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Worry vs. Trust

Yesterday, two concerns weighed down on my heart and mind: A darling little girl, whose mom died last year, suffered from a dangerous illness. And a very close friend’s grandma clung to life.

I confess: I relapsed into a bit of worry. I pretended like I wasn’t worrying, and I almost fooled myself. But denying my worrying totally failed. I felt discouraged.

Suddenly, someone called me and prayed with me for both concerns. The Lord led me to trust Him.

Guess what? Within six hours, I learned that both the little girl and the friend’s grandma received gracious extensions of life and health! Praise the Lord!

This reminds me of the competition for our concentration: Worry vs. Trust. Today, let’s weed out worry and plant trust in Jesus. Let’s realize a few keys to understanding and overcoming worry:

1. Why worry? Worry never works. Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”(Luke 12:25, NIV). Let’s think about it: Worry never works! Then, in the following verse (v. 26), Jesus pointed something else out: “Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” God considers the extension of life -the very thing we worry about most- to be a very little thing! Our omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient God remains so good -so trustworthy! Why not trust Him?

2. Worry wastes life: It never solves problems, and it dissolves energy and time. Again, it never extends life.

3. Worry never hurries answers. It falsely gives one a feeling of “doing” something. Yet it never does!

4. Trust remains a must: Trust God. His Word, not worry, must reign in our hearts. For every worry, find an applicable Bible verse to memorize and internalize. Instead of denying the fact that you’re worrying, face it with God’s Word.

5. Trust God more than feelings. And transform typical negative “what if’s” into positive, faith-filled “what if’s.” (i.e. Instead of worrying something in your life might suddenly flop, start wondering whether something in your life might soar and give God glory!) God never leads us wrong. Every good and perfect gift comes directly from Him! Jesus said, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Stop worrying. Instead, start praying and obeying.

6. Unconditionally trust and love God: Remove conditions from your faith walk. (Stop the “If You do this, I’ll love You more” syndrome.) God never changes. He unconditionally loves us and plans what’s best for us. Let’s love Him unconditionally, too.

7. Love God and others without fear or worry of rejection. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18, AMP). When we let God’s love enter and flow through us, we exit fear.

 

How to Rely on God Through Difficult Times

By: Joyce Meyer

Do you remember the last time you experienced a challenging or difficult situation? Maybe you’re in the middle of one right now. We usually don’t get excited about going through them. In fact, when trouble comes, we sometimes ask, “Why is this happening?”

Many times, things happen that we simply don’t understand. But that’s okay—God doesn’t expect us to have everything figured out. We can trust that He knows and will take care of everything. He wants us to look to Him and say, “God, I have no idea what I’m going to do, but I’m trusting You to take care of me.”

The truth is, when we are facing difficult situations that we don’t understand, one of the best things we can do is to trust God. It allows Him to take the wrong things that have happened and work them out for our benefit. Romans 8:28 (NIV) says, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

We can trust that He is with us through every challenge we face, and we are ultimately going to come out stronger in the end.

Over the years, God has taught me so much about what it means to trust Him. For example, years ago, I really had to trust God when He told me to quit my job so I could stay home and study God’s Word more. Even though God was preparing me for full-time ministry, it was hard because we were short $40 each month of what we needed just to pay our monthly bills.

For six years, we had to have a miracle every month in our finances, and it didn’t make any sense to me at all why it was taking so long for our breakthrough. But God was teaching me how to trust Him for everything. I look back now and know that God was using this situation for my good and preparing me to do what I’m doing in ministry now.

Getting Comfortable with Not Knowing

I have learned from personal experience that putting my trust in God means there will be some unanswered questions. That was a hard lesson for me because I naturally want to understand everything…to know what’s going on so I can feel like I’m in control.

It’s just human nature to try and figure things out. So, when we’re in the middle of a situation, we can quickly find ourselves trying to reason our way through it. We generally want to know “Why, God, why?” or “When, God, when?” We want to know now how everything is going to work out.

