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Trust and Belief

When I created this blog I didn’t know what I wanted to call it. I tried a lot of ideas and either they were taken or I just didn’t like how they sounded. Eventually I came up with “trust and belief”. At first I didn’t know how to relate those two words and coming up with a “Spoken Word” was kind of difficult. This was probably because I didn’t really take the time to think about what they meant. But when I did and I studied more verses, prayed and really thought about these two ideas; in the end, I learned a lot.

Essentially trust and belief mean pretty much the same thing. The definition of trust is “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.” Now, you may have noticed that the word belief is in the definition of trust. I’ll get back to that in a second. Here’s the definition of belief: “trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.” Trust is in the definition of belief. While doing this research I discovered that they are synonyms. I’m sure you came to that conclusion as well.

Whether you call it trust or belief the idea is the basis of giving over control to God and letting him complete the task.

Honestly, I am a very stubborn person. I’m not a huge fan of change, and I like to be in control. One of my biggest struggles is giving that control over and just going a long for the ride.

Recently, I got really sad. There is something I’ve been really praying about and it seems to be going nowhere fast. All I wanted was to see results and I felt like God wasn’t listening and I was fighting an uphill battle alone. In times like this it is really easy to get discouraged. I believe in God’s faithfulness, but often I find it difficult to trust that he will take care of everything, especially when it feels like everything is going wrong. When I get to this point, I like to look back in the bible and see stories where God has shown his power to the people who believe and trust in him.

Bartimaeus believed that Jesus could give him back his sight, and he did. This did not require any action on his part, just the faith that Jesus, being the Son of God, could change everything about his current situation. (Mark 10:46-52). Peter trusted that Jesus would help him walk on the water, and he did. However, as soon as he stopped trusting him he began to sink (Matthew 14:22-33). The Israelites wandered for 40 years and they still believed that God would provide a land for them. They walked for all those years in a land where they were afraid they would never find a home, but God provided for them. In fact, this land sill belongs to them today. My favorite is probably Mary and Joseph. They both trusted that God was going to take care of them. Even when Mary could have been punished for her pregnancy, Joseph wasn’t sure what to do, and there was no room for them in the inns. God provided for them through the entire way and in the end they became the earthly parents of the Messiah. There are so many more examples of this in the Bible and I think that is so encouraging.

Everyone who believes is saved. That’s amazing. All we have to do is believe that Jesus died for us and saved us from our sins, and we get to have a relationship with him. I just think that’s incredible. It doesn’t take good works or a series of steps to receive salvation. We just have to believe.

We have so much evidence supporting that the word of God is true, and yet, it is still hard to trust in God sometimes. When I feel a lack of faith, I just have to remember, “If all of these people and many more can trust God through their trials, and I can trust God through mine.” He has proven over and over again that he is faithful. We just have to trust his process and believe in his power.

I was talking to my best friends about this particular situation, and one of them reminded me why I keep waiting and trusting. God keeps his promises. She reminded me that I just have to trust that God is going to do the rest of the work if it’s in his will. Everything will work out in God’s timing, his way. His way is going to be more awesome than I can ever imagine. My job is to plant a seed and pray. Let me tell you, I truly believe in the power of prayer. Every time I’m feeling sad or discouraged prayer is my number one defense. After I pray, I usually feel a little less hopeless and God reminds me over and over again that he is in control. I just have to believe that he has the power to turn my situation around. Since coming to this realization, I have seen some steps forward that I probably would have never seen if I didn’t relinquish the control over to God. I love seeing how God works in the lives of those who put their trust in him.

I pray that all of you believe that God can provide for you even in your darkest times. I pray that you trust in his faithfulness.

If you share some of my struggles or are dubious to the truth of the ideas I have shared, I encourage you to read the stories I mentioned or the verses listed below. You can also message me and I can share more about my experience with trusting and believing in God’s faithfulness.

Always remember that prayer is a powerful connection to God and I encourage you to pray without ceasing. God will reveal some of his most powerful truths though a personal connection with him.

-Jess

Bible Verses relating to Trust:

  • Joshua 1:9
  • Psalm 9:10
  • Psalm 56:3
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Romans 15:13

Bible Verses relating to Belief:

  • John 20:29
  • John 14:1
  • John 3:16
  • Romans 8:38-39

(Here’s a completely unrelated story, but prayer is cool and I’d like to share)

About a week ago, I had an audition for a choir. I got sick about the week before, and I had been unable to practice. For the days up until that audition and even the minutes before, I prayed that I would get my voice back for at least my audition. All I wanted was to be proud of my audition and know that I performed to the best of my ability, regardless of the results. That day I learned a simple truth, God provides. I got my voice back in my audition, and it was probably my best audition ever. I tried to sing after and my voice was back to being scratchy (go figure). I realized then that God had answered my prayer, and that was such a cool feeling. I may have not made that choir, but I’m proud of my audition and God really revealed how he works. I truly believe that he was there, helped calm my nerves and gave me back my voice so I could use my gifts for his glory. (much of the music was faith based which is also really cool) This was a very minor situation, but if God cares enough to answer my prayer about getting my voice back for an audition, imagine how much he cares about healing a sick family member, helping you find a job, or even leading someone you are praying for to Christ. Matthew 6:26 says, Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Essentially, he is saying, “God cares about the birds in the sky, don’t you think he cares about those who were created in his image.?” No prayer is too small, and God never leaves a prayer unanswered.

This Week’s Spoken Word: HERE

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