How To Trust God’s Plan For Your Life

The Secret To Living The Life You Were Meant To Live

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I don’t think trust comes naturally. Let’s face it, trust doesn’t come easily or naturally to most people. The reason? We’ve been through hurts or difficult seasons that leave us feeling a little jaded.

Trust involves awkward moments. Those situations when you don’t know exactly what to do or say.

You’ve been in one of those haven’t you?

It was when you started a new relationship or took that new job. Maybe when you were trying to open yourself up and be more transparent because you knew transparency was the right thing to pursue in your life.

But you found it hard to trust what others would think or say. We never get too old to feel those emotions that many people relegate to the grade school playground. In fact, that is probably the place where you began developing some of your trust issues.

Trust is hard because it involves fearful moments when we are unsure of other’s reactions and thoughts.

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Navigating through the emotions surrounding trust can make you feel like you are on unstable footing. The highly guarded areas of your life could topple at any moment, it seems.

Yet in all the tension that surrounds opening up and allowing trust in your heart, you find that trust is the exact quality God uses to propel your life forward into his plan.

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Without trust, it is impossible to fully realize the plan and purpose of God for your life. In the absence of a trusting heart, you cannot experience the joy God so longs to bring into your life.

So…How do you trust?

What are the essentials of it?

On this, I will take my cue from scripture.

Proverbs 3:5–6 NLTse

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

The secret to living the life you were meant to live is wrapped up in a package called trust.

Here’s how you do that.

How To Trust God’s Plan For Your Life:

  1. Give God all your heart. (Trust the Lord with all your heart.)

    • Don’t hold anything back.
    • Allowing someone, even God, into the recesses of your heart isn’t always an easy task. Why? Your heart is the place you’ve shoved your unresolved issues and deepest fears. But unless God has access to every area of your heart, he cannot do a recreative and restorative work in it. Trust begins by giving God complete access…no closed doors.
  2. Stop trying to make sense of everything. (Do not depend on your own understanding.)

    • There are people who will never be able to trust God’s plan in their life because they simply have to get it all figured out before they will act upon it. But here’s the question…Isn’t trust about taking action when things seem blurry, hazy, or obscure? Isn’t trust all about taking steps and relying on the direction of someone other than yourself?
  3. Seek God’s desire instead of your own. (Seek his will in all you do.)

    • Trusting God’s plan means seeking God’s desire and will for your life. Sometimes it might seem to involve risk, pain, or difficulty. At other moments, joy is overwhelming. But this one thing is true either way: You cannot trust God and seek your own way at the same time. 
  4. Be open to his leading. (He will show you which path to take.)

    • The one thing I’ve found true about God through my own journey is that he never leaves you hanging. God demands trust, but also proves to be trustworthy by virtue of his leadership in your life. God won’t require trust without also walking ahead of you and leading your life in the right direction. If you’re open to his voice, he will show you which path to take every time.

Question: In what areas of life are you currently learning to trust God?

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Find Out How 3 Simple Actions Will Improve Your Prayers

Approach God the right way

Today is NOT the time to stop going forward in your relationship with Jesus.

Today is the time to PRESS AHEAD.

See, no matter what you have experienced, or whatever the devil has tried to put you through, no matter the discouragement or even confusion that you may feel, God still has a desire to be in a relationship with you.

Praise God for that fact.

You can be thankful that God loves you no matter what.

Many people are dealing with discouragement in their walk with God. They have tried hard to overcome something, or to feel God’s presence, or to understand the Bible; but it seems like the harder they try, the further back they go.

If that is the way you feel, just know that there is hope.

However, hope springs up from a couple of different sources.

The first one is that you need to have confidence in God more than you have faith in yourself.

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We do not lean on our understanding.

Proverbs 3:5–6 NLTse
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

There are a couple of takeaways from this short passage:
1. Trust God.
2. Trust God with all your heart.
3. Seek His will in all you do.

Many people get discouraged in their walk with God for the mere fact that they do not use the principles laid out in this passage of scripture.

The foundational thing for all of us spiritually is to learn to trust God.
Trusting Him in the good times AND the bad.

* Trusting Him with our relationships.
* Trusting Him with our future.
* Trusting Him with our plans.
* Trusting Him with our hopes, dreams, families, money, health, and life.

