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An Unexpected Turn!

When I hear the word trust in regards to God I feel a wee bit unsettled.  Lately I’ve been asking myself, do I really trust God with everything? What are some things I have a harder time trusting Him with?   I have trusted God for some really big things, but was it without reservation and fear?

This week I’ve been called to my past to try and figure this out.  Beth Moore talks about Our Truths + Satan’s Lies = Captivity.  So I ask myself, what lie do I still believe when it comes to trusting God.  What sparks the little nerve within me when I hear the word trust?  For me the most impactful situation I can think of was when I struggled with infertility.  For you it may be when someone hurt you, or an illness you’ve have had to face, perhaps it’s a loss of a loved one that left a hole in your heart.  Whatever it is we can react two ways.  We can trust God and believe God’s truth in that moment or we can believe a lie from Satan.  Perhaps at first we start off by believing God.  That’s what I did.  But as the years past it got harder to trust God and continually believe in His perfect plan for me.   Now after having gotten pregnant I am left with scars from the battle. How do I deal with the battle wounds moving forward? Do they still affect me?  The answer is yes they do and they spark that nerve.

I’ve always tried to follow God’s will in my life but it’s in the areas that just happen where I have a difficult time trusting God.  Like those unexpected paths we end up on and choices we didn’t expect to be making.  The moment’s when we know we have no choice but to trust God and we’re grasping at straws to gain control.  Those are the toughest moments for me and I end up lacking peace.  Those situations are triggers for me because it brews up the old emotions of how I thought I was following God’s will in our family planning but couldn’t get pregnant.  We prayed, we waited.  Nothing.

It’s in the unexpected moments that we can truly see how much we really do trust God and how our patterns from our past will lead us in a specific direction.  My true Christian colors shine brightly when I am faced with something sudden.  Truth + God’s truth = freedom.  (Beth Moore’s equation) For me that truth I need to cling to is that He gives me everything I need to follow Him and glorify Him.  I may feel completely unprepared but He is not.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. ~ 2 Peter 1: 3

We trust Him with our salvation, why not trust Him with our today, our surgery, our children, our spouse, our financial situation? Maybe you don’t think you’ll be satisfied with the outcome.  I struggle with that all the time.  I consider making the choice on my own because I think I will like the outcome much better.  If I take a chance trusting God I may not like the end result.  But that is a lie from Satan.  God’s truth says differently:

First I predicted your rescue, then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world.  No foreign god has ever done this.  You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the Lord. “From eternity to eternity I am God.  No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.  No one can undo what I have done.” ~ Isaiah 43:12-13

I love the last part of this verse, “no one can undo what I have done.”  That brings me peace because God has a rescue planned for me in every situation and when it happens I will be in His hand, no one can mess with His rescue mission for me.

What if we do the wrong thing?  I’ve definitely made a lot of quick emotionally based choices based on Satan’s lies and not God’s truth.  It’s not easy to see God’s truth on an emotional roller coaster.  Don’t worry get off the ride and find peace in this truth:

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God with undeserved kindness declares that we are righteous.  He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed from the penalty for our sins. ~ Romans 3:23

So here are some things I hope we’ll keep close to our hearts.  If we’re obedient we’ll experience righteousness, this also includes the part when perhaps we went down the wrong path first and turn back to confess, and that’s obedience too.  Righteousness frees us from turmoil, emotional roller coasters and exhaustion.  Submission to God brings freedom, and that requires trust.  For me I need to be especially aware of the smaller areas in my life where I lack peace because that’s a sign I am not relying on God.  These little areas can pile up like a heap of dirty laundry and leave me feeling overwhelmed.  God is trustworthy.

Truth ~I am scared to trust God because of some unexpected losses I’ve had in my life.

God’s truth ~Obedience brings righteousness and righteousness brings peace and obedience starts with surrendering my trust to God, in any matter.  = FREEDOM IN CHRIST

“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the path you should follow. Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.  ~Isaiah 48: 17, 18

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.~ 2 Thessalonians 3: 16

in the clay,

Chantal Dube

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