Trusting God 24/7 – The Lord Hears and Delivers

A large part of trusting God involves understanding what it
is we are trusting Him to do. Basically, what are Gods promises? If we are
trusting Him to keep his word, it seems important to know what exactly he
promised us.

Take psalms 30:5 for example.

“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out
of all their troubles.”

Ps 30 5

Today you can talk to God and say perhaps,

“God, you said you would hear me and deliver me… not from SOME of my problems, but from ALL of my troubles. You promised. I believe you. You don’t say things just for the fun of it. Your word comes with power and action. Help me fully trust your word and stop worrying. You said you would deliver me and I trust you. I believe you.
Your “will,” however, is what matters. I trust you to deliver me from my troubles in Your way, not mine. I know you already know what I need and you already know the way to provide it. Let my human will step aside so I can fully accept and desire your will and your answers.”

What happens if we turn to God, yet don’t fully expect to
see results? Isn’t it impossible to trust AND doubt at the same time?

As you pray today, open your heart completely to God’s will
and his promise to deliver you out of all your troubles. Although we wish the
results were instantaneous, God has beautifully orchestrated our lives for
optimum growth. Embrace it.

Know fully that your troubles are temporary and smile knowing He does hear your cry and promised to deliver you out of every difficulty. We just don’t know what it will look like or when it will happen.

Our job is to let our hearts fully trust that His will IS being done. Then, and
only then, can we truly let go and trust him.

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With All Thine Heart

by Julie Paulk

With ALL thine heart  Prov 3:5

With ALL thine heart Prov 3:5

Today we are pondering the well known verse: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” ~ Prov 3:5

The leading question is what does our own understanding tell us? Our own understanding usually tells us less than lovely things such as “The economy is down and we can’t pay all the bills right now” or “I don’t feel well, maybe the healing is never going to come.”

We turn to our own understanding for everything in our lives, and more often than not, the result is less than beautiful.

There are thousands of words of wisdom in the Bible. We can read them day in and day out and still not know how to fully put them to use.

One such example is today’s though “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” It is a well known verse yet do we really grasp how to accomplish it?

This isn’t something that can be fully answered at one sitting, but it can be explored day by day with the hope of becoming more fully and naturally reliant and trusting in the Lord.

The four little words “with all thine heart” are far from being small words. “All” is bigger than anyone can actually grasp. If we are trusting the Lord with even a fraction of our heart, incredible things will be happening. Imagine learning to eventually trust with ALL – every ounce of your being! That would leave no room at all for fear to sneak in.

Today, lets make a conscious effort to see where we are actually putting our trust. What or who have we been relying on?

Each time we realize there is someone or something else we are putting our faith in, that’s the perfect time for an “AHA!” moment and switch our faith away from its current source and toward the “One.”

I would love to hear about your “AHA” moments this week of discovering things you have been trusting other than God and what happened once you turned your trust to him and away from your own understanding.

We can’t stop trusting other things until we realize all the other things we have actually been trusting and relying on. What an exciting journey to learn to Trust 24/7!

 

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Trusting God 24/7

I am starting a new series on this blog. After years of going through a difficult situation, I have come to understand the importance of Trusting God 24/7.

Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”

Imagine a life in which the answer was always clear. Imagine knowing that no matter the situation, you only had to put your trust in one thing ~ the Lord.

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him ~ Prov 30:5

Sometimes it seems like we have to trust other people to do the right thing, such as our children, the courts or any number of other people. When we have to rely on people, there can be many variables.

Perhaps someone didn’t follow through with a promise and now you are stuck without something you desperately needed. Maybe you were planning on a job coming through and the client backed out at the last minute, leaving you with bills you can’t pay.

With God, however, there aren’t variables. There is just Truth. God’s word is spread throughout the Bible. His promises are multitudinous. It is simply our job to avail ourselves of the promises He so freely gave us and turn our fears around by learning to trust Him 24/7.

Today’s lessons comes from Prov 30:5 “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”  He is shielding us WHEN we put our trust in him. Let go of the need to trust people, legal systems, local government, family or anything else. When you put your full trust in God, he promises to be a shield unto you.

