we can obtain without help. Faith is a gift from (Ephesians 2:8-9). No matter how much faith we have, we never reach the point of being self-sufficient. Faith is not stored away like money in the bank. Growing in faith is a constant process of daily renewing our trust in Jesus.
Acting upon trust.
(Lk 17:11-14) People who had leprosy were required to try to stay away from other people and to announce their presence if they had to come near. Sometimes leprosy went into remission. If a leper though his leprosy had gone away, he was supposed to present himself to a priest who could declare him clean (Leviticus 14). Jesus sent the ten lepers to the priest before they were healed – and they went! They responded in faith and Jesus healed them on the way. Is your trust in God so strong that you act on what he says even before you see evidence that it will work?
How we trust in God.
(Jn 3;18) People often try to protect themselves from their fears by putting their faith in something they do or have, good deeds, skill, or intelligence, money, or possessions. But nly God can save us from the one thing that we really need to fear – eternal condemnation. We believe in God by recognizing the insufficiency of our own efforts to find salvation and by asking Him to do His work in us. When Jesus talks about unbelievers He means those who reject or ignore Him completely, not those who have momentary doubts.
(Rm 3:21-29) After all this bad news about our sinfulness and God’s condemnation, Paul gives the wonderful news. There is a way to be declared not guilty – by trusting Jesus Christ to take away our sins. To make us right with God, and to empower us to live the way He taught us. God’s solution is available to all of us regardless of our background or past behavior.
(Col 1:22-23) The way to be free from sin is to trust Jesus Christ to take it away. We must remain ”established and firm” in the truth of the gospel, putting our confidence in Jesus alone to forgive our sins to make us right with God and to empower us to live the way he desires. When a judge in a court of law declares the defendant not guilty, the person has been acquitted of all the accusations or charges. Legally, it is as if he or she had never be3en accused. When God forgives our sins, our record is wiped clean. From his perspective, it is as though we had never sinned. God’s solution is available to you. No matter what you have done or what you have been like, God’s forgiveness is for you.
Lack of trust keeps us from receiving God’s best for us.
(Heb 3:15-19) The Israelites failed to enter the promised land because they did not believe in God’s protection, and they did not believe that God would help them conquer the giant s in the land (see Numbers 14, 15). So God sent them into the dessert to wander 40 years. This was an unhappy alternative to the wonderful gift He had planned for them. Lack of trust in God always prevents us from receiving His best.
Danger of trusting in your efforts
(Heb 4:13) Nothing can be hidden from God. He knows about everyone, everywhere, and everything about us, is wide open to his all-seeing eyes. God sees all we do and knows all we think. Even when we are unaware of His presence, He is there. When we try to hide from Him, He sees us. We can have no secrets from God. It is conforting to realize that although God knows us intimately, He still “shares love’ with us.
Have you ever felt surrounded by the “enemy” or faced over-whelming odds? God is never intimidated by the size of the enemy or the complexity of a problem. With Him, there are always enough resources to resist the pressures and win the battle. If God has called you to action, then bravely commit what resources you have to God and rely upon him to lead you to victory.
I want you to learn a New Habit. Try saying, “I trust you God.” In response to whatever happens to you. If their is time, think about who your Lover is in all His Power and Glory ponder also the depth and breadth of His Love for you.
This simple practice will help you see Him in every situation, acknowledging His being in-charge and in-control over the universe. When you view events from this perspective through the love of His Shared Love – Fear loses its grip on you. Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities, when you affirm your trust in Him no matter what. You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from Him Hand. Your continual assertion of trusting Him will strengthen your relationship and keep you close
Every time you affirm your trust in Him, you put a coin into your heavenly bank account. Thus you build up your reserves in preparation for days of challenges. He keeps safely in His Shared Love all trust invested in Him, with interest compounded continuously. The more you trust Him, the more He empowers you.
Practice trusting Him during quiet days, when nothing much seems to be happening. Then when storms come, your trust balance will be sufficient to see you through. Store up for yourself treasure in heaven, through placing your trust in Him. This practice will keep you in His Peace.
Trust Him by relinquishing control into His hands. Let go and let God. This is His world: He made it and He controls it. Yours is a responsive part in this Shared Love. He searches among His children for receptivity to Him. Guard well this gift of Shared Love that I have planted in your heart. Nurture it with the Light of your Shared Love.
The High Road
I am leading you along the High Road, but there are descents as well as ascents. Your longing to reach those goals you have set is good, but you must not take shortcuts. Your assignment is to follow Him, allowing Him to direct your path. Let goals beckon you onward, but stay close to Him.
Learn to trust Him when things go “wrong.” Disruptions to your routine, highlights your dependence on Him. Trusting acceptance of challenges brings blessings that far outweigh them all. Walk hand in hand with Him through this day. He has lovingly planned every inch of the way. Trust does not falter when the path becomes rocky and steep. Breathe deeply of your Shared Love and hold tightly to His hand. Together we can make it.
Trust in Him
Develop your trust in Him in more and more areas of your life. Anything that tends to make you anxious is a growth opportunity. Instead of running away from these challenges, embrace them, eager to gain all the blessings He has hidden in the difficulties. If you believe He is in charge over every aspect of your life. It is possible to trust Him in all situations. Don’t waste energy regretting the way things are or thinking about what might have happened. Start at the present moment – accepting things exactly as they are – and search for His way in the midst of these circumstances.
