31 Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight…Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.  For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land…”So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 37: 8-9; Matthew 6: 31-33

God commands us not to be afraid, but instead to trust Him.  The Bible contains many more verses than the above about not being afraid and trusting God.

Trust involves faith.  We need to believe that God is truly all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving.  He has our backs!  He knows what He is doing, and He will take care of us.  Trust Him!

I know—easy to say, but difficult to practice.  The presence of fear belies perfectionistic tendencies in us.  I have experienced tremendous fear in my life.  Looking back, I now laugh at being afraid of so many situations and circumstances in my life.  Perfectionism creates fear in us.  At times, we feel powerless in the grip of fear.  We need to trust.

Oh, it’s not so simple.  It can take us years to let go of fear and to learn to trust God.  Yes, years.  This journey involves effort.  We take it one step at a time.  Deal with each pain and fear as you become aware of it.  Take it to Jesus.  Whip (cast) your fear at Him.  He can take it.  He can transform your fear into trust.

Another way to deal with the fear is to invite Jesus right into the deep place in your heart where you feel the fear and pain.  He will heal you.

Over the years we (Phil & Marguex) have seen our fears diminish tremendously.  So take courage, you can let go of fear.  You need to decide to surrender your heart to Jesus.  Give yourself to Him.  Jesus is a gentleman.  He won’t force Himself on you.  Give Him permission to do surgery on your heart.

Here’s a simple prayer.  Father, I give you my heart.  Please help me to let go of my fear.  I praise You for You are good and You are in control for my good, in Jesus name, amen.  This prayer is not a solution for our fear but it can be a first step in the journey away from perfectionism.

On the journey,

Noah Woodrich (and Marguex)

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

     Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received                                    so that others can better see.  Prayers needed.

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