I’m quite sure you will find yourself feeling less vulnerable and more secure. Enjoy your newly found confidence and trust. :)

I will be on this journey with you. Share your experiences of triumph so others may grow and learn from you. When did you last find peace from trusting God instead of everything else?

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Get off the Cross

This flower represented getting off the cross.

This morning I attended a church service at a church I had not been to before.

At the front of the church was a large cross covered with flowers. Toward the end of the service, the pastor invited everyone to come take a flower off the cross to represent our commitment to getting off the cross.

Christianity is not about hate or hurting others or holding on for dear life. It’s about trusting, forgiving, letting go and letting God.

As I took a flower off the cross and sat back down with my little flower, I felt a weight lifted off me. My heart was overflowing with trust, with forgiveness of myself, with inner peace and love.

The pastor asked us to daily recommit ourselves to getting off the cross, to forgiving, to trusting God to lift us up higher. We are to be transformed from the inside out.

What happens when we feel we are on the cross, being beaten and torn?  What happens when we feel people are simply not accepting us and never will?

No one has a perfect past. No one is without sin. But, oh, what a life we live when we repent and transform our lives to lead the life God has chosen for us.  Does it matter how others perceive us? What if they hold on to one flaw and never forget it and refuse to see the real you?

Jesus taught love and forgiveness. No matter what others thought about him, he continued with love. He didn’t try to conform to their way of thinking or do things the way people thought he should do them. Jesus knew who he was. He wasn’t boastful about it. He didn’t show off. He let his actions speak for himself. Many people were scared by it. Others saw the love of God and transformed their own lives and followed in his footsteps.

On this Easter Day, what will you let go of? When you get off the cross, what will you be leaving behind and moving on from? Demand to see yourself as the beautiful, beloved child of God and be willing to trust in Him 100%.

Don’t hold on to fear and watch others pass by with freedom. Let go of what is keeping you back. Leave it behind because it is based in fear. We either trust God or we don’t. This Easter, I am choosing God. I am getting off the cross of persecution and condemnation. I am transforming my thoughts to be higher than they have ever been.

Join with me. Let go. Forgive. Move forward.

I love this poem by Edward Markham:

He drew a circle that shut me out,
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win,
We drew a circle that took him in.

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Offended?

Who hasn’t been in a situation where they were offended?  Sometimes individuals can do things that are beyond hurtful.  As humans, we react.  But as God’s children, perhaps there is another alternative.

I absolutely love what Mary Baker Eddy says in her article entitled “Taking Offense”

“Nothing short of our own errors should offend us.  He who can willfully attempt to injure another, is an object of pity rather than of resentment; while it is a question in my mind, whether there is enough of a flatterer, a fool, or a liar, to offend a whole-souled woman”

How does this help us in a practical way?

Lets say someone purposely does something they know will upset you or hurt you.  Often we think “Why do they keep doing this?”  “How could someone be so evil to someone else?”

Mary Baker Eddy says in her same article “It is our pride that makes another’s criticism rankle, our self-will that makes another’s deed offensive, our egotism that feels hurt by another’s self-assertion.  Well may we feel wounded by our own faults; but we can hardly afford to be miserable for the faults of others.”

Think about it.   “We can’t AFFORD to be miserable for the faults of others.”  What does it cost us?  Our peace.  Our grace.  Our calmness.  Our patience.    Is it worth the cost?  Hardly.  When we seem to lose our peace or patience, others around us suffer as a result.  We can stop the cycle.  We can choose to not be offended.

“We should remember that the world is wide; that there are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; that each person has a different history, constitution, culture, character, from all the rest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms.  Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities; with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it; with a charity broad enough to cover the whole world’s evil, and sweet enough to neutralize what is bitter in it, – determined not to be offended when no wrong is meant, nor even when it is, unless the offense be against God.” ~ Mary Baker Eddy “Taking Offense”

The next time you are faced with an option to be offended or respond with love… think of the cost.  Remember that we are followers of Christ and His teachings were thus “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27-28

Each unloving act against you is merely an opportunity to express grace, peace and forgiveness.  They are opportunities to be an example to those around you.  :)

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Parenting With Peace

Have you ever had a day with your children that was filled with bickering and constant quarrels?

