How To Trust In God’s Faithfulness

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In my post previous to this one ( check the link https://wheremysoulrests.wordpress.com/2019/12/16/seek-gods-guidance-for-2020/), I wrote about our need as believers, to seek God’s guidance, and to look toward 2020 with renewed hope in God’s goodness to us. If you happened to read through that post, I hope that you made that resolution to do so before January 1st.

Dear reader, if you are a believer, hopefully, this article will remind you to trust in the Lord’s faithfulness and to hold steadfastly to Him. If you are not a believer, I want you to feel encouraged to put your trust in Jesus and what He did for you on the cross.

How do we begin to trust in God’s faithfulness? Does it come naturally to believers? If you’re anything like me, even as a Christian, I try to fix problems on my own, it’s in my sinful nature to want to control my life, that’s not the will of God. He often reminds me of what He accomplished for me on the cross.

The  Lord never promises us health, wealth, and happiness in His word (He is a God of His word) We are never guaranteed to be popular, loved, liked, have problem-free marriages, problem-free families. In fact, it’s the very opposite, He lays it out very clearly for us, we will be hated by everyone, that includes our nearest and dearest.

Lately, I’ve been pondering my Christian walk a lot, and while it is hard going, and you lose people, the Bible articulates this very clearly. The fact that it is written in black and white for us to understand makes things easier, I love that we have a black and white God, who is truthful and Just.

These 5 steps are how I’m learning to lean on God’s faithfulness, I hope they are an encouragement to you:

1) Trust In God’s Timing

This is a must for any Christian. You will often hear people disbelieving the Lord’s return, but He has His time, He is always patient. consider the following verses:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

In their hearts, humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
    His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? (Isaiah 14:27)

2) Pray, Pray, Pray

Whatever it is that you are going through in life, God never tires of listening to us, other people do, but not God. If you are struggling to lean on His faithfulness, and you recognize your need to control, talk to God about it, He won’t condemn you, He wants us to pray, and we NEED to pray.

 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! (Matthew 7:11)

Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice. (Psalm 55:17)

3) Know That God Only Speaks The Truth

It’s a fact that God does not lie! Not only does He not lie, but He also doesn’t give false hope, or cushion any blows. He is always truthful all of the time. I don’t know about you, but I find that very comforting.

God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change his mind.
Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? (Numbers23:19)

4) Know That God Is Your Provider

God has given everything we require for life, we have a lot to be thankful for.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. (Psalm23: 1-3)

5) Look To The cross

Jesus suffered an agonizing, humiliating death, for your sake. The Lord paid the price for our sins, He promised this, in the Bible, hundreds of years before He that horrific moment. If that doesn’t make us trust in God’s faithfulness to us, what else will?

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their face He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem. (Isaiah 53:3)

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

I hope that this post has offered you encouragement.

God bless

Lisa

Resolve To Seek God’s Guidance In 2020 And Beyond

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With 2020 rapidly approaching, let’s face the New Year and decade with fresh hope in God’s goodness to us. Are you hoping to start something new in 2020? Such as a new job or your own business, you need the Lord’s hand upon your life. If you are making New Years Resolutions, consider resolving to commit your plans to the Lord first.

God is a loving Father to his children and delights in us when we seek wisdom from Him, but we cannot neglect our primary calling, which is to put Him first in our lives. We must humble ourselves and be prepared to accept His will, after all, He is the perfect Father, and He knows what we need, even if it seems hard at the time.

I would like to share some verses from scripture, that speak of our need for the Lord’s wise counsel, as a believer, you know that you cannot go through life without it. Let’s consider the following 6 verses and apply them to our lives, starting from today and into the new year:

6 Bible Verses On God’s Guidance

 

1) Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)

2) Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness like the dawn, your justice like the noonday sun. (1 Kings 2:4-6)

3) Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

4) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the view of life. ( John 8:12)

5) The Lord Says, “I Will Guide You Along The Best Pathway For Your Life. I Will Advise You And Watch Over You”. (Psalm 32:8)

6) Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart; Do Not Depend On Your Own Understanding. Seek His Will In All You Do, And He Will Show You Which Path To Take. ((Proverbs3:5-6 )

The Lord Wants To Take Your Burdens

As you can see from the verses above, the Lord is happy to take our burdens, He knows our weaknesses all too well. God never gets compassion fatigued, He wants us to lay our burdens down at His feet, follow Him, and seek His guidance.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this post, and what are some of your resolutions for 2020?

 

When Life Is Hard As A Christian, Here’s What You Can Do

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As a follower of Jesus, your journey, through life, in this broken world, will be challenging, demoralizing, and confusing at times. We are to be in the world but not of the world, and getting the balance right can be difficult.

