Hello ladies and gents,
In my first post Welcome to Ever Trusting I mention that being Ever Trusting is a lifestyle. It is a daily decision. It is not something that happens over night. But it can be developed with time.
My path to becoming Ever Trusting started when the hubs and I said “I do.” We both grew up in Christian households and thought we knew a thing or 2 about God, faith, and trusting Him for the humanly impossible.
So much has happened in our lives since getting married. We had to learn the true meaning of “trusting God.” We have experienced lay-offs and joblessness, cancer, surgery, loss of a child, high-risk pregnancies and more. It’s been quite the experience and we are only 9 years into this thing.
Through these situations God’s Word has proven true. He has shown us that keeping Him first and relying on Him is the only way to live and be sane. Yes, we are still learning and growing our relationship with God, but we are not the same people we were at the start of this journey.
We are going to start with the first 2 characteristics. So, let’s get into this…
According to Hebrews 11:1 “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is the foundation of being Ever Trusting.
Faith is not a feeling or emotion. Emotions change and waiver based on circumstances. With faith, there has to be a belief that things will work out even when it doesn’t appear so. There is a knowing in your spirit that the challenge you’re facing won’t last always. Being Ever Trusting means that you know there is an exit to your situation before it appears. And you stand on that belief until you see the exit with your natural eyes.
I’m doing some standing right now as I write this message. My shield of faith is up and I’m hitting every dart that the enemy is throwing my way (Ephesians 6:16).
I’m hitting the false belief that I’m stuck.
I’m hitting the false belief that my situation won’t change.
I’m hitting the false belief that God has abandoned me.
Is your shield of faith up? What darts are you hitting?
Wisdom is also a characteristic of Ever Trusting. I’m not talking about mankind’s wisdom. I’m referring to God’s wisdom. Sometimes we get in trouble because we have the faith part, but we forget about the other part of the equation.
According to James 2: 14-26, faith without works is dead. I see this scripture used a lot. The problem I see though is that we never really talk about what “works” go with our faith situation. The works part comes from God. We have to go to Him and trust that He will tell us what to do in our situation. We must get our wisdom from the source.
Sometimes the works part is being still and trusting Him. It is easy to make a situation worse when we try to fix it ourselves. I have found this out the hard way on a few situations. Matter of fact, one of those situations is part of what I’m standing in faith on right now. I need Him to help me fix this mess I’ve created because I was trying to fix another mess. I should have consulted my Wisdom Source first.
Other times, we may be given specific instructions on how to handle our situation.
Here’s the kicker…
We gotta have a relationship with God in order to access His wisdom. We can’t visit Him only in times of trouble. He has to be like that best friend that we talk to everyday in good times and bad: during tragedies and in times of triumph.
Having a relationship with God means spending time in His Word. His Word is wisdom. His Word builds faith. He is the key to being Ever Trusting.
Stay tuned for the last 2 characteristics needed for your Ever Trusting journey.
Peace and Blessings,