We get hung up because we do not trust God enough. We take up the worry and bring the issues back into our hands. Doing this is NEVER the way to make it through.

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Some people try to trust God, but trying isn’t enough. According to this passage you have to trust Him with all of your heart.

It is like being a child and throwing yourself towards the Lord and just expecting Him to catch you. When you trust God with all of your heart, you walk in confidence simply because you are not concerned with the outcomes of your problems. You are leaving the outcomes to God.

Another reason that we get hung up in our relationship with Jesus is that we sometimes wrestle with understanding and knowing the will of God.

This passage of scripture says that you should seek His will in all you do.

I want you to notice what this scripture doesn’t say:
It does not say to know His will in all you do.

In other words, there are going to be moments when you do not completely understand what the will of God is in a particular circumstance; but you are seeking it.

You pray, believe, and trust, and then forge ahead into what you consider to be the will and direction of God for your life.

I think many of our problems come because we stop going forward with God. We become paralyzed by worry, doubt, and fear. They catch up to us when we stop.

  • We get afraid that we do not trust God enough.
  • We get worried because we do not feel Him enough.
  • We get doubts and lose trust.

Satan’s chief aim is to STOP YOU.

Certainly, his goal is to prevent you from becoming all that God designed you to be; but it goes further than that.

Yes, his goal is to stop you from trusting fully; but I think it goes even further than that.

Ultimately the devil’s goal is to stop you from being with God.

Here’s the scripture that addresses all of this:

Hebrews 4:14–16 NLTse
14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe.

Let’s understand what this principle in verse 14 means because it is a key to understanding the way we keep from falling back in or stopping in our relationship with God.

Jesus is always moving, always leading us somewhere, and this is important.
It is one reason we are not to stop along the side of the road so to speak and let our worries, doubts, and fears catch up to us.

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However, what about those times when you just don’t feel like you can keep up?
What do you do then?

You let God pull you along.

First of all, Jesus is our high priest. He mediates between the Father and us. He is for us, not against us.
The Scripture says: Let us hold firmly to what we believe.

The phrase, “hold firmly,” has a vivid picture that goes with it.
As you study this sentence, you learn about what God is saying the way to hold your beliefs is.

We think of “hold firmly” as “holding something with our hands”; but that is not the picture the writer is giving.

Hold – means to grab, seize, and take power over. It is much more than just holding something. We all understand what it is like to take power over something.

Firmly – means to embed yourself like a nail.

So when it comes to trusting God and believing Him, it is not this little bitty sort of faith that the writer is talking about, no, it is much more.

When it comes to your belief in God, your trust in God, you are to grab, seize, and take power over what you believe and then embed yourself in what you believe like a nail in driven into wood.

You are not going to remove a nail from where you drove it. It is embedded too deeply.
In fact, there are only a few things that can remove it:
– A pry bar that is made for removing nails
– The hammer that drove it in.

What this means is that no one, or nothing, can remove your faith in God once you’ve hammered it in, EXCEPT YOU.

Usually, a nail gets destroyed as it is removed

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Now, here’s why you can believe in God and trust Him:

15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.

Jesus knows what you are facing.

  • He knows the feeling of doubt, the sense of fear, the sense of despair.
  • He knows what it is like to be forsaken and alone.
  • He knows what it feels like to be forgotten.
  • He knows what it is to be in a place where you cannot seem to get an awareness of God.
  • He knows what it feels like to be tempted to sin.

So since He took your sin for you on the cross, He also knows what SIN FEELS LIKE. Plus, since He took your SICKNESSES on the cross, He also knows how you feel when you are not right physically.

He did not sin, but He became sin for us. (2 Cor. 5:21)

Knowing that Jesus loves us is the result that we should have in response to God’s gift of His Son. It is the action we should take because of embedding our beliefs in God like a nail

16 So let us come boldly TO THE THRONE of our gracious God. There (“there” implies contact and connection) we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

3 Simple Actions That Will Improve Your Prayers

Let me lay out the action steps:
1. COME

  • Before anything else, you have to COME.
  • It means to walk and approach someone or something. So coming to God is the act of approaching Him.
  • We do this through prayer, and through worship, and through declaring the truth of God’s word over your life.
  • Be willing to come to God and quit trying to make stuff happen on your own. You cannot fix it all. You need God’s help. When you come to God, you are going forward. It is the exact opposite of STOPPING and allowing your worries, doubts, and fears to catch up with you.

