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For there is no other way to be happy in Jesus…but to…

This is the question from the First Five App from my devotions this morning.

If you are not familiar with the First Five app, I highly recommend going to your app store, downloading it, and start immediately! It has been nourishing my soul.

Anyways…the question that has inspired this post:
When the people heard that God was going to spare their lives and pass over them because of the lamb’s blood, they bowed and worshipped Him. (Exodus 12:27) By doing so, they honored God. How could you honor God for sending Jesus as your Passover Lamb?

Well the best way for me to answer this is to share a part of my heart, my life, a conviction that has only grown stronger with age.

I was a junior in college. I lived in Howe hall on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. I was happily dating my now husband. I was trying to get my life figured out! I like to have a plan. I like to have answers to questions.  Sometimes more importantly, I like to give answers to questions. You see at that time in my life I did not enjoy saying, “I don’t know.”

So, God had me stuck reading John chapter 15. It felt like months went by before I could read another passage of scripture. My prideful controlling heart wrestled with the truth in that chapter. I grasped enough of that truth at that time for God to release me. But God had used that time and grown His wisdom in my heart and mind.

The conviction was that if I wanted to love God, to serve Him, to honor Him, then I needed to TRUST & OBEY Him. Okay. Simple enough right?

Yea, not so much. In some things, I trust and obey quite well. In other things it’s a real struggle. It has take me 15 years to get to the understanding that I have today. The understanding that I want to share with you.

I’m learning to surrender. It is in surrendering the illusion of my control, that I can begin to trust in my Jesus. When I can trust in my Jesus, the obedience becomes easier.

The disobedience arises when I think my plans are better than God’s. That my knowledge is enough. Do you read the arrogance in my prior thinking and sometimes still…I get caught back there. I must repent and confess my sin, humble my heart before God, and seek Him.

To honor God I must trust and obey. To trust, I must humble my heart and mind. I must acknowledge that God’s plans and wisdom are far better than mine. When I accept that truth and rest in that truth…I can more easily trust my sweet Jesus. When I trust Him, I can more easily obey Him.

Teaching my children to trust in God and obey without delay, have taken my understanding of John 15 to a whole. ‘nother. Level!

Have a blessed day obeying without delay!

Rebecca 🌻 Posted from WordPress for Android

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Imperfect

I’ve been reading the first 5 app bible study! I’m really living it.

We just finished Sarah and Abraham.  2 things have jumped out at me and coordinated perfectly with my personal life.

The first thing was that God told Abraham to listen to Sarah about getting rid of Hagar and Ishmael. It didn’t make sense to Abraham. He loved Ishmael too. He wanted to be kind to his servents. He was distressed.

Genesis 21:11-13

The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12 But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring b will be reckoned.  13 I will make the son of the slave into a nation s also, because he is your offspring.

Often times my wonderful husband and I get into a fight because of my emotions and insecurities. I think this is a great reminder and example for husbands and wives. Abraham did not know what to do. He didn’t feel comfortable with his wife’s request, he was DISTRESSED. So he went to God. He asked God what to do. He was humble enough to listen and obey God. It wasn’t about trying to fix Sarah’s emotions or insecurities. It was about trusting God and loving his wife. What a great example of the Ephesians scripture. God calls his men to love his wife as Christ loved the church. To give himself up for her to make her holy and blameless. Try as I might there are feelings I may never be able to help my sweet man understand. But when he seeks Jesus and loves me anyways, there is nothing better for my heart and my soul. Often times his willingness to love me in the emotional and insecure mess that I may be in, pulls me right back out to be the woman God has called me to be.

Now ladies this doesn’t mean that we can just let our emotions and insecurities run wild. We must submit, seek, and trust God too. The great thing is that God knows our emotions. He gave them to us. In His power they can be changed or used in a productive way. We can have all of our emotions, we just can not sin in them. We must surrender them. And when our husbands don’t understand, take heart because Jesus does. Pray that your husband will seek Jesus, trust Him, and wait on Him.

