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FAITH AND TRUST IN GOD


With the position that God currently has me in, He is continuing to teach me about what it means to have “bulldog faith”. Our lifegroup recently talked about what it means to have “bulldog faith”, and I realize that God has already instilled that lesson deep in my heart.

I have been feeling lead to do something for awhile, and I let my job get in my way… go figure :-p God has put it on my heart to not only let go of the industry that I’m currently in, but He has a higher calling on my life. It takes that kind of faith to be able to let go of something in your life that you have become used to and move on in a completely different direction, even if you’re not sure what the next step is.

As we talked about in group tonight, not only must you have the faith that God is taking you in the right direction, but you must also trust that God is going to get you through it. TRUST + FAITH = REST!

I went on to our lifegroup facebook page tonight, and the wonderful Dena Reed had posted a link on there that I didn’t see before. It’s a writing by Rick Warren that not only affirmed that I am where I need to be in my life, but that I must go after the calling that God has on my life with full and complete focus and trust.

This writing applies to EVERYONE! If God has put a desire on your heart, you must go right after it! That call may give you a period of uncertainty in your life, but God will honor you for the faith that you have in Him as well as the trust that you are showing Him. He will bless you for it! I’ve pasted the article below, but I also set a link that you can click to read it on his page.

IF YOU WANT TO READ THE ARTICLE ON RICK WARREN’S PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE WEBSITE, CLICK HERE TO SEE IT

HERE IS THE ARTICLE’S TEXT:
“But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. . . . Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” James 1:6, 8 (NLT)

After God gives you a dream, the next step for building your faith is decision: God challenges you to do something about your dream.

Nothing is going to happen to that dream until you wake up and put it into action. You’ve got to make the decision: “I’m going to go for it!” For every ten dreamers in the world, there is only one decision maker. A lot of people have dreams but they never get to Step Two—making the decision to trust God and follow their dream.

James says, “But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:6-7 TEV)

Faith is a verb. It’s active and not passive. It’s something you do. Decision making is a faith-building activity. You use your muscles of faith.

Faithful decision making requires two things:
1) You must decide to invest your time, money, reputation, and energy. You lay it on the line; you take the plunge. You say, “God, you’ve told me to do this and I’m going to be faithful to do it!”

2) You have to let go of security. You cannot move in faith and hold onto the past at the same time. You have to move forward. God told Abraham that he was going to make him the father of a great nation, and that meant Abraham had to leave his home for an unknown destination. Moses had to let go of his position in Pharaoh’s kingdom in order to do God’s will. Nehemiah gave up a secure job in order to go build a wall around Jerusalem. In other words, if you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.

A great illustration of God’s plan is a trapeze artist. They swing out holding onto a trapeze bar, and then they let go in order to grab hold of another trapeze bar that swings then to the other side. But, at one point, they’re not holding on to any bar. They’re suspended in air for a split second.

Have you ever been there in a career, where you’re leaving one job for another and nothing’s in between? You’re 180 feet above the ground with no net below and holding onto nothing.

But if you don’t let go and grab onto the vision God wants you to have, you swing back. Only you don’t swing all the way back; instead, you swing back lower and lower until you’re finally stopped, hanging there in the air. And there’s only one way out: down!

That’s why God brings you to a point of decision, so your faith will build as you swing toward the dream God has given you.

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3 Responses to “FAITH AND TRUST IN GOD”

  1. Faith is active, and we must follow the precepts of our Lord Jesus Christ in order to ever have our faith become a reality. Until then it is only a word that make many feel good. Keeping the faith means to walk according to the Word of God, not just saying the words “I believe.”
    The demons believe too, so the only difference between us and them is action according to God’s Holy Word.

    In my newly released book titled “The Sword and the Spear” I take readers through everday events that would cause them to choose to either stay decived by Satan’s Spear of death or to swing the mighty Sword of God.

    Check it out, I think you will like it.

    http://bit.ly/cfz9s2

    Bleessings, Rod

  2. Amen to that, Nick! I know exactly what you mean! I have always had a hard time with this concept, and I have probably passed up opportunities that God may have had for me in the past because I was afraid. Because of that, some of the opportunities God may have wanted me to have are no longer available to me, and I have different options available to me now.

    I am working on writing a song about fear and how Jesus overtakes our fear now, and thinking about writing a book. I know my parents cannot support us all, so I am doing some mystery shopping and whatever else I can, as well as checking into social services or disability to tide me over until I can get an income of some sort from whatever direction God takes me.

    I am so glad that you have faced this hurdle in the race that God has for you, and by jumping over it, you, like me, will prove the faith we proclaim to be real and well-founded.

    Please know that I am among those who are praying for you often and deeply, and my heart reaches to you that you may attain all that God has willed for you. God bless you as you run, Nick!

  3. Many thanks for what you shared Nick and may God bless you. The Lord has brought me to a similar point in my life, a time of desperation, a time of looking to Him alone for answers and guidance. Though I have been serving Him to the best of my ability all my life, He has in His own wonderful way, brought me to a point where all I can trust in and count on is His goodness and His faithfulness. I absolutely loved what you wrote: trust + faith=rest, that really sums it all up. I know His Word says that the trying of our faith works patience, yet He must especially love our faith. I know that lately in my life, the Lord has been working with me on my faith level and encouraging me to ‘take it to the next level” and leave my comfort zone and launch out simply trusting in Him alone. Thank you you again for what you shared and praying for you and yours in return.


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