Jordan For Jesus #029 "Trust in God (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-10-09 09:43:51
Everyone faces trials in life, and everyone handles them differently. I have learned that the best way to handle trials is to not handle them at all. When you surrender your trials to God, by placing them into His hands, you allow God to handle your trials for you.
Letting go of your trials and allowing God to take control of them is what it means to fully, completely, and totally trust in the Lord with unshakable, unmoved, and unstoppable faith in God! When we try to take control of our circumstances, that we encounter in life, the end result is that we fail. When we let God take control of the situations we face, in life, the outcome is always good and much better than we expected.
God has a way of surprising us because He loves us endlessly! All you have to do is keep your eyes on the Lord, do what He says is right unto and before Him, and rejoice, in His eternal joy, knowing that the outcome is that He has overcome every trial that you may face, in this world, because He has overcome the world.
That is indeed something to rejoice about! You can look at the trials you face, in life, as a negative experience or you can look at them as a positive experience. You can be miserable or you can see them as an opportunity that God has blessed you with in order to draw closer to Him, to come to know Him more, and mature, into Christlikeness, in the faith.
Trials are really doors of opportunity and blessings from God in disguise. Most people do not see them this way because they are so focused on the negative that satan is throwing their way that they miss out on the positive which greatly outweighs the negative.
Satan sends trials our way as a distraction so that we will take our eyes off of God but God has a way of taking what satan intended for our harm and turning it around for good every time.
When you choose to keep your eyes on God, rather than on the negative that satan is sending your way, you will not be distracted by satan. God uses trials to test the human heart and to create endurance and temperance in a person's life.
Hardships always prove if a Christ-followers faith is honestly genuine or counterfeit. When you face a trial in your life, be still before the Lord. Most people think that being still before the Lord is stopping everything you are doing and letting God take over.
Sometimes that is wise but when God says to be still sometimes He is asking you to move forward in His peace. Just be at peace with everyone and everything around you..even in the midst of a storm. Trust in the Lord isn't absence of a storm but peace in the midst of it.
God is much bigger and much greater than any trial you may face in this life. Give your trials to Him. God is big enough to handle everything you go through, in this life, and more. God never promised that this life would be easy, but He promised to hold our hand and walk with us through the storms we encounter in life.
God also promised that He would be with us every step of the way. In fact, Jesus said that we would endure hardships and trials, in this life, so that we may become like Him and come to know Him by sharing in His sufferings. This is what it means to be a true Christ-follower.
Many Christians turn away from God when they encounter trials, in this life, because they do not want to trust God and do what it takes to become all that God wants them to be in Him. They fear! Don't be afraid to trust God with what you face in this life. He has your life in the palm of His hands. He knew you would experience these trials you encounter before you were born.
Don't you know that He is faithful and He will use everything for good? He loves you! The trials and hardships we encounter and experience in this life draw us closer to God and help us to come to know Him more. God uses the good and the bad things that we face, in this life, for Him, His glory, for our good and His good. It's all in our and His favor!
Trusting God isn't easy, but God uses trials and even allows trials to teach a person to trust in Him until that trust builds and develops our trust in Him completely, honestly, genuinely, fully, and totally. Our trust and faith are very important to God and how we past the small tests, here on earth, prepare us for the coming day when we will stand before God almighty.
When He sees your life, will He say well done good and faithful one? We shouldn't be living like we are dying or like Jesus is coming but we should already be living our lives like we are present with the most high God right now in heaven.
Do you walk through the trials you face in life that way? Trials can be like Christmas and your birthday all mixed into one. They can be a wonderful adventure of seeking God filled full of His eternal joy and peace or they can be completely miserable. Trust in God! Fix your eyes on Him so that you are not shaken or distracted by what you experience. Place your joy and peace securely and firmly in Him. He will not fail you!
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