In whom do you trust? What do you put your faith in?

This post is Dedicated to a dear friend, Lauren Mingus.  Thanks for sharpening iron friend!

 

In this day and age with all the computerized technology we trust that when we use our debit cards that our bank will transfer the money to the institution we are paying.  We trust that when we press the power button for all of our electronic devices that they will turn on or off.  There are various examples of things we put our trust in.  Situations in which we have faith will work out.

 

Where does that trust come from?  Where does the faith come from?  I hope its God.  I have realized something though.  Do we, who call ourselves Christians, really trust God with ALL of it?  Do we put our faith in Him with EVERYTHING? Some days I can confidently say YES and YES.  Those are the days that everything is right, everyone is happy and getting along, the house is clean, the schedule is perfect, and the checklist is getting marked off with speed.  Then the other 364 days of the year come along.  I am starting to realize that maybe I am not truly trusting God with my day. Maybe I think I can plan or do it better.

 

I want to take a minute and talk about trusting God and having Faith in Him.  I can not just say I will trust you to some one I do not know.  To a person that I haven’t talked with or spent some time with I can not have faith in.  Therefore if I am to trust my God who has been faithful to me I must spend time with Him in reading His word, having a mind and lifestyle of prayer, inviting Him into my life on a daily basis.  You see I believe that our faith and trust in God is dependent on our relationship with Him. In fact I think you could even use faith and trust interchangeably to describe your relationship with God. Try it.  I don’t trust that God will…I don’t know God enough to give him this…I don’t have enough faith in…I don’t think God will do this…

 

I fundamentally believe that God knows us better than we know ourselves. I do believe that we need to be so immersed and close to our savior that we know His voice from the world. That we press in so deep to His side and we get so intimate with Him that we have the clarity and “mind of Christ” that takes persistent and diligent time in prayer, the word, and service. Then we are able to show ourselves to God in a way that we could never show ourselves to another person. I think when those things happen God opens the flood gates of blessings and gives us the vision and plan He has and its more than we could have ever dreamed of.

 

I believe when we are so close to God that we know His voice from all others the devil is not happy about that. I think he will try his best to interfere, create confusion, mislead, misdirect, and lie in any way that he can to try to keep us from being productive in God’s kingdom. When we can recognize that and say “I rebuke thee; get behind me satan in the name of Jesus you have no business here.”  The victory is won.  We just need to have the clarity and the mind to ask for help and claim the victory that is already ours.  You see God is not a bully and he gave us free will.  We can follow Him or we can get entangled in satan’s worldly web of destruction.

 

I can honestly say that I finally recognize this in my own life emotionally with people. I now have God’s clarity in these situations in my life. I believed that I had forgiven the past, but with every new hurt I would allow the devil to bring up all the past…I thought it was just my own struggle.  I didn’t trust God to take care of it.  I didn’t let Him be my protector.  I wasn’t close enough to my savior to know that He could guard and protect my heart better than I can.   But now that I see with the eyes of Christ…the victory is here, waiting,  I just have to claim it in the name of Jesus.  I had to get close enough to God to see His game plan and learn the route He is calling me to take so I know what to do when the time comes.

 

I love this quote and I think it fits:

 
“God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called.” – Anonymous

 

http://donaldjamesparker.blogspot.com/2008/11/more-great-quotes.html

 

I know for some the struggle isn’t emotional, it could be physical, mental, unbelief, or an addiction.  I think the healing begins in trusting and knowing Jesus. Become close enough to Jesus, sensitive enough to seek His heart, His mind, to see with His eyes, that our hearts desire is to be as much like Him as we are able to. I firmly believe that when we can lay our flesh down, give up all the world and its possessions, lay down anything we give place to in our lives, that is when we are so close to God. When that closeness to God is the true desire of our hearts…that is when His blessings and healings just pour out.”

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Friends I pray that we all seek to be closer to Jesus each and everyday.  So that one day people might only be able to see Christ living in us.

 

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