The values of this world are not the same as God’s values, sadly, those of this world, believe that to be successful in life, they have to rely on their own strength, and step on others if necessary; bullying is Commonplace, love has grown cold, and the Bible indeed says that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” As God’s people, like Christ, we are to be the light of the world, that does not mean that we’re going to be loved, accepted, or listened to. People will not readily accept the gospel, we will be mocked, lose friendships, family, and even worse, yet, we are called to endure all things (1Cor 13:7)

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If You Feel Like A Stranger In This World As A Christian, Count It All Joy 

Speaking from personal experience, I often feel like a stranger in my own land, I feel like I just don’t belong, and it used to bother me. But, since my walk with the Lord has increased over the years, I count it all joy, for I know that the “joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) and I know “that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11) and this gives me so much hope and peace when I encounter trials.

One of the things I love about being a Christian is that I no longer have to feel accepted by the world. I don’t care who likes me or who doesn’t like me, and, I know that even if everybody in the world rejected me, God still loves me and He sent his only begotten son to die for me on a cross, I have the greatest love of all – I have Jesus.

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Learn To Relinquish Control And Give It To Jesus

I genuinely believe that the expression “soldiering on” is about Christians, as God’s people, we are to be an army and be prepared for the spiritual battles that lie ahead. Our training can involve enduring the wilderness, we can often feel helpless, not spiritual. But I really believe in those times, God is trying to show us that we cannot rely upon ourselves. The whole point of this exercise is to reveal our weak state, to learn to relinquish control, and to transfer the trust we have in ourselves over to Him.

Remember That God Is Always Faithful

I am so thankful that my God is always faithful, I know that I stand on solid ground with His promises. I hope that anyone who reads my blog will take something away from it and that in some small way, it will be an encouragement to anyone who doesn’t feel like they have what it takes to stand firm, nobody has what it takes, and thankfully it’s not about us, it’s about Christ, He gives us strength.

 

God bless,

Lisa

Can A Believer Be Worldly?

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Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

This is just a snippet of the verse from James 4:4  the full verse is the following: “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

There is a real sense of urgency in the tone of that particular verse from James’ epistle.

To put it simply, the world hates God and doesn’t care to obey Him. We as Christians are to be a people set apart. We are called to love everyone, but we are not to approve of their sinful deeds – by doing so, we are aligning ourselves with the world and showing ourselves to be God’s enemy.

The people and material things of this world can be very enticing, but consider what Mark 8:36 has to say about this issue: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” In the end, nothing is more valuable than your soul – not even your life, why? Because souls are eternal, but our lives on earth are temporary.

I know that sometimes we just want to fit in and not make any big statements about our faith; it can seem like the path of least resistance. However, we are commanded by God to go out into the world and preach the Gospel, wherever God has placed us.

We serve the King of Kings, we are to obey Him with a spirit of excellence, He does not want us to help another master or be lukewarm, we are royalty when we belong to Him. The world is lost, and in darkness, we are the light of the world, and our unsaved family and friends are watching us. Dear believers, our lives are to be a picture of the Gospel.

Speaking from personal experience, the more that I have matured in my walk with the Lord, the less I care to be like the world. If you love Jesus, the desires of this world will go, and that’s when you will really enjoy the fullness of being free in Christ.

 

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What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

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As a Christian, you are called to follow Jesus and daily take up your cross and walk

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian? What Does It Mean To Be Saved?

The word Christianity means different things to different people in today’s world. Many people believe that being a Christian simply means being a good person –  doing good deeds. This is not true because the Bible tells us that we are not good people (Romans 3:10).

Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, and forgave sins (something only God could do). He did all these beautiful things. He was perfect, never committed a single crime (unlike us), yet he had to die a criminal’s death. What was it all for, if salvation is based upon on our deeds?

We Are Saved By Grace Through Faith

It is because salvation is not based on what we do, but in what Christ has done for us, salvation is to be found in the completed work of Jesus Christ  (John 14:6).

God required a lamb to atone for our sins, and Jesus was that lamb. In the old-testament God’s chosen people, the children of Israel had to sacrifice animals as an offering for their sins.

Christ’s death on the cross completed this – once and for all.

I, for one, am thankful to God that salvation is not a meritocracy, we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). 

Christians Are Imperfect People 

What non-believers should know about Christians is that we are not perfect people; this is why we follow Jesus – we need Him, and we need the Holy Spirit to take permanent residence in our hearts – God is the one who changes us, He is the one who sanctifies us daily.

A Christian is someone who has been convicted of their sinful nature, repented, and turned their lives over to Jesus – we believe in the Gospel, as it is the power of God onto Salvation.

God gives everyone a chance to repent and turn to Him, He is a forgiving and loving Father – we can trust Him implicitly. 

God saved us for good works, not by good works.

Counting The Cost

Being a Christian means submitting yourself to Christ; it is by no means easy to be a Christian in our sinful world. There is a cost to following Christ – we are commanded to die to self, take up our cross and walk, daily.