2. Come BOLDLY

  • With courage, confidence, and frankness
  • You should come to God with courage because you have embedded yourself in Him. Know that you will not be separated from Him unless you forcefully pull yourself away.
  • You should come to God with confidence because of the sacrifice Jesus paid for you. It is the blood of Jesus that the Father sees in your life that makes all the difference. It is the blood of Jesus that makes you a son or daughter of God. It is the blood of Jesus that gives you access in the first place.
  • You should come to God with frankness and the willingness to lay your heart out there for God to see and hear; because for one, He already knows, and for two, He is looking for you to have faith enough in your relationship to be humble and honest about your needs.

This phrase, “come boldly” also means to go with an attitude of receiving what it is that you need.

We do not go “get” things from God. We come and receive things from God.

To go get (take) something from Him is stealing, but to receive something from Him is an act of faith based on a relationship with God where we recognize that He gives and we receive.

3. Come to the THRONE

  • When you go to the throne, you are not just going to where God sits. That is only one way to describe a throne, but this word means more.
  • The throne of God represents His authority. SO you are coming to HIS power and recognizing it.
  • The throne of God is His spiritual stature.
  • The throne of God is His presence.

Come to the throne.

What is the result?

  1. We receive God’s mercy in our life. Mercy in this sense is an emotion AND action of God that is roused by CONTACT with us.
  2. We find God’s grace to help us. Grace is His undeserved favor on us because we are a son or daughter of God. Specifically, I believe, because we had the courage to approach His presence and His throne of authority. Remember, the prophet Isaiah was afraid in the throne room of God; but because of Jesus and the relationship He provides with the Father, we no longer have to FEAR or BE AFRAID of God.
  3. We receive God’s help when we need it most, at the exact opportune time.

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Trust God Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense

Have you ever listened to those people who speak like having faith means that you are rich, never have problems, and things are always great? Yeah…I don’t necessarily agree with all that. There was a pastor I heard once who said that he wasn’t in the rich and healthy club; but he wasn’t in the broke and sick club either. I’m probably lean more to that way of thinking.

Here’s the deal…Faith isn’t something that we use to increase ourself. Faith in it’s simplest terms is belief. It’s a deep seated belief in God.

The problem that I have with much of what I hear is this…Faith isn’t about getting stuff to come to us. Faith is about getting us to go toward God.

Now, I understand the natural repercussions of this. If you sow the right things, you also reap the benefits. It’s scriptural. It works…But all too often I meet people who truly love God…people who truly believe in God…people who truly have faith yet they still face problems, sickness, difficulty, and even financial loss. How do you make sense of the mixed messages that church seems to offer?

If you look at scripture you find that faith definitely has it’s benefits. God is a giving, merciful, and loving God…but faith is less about getting things and more about us getting to God.

Strong faith requires strong obedience. Faith gets tested. When it does we have to  be willing to jump off the cliff without any worry or fear of consequences. Faith isn’t blind. Faith is doing hard things with eyes full open. Faith is being obedient to God and to scripture even when the situation seems to dictate otherwise.

More than likely, you’ve known a strong believer who truly believed God for healing but didn’t receive it. You’ve probably seen people struggle financially while being faithful to God. Maybe you’ve even experienced a time when for all of your obedience, things didn’t seem to work out. What do you do in those situations?

Trust God even when it doesn’t make sense.

Faith that produces results in the long run is a faith that chooses to trust God even when it doesn’t seem right to. When you have all the answers you don’t need all the faith. When you have all the resources you don’t need all the provision. When you have no struggle you really don’t need much strength.

More often than not in my experience…I’ve needed God to provide, strengthen, encourage, help along, and provide answers. I had to take steps of obedience to God…But God came through with power when I did.

Faith has two sides. At any moment you may find yourself on one or the other.

Hebrews 11:32–38

32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.

33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions,

34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.

35 Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.

36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons.

37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.

38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

Here’s what to do:

1.) Be obedient.

2.) Take the step that God tells you to take.

3.) Trust God even when it doesn’t make sense.

Faith is much more than mere words…it’s action, obedience, trust.

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