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Are You Trusting the Lord? Key to Finding Peace and Purpose.

Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges? Are you ready to roll with God and fully trust in Him?


Discover the secret to facing every obstacle with unshakable confidence and peace: a deep faith in God. When you trust Him completely, you'll have the courage and resilience to weather any storm.


It’s time for you to be living a life anchored in faith. You'll learn to cultivate trust in God's faithfulness, embrace His perfect plan, face opposition with His strength, and experience the abundant life Jesus promised.


Get ready to unlock the key to a life filled with purpose, joy, and peace, no matter what comes your way!


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Keeping the Faith Through Life's Ups and Downs


Proverbs 3:5–6 (NLT) — 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Never think that serving God is a life free of issues. That certainly is not the case. Jesus even said that we will face trials and tribulations in life. The key is that we have the Lord with us to lead and guide us through times of trouble.


We, as believers, should live a life completely trusting in the Lord. As Proverbs says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” This is in every area of your life. There is no do-not-enter area to God, even though some believers do. He must have access to all areas.


Then, the verse says, “Do not depend on your own understanding.” Look, I get it. Sometimes, it is challenging to face the storm and not want to jump in with both two feet and take over. I have countless times failed myself because I told God I got it. Today, I don’t have the will or desire to do so anymore. I hand the reigns over to the Lord. It is easier to depend on Him and give Him complete control. He has never failed me, and I have failed myself over and over.


When we depend on God for absolutely everything, it changes the way we see things. We start to develop this "go-through" mindset, knowing deep down that we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way with God's help.


We must learn to seek His will in ALL we do. Why? He will show you which path to take. We don’t have the option of picking and choosing. The scripture says, “ALL.” We must have a full-blown open-door policy with God. He has a right in ALL areas. When you have that kind of heart, and God can see it, then the last part of the verse kicks in. He will show you which path to take. When you have God doing so, how can you fail?


God's Faithfulness in Providing for Us


Lamentations 3:22–24 (NLT) — 22 The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

In the 33 years I’ve walked with Jesus, I can honestly say that God has never once failed me. He's always ensured I had food on the table, a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and the bills paid. God has been so faithful in providing everything I need to live life. He can and will do the same for any of His children.


Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” We should never doubt God’s provision for us. He said, “God will give you everything you need.” As we do our part, he will do His part.


We must seek the Kingdom of God daily; it’s not a part-time hustle. God must be a priority in our lives. We have to fulfill His plan for our lives, and as we do, we will be doing our part for the Kingdom of God.


Finally, live righteously; this isn’t going to bars and discos on Friday and Saturday nights and then to church on Sunday. Righteous living is a lifestyle, we choose to live daily, whether in public or behind closed doors. We must live the Word of God and live as Jesus did.


When we choose to live the commands of God and His written Word is a part of who we are, we will see the continuous supply of God’s faithfulness and provisions.


woman relaxing in hammock

Following God's Perfect Plan While Trusting the Lord


Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) — 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

I would have laughed if you had told me over 15 years ago that I'd be a full-time missionary. My wife and I had successful careers and a lovely house, and we were even leaders in our church. From the outside looking in, it seemed like we had it made. But then, God started stirring something in our hearts, showing us He had a different plan for our lives.


It took a lot of trust to walk away from everything we knew to follow God's call. But a decade later, I can say with absolute certainty that nothing is more fulfilling than living smack dab in the center of God's purpose for your life. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!


God has plans for all of us. It doesn’t matter who you are; He also has plans for you. Jeremiah says that these plans are for good and not disaster, to give you a future and hope. The key is letting go and ensuring the Lord knows you mean business. That you are willing to do whatever it takes to follow His perfect plan for your life!


When we let go of control and fully surrender to God's plan, we experience the abundant life that Jesus talked about. As John 10:10 (NLT) says, "My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."


Steps of Faith When Trusting God with Everything


2 Corinthians 5:7 (LEB) — 7 For we live by faith, not by sight.

It can feel terrifying for some to let go of control and entrust every area of our lives to God. We might worry that we'll miss out on something important or that we're not hearing God correctly. And believe me, I totally get it—I've been there, too. None of us get it perfect all the time.


In my life, I have realized that I don’t want to be led by what I see. Too many times, I have encountered the sweet, precious fruit of God’s way versus mine. He has never failed me. He has always been there to lead the way. I have taken some huge steps that required me to trust Him completely. He has always walked me through the process, and I have always come out on top.


Two of the times have been when I sold my company in Des Moines, Iowa, and moved to Kentucky with no earthly promises of anything. The other time was when I gave up my life in Kentucky (career and family) to move to the mission field.


Steps of faith need to be our lifestyle. The Apostle Paul said we must live by faith, not by what we see. By the world’s standards, living for God doesn’t make sense. One time, I had an atheist boss who told me living for Jesus was a crutch. I have had others completely dumbfounded by some of my decisions. But the more we take those steps of faith, the more we see God's faithfulness and understand how better His ways are than our own.


Pretty soon, trusting Him becomes our new normal, and we can't imagine living any other way. It's such a free and peaceful way to do life!


Shawn Paul

Facing Opposition with God's Help


Isaiah 41:10 (LEB) — 10 You must not fear, for I am with you; you must not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, indeed I will help you, indeed I will take hold of you with the right hand of my salvation.