Trust is like a crutch you can lean on, as you journey uphill with Him. If you, are trusting in Him consistently, the crutch will bear as much of your weight as needed. Lean on, trust, and be confident in Me with ALL your heart and mine.
Trust is the way to Heaven
Trust is the pathway to Heaven. When you walk on this path, you live in Shared Love. His love shines more brightly on those who follow the Shared Love path of life. Dare to walk on the high road, hand in hand, for it is the most direct route to heaven.
Trust Him Enough
to spend ample time with Him, pushing back the demands of the day. Refuse to feel guilty about something that is so pleasing to Him, the King of the universe. Because He is in charge, He is able to bend time and events in your favor. You will find that you can accomplish more in less time, after you have given over control of your life to Him in a truly loving relationship. Also, as you align yourself with His perspective, you can sort out what is important and what is not.
Don’t fall into the trap of being constantly on the go. Many, many things people do in His name have no value in His kingdom. To avoid doing meaningless works, stay in continual communication with Him. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
Refuse to Worry
In this world there will always be something enticing you to worry. That is the nature of a fallen planet: Things are not as they should be. So the temptation to be anxious is constantly with you, trying to worm its way into your mind. The best defense is continual communication with Me, richly seasoned with thanksgiving. Awareness of Our Shared Love fills your mind with Light and Peace, leaving no room for fear.
Don’t be Afraid
Trust Him and Don’t be afraid, for He is your Strength. Think what it means to have Him as your Strength. He spoke the universe into existence. His Power is absolutely unlimited. Human weakness, dedicated to Him, is like a magnet, drawing His Power into your neediness. However, fear can block the flow of His Strength into you. Instead of trying to fight your fears, concentrate on trusting Him. When you relate to Him in confident trust, there is no limit to how much He can strengthen you.
Remember that He wants you to share your love. Rejoice as we journey together toward heaven.
And be Thankful! As you walk with Him through this day, practice trusting and thanking Him all along the way. Trust is the channel through which His Peace flows into you. Thankfulness lifts you up above your circumstances. He does His greatest work through people with grateful, trusting hearts. Rather than planning and evaluating, practice trusting and thanking Him continually. This is a step that will revolutionize your life.
He is taking Care of You.
When you are weary and everything seems to be going wrong, you can still utter these five words: “I Love and Trust You”. By doing so, you release matters into His control, and you fall back into His security.
Before you arise from your bed, He has already arranged the events of your day. Every day provides many opportunities for you to learn His ways and grow closer to Him. Signs of your Shared Love brighten even the dullest days, when you have eyes that really see. Search for Me as for hidden treasure. I will be found by you.
Let Me fill You with My Love, Joy, and Peace. These are Glory-gifts, flowing from Our Shared Love. Though you are a human. He has designated you to be filled with spiritual contents. Your weakness is not a deterrent to being filled with His Spirit; on the contrary, it provides an opportunity for His Power to shine forth more brightly.
As you go through this day, trust Him to provide the strength that you need moment by moment. Don’t waste energy wondering whether you are adequate for today’s journey. His Spirit within you is more than sufficient to handle whatever this day may bring. That is the basis for your confidence! In quietness (spending time alone with Me) and confident trust (relying on My sufficiency) is your strength.
Moment by Moment
Trusting Him is a moment by moment choice. His people have not always understood this truth. After He performed miracles in the wilderness. His chosen children trusted Him intensely – but only temporarily. Soon the grumbling began again, testing His patience to the utmost.
Isn’t it often the same way with you? You trust Him when things go well, when you see Him working on your behalf. This type of trust flows readily within you, requiring no exertion of your will. When things go wrong, your trust flow slows down and solidifies. You are forced to choose between trusting Him intentionally or rebelling; resenting Him ways with you. This choice ci a fork in the road. Stay on the road of Life.
Don’t Be Afraid
Trust Him, and don’t be afraid. Many things feel out of control. Your routines are not running smoothly. You tend to feel more secure when your life is predictable. Let Him lead you to the rock that is higher than you and your circumstances.
When you are shaken out of your comfortable routines, grip My hand tightly and look for growth opportunities. Instead of complaining over the loss of your comfort, accept the challenge of something new. He is making you fit for His kingdom. Say yes to the ways He works in your life. Trust Him and don’t be afraid.
Trust Him and don’t be afraid, for He isyour Strength and Song. Do not let fear shut down your energy. Instead, invest your energy in Trusting Him and singing His song. The battle for control of your mind is fierce, and years of worry have made you vulnerable to the enemy. Therefore, you need to be vigilant in guarding your thoughts. Do not despise this weakness in yourself, since He is using it to draw you closer to Him. Your constant need for Him creates an intimacy that is well worth all the effort. You are most alone in this struggle for your mind. His Spirit living within you is ever ready to help. Ask Him to Control your mind. He will bless you with Life and Love.
Hold My Hand and Trust.
So long as you are conscious of your Shared Love, all is well. It is virtually impossible to stumble while walking with Him. I designed you to enjoy Him above all else. You find the deepest fulfillment of your heart in Him alone.
Fearful, anxious thoughts melt away while sharing love. When you turn away from Him, you are vulnerable to the darkness that is always at work in the world. Don’t be surprised by how easily you stumble when you forget to cling to His hand. In the world, dependency is seen as immaturity. But in His kingdom, dependence on Him is a prime measure of maturity.
Now let’s take a look at understanding.