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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Trusting God - Guide for Greater Trust in God"

Date published: 06/06/2020

   This is the ninth devotion on trusting God.  If you missed last week’s devotion on trusting God, click here.  For the first seven devotions, you can continue scrolling down to Trusting God.  This devotion recaps the previous eight devotions giving you a concise teaching for God to work in your heart on trusting Him.

 

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

 

   This is the final devotion in this series on trusting God.  It began with my morning quiet time where God impacted me with Psalm 31:14 on how the world, problems, and challenges all reside with God.  Even though these reside with God it is easy for politics, Supreme Court decisions, laws against Christians, conflicts throughout the world, murders, persecutions, unrighteous people, unfair work treatment, and ridicule to challenge our trust in God.  The question God posed to me was, “Can you really trust Me with these things?”  Of course, I can because God is my God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.  What started as a single devotion has now added up to nine.  God has taken me on a challenging journey where He has repeatedly asked me, “Oh really.  Do you really trust Me?”  God has been plowing deeply into my heart on how I might trust Him more.  A key Scripture that God rooted into me during this time was Luke 6:38: For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.If I want to experience and know God better, I must step by faith into Him in greater measures.  The first eight devotions are broken into two parts: Knowing and believing in God’s attributes helped me trust God, but on the other side there were areas of my life that caused me not to trust God.  This devotion will recap the key principles taught in the previous eight devotions to help you better use them to trust God.

 

   Trusting in God – Knowing His attributes to enlarge the size of your God is illustrated in Daniel 3:16-18: “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king.  But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.’”  

 

These three principles will help enlarge the size of your God.

  1. Be deep in relationship with Jesus so that He can bring you into continuing convictions for greater illumination and relationship. 

The following five Scriptures will lead you into a deeper relationship in Christ:

    1. Dwell in God.  Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”
    2. Experience God’s love.  Psalm 32:10 “The LORD's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.”
    3. Grow in your relationship with God.  Psalm 52:8 “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust God's unfailing love for ever and ever.”
    4. Grow closer to God.  Psalm 131:1-2 “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.”
    5. Live for Christ.  Psalm 31:14-15 “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.”
  1. Your pursuit of God leads to trusting Him.  Ephesians 5:1-2 “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” 

The following four Scriptures will help guide your pursuit of God:

    1. God rewards faithfulness: Romans 15:13 “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.”
    2. Obedience to God: John 14:12 “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.”
    3. Ask God: Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
    4. God is your solid ground: Psalm 44:6-8 “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.”
  1. Confidence that comes from your identity in Christ – a bigger God.  Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will act.”  

The following five Scriptures will lead you to a greater confidence in trusting God as:

    1. Your protector: Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.”
    2. Your solid rock: Isaiah 26:4 “Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.”
    3. Your ultimate safety: Psalm 32:7: “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
    4. Your hope: 1 Peter 2:23: “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.”
    5. Living confidently in faith: Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

 

   Areas of life that cause you to struggle can quickly cause erosion of faith and corrupted beliefs.  Erosion of faith and corrupted beliefs can undermine your trust in God.    Proverbs 3:5-7: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.” 

 

These three principles will help move you to total Lordship.

  1. Being in control prevents Lordship: Isaiah 30:18: “Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion.  For the LORD is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for Him!”  

 

The following four Scriptures will help you turn control over to God.

    1. Fear to relinquish. Proverbs 28:26 “He who trusts in himself is a fool, but He who walks in wisdom is kept safe.”
    2. Relinquish strongholds. Psalm 52:7 “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”
    3. Pour into God rather than the world.  Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
    4. Change whom you live for: Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
  1. People and things make following Christ difficult. Joshua 24:14-15 “Now fear the LORD and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  

 

The following four Scriptures will help you break free from the things and people that keep you from making Jesus Lord of your life.

    1. Life is empty and meaningless when living for the wrong things. Ecclesiastes 2:25-26 “For without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.  This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
    2. Embarrassment from losing people and things: John 12:42-43 “Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him.  But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.”
    3. False gods: Psalm 40:4 “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.”
    4. Your treasures rob your heart: Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
  1. Fear makes it difficult to trust God.

The following five Scriptures show how fear prevents you from entrusting yourself to God.

    1. All in for God: Matthew 21:21-22 “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done.  If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.’”
    2. Peace and refuge: John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world."
    3. False gods: Psalm 118:8-9 “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.  It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.”
    4. Believe God and not the world: Mark 5:36 “Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, ‘Don't be afraid; just believe.’” 
    5. God is always working for your good: Job 2:10 “He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’”

 

   All of God’s abundance will flow out of you trusting Him.  Use this recap as a helpful tool to prayerfully examine your life…  

Where does your God need to become bigger?

Where do you need to become less so that He can become more?

 

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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.”