Today’s post marks the last in this 5 part series on learning to trust God. Let’s quickly re-cap the previous 4 parts.
In my first post on learning to trust God I shared part of my own journey and experience and, looked at how a faulty God schema can impact our ability to properly trust God.
In the second post, I began to look at the concept of truth and looked at 3 steps that helped me to learn to trust God more,
In my third post, I focused more on the concept of truth and how it is important in helping us trust God.
In my last post I looked at the difference between faith and trust and began to illustrate how both of these are vital to the life of a Believer.
In this week’s post I will be concluding by looking at the benefits and purpose or end goal of trusting God.
This week’s post is slightly different because instead of reading you’ll be listening to an audio teaching instead. This means that you can give your eyes a rest, sit still and simply listen or listen and do something else. Listening is extremely important skill which is eroding in modern society so I decided to create this audio because I felt that listening to God’s Word and a teaching often goes more deeply than reading.
If you really can’t stand listening and prefer to read it just let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
Just click on the audio player below to start listening
I’ve spoken so much about trust and have spent very little if any time on the topic of faith, that is because so much is generally said on faith and very little on trust. Today’s post will focus more on faith albeit in relation to trust.
Dear friend, I want you to know that every Believer needs both faith and trust to successfully live the life that YHWH God has promised is available to us, both are equally important yet qualitatively different. Continue reading →
This is the 3rd post in the series on ‘Learning to Trust God’, in the first post I looked at how having a faulty God schema can influence our ability to trust God, last week I looked at 3 steps I personally took towards growing my trusting faith in YHWH God. Last week I emphasised the relationship between three words:
I looked at how these words are inter-related and how we can’t really develop trust in God without knowing the truth about Him, this post builds upon the concept of truth and why it is important for us to know the truth about God if we are to build an authentic trusting relationship with Him. Continue reading →
This post is the second in a series looking at how we can develop and build our trust in God, last week I looked at how we can develop a faulty schema (representation) of YHWH which then prevents us from being able to trust God as we should. This week I want to build upon this and look at three steps that helped me to develop my trust in God. If you missed last week’s post you can find it here. Continue reading →
Over the next few weeks, the topic of my weekly blog post will be on learning to trust God. It is my belief that trust is much more than the concept of faith commonly used within the church and I hope to show you why and how and hopefully encourage you to also develop and increase your own trust in God. Continue reading →
It seems that once we have ascertained that God does in fact exist the next logical thought is that somehow we believe that this must mean that we don’t belong to Him, and this is a really scary place to be in. Whether we feel that we are a mistake, too much of a sinner or cursed somehow the end result is the same we feel ostracised and marked out as inferior, imperfect and unlovable. I remember looking at Eke, seeing his faith and his unwavering reliance and devotion to God and thinking there must be something wrong with me, “it’s my fault, I am cursed and now I’m being punished”. I thought to myself what separates me from him, what makes me different? Nothing I could see, therefore it’s something which I cannot see but which God can see. And this thought haunted me for the longest time, I loved God so much, I couldn’t understand if I loved God and tried to please Him surely that must be enough for Him to love me back regardless of what I had done in the past. One day I asked Eke “do you think God loves me?”, “how do you know?” and although he answered yes, he couldn’t tell me why or how he knew this to be true and this upset me so much. A week or so after that incident, Eke came back to me and asked me to read a scripture that he had come across that day after praying for me and the scripture I read was as follows: Continue reading →
When I first set up the self-help group I opened it up to non-Believers as well and a young man from a Pagan belief system signed up and although this scared me as I didn’t want to have to deal with the occult it made me think that not everyone who attended would even believe in the existence of the God of Israel. And this was interesting to me as I realised although I knew of God, I didn’t know God because there was nothing inside of me that if asked by a non-Believer why I believed in the God of the Bible that I could say and honestly mean given my current personal circumstances. I had seen so much suffering in my still young life that I was in no frame of mind to teach anyone about God’s grace, love and mercy and for me to even do so would have been hypocritical. Accepting this truth made me realise that pain was often the main cause of people turning away from God. After all, who wants to serve a God who can cause and allow so much pain? Continue reading →
When I look back through my journal entries I can see a big difference between the lack of faith that I had at the beginning of my healing journey and the trusting faith that I have developed over time. I can clearly see that my journal entries were full of one stressor or another, pressure from my family, work, my relationship and even pressure from myself and I realise that I was like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off. My inability to trust God only meant that I carried all the weight of my burdens on my frail and already stooping shoulders. I am sure along the way that I was told to stop and slow down by many caring people, I was no novice to the doctor’s waiting room or the counsellor’s chair, and my body often screamed at me in various ways to take things easy but I was too blind or too conceited to think that something would happen that “all mighty I” couldn’t deal with. I was practically begging for a wakeup call and God gave it to me with icing on the cake! Continue reading →
Is there a connection between faith and health? This week’s extract explores the influence of faith and trust in our health and healing.