If you are a parent and have more than one child, the answer is a resounding yes.

However, those days can be over!   You don’t believe me?  You only wish it was true?

As children of God, we

have been given the task of raising our children to act like God intends us to act.  The guidelines are all throughout the Bible.

Peace comes to mind when I think of parenting.  Peace doesn’t include any arguing, irritation, reaction, or raised voices.

So… what do you do when your children have already begun their yelling match?    Simple… Remember who YOU are.  You are the child of God.  You were created with unlimited amounts of strength, peace, calmness, understanding, obedience, etc.  Having been given such vast quantities of each of these (and countless other) qualities, you are automatically equipped to handle any situation that may arise within your home.

Before you raise your voice louder than theirs so they can hear you, take that deep breath, quiet your thoughts and take a look at the children standing before you.  They are Gods beautiful ideas.  Remember that.  In this moment, they seem to be choosing to not listen to His Heavenly voice.  That means it’s your job to redirect them into listening to Him.

Hugs help.  Speaking softly and gently helps.  If, as parents, we react right back and yell at them to stop fighting, aren’t we doing the very behavior we wish to have stopped?  It becomes a cycle of irritation.

When we choose to see the situation as an opportunity to express the Love of God, it becomes a time of peace instead of conflict.

The more you diffuse situations in this way, the more the children become used to resolving conflict with peace.  This is going to not only have a positive effect on your own children, but will positively affect future conflicts your children may one day find themselves part of.

“Train a child in the way he should go,

and when he is old he will not turn from it.”   Prov 22:6

As a parent, you have the privilege and joy of helping your children become beautiful citizens of the world.

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You are Not Your Past

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We are not our past.

End of story.  :-)

Each one of us has probably endured situations that were life-changing and seemingly earth shattering.  And, we each had a choice on how to handle those situations.

At first, we may feel anger, fear, frustration, hurt, physical pain, grief, depression, etc.

Those feelings try to take hold of us and claim we have every right to feel that way.

I like to think back to a story in the book of John in the Bible.

“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

Isn’t that beautiful!  The disciples wanted to know whose sin resulted in the man being blind.  But Jesus pointed out that it was No one!   He claimed it was that “the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

I love thinking about that and realizing that when we seem to be dealing with challenges, the point of it is so “that the works of God should be made manifest in” us.

When I deal with a difficult situation, I absolutely demand to find a blessing in it.  When I choose to be sad and upset and angry and depressed, my life is not enriched in any way at all.  As a mother of two, those emotions will negatively affect my children as well as everyone else around me.

So, what can I do about it?  As I mentioned earlier, we have a choice in every situation.  We can choose to cling to God and His Truth, or we can succumb to defeat.  Get rid of the serpent lie that tries to tell you, you are justified in feelings of revenge or hurt or loss.  Do you think God would ever tell us to feel that way?   Of course not.  God is a God of Love.

He intends for each of His children to have an overabundance of good.  When we hold on to things in our past, even if the past was yesterday or ten years ago, we are focusing on something other than God, good and we must let it go.

As Gods children, we are His ideas… His thoughts.  God had a thought, and it was you!  Her thoughts are fresh and new every moment.  You are fresh and new every moment.  What a freeing thought!

Lets join together and choose to see ourselves the way God sees us.  He’s not holding onto our past.  He is seeing that right this moment, we are safe in His care.  He also knows that every single moment of our existence, we have forever been protected and will forever continue to be.

I’m not going to go into detail here, but like most of you, I have endured unimaginable pain and abuse.  However, the secret to letting it go, is focusing on seeing myself and others as God sees us.  God could never see His children as less than beautiful.  So, why would we see ourselves that way?

Let today be a new day.  It IS a new day.  Filled with grace, peace, love.

Thank you, Father, for showing us who we really are.

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