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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Trusting God - Relationship"

Date published: 04/19/2020

This is the second devotion on trusting God.  If you missed last week’s devotion on trusting God click here. 

 

Psalm 31:14 “But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."

 

    Falling more in love with God through your relationship with Christ is foundational to trusting God.  Trusting God is the combination of faith and obedience.  Your relationship with Christ precedes and grows your faith and obedience in Christ.  A growing relationship with Christ produces convictions and direction as God’s truths touch your life.  These illuminations of sin and direction will challenge your faith to repent, change, and follow Jesus through obedience.  Trusting God in obedience produces the fragrant fruitfulness in 2 Corinthians 2:15: “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”  Here are five Scriptures that show the integral link between trusting God and one’s relationship with God:

  

  1. Psalm 37:3 beautifully illustrates the link between an intimate, passionate, relationship with Christ and trusting Him: “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”   Dwelling in the land leads to a life of faithfulness.  Your continual feeding on God allows you to know Him so well that your faithfulness to trust Him becomes second nature.  Verse 4 puts the icing on your relationship with Christ, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Feeding on the Lord produces delight in Him!
  2. Psalm 32:10 reflects a relationship with Christ that is fully experiencing His love: “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.”  The deeper and stronger your relationship with Christ the greater your recognition and feeling of His love for you.  Your desire to trust God becomes easier due to a deeper understanding of His love for you. 
  3. Psalm 52:8 ties your love for God to your growth in Him: “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever.”  Your growth in Christ is like an olive tree’s expanding root system that thrives on an increasing knowledge of His love for you.  Verse 9 shows the result of this reciprocal love relationship: “I will praise You forever for what You have done; in Your name I will hope, for Your name is good.  I will praise You in the presence of Your saints.
  4. Psalm 131:1-3 demonstrates the result of a close relationship with God: “My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.  But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.  O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.”  The beauty and security of allowing your relationship with God to grow to one like a mother and child produces great comfort and trust.  Securely resting in the wings of God is not only a beautiful place to be, but also one that allows you to safely trust God.
  5. Psalm 31:14-15 broadens your ability to trust as you grow in relationship with God: “But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.  My times are in Your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.’”  Your love for God has grown to such a level that you live all of life instinctively for Him.  This instinctive love and trust for God comes from a growing relationship with God.

 

   Our number one purpose as followers of Christ is to grow in relationship with Him.  Everything in your Christian life is dependent upon your relationship with Christ.  Your relationship with Christ is the portal for experiencing God’s love for you.  Not that God’s love is any more, but by your increasing trust in Him you open your life to experiencing His unbounding love and care for you.

  

Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area:  “Hard Times” and “Satisfaction.”