Living a Life of Faith and Trust
I believe Rick Joyner stated it best when he said, “The greatest gift you have been given is the Father’s love. As long as you walk in the Father’s love, you will never fail.” If we don’t truly know God loves us, when trials or difficult circumstances come, our understanding of who God is and who we are will sink like sand. That is why the basic foundation of our lives must be that God is good and that He loves us ALWAYS (Romans 8:37-39, Romans 5:8, and John 3:16). It is from this place of knowing His love for us that we can love Him and abide in Him.
Trust is the result of a relationship in which we know we are loved. When we know that God is truly good, we can trust Him even when we do not understand what He is doing or telling us. Furthermore, from this place of knowing who we are in Christ, we are able to fulfill the purposes and callings God has over our lives. We love Him because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). Mr. Joyner says, “Our purpose in life is to see Him, know Him, love Him, become like Him, and to reveal Him. If we do this we will fulfill the greatest purpose one can have on earth and be the most successful human beings to walk the earth.”
This past year was one of the hardest, yet sweetest years for me in my walk with God. It was a year of full dependency in knowing my father’s voice and obeying what He was saying no matter the cost and the unknown (Proverbs 3:5). It was a year of trusting Him when He would deliberately lead me into places where he would purposefully shut the door (Isaiah 22:22). It was a year of expecting God to do something great because He put me in a place where I was so desperate for Him to show up. Lastly, it was a year of knowing that I have my reward in Jesus, whether God gave me what He had promised or not. God knows what we need more than we do. My prayer during my trials are always to partner with what God is doing because I know He has great purpose even when I do not understand it. At the end of the day, He is always with me and that is ALWAYS enough. I also learned that during the moments when we need to trust God, we have access to everything. We lack nothing in Christ Jesus (Psalm 23:1). Everyday was a day I needed God. I would daily ask Him for His peace, grace, and joy because I knew I couldn’t get through the day without His Spirit. To no surprise, He would always fill me up with His Spirit and remind me that I had access to His gifts of the Spirit every day. God gave me something during this time of trusting Him and walking by faith that no one or no circumstance can ever take away. In the end, God did a miracle. “And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised” (Hebrews 6:15). “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but He grew strong in his faith, fully convinced that God was going to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:18).
My hope is in Christ, not in His promises. However, God has given me the faith to believe Him in what He has promised. He is always faithful and He is our reward (1 Corinthians 1:9).