Research has shown that the framework of our mind and thought patterns have a huge impact on our behaviour and physiological responses. If I go back to the example of stress and its definition, the way we respond to stress hugely depends on our thought patterns. People who have negative thought patterns are more likely to perceive an event as a stressor (stress-inducing stimulus) than those who do not. The NHS and private sector understand this mind-body connection and so spend hundreds of thousands of pounds training Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) practitioners to help unlearn dysfunctional thinking patterns. Continue reading →
We all know how it feels to be sleep deprived; whether it’s because we’ve stayed up into the early hours of the morning to meet a deadline or for whatever reason sleep just seems to be elusive, it’s not a nice feeling at all! I am one of those people who love to sleep, so I don’t willingly give up my daily opportunity to slumber but there have been times in my life when I have not been able to fall asleep and/or stay asleep and I have hated it! Although scientists have no idea why we sleep, research studies show that sleep is essential for health and well-being. Sleep deprivation studies on humans show that at the very least cognitive performance and mood is disturbed whilst a very unethical animal study found that cats who were deprived of REM sleep eventually died (Jouvet, 1967)! The key point here is that we need sleep to function properly and as such we would never trust ourselves to the mercy of driver or pilot who was sleep deprived, would we?
But hold on a minute… the Bible speaks of God’s ability to do without sleep as a good thing.
For the keeper of Israelneither slumbers nor sleeps
Why should His children be comforted by such words, why should we be encouraged by the fact that God doesn’t need to sleep and that He doesn’t grow tired and weary? There are so many reasons why this comforts me:
it reminds me once again that God is not a man, God is not limited like I am, His ability to perfectly function is unlimited, His internal resources are limitless, He IS limitless.
God is strong enough to carry my weaknesses and burdens, they will not weigh Him down or cause Him to feel fatigued. His strength is my rest.
God is always at work, busy on my behalf, when I am asleep and when I am weak I can trust in the fact that God is still active in my life.
I am never alone even in the darkest, hardest and most scariest place, God is right there with me, He’s not on holiday, He’s not taking a nap, He is fully present with me and I can trust in His constant presence.
It is God’s will and desire to work on our behalf because this is where the greatest healing comes from, He sees us perfected through His expert care and moulding. I see this clearly in Jerusalem, Isaiah prophesies a future time when Jerusalem will live up to its name “City of Shalom”, and throughout the ages until that time comes to pass God will not cease to work until His desire is accomplished in her. Likewise, God doesn’t stop to rest until His work is complete in us.
For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burns.
I feel truly blessed and secure in God’s deep love for me knowing that He spends His entire time watching over me, safeguarding me, protecting me and working on my behalf - no matter what it looks like on the outside, His constant presence and the fact that He never sleeps makes me feel safe in His care.
So to all my dear brothers and sisters who are finding it hard to let go and rest in God’s presence, I just want to let you know that you have nothing to be afraid of. God is more than able to carry all of your burdens, He is more than able to walk through this journey with you, He is strong enough for you to lean on Him, and He is more than willing to do ALL of the work so that you can rest in Him. I pray that you will experience His Shabbat Shalom (Divine Rest and Peace) today.