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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Trusting God - Pursuit"

Date published: 04/24/2020

This is the third devotion on trusting God.  If you missed last week’s devotion on trusting God, click here.  For the first devotion in this series you can continue scrolling down to “Trusting God – His Faithfulness.”

 

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

 

   Last week’s teaching on trust focused on the bedrock of trusting God – your relationship with Christ.  Today’s teaching on trusting God results from your pursuit of Him.  A follower of Christ who constantly pursues God will more easily trust God.  The following four pursuits of God will make it easier to trust Him.

 

   The first pursuit of God flows out of a belief that God richly rewards those who follow and trust Him.   Romans 15:13 reflects the rewards of trusting God: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Most Christians do not think of hope, peace, and joy as great rewards, but their power sustains Christians in difficult times as well as instills a quality of life that allows Christians to set themselves apart from the world with the peace, hope, and joy they possess.  Peace, hope, and joy provide the sustaining fuel to a purposeful and complete life.

 

   The second pursuit of God is living on His promises and faithfulness.  In John 14:12 Jesus made a remarkable promise, I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.”  Trusting God means believing His promises, so that you can step out in faith.  Your ability to act on God’s promises is rooted in a thriving relationship with Christ.  The vibrancy of your relationship in Christ gives you the faith to walk in Jesus’ ways, purposes, and desires. 

 

   The third pursuit of God is asking Him.  Mark 11:24 describes it this way, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  You want something but are uncertain if it is God’s will or direction?  Passionately seek God’s will on what He wants.  Extended prayer, fasting, and the inclusion of believers for corporate prayer are great ways to seek God’s will and direction.

 

   The fourth pursuit of God is to realize that yours and the world’s resources are not what bring you success, but your confidence is in God alone.  Psalm 44:6-8 points to your confidence and trust in God, I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame.  In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your name forever.  Once your success rests with yours and the world’s ingenuity, you take your eyes off Jesus.  Your pursuit here is not by the things of this world but by God.  Your trust in God comes from your confidence of who He is.

 

   Your pursuit of God enlivens your faith.  Constantly pursuing God instills a confidence not in the things of this world, but in God alone.  You begin to act as Peter and the apostles did in Acts 5:29, “But Peter and the apostles answered and said, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’”

 

Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will act.”

 

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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.”