But when we trust God, we have to get comfortable with not knowing everything—not knowing how God is going to accomplish what needs to be done and not knowing when He will do it.

Instead, God wants to direct our paths (see Psalm 23:3; Psalm 37:23), and that means He sometimes leads us in ways that don’t make sense to us. If we try to figure everything out, we will experience struggle and confusion. But there is a better way.

Instead, we can completely lean on Him, believing He wants what’s best for us. I know it’s easier said than done, especially when “life” happens—when we can’t quite see how everything’s going to work out and we’re tempted to take matters into our own hands.

But Proverbs 3:5-8 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight…

Entering God’s Rest

Saying we trust God is one thing, but when we really trust Him and lean on Him, we enter His rest. It’s a special kind of rest that you can have even in the middle of difficult circumstances. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to have all the answers, but you are trusting God to take care of you.

Most of us have spent our lives trying to take care of ourselves, but we must learn to trust our lives to His care. When we try to do things in our own strength and leave God out, we just get worn-out and frustrated. But when we fully lean on God, it brings us His peace. When we stop trying to figure everything out, God can be God in our life.

I want to encourage you to trust God completely in every area of your life. Remember that He is always on your side and He is fighting for you as you go through the challenges in your life. He loves you and has your best interest at heart at all times, and He is close to you when you’re hurting most (Psalm 34:18).

 

The Power of Trusting the Lord with All Your Heart – Crosswalk the Devotional – March 14

By Debbie McDaniel

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

If the future feels uncertain right now, and worry keeps occupying too much room in your heart, in your mind, remember this: God is already in all of our tomorrows. He knows our way, and He has a plan. And we can be assured it’s always the best one for us.

God never asks us to figure it all out on our own. He just asks us to trust Him, to recognize His leadership and Sovereignty in our lives. And He promises to make our pathways straight.

– “Trust (be confident in, be bold, be secure)

– in the Lord with all your heart (seat of emotions, inclinations, mind, soul),

– and do not lean (trust, support)

– on your own understanding (discernment).

– In all your ways acknowledge Him (know, recognize),

– and He will make your paths straight (pleasing, right, smooth).” Proverbs 3:5-6

We may not always see what’s ahead, but He does.

There’s great power in trusting Him. For it clears the way for our security to be based solely on Him, not on our circumstances, or other people, not on ourselves, or our own ways of thinking.

He is faithful to lead us and He sees the big picture. He brings clarity and light through foggy times. He knows what’s around the other side of the bend where we can’t fully see. His timing is perfect even when we start to feel like we’ve been forgotten. No matter how we feel or what our current situation may be, we can be confident that God’s Presence will go before us, paving out pathways, guiding and guarding our steps.

 

Trusting God’s Faithfulness

From: InTouch ministries

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Is there something God has told you to do that seems too difficult? If He has called you to carry out His will, you can trust that He’s faithful to accomplish it through His Spirit living and working in you. So if you tell Him, “I can’t do that, Lord—what if I fail?” you’re actually doubting that God keeps His word. And yet, our total expectation should be in Him—not in our own energy, ability, or experience.

When you doubt God’s trustworthiness, unbelief becomes a gap in your spiritual armor, and it is where Satan wants to attack you. You’ll begin to doubt other elements of God’s character, such as His goodness—and distrust will become baggage that’ll weigh you down in every area of life.

You might feel that you do not have enough faith to obey, but the Lord isn’t asking you to trust in favorable circumstances. He’s asking you to believe that He is who He says He is.

It’s easy to doubt God when you’re focused on the obstacles in front of you, but when you fix your eyes on Him and believe what Scripture says about His faithfulness, then you can do anything He requires. No matter what lies ahead, remember that God is not a liar, and He is faithful. You’ll be strengthened by your dependence on Him—whether a deluge of trials or a flood of blessings comes.

It’s actually when life gets rough that you’ll recognize the reality and sweetness of God’s faithfulness. As you walk through those storms in complete reliance on His strength, your trust in His character will become part of who you are and provide strength from within.

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