Life, in general, brings opposition. People face financial struggles, relationship conflicts, job losses, health issues, stresses of balancing life, and more. The enemy will also try to stir up trouble to trip us up and hold us back. The wonderful thing about believing in Christ Jesus is that we can face all these things or even head them off with God’s Help.


Countless men and women of God have trusted Him in the face of opposition, and He gave them strength and help. But they took hold of His right hand of salvation.


  • David, when encountering Goliath

  • Daniel being thrown into the lion’s den

  • Esther, when needing favor from the King

  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace

  • Deborah, the judge, leads Israel in a patriarchal society

  • Moses facing Pharaoh


Romans 8:31 (LEB) — 31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

As we live to please God and follow His commands, we can trust the Lord to help us stand firm against whatever opposition we face. God's grace gives us the power to go to the other side and to keep chasing after His purpose for our lives, no matter what comes our way. As the Bible says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” When you know that you know that and live it, you will see yourself being more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus!


It's like it says in Philippians 4:13 (NLT), "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." Amen! God's strength is more than enough to get us through anything.


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Bringing It To a Close


Choosing to live a life anchored in unshakable faith is the key to navigating life's challenges with confidence, purpose, and joy.


When you trust God completely, seek His will, and rely on His strength, you'll find yourself equipped to handle anything that comes your way.


So, take that leap of faith. Embrace God's perfect plan for your life, even when it means stepping out of your comfort zone.


As you walk in obedience and trust, you'll experience the abundant, fulfilling life Jesus promised.


Get ready to face each day with renewed hope, knowing that with God by your side, nothing can stand against you!


Scriptures on Trusting in the Lord


Romans 8:28

Joshua 1:8

Proverbs 3:5-6

Psalm 37:3-5

Isaiah 26:3-4

Psalm 9:10

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Isaiah 12:2

Psalm 62:8

Psalm 91:2

Isaiah 12:2

Nahum 1:7

1 Chronicles 5:20

2 Chronicles 20:20

Psalm 31:14


Frequently Asked Questions


How do you trust God when you have anxiety?


When anxiety overwhelms you, remember the words of Psalm 56:3 (NLT) which says, "But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you." Trusting God means believing that He is in control and has a plan for your life, even in the midst of anxiety. In Matthew 6:34, Jesus reminds us not to worry about tomorrow, for each day has enough trouble of its own. This shows that God wants us to trust Him daily, one step at a time, casting our anxieties on Him (1 Peter 5:7).


In times of anxiety, turn to Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) for comfort, "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand." This verse teaches us that prayer is a powerful tool to combat anxiety, as it allows us to surrender our worries to God and experience His peace that surpasses all understanding. Trusting God in the midst of anxiety requires leaning on His promises and seeking His presence through prayer and meditation on His Word.


Lastly, remember the words of Isaiah 41:10 (NLT), "Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." Trusting God when anxiety strikes means leaning on His strength and knowing that He is always with you, ready to guide you through every trial. By focusing on His promises and seeking His presence, you can find peace in the midst of anxiety and trust that God is in control of your life.


How do I know if I am trusting God?


We must read and apply to our lives, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5 NLT). It's important to lean on God and not solely on our own thoughts or ideas. Look to Him for guidance and wisdom in all areas of your life.


Sometimes it can be hard to know if we're truly trusting God. But don't worry, "The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need" (Psalm 23:1 NLT). When we trust God, we can rest assured that He will provide for all of our needs. Take a moment to reflect on your life and see if you're surrendering your worries and fears to Him.


Trusting God also means surrendering control and letting Him take the lead. Remember the words of Jesus, "If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it." (Matthew 16:25 NLT). Trusting God means letting go of our own plans and desires and allowing Him to work in and through us.


If you're struggling to trust God, take a moment to pray and ask Him to help you. "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). God loves you and wants what's best for you, so trust in His plan and His timing.


What happens when you lose trust in God?


When you start to lose trust in God, everything can feel shaky and uncertain. It's like trying to stand on sinking sand instead of a solid rock. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. When we lose trust, we tend to rely more on our own understanding which can lead us astray.


In times of doubt and fear, it's important to remember Psalm 56:3 (NIV) which says, "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). When we lose trust, we lose sight of the fact that God is always with us, ready to help us through any situation.


Remember the story of Peter walking on water in Matthew 14:28-31? When he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. Losing trust in God is like taking our eyes off Him and focusing on the storm around us. We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), even when doubts try to creep in.


Lastly, losing trust in God can lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair. But Romans 15:13 reminds us that God is the source of hope, and He can fill us with joy and peace as we trust in Him. Don't let doubt steal your trust in God, for He is faithful and trustworthy, always ready to guide us back to solid ground.

 

Shawn Paul

Shawn Paul is an author and missionary who has been living and working in Central America for the past 10 years. He is passionate about living for Jesus Christ and inspiring others to do the same, which is the focus of his blog, where he shares his expertise in Christianity.


In addition to his missionary work, Shawn enjoys reading books, studying God's Word, growing plants and flowers, feeding birds, and keeping up with the latest technology.


As a writer, Shawn's unique perspective and passion for his faith shine through in his work. Shawn's goal for the future is to impact people around the world for Jesus through his writing and missionary work.

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