Stop Trying... Start Trusting
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)
God wants us to have faith and calls us to trust Him completely. Faith is focused in Jesus Christ. It is the confident assurance that what we want and hope for is going to happen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is more than a belief, it is an action word to access the Holy Spirit’s power (James 2:26). We have faith that God exists, He is who the Bible says He is, He is all powerful and we are saved under the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
To trust God is to believe in His unconditional love, mercy and wisdom. We are warned against trusting in princes, riches or ourselves (Psalm 146:3). Trust is reaching out and anchoring ourselves in God. It represents safely, blessings, strength, hope and desirable results. Trusting in the Lord is victory over the enemy. We learn to trust God through various experiences. By seeing God’s faithfulness, we let go of trusting ourselves and trust Him. Trust doesn’t look at things as they appear, it looks beyond our circumstances and sees God as all-sufficient (Philippians 4:19).
Faith and trust go hand in hand. Combining faith and trust embraces the idea that all things are possible and all things work for good (Mark 9:23, Romans 8:28). Practicing faith and trust is putting our focus and thoughts on God’s Word, speaking His Word in a person, present-tense way; it is developed over time. Faith allows transformation to a higher level of trusting the Lord; it becomes an inner knowing.
When I first accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, something supernatural happened on the inside of me. I absolutely knew Jesus was my Savior and I would go to heaven when I died. The boredom of my life lifted, old hymns took on a new meaning and a sense of peace and joy filled my heart. I began to do things for Jesus to show my appreciation by trying to be right, looking right and letting others know what a great Christian I was. Soon I became frustrated and exhausted from trying.
One day my lawn mower wouldn’t start and I felt the urge to pray. I began praying in my ‘why doesn’t God do something’ attitude when I heard a quiet voice on the inside telling me to stop, sit, place my hands on the top of the engine and release the Holy Spirit to work a miracle. I stood up and pulled the rope and the engine jumped to life. Something came alive in me and I shifted from trying to trusting. The will of God is for each of us to pass from trying to trusting. Look at the try-hard mentality as sin. It is not faith to use self-effort to please God. The life of victory is a gift from God because of Jesus Christ.
Many of us recognize Jesus Christ as our Savior, are saved and follow the idea that we will become a good Christian by trying to please Jesus. Eventually we can grow tired of trying, become filled with the Holy Spirit, experiencing a new sense of freedom and joy. However, we may return to doing the best we can. This demonic idea suggests we must do things to please God to be close to Him. It blinds us from our true God-given power and potential.
Without revelation of the changed life, we may return to doing things to please God and people (II Corinthians 4:4). Satan attempts to keep us religious by performance or he keeps us afraid to appear religious to others.
The revelation of the exchanged life came to me at a Power-lifting meet. The announcer call out, “Bar is loaded. Jimm Ites is the lifter.” I pulled my belt tight, chalked my hands, gave thanks to God and walked toward the platform. As I headed in the direction of the platform, someone called out, “Are you weightlifting for Jesus?” I answered quickly, “No. I’m weightlifting because of Jesus.” A new chain of thought occurred to me because of that statement. Living for Jesus is a religious concept that believes Jesus lives on the outside of us. Living because of Jesus is a way of life.
Walking with the Lord is accepting the idea that Jesus Christ is committed to us. It is a revelation that it is not what we do for Jesus, but it is what He has already done. Jesus Christ is committed to meeting our needs and He will as long as we keep turning them over to Him. Worry blocks the riches of His Glory (Philippians 4:19). I have a treasure in my earthen vessel and the excellancy of my life power is not me, but the Holy Spirit.
I remember when I received the words, total provision and continuous supply (II Corinthians 9:8). The promise is sufficiency for all things, always! This promise becomes a reality with the practice of trusting the Lord Jesus Christ. Stop obeying to be blessed and start obeying God’s Word because we are blessed. The ‘want to’ for obedience is God’s design in His New Covenant. Jesus Christ released all things for us so that our potential would be perfect health, total provision and a continuous supply by learning to receive what has already been given. In the world, we earn and try to deserve. In Christ, we believe and receive.
The greatest thing that begins to happen when we start trusting God is experiencing His unconditional love. His perfect love casts out all fear (I John 4:18). We love Him because He first loved us (vs. 19). Unconditional love projects into our outlook on life, events and people. We no longer want to gossip, criticize or judge hastily. We stop being hurt and offended. God’s love released in us by the Holy Spirit bears all things, believes all things and endures all things (I Corinthians 13:7). Loves